Articles filed under Energy Policy from Europe

EU Carbon Emissions trading scheme in freefall

The European Union carbon emissions trading scheme­-the biggest in the world and the heart of Europe's climate-change program-is in dire straits. The scheme's carbon price has collapsed. The primary reason: The economic recession has suppressed manufacturing, thereby reducing emissions and creating a huge oversupply of carbon emissions allowances.
18 Feb 2013

Europe consuming more coal

One big part of the problem, experts and officials say, is Europe's cap-and-trade system, which aims to reduce European Union-wide industrial greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. The system is the centerpiece of Europe's green policies. But the program, which charges industries for permits to emit greenhouse gases, no longer serves as a major disincentive to pollute.
8 Feb 2013

Is German renewable energy biting the Mittelstand hand that feeds GDP?

“The fundamental question is whether we want to push through this crazy 80 percent renewable energy share at the expense of the economy,” said Marc Tenbieg, managing director of the DMB Deutsche Mittelstands-Bund, which represents more than 14,000 small and mid-sized enterprises. “Why do we always have to be the trailblazer and show the other countries how it’s done? They are laughing their heads off.”
28 Jan 2013

Our energy policy is a load of hot air

Harnessing the wind ...Yet more bad news. Miliband (again) presided over the issuing of contracts for the building of offshore windmills so biased in favour of the profiteers that even Labour's Margret Hodge, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, calls them a licence to print money ...that will cost taxpayers seventeen billions pounds in exchange for pathetic amounts of electricity.
18 Jan 2013

"Shocking" wind farm contracts set up by the Government could put £300 on electricity bills

Furious MPs say the agreements mean these licensees will pull in an estimated £17billion - all of which will "ultimately be funded by customers". The committee's chairman, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, said: "The terms of these transmission licences appear to have been designed almost entirely to attract investors at the expense of securing a good deal for consumers."
14 Jan 2013

Behind the wind turbine war is a lack of policy and joined-up thinking

Another week and another war of words is being waged over our green and pleasant land. Last Thursday, Prince Charles told the Oxford Farming Conference that the countryside is "as precious as an ancient cathedral". Former poet laureate Andrew Motion, railed against the government's relaxation of planning rules that is threatening "our spiritual connection to woodland and wilderness". Nowhere is this battle more heated than over the subject of wind turbines.
5 Jan 2013

Why IS Britain about to pay £110billion to enter a new Dark Age?

The subsidies paid to operate offshore wind turbines - the most expensive form of energy ever devised - will rise 16-fold to an annual £4.2 billion. The hated onshore turbines will also get huge new subsidies, at least doubling their number to about 6,500. Even this underestimates the Bill's full burden, which is closer to £110 billion.
5 Jan 2013

High Energy Costs Plaguing Europe

"We embarked on a big transition to a low-carbon economy without taking into account the cost and without factoring in the competitive impact," says Fabien Roques, head of European power and carbon at the energy consulting firm IHS CERA in Paris. "I think there will be a critical review of some of these policies in the next few years." Both consumers and the industry are upset about high energy costs.
27 Dec 2012

'Substantial' rise in wind farm bills for independent Scotland

Ed Davey told a conference in Edinburgh the cost of Scottish renewable energy subsidies and infrastructure is currently spread across 26 million homes across the UK. But he warned that after separation this would be borne entirely by households north of the Border and "basic arithmetic" dictated that the average bill would have to increase markedly.
12 Dec 2012

The government's energy policy is killing pensioners

The Government's green energy policy has been blamed for pushing up energy bills and covering the country with ugly wind turbines. But government statistics released quietly on Thursday, when the world's eyes were on the Leveson report, suggest that it is doing something far worse too: killing the elderly.
1 Dec 2012

Danish wind turbines can be harmful to the climate

Billion Investment in wind turbines and utilization of biomass is useless if the goal is to reduce CO2 emissions. At worst, it can paradoxically harm the climate, says the Economic Council - sages - in an analysis in Berlingske Politiko. The complicated relationship skyuldes EU quota system for CO2 emissions.
28 Nov 2012

New green energy dispute

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland expressed its disappointment. David Gibson said: "This report is a missed opportunity for Scotland to protect our fabulous open landscapes and paves the way for huge power companies to smother yet more of our mountainsides with turbines.
24 Nov 2012
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