Articles filed under Energy Policy from Europe

Eco-Blowback: Mutiny in the Land of Wind Turbines

Germany-1_thumb "It's all an enormous swindle," says Besigheim-based auditor Walter Müller, whose job involves examining the books of wind farm companies. His verdict? A fabric of lies and deception. The experts commissioned by the operators of the wind farms sometimes describe areas with weak breezes as top "wind-intensive" sites to make them appear more attractive. "Small-scale investors are promised profits to attract them into closed funds for wind farms that do not generate enough energy," he says. "Ultimately, all the capital is eaten up."
13 Jul 2013

Germany to pull plug on solar subsidies

Solar energy is notoriously unreliable as a power source and Germany has seen its market hobbled by oversupply and ferocious competition from players such as China. Merkel, campaigning for a third term, has promised an overhaul of subsidies for renewable energy after the September general election ...Berlin "has so far invested 216 billion euros ($A308.24 billion) in renewables
9 Jul 2013

Green Energy Bust in Germany

Germany is indeed avoiding blackouts—by opening new coal- and gas-fired plants. Renewable electricity is proving so unreliable and chaotic that it is starting to undermine the stability of the European grid and provoke international incidents. The spiraling cost of the renewables surge has sparked a backlash, including government proposals to slash subsidies and deployment rates. Worst of all, the Energiewende made no progress at all in clearing the German grid of fossil fuels or abating greenhouse emissions—nor is it likely to for at least a decade longer.
1 Jul 2013

Britain can't afford to throw money at wind power

Nobody with a sense of fiscal responsibility could endorse the massive subsidies being lavished on wind power which, as we report, are being maintained despite the Government's proclaimed culture of austerity. ...the Government's EU-prescribed goal of providing 20 per cent of the country's energy requirements from ''renewables'' by 2020 does not look realistic or financially responsible.
30 Jun 2013

Germany burning wood, paying huge bills for green energy plot

When the wind is blowing strong, Germans often have less use for the electricity being created by it - and no way to store. As a result, they dump the excess electricity onto neighboring nations at a loss. This effectively means the surcharge on household electric bills within Germany are being used to reduce the price of electricity sold to businesses and other customers OUTSIDE of Germany.
24 Jun 2013

Germany burning wood, paying huge bills for green energy plot

When the wind is blowing strong, Germans often have less use for the electricity being created by it - and no way to store. As a result, they dump the excess electricity onto neighboring nations at a loss. This effectively means the surcharge on household electric bills within Germany are being used to reduce the price of electricity sold to businesses and other customers OUTSIDE of Germany.
24 Jun 2013

Dark clouds over the solar panels

We all want to help to protect the environment and it would be nice to rely entirely on clean energy sources. But solar energy comes with plenty of problems. Its impact upon the landscape is likely to be significant: the level of solar power that Mr Barker wants would necessitate erecting solar panels of up to 10ft tall across an area more than 100 times the size of London's Olympic Park.
23 Jun 2013

True cost of Britain's wind farm industry revealed

A new analysis of government and industry figures shows that wind turbine owners received £1.2billion in the form of a consumer subsidy, paid by a supplement on electricity bills last year. They employed 12,000 people, to produce an effective £100,000 subsidy on each job. The disclosure is potentially embarrassing for the wind industry, which claims it is an economically dynamic sector that creates jobs.
16 Jun 2013

America should learn from Europe on wind power

Germany and Spain are waking up to the inevitable truth about renewable energy, especially offshore wind. They are now realizing the projects cannot survive without subsidies and that they make energy much more expensive to households and businesses. In an age of austerity, they are a luxury even Germany, Europe's economic powerhouse, cannot fully afford any more.
13 Jun 2013

Merkel warns on energy costs

Speaking at an energy conference in Berlin, Ms. Merkel said she still supports further expansion of renewable energy such as wind and solar power to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. But she said the costs need to be contained as global rivals are benefiting from lower energy prices. Utility executives welcomed her recognition, but criticized her for remaining vague on specifics.
13 Jun 2013

Wind farms are a 'complete scam', claims the Environment Secretary who says turbines are causing 'huge unhappiness'

The Conservatives have taken a tougher line on wind farms in recent months, and this week unveiled plans to give communities a powerful ‘veto' over controversial new onshore developments. Schemes will have to gain local residents' consent before a planning application can even be made, effectively handing them the power to prevent turbines being erected.
7 Jun 2013

Britain's no-energy bill

The government and its cheerleaders wrap the drive to zero CO2 emissions in the language of growth, jobs, investment and innovation. ...and claims the energy bill will create 250,000 jobs. Even if that is achievable, it's the product of the single-entry bookkeeping so common in political green-energy projections. You can create any number of jobs putting up subsidized windmills or installing solar panels. But if in the process you drive up energy costs or taxes throughout the economy, you're bound to destroy more work than you create.
4 Jun 2013

War on Subsidies: Brussels Takes Aim at German Energy Revolution

The costs of start-up financing for green energy and the compensation for expansion of the power grid are added to customers' electricity bills in the form of a special tax. The entire subsidy system is supposed to come to an end when green energy becomes competitive. That, at least, is the theory. But the reality is different. No longer can one simply describe the tax as a way to get renewable energies off the ground. Indeed, following Berlin's decision two years ago to shelve nuclear energy and accelerate the expansion of renewables, the EEG has become a giant redistribution machine.
29 May 2013

War on Subsidies: Brussels Takes Aim at German Energy Revolution

The costs of start-up financing for green energy and the compensation for expansion of the power grid are added to customers' electricity bills in the form of a special tax. The entire subsidy system is supposed to come to an end when green energy becomes competitive. That, at least, is the theory. But the reality is different. No longer can one simply describe the tax as a way to get renewable energies off the ground. Indeed, following Berlin's decision two years ago to shelve nuclear energy and accelerate the expansion of renewables, the EEG has become a giant redistribution machine.
29 May 2013

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