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French Assembly ditches restrictive wind provisions

France's National Assembly has abandoned the most restrictive provisions for wind energy proposed as part of a sweeping overhaul of the country's environmental laws, but observers believe the recalibration still spells trouble for the wind sector. ..."It will cripple France's wind sector, and only reinforce the big producers," says Yves Cochet, a prominent member of the Green Party. "They've removed the firing squad, but left the guillotine."
12 May 2010

Solar bubble bursts in Spain amid subsidy cuts, fraud allegations

Only two years ago, Spanish solar energy companies feasting on generous government subsidies expanded at a feverish pace, investing €18 billion (then worth roughly $28 billion) to blanket rooftops and fields with photovoltaic panels. They briefly turned the country into the top solar market in the world. Then came a monumental case of sunburn. The market crashed.
6 May 2010

French wind sector fears it will be blown away

France could see its nascent wind power sector blown off its feet if amendments to a recent French green law are voted, the renewable energy sector body said. A parliamentary debate on a series of amendments to a French green law voted in 2008 starts on Tuesday after an enthusiastic environmental debate took place in the wake of the French presidential election.
4 May 2010

Spain renewables industry fears subsidy cuts

Spain's renewable energy industry joined forces on Thursday to ask the government to clarify whether it plans to retroactively cut subsidies, as market-moving media reports have suggested. Shares in renewable energy generators Iberdrola Renovables and Acciona moved sharply lower on Wednesday after website elconfidencial, citing sources close to the government, said the government could reduce existing subsidies which finance most of the renewables plants in Spain.
22 Apr 2010

Spain among worst EU countries for wind farm wait times -- report

Portugal and Spain are among the worse countries in Europe when it comes to quickly granting consents for onshore wind farms, while Italy, Belgium and the UK are among the best, a new report finds. It takes an average of 42 months to get a building consent for an onshore wind farm in the EU, according to a new report published by the European Wind Energy Association.
22 Apr 2010

Green energy rush hit by headwinds

Europe is making a huge bet on wind energy. Because there is little room in its crowded countryside for sprawling wind-tower complexes, planners are increasingly looking to the sea. ..."The danger is that we might end up paying a huge amount of money trying to achieve this [EU] target and then failing anyway," says Michael Pollitt, head of the Electricity Policy Research Group at Cambridge University. "The most sensible thing to do is abandon the target."
21 Apr 2010

Green energy rush hit by headwinds

Europe is making a huge bet on wind energy. Because there is little room in its crowded countryside for sprawling wind-tower complexes, planners are increasingly looking to the sea. ..."The danger is that we might end up paying a huge amount of money trying to achieve this [EU] target and then failing anyway," says Michael Pollitt, head of the Electricity Policy Research Group at Cambridge University. "The most sensible thing to do is abandon the target."
21 Apr 2010

Climate Change Act has the biggest ever bill

One of the best-kept secrets of British politics - although it is there for all to see on a Government website - is the cost of what is by far the most expensive piece of legislation ever put through Parliament. Every year between now and 2050, acccording to Ed Miliband's Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc), the Climate Change Act is to cost us all up to £18.3 billion - £760 for every household in the country - as we reduce our carbon emissions by 80 per cent.
4 Apr 2010

Wind-power lobby warns of tariff 'Trojan horse'

The large energy companies that dominate the wind-power market fear the feed-in tariff that was introduced today for domestic rooftop generation could be a "trojan horse" that might endanger the wider green energy sector. RenewableUK, the former British Wind Energy Association, warned that a debate around whether the feed-in tariff could be expanded as a subsidy regime for larger schemes was "extremely unhelpful".
2 Apr 2010

Spanish wind sector thrown into disarray by government plans

The Spanish wind industry is potentially in a state of flux following reports the government is planning to end the sector's production incentive in a cost cutting exercise. Following the industry minister's reported intention of ending the sector's wind production incentive to save the electricity system money, the Spanish wind industry is containing its outrage, pending clarification.
1 Apr 2010

Wealthy landowners make millions in the wind rush

The growing interest in wind farms stems from the government's subsidy system. A typical three-megawatt turbine will generate about £670,000 income a year, of which £350,000 comes in subsidies. Since the machines cost £2-3m and have a lifetime of about 25 years, the profits are considerable, even after running costs are deducted. ...Critics say it is ironic that the Renewables Obligation certificate (Roc) scheme was created by a Labour government but is handing large profits to investors and country landowners.
28 Mar 2010

It is time to end this lunacy

The announcement of plans for a £200million windfarm at Moy, near Inverness, was accompanied by the claim that it would provide power to 100,000 homes. This great lie is perpetuated every time a new wind development is reported. People need to understand what is actually being claimed, and this can be found in the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) publication Calculations for Wind Energy.
26 Mar 2010

Too much wind and not enough puff

Wind farms appear to offer a perfect solution to the twin problems of global warming and the depletion of hydrocarbon reserves. The wind will still be blowing long after the last petrol-engined car has been crunched into a lump of metal. ...However, a detailed study of some of Britain's onshore wind farms suggests they do not come remotely near providing an efficient and reliable source of supply. Worse, they are a blight on some of our most beautiful landscapes.
21 Mar 2010

High cost could halt Brown's wind farm plan

Government plans to generate one third of Britain's electricity from giant offshore wind parks by 2020 could be scrapped because of the vast costs involved, according to the head of Britain's biggest utility company, as well as a key investor. Sam Laidlaw, chief executive of Centrica, the owner of British Gas, said it was unclear whether the scheme to build an estimated 10,000 wind turbines across swaths of the North and Irish seas would ever go ahead.
26 Feb 2010

Reaping the Whirlwind? Europe's Big Wind subsidy race

"The more installations you get, the more the subsidies cost, and someone is paying for it," Lekander said. "If you take Denmark, it started to become very expensive for the state budget to pay these feed-in tariffs. You can't hide the fact that it costs money, whether it's the utility, finance ministry or the customer paying it. It will be interesting to see if wind power subsidies will really manage to be unchanged in Spain despite the problems there with the budget deficit."
24 Feb 2010

Support lacks for green energy projects

Support for low-carbon energy such as wind and nuclear power is insufficient to deliver the investment the government wants, industry leaders warned the prime minister this week. They also called on the government to help educate the public to expect higher energy prices. ...The department of energy and climate change and the Treasury are working on plans for energy market reform to encourage the private sector to invest the estimated £200bn needed to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
13 Feb 2010

Czech grid warns will block solar, wind plants

The Czech power grid operator warned on Wednesday that a boom in solar and wind power plants could threaten stability of supplies, forcing it to take such plants offline, a warning to investors in new capacity. ..."Unless there is a quick change in the rules for connection of these sources, CEPS will be forced to take them out of operation.
12 Feb 2010

Production of wind turbines in doldrums, says report

Britain needs to build two and a half wind turbines a day to have any chance of reaching its target of supplying 35 per cent of its power from wind by 2020 ...The rate of construction of mostly onshore wind farms is progressing at one turbine every 11 days and many proposed farms, both on land and offshore, are caught up in either planning or financing difficulties.
12 Feb 2010

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