Articles filed under Energy Policy from Europe

Wind turbines switched off on 38 days every year

Wind farm operators are paid large subsidies, with more than £500 million going on wind power last year under the Renewables Obligation, the Government's mechanism for supporting renewable energy. The average turbine is understood to generate power worth about £150,000 a year, but is awarded incentives in the form of subsidies worth £250,000.
14 Jun 2011

UK wind farms may shut when demand low: National Grid

"It will become increasingly necessary to restrict the output from wind generation onto the system to ensure sufficient thermal capacity is synchronized," National Grid said in a 2020 transmission system report ...Based on historic data, wind turbines will have to be switched off for 38 days every year.
13 Jun 2011

UK faces job losses as businesses threaten to flee abroad to escape green energy levies

"Not every country in the world has the same commitment to climate change [as the UK] and therefore you may feel commercially disadvantaged," Sir Roger says, adding: "That gives you cause for thought as to where you want to invest." ...Dr Constable said last week: "The consumer interest is being sacrificed in efforts to meet arbitrary targets, apparently at any price. This is not a sustainable policy."
12 Jun 2011

We slipping headlong into the eco-dictatorship

The study by the WBGU is utopian because it requires a high degree of idealism, altruism and sacrifice by both individuals and society that goes beyond the normal dimensions of the reality of life. It is impossible to realize democratically. Why should people around the world voluntarily give up their demands for material welfare and security? Consequently, the WBGU admits frankly, that the decarbonization of the society can only be achieved by the limitation of democracy – both nationally and internationally.
26 May 2011

A green dark age

Welcome to the neo-medieval world of Britain's energy policy. It is a world in which Highland glens are buzzing with bulldozers damming streams for miniature hydro plants, in which the Dogger Bank is to be dotted with windmills at Brobdingnagian expense, in which Heathrow is to burn wood trucked ...We are going back to using the landscape to generate our energy. Bad news for the landscape.
22 May 2011

Wales in revolt over mammoth wind farm scheme

Mr Davies described how the problem is not only the turbines, but the need for two vast substations and 100 miles of steel pylons, up to 150ft high, to carry the electricity into Shropshire to connect with the National Grid. But although he may have spoken eloquently about the visual and social impact of this project, he failed to spell out its nonsensical economic implications.
22 May 2011

Gone with the wind farm

The wind industry has traditionally claimed that turbines have an average capacity of around 30 per cent, but the research shows this is much closer to 20 per cent. Even more disturbing, data shows that between November 2008 and December 2010 turbines operated below 20% their capacity more than half of the time and below 10% for more than a third of the time.
16 May 2011

German nuclear exit could be costly

Shutting down reactors earlier than planned would require greater efforts to increase the share of renewables, build new power lines and reduce overall energy consumption to ensure Germany would meet its climate protection targets. It also may involve building new coal- or natural gas-fired power stations to provide base-load capacity.
26 Apr 2011

Green energy: Don’t envy Germany

According to Frondel, things haven't worked out as Germany's politicians and environmentalists said they would. Rather than bringing economic benefits in terms of lower cost energy and green energy jobs, Frondel found that implementing wind and solar power raised household energy rates by 7.5 percent. While greenhouse gas emissions were abated, the cost was astonishingly high.
23 Apr 2011

Spanish Wind, Revisited

"The U.S. should expect a loss of at least 2.2 jobs on average" for every one created should it continue down the same investment path as Spain. We have, and if Spain remains our role model for creating "green jobs," as suggested by President Obama, then expect to see our renewable bubble burst in a couple of years with similar results.
1 Apr 2011

End for windfarms in places with no wind

At the moment, developers have no incentive to set up in windy places and nothing stops them from bidding for taxpayer-­subsidised turbines in sheltered areas. Ministers are now reviewing ways to encourage the establishment of farms where high wind speeds ensure as much ­electricity is generated as possible.
6 Mar 2011

Rush to renewable energy generates 'enormous' financial questions in Europe

"Basically, governments have allowed the buildup of wind without thinking through the grid consequences," Oxford University economist Dieter Helm told ClimateWire. "There are two responses: Stop wasting so much on the rapid development of wind and its questionable economics, or plough on regardless, in which case enormous grid investments are urgently needed."
1 Mar 2011
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