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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

Why the £250bn wind power industry could be the greatest scam of our age - and here are the three 'lies' that prove it

So riddled with environmental hypocrisy is the lobbying for wind energy that a recent newspaper report exposed the immense human and ecological catastrophe being inflicted on northern China by the extraction of the rare earth minerals needed to make the giant magnets that every turbine in the West uses to generate its power. Here in a nutshell are some of the reasons why people are beginning to wake up to the horrific downside of the wind business.
28 Feb 2011

Ireland's big hope or just hot air?

A forthcoming report by the Irish Academy of Engineers (IAE) expresses alarm at the lack of any comprehensive analysis of the costs of the country's current energy policy, while multinationals and other businesses remain deeply concerned about the potential costs of the Government's commitment to generating 40 per cent of our electricity from wind power.
25 Feb 2011

When it comes to windfarms, I don't feel bad about nimbyism

In a paper entitled Windfarms: Time to Change Direction? the Northamptonshire branch of CPRE said the organisation should "re-evaluate" its support for [wind farms] in the light of new evidence suggesting "that the generation of electricity from wind is not an effective way of reducing carbon emissions". There are lots of reasons for believing this, but the main one is probably the fact that there is as yet no economic way of storing electricity.
4 Feb 2011

Austerity pulling plug on Europe's green subsidies

The Spanish and Germans are doing it. So are the French. The British might have to do it. Austerity-whacked Europe is rolling back subsidies for renewable energy as economic sanity makes a tentative comeback. Green energy is becoming unaffordable and may cost as many jobs as it creates. But the real victims are the investors who bought into the dream of endless, clean energy financed by the taxpayer.
26 Jan 2011

Renewables won't keep the lights on

In private, the best-informed analysts now agree that Britain's environmental policies have put the country on track to have the world's most expensive electricity. This is mainly because our competitors are almost certain to choose cheaper routes to emissions reductions, such as natural gas, or to shun emissions reductions altogether.
11 Jan 2011

Renewables won't keep the lights on

In private, the best-informed analysts now agree that Britain's environmental policies have put the country on track to have the world's most expensive electricity. This is mainly because our competitors are almost certain to choose cheaper routes to emissions reductions, such as natural gas, or to shun emissions reductions altogether.
11 Jan 2011

China wind turbines turn as Europe cuts hit

The green agenda is still moving forward, but it is clear that in Europe it has become more challenging because of fiscal constraints," he told the Financial Times. Growth in new wind energy installations in Europe is forecast to shrink from 14 per cent in 2010 to 1 per cent this year, according to analysts at Citigroup. ...Vestas warned that, while 2010 was set to finish stronger than previously expected, revenues and profits were likely to be flat this year.
5 Jan 2011

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