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Solar power investors burnt by rise in raw materials costs

John Martin, chief executive of the US Solar Fund, said higher raw material prices will probably increase the costs of installing new solar power by 20 per cent — putting solar costs back to the levels they were two years ago. “Decarbonisation costs will come down, but it’s not going to be free — capital will be required,” he said.
21 Jun 2021

Macron’s push to impose wind power on France whips up a gale of protest

In a week when the president was slapped by an unemployed 28-year-old right-winger during a walkabout, such apparent disregard of local sensibilities risks fuelling discontent among many over the direction France has taken under Macron, complicating his chances of re-election next spring. “It is scandalous,” Lagrenaudie told me as we sat in the village’s impressive hôtel de ville. “The project has been massively rejected locally, but the prefect still gives it the go-ahead. What is the point of having mayors and all these other people elected?
13 Jun 2021

Everyone hates wind turbines

No one sites wind turbines anywhere near the urban areas, thick with voters, where the electricity they occasionally produce will be consumed. Those voters wouldn’t stand for it. Wind farms are always located in out of the way areas with minimal political clout, and connected to urban consumers via long transmission lines. Nothing about this is popular with anyone who has to deal with it.
12 Jun 2021

Resting pterodactyls! How Outlander writer views wind turbines that ‘deface landscape’

Ms Gabaldon, who plans to return to Scotland in the autumn for the publication of her ninth Outlander novel, ...she admitted she had doubts about the benefits of wind power, claiming she was ‘definitely on the sceptic side of alternate energy technology’. Her comments follow a recent report by Scottish Government agency Historic Environment Scotland (HES), which raised concerns over the proliferation of wind farms near the country’s heritage sites.
6 Jun 2021

Who will pay? Europe’s bold plan on emissions risks political blowback

The social consequences of expanding the ETS means the upcoming reform is already proving to be one of the most sensitive and contested parts of the EU’s radical decarbonisation agenda. Claude Turmes, Luxembourg’s environment minister, says his government will oppose any extension to cover cars and buildings because it “risks penalising lower income parts of the population”. At a summit in Brussels in May, EU leaders from poorer eastern countries also warned that their citizens — many of whom cannot easily afford to ditch their diesel-powered cars or switch heating systems in rented accommodation — will suffer the ill-effects.
31 May 2021

Who will pay? Europe’s bold plan on emissions risks political blowback

The social consequences of expanding the ETS means the upcoming reform is already proving to be one of the most sensitive and contested parts of the EU’s radical decarbonisation agenda. Claude Turmes, Luxembourg’s environment minister, says his government will oppose any extension to cover cars and buildings because it “risks penalising lower income parts of the population”. At a summit in Brussels in May, EU leaders from poorer eastern countries also warned that their citizens — many of whom cannot easily afford to ditch their diesel-powered cars or switch heating systems in rented accommodation — will suffer the ill-effects.
31 May 2021

A toxic blot on the landscape

'I am very green but these schemes are not green at all,' says Heather. 'They are all about money. 'Aside from looking at those hideous panels, our lives will be dominated by acres of metal, glass, CCTV and generator boxes. ...' Across Britain, solar farms are on the march. Some 1,000 acres of rural land a month are earmarked for 'photovoltaic' panels and the miles of cabling that go with them.
29 May 2021

Bearded vulture on rare visit to Netherlands killed by wind turbine blades

‘We had seen it flying in between two turbines the day before and were afraid it might crash into one,’ Pohlmann said. ‘It’s a terrible shame and a big blow to the introduction programme. It was very upsetting to see it lying there.’ The Vulture Conservation Foundation has been involved in the reintroduction of the bearded vulture, or lammergeier, since 1986. 
27 May 2021

"Wind power is harmful energy"

Our president is afraid of being set on fire by the Greens if he withdraws his support for wind projects. Environmentalists are screaming very loudly, if we abandon these projects they will scream even louder! But now, they are influential, they can turn the political landscape upside down.
10 May 2021

Ørsted says offshore UK windfarms need urgent repairs

The Danish wind power firm Ørsted has warned that up to 10 of its giant offshore windfarms around the UK and Europe will need urgent repairs because their subsea cables have been eroded by rocks on the seabed. ...Ørsted has found that the rocks placed at the base of the wind turbine foundations to prevent the erosion of the seabed were responsible for wearing down the cable protection system which, in a worst case scenario, could cause the cables to fail.
30 Apr 2021

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