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Opposition peers successfully argued for an amendment to the bill, tabled by Liberal Democrat Baroness Kate Parminter, that would extend the grace period for projects that command local support and were at an advanced stage of development.
It is not possible to lie to the people forever about whether wind turbines can compete on equal footing with other forms of energy when the reality is that wind power - for the first 40 years of development - and forever after, will require billions in direct and indirect support.
The Danish Minister of climate and energy, Lars Christian Lilleholt, is talking about creating peace on the energy agreement from 2012, but he's also discussing saving 5 billion Danish kroner in green taxes by dropping wind farms already agreed upon. The savings delighted the Energy minister but the wind industry is seeing red.
Poland’s thriving wind energy industry has warned that it faces bankruptcies under a bill that threatens executives with prison. ...Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s ruling Law and Justice party, which campaigned on a promise to crack down on the industry, said it wants to make legislation on turbines more “citizen-friendly”.
The increase in subsidised renewable energy in the Nordic countries, however, pushed electricity prices to 15-year lows in 2015, hurting producers, such as Norway's Statkraft or Sweden's Vattenfall. Norway produced 15 TWh of electricity more than it consumed in 2015, while the total surplus in the four Nordic countries stood at 16 TWh.
All of this—the job losses, the unreliable power supply, the astonishing amounts of spending that could top €1 trillion over the coming decades, and the rising coal emissions to boot—amounts to one of the more monumental blunders of modern governance.
Frankfurt -- If the plans of the Federal Government are implemented for the promotion of renewables, the expansion of wind energy on land will soon come to a standstill. We explain how it could go on until the year 2025.
There are signs of green economic turmoil everywhere
The Tories – who are currently vying for second place in the polls with Labour – have committed themselves to giving communities the “right to decide” on windfarm developments in their area. Massive wind schemes throughout the north and north-east of Scotland have sparked a widespread backlash from local residents, concerned that turbines are damaging rural landscapes and hurting tourism.
Germany’s massive push into renewable energy has a dark side. As green policies drive up the cost of power, entire industries are shrinking. ...The losers include once-stalwart utility giants like E.ON and RWE that are struggling with rising debt and falling shares. Manufacturing companies, from chemicals maker BASF to carbon fiber producer SGL Carbon, have shifted investments abroad, where energy costs are often a fraction of Germany’s.
Oliver Joy, spokesman for the European Wind Energy Association, told the Guardian: “The outlook for 2016 is not as rosy and we’re likely to see a dip in installations this year. Beyond this, the future for onshore wind is not clear as an uncoordinated patchwork of policies across Europe continues to stifle progress.
Since we have had no energy planning or researched strategy in place since 1990 the reality is that we need to keep ageing nuclear stations operating to supply base load as we cannot reliably depend on the outputs from renewable sources (predominantly wind) into which we have blindly and ignorantly invested so much.
The Polish government's proposed new regulations governing the safe siting of wind energy facilities has triggered a firestorm with the Polish and European wind industries crying foul. This important report attempts to correct the record on the law which is intended to protect residents from poorly sited wind facilities.
Concerning for the wind lobby group are rules embedded in the legislation that would require wind farm owners to pay fees for operating plants and sign up for a new permit every two years. Those who fail to comply might face prison sentences, and the rules would be applied retroactively to existing plants, said Joy.
In fact, the greenies fell right into the trap here, because what they never want to tell us is that the more wind turbines we have, the more we need reliable back-up from fossil fuels to cover the gap between windmill output when they are generating at full power, and when the wind drops and they contribute almost nothing.
Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of the Christian Democrat party, joined fellow lawmakers in calling on the government to employ flexibility as early as this year in setting targets for clean energy growth, according to a three-page note dated Jan. 18 and sent to the chancellery.
Britain has invested £1.25billion in wind power, which is now the country's biggest renewable energy source. But critics have accused the Government and the National Grid of complacency over the risk of blackouts...A wind shortage last month forced the new 'last resort' measures to keep the lights on in homes across the country.
But Mr Kelly said he is confident that the government will produce details of a new set back distance for wind turbines prior to the General Election. The new rules are expected to increase the minimum distance between turbines and private residences. The current distance is 500m.
Rich Western countries are more culpable than they think. They have transformed their rural landscapes with wind farms and pushed up electricity prices for consumers, yet have managed to drive surprisingly little carbon out of the energy system. The record would look even worse if Western countries had not simultaneously exported much of their heavy industry, and thus much of their pollution, to China and other emerging countries.
He said the move would lower customer bills, saving an average of £30 a year for 24m households. But it is also the latest sign that he is prioritising affordability over attempts to cut emissions. ...The decision to cut the scheme, known as the “energy company obligation”, was one of a series of measures announced by the chancellor aimed at reducing the costs of the government’s renewable energy schemes.