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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

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

A truce over wind farms...but how long will it last?

The peace deal, allowing £7.6 billion to be put on bills over the next eight years, follows a bitter split between Chancellor George Osborne and Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, that threatened to tear the Coalition apart over the its green agenda. At the heart of the fight, the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have been increasingly worried about the rising cost of energy to consumers.
23 Nov 2012

Energy Bill to increase prices to fund cleaner fuel

The government has published details of its long-awaited Energy Bill, designed to keep lights on and emissions down. It will allow energy companies to charge households an extra £7.6bn until 2020, to go towards low-carbon electricity infrastructure. A decision about setting carbon emission targets for 2030 has been delayed until 2016, after the election. Labour said this was a "humiliating failure" for the Lib Dems.
23 Nov 2012

Davey defends contentious energy agreement

Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat energy secretary, defended his green energy deal on Friday, after coming under fire for dropping a carbon emissions target and adding to consumers' rising energy bills. After months of infighting, Mr Davey finally compromised with his Conservative coalition partners, agreeing a deal that will pave the way for an energy bill next week.
23 Nov 2012

Five wind farm applications a day under the SNP

Figures obtained by the Scottish Tories under the Freedom of Information Act show 5,528 applications have been made since May 2007, seven times more than under the previous Labour-led administration. One local authority, Aberdeenshire, has received more than 1,000 planning applications over this period, while a series of other rural councils have experienced a 14-fold increase since the SNP came to power.
22 Nov 2012

Alex Salmond accused of wind farm 'cover up'

The First Minister told MSPs last month around 18,000 people were employed in the renewables industry but even the trade body that represents wind farm companies put the total at around 11,000. ...Opposition parties said the First Minister had "shamed his office" and "lies instinctively", questioning how voters could trust him to run a separate Scotland.
22 Nov 2012

The great British wind scam

Inquiries by The Spectator have revealed a scam known as ‘de-rating'. Green businesses are modifying large turbines to make them less productive, because perverse government subsidies reward machines that produce less energy at nearly double the rate of more efficient ones.
22 Nov 2012

John Hayes: 'windfarms will not replace gas or nuclear'

"Wind turbines ... create barely a trickle of nonstorable electricity and none at all when wind speed is unsuitable. They will always have to be backed up by conventional power stations because of their unreliability. Because the wind by nature is intermittent and cannot generate a steady output of energy to supply constant demand, even thousands of wind turbines won't replace gas or nuclear power generation."
16 Nov 2012
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