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How the Earl of Arrogance has outraged his neighbours over a wind farm that could generate millions

For those who could find themselves living right next to these colossal structures, however, it is a deeply depressing spectre. ‘If Lord Spencer and EDF had taken the trouble to talk to everyone first and ask how to make these things as unobtrusive as possible, they’d have won some people round,’ he says. ‘But they just got everyone’s backs up from the start.’
3 Oct 2013

Property: Land owners told act now to make most of high tariff for wind turbines

Land owners thinking of applying to put up a wind turbine are being urged to act quickly by an estate agency's renewables experts to take advantage of higher tariff payments before a likely change to the terms next year. Applications for Preliminary Accreditation submitted before December 31, 2013, will lock landowners into receiving the current higher feed-in tariff payment for 12 months while the turbine is installed and commissioned.
3 Oct 2013

Windfarm subsidies will be axed, says Cameron

Subsidies for wind farms will be axed, David Cameron said – potentially scaling back development in County Durham, a wind power ‘hotspot’. In an eve-of-conference interview, the prime minister revealed he did not want to keep the subsidies for “a second longer than they're necessary”.
29 Sep 2013

Merkel looks left to rescue Germany's energy revolution

The German chancellor's experiment to wean Europe's biggest economy off nuclear and fossil fuels and push it into renewables is at risk because generous subsidies have proved so popular with investors in green power that the country is straining under the cost. ...The offshore wind industry, in particular, is clamouring for continued support as its expansion has proven more costly than expected.
26 Sep 2013

Consumers face bill for power stations to be mothballed amid blackout fears

In June, Ofgem warned that the risk of blackouts in 2015 had risen to one in four, if energy demand continued at its current level. Uncertainty around the amount of available electricity in 2015 and 2016 meant that it was "prudent" to consider keeping mothballed plants in reserve, it said. GDF Suez, the energy company that has mothballed its Teesside gas power station, has estimated that keeping plants on standby could cost between £90 million and £120 million per year.
22 Sep 2013

Germany's effort at clean energy proves complex

Last year, wind, solar and other nonfossil-fuel sources provided 22 percent of the power for Germany, but the country increased its carbon emissions over 2011 as oil- and coal-burning power plants had to close gaps in the evolving system ...Germany's power grid has been strained by new wind and solar projects on land, compelling the government to invest up to $27 billion over the next decade to build roughly 1,700 miles of high-capacity power lines and to upgrade lines.
19 Sep 2013

Merkel faces election scrap over German energy shift

Generous state incentives for solar, wind and biogas have driven up prices, which are now among Europe's highest and set to rise 20 percent more next year, topping 1,000 euros annually for the average three-person household. ...But Steinbrueck charged that "the management of this energy transition is a disaster ... it is the biggest brake on investment we have."
10 Sep 2013

Germany's Energy Poverty: The regressive energy tax

It is only gradually becoming apparent how the renewable energy subsidies redistribute money from the poor to the more affluent, like when someone living in small rental apartment subsidizes a homeowner's roof-mounted solar panels through his electricity bill. The SPD, which sees itself as the party of the working class, long ignored this regressive aspect of the system.
5 Sep 2013

Spaniards rebel against solar pushback

Imposed by decree, the reform aims to raise money for tackling a 26 billion euro debt to power producers which the state has built up over the years in regulating energy costs and prices. The solar levy was fixed at 6 euro cents per kilowatt-hour. ...Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria accepts the measures are painful but says they are needed to plug the energy deficit.
16 Aug 2013

German green energy bluster running out of wind

At least one green energy developer recognizes that these stimulus subsidy programs have a record of doing more harm than good, and he isn't reluctant to say why. Patrick Jenevein, CEO of the Dallas-based Tang Energy Group, posted a Wall Street Journal article arguing that "the sequester offers Washington a rare opportunity to roll back misguided subsidies and maybe help reverse wind power's stalling momentum."
13 Aug 2013

German green energy bluster running out of wind

At least one green energy developer recognizes that these stimulus subsidy programs have a record of doing more harm than good, and he isn't reluctant to say why. Patrick Jenevein, CEO of the Dallas-based Tang Energy Group, posted a Wall Street Journal article arguing that "the sequester offers Washington a rare opportunity to roll back misguided subsidies and maybe help reverse wind power's stalling momentum."
13 Aug 2013

Foreign wind farm companies to face UK jobs test to win subsidies

Foreign companies building big offshore wind farms will have to explain how they plan to create more British jobs before applying for subsidies, ministers have decided. The move is needed because of the "galling" fact that the UK has more offshore wind capacity than the rest of the world combined but only employs about 4,000 people locally to support it, said business secretary, Vince Cable.
1 Aug 2013

The greens can't defy gravity. They're finished

From Washington to London, shale gas rather than any renewable technology is seen as the future. Even nations such as Germany and Spain, which led the march to green energy, are slashing unaffordable subsidies to the renewables industry. ...the average share price of companies in the renewable sector has fallen by 80 per cent over five years. The heavy cost of green energy policies might have been justifiable if they had delivered results, but they haven't.
23 Jul 2013

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