Articles filed under Energy Policy from UK

Wind power: a policy spinning out of control

Taxpayers face higher electricity bills and an economy that is damaged because its costs have been artificially inflated by the decision to use wind as a principal source of power. It is a ludicrous situation. ...the commitment to wind power is based on dogma, not evidence. But the truth is that you can't meet a country's energy needs from dogma - as ministers will discover soon enough.
18 Sep 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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