Articles filed under Energy Policy from UK

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Over the past three weeks, with demand for power at record levels because of the freezing weather, there have been days when the contribution of our forests of wind turbines has been precisely nothing. It gets better. As the temperature has plummeted, the turbines have had to be heated to prevent them seizing up. Consequently, they have been consuming more electricity than they generate. Even on a good day they rarely work.
28 Dec 2010

Localism bill promises planning revolution, raises fresh Nimby fears

Arguably the biggest change contained in the bill are new rules allowing for local referendums where people, councillors and councils can instigate a vote on any local issue, including planning proposals. The new referendum powers are likely to present a major challenge to wind farm projects, some of which have faced fierce opposition from local groups.
14 Dec 2010

Aid budget blown on wind farms

Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Taxpayers are paying enough for investment in extremely expensive and inefficient wind turbines here in the UK without having to finance expensive energy abroad as well."
20 Nov 2010

'Bonkers' green energy risks power shortages

Scotland is in "serious danger" of suffering power shortages over the next decade thanks to Alex Salmond's "bonkers" green energy policies, the head of one of the country's largest generators has warned. Rupert Soames warned Scotland will be in 'deep trouble' if it relies on green energy.
14 Nov 2010

MP wants restrictions put on wind turbines

Conservative Andrew Griffiths is co-sponsoring the Bill, which if it became law, would enable councils to only approve applications for structures if they were at least 1km away from the nearest residential property, or 2km for larger turbines and wind farms.
13 Nov 2010

At last, the wind of change is blowing in favour of local power

Over the past five years, concern for the future of the planet has morphed into an unthinking support of any plan, however harmful to the countryside, that might just possibly help the energy crisis, however infinitesimally. Turbines have become a marketing tool, representing global concern and niceness, appearing in advertising campaigns, as backdrop for local TV news, even in the England World Cup symbol.
29 Oct 2010

Power failure: UK's wind farm plans in disarray

More than 230 separate local campaign groups against wind farms are operating across the UK, from Scotland and Kent to Norfolk, Yorkshire and Cornwall. These groups are scoring striking successes in defeating planned wind farms - even when faced with the weight of official recommendations.
28 Oct 2010

European renewables industry staggered first by recession, now by budget cuts

"The design of a feed-in tariff mechanism is innately uneconomic. They are great for investors but very difficult for governments to sustain," said Jim Fitzgerald, assistant director in consultancy Ernst & Young's renewable energy practice. "The real lesson here for investors is that if something is too good to be true, then it probably is just that," he told ClimateWire.
21 Oct 2010

Wind power: saving the earth, or just costing it?

"The British experience," Whitehouse says, "has been to use wind farms to increase the energy bills of every household without increasing the security of energy supply." In Britain, that explains why energy analysts have of late widely predicted national power cuts within just four years. Once we get past the wind-industry press handouts, what the "British wind experience" actually teaches is how quixotic fictions can easily leave us cold.
12 Oct 2010

U.K. focuses on wind farms to improve energy profile

Despite growing opposition from citizens, nature conservation trusts and local lawmakers, the government continues to push for more wind farms across the country. Time is ticking toward a deadline in 2020 set by the European Union by which Britain would have to increase the amount of power it generates from renewable sources to 15 percent.
29 Sep 2010

The Thanet wind farm will milk us of billions

A far more significant omission from the media reports, however, was any mention of the colossal subsidies this wind farm will earn. Wind energy is subsidised through the system of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs), unwittingly paid for by all of us through our electricity bills. Our electricity supply companies are obliged to buy offfshore wind energy at three times its normal price, so that each kilowatt hour of electricity receives a 200 per cent subsidy of £100.
25 Sep 2010

How billions are being blown on wind farms

British consumers are coughing up £1billion a year to support renewable energy without realising it, a leading expert revealed yesterday. ..."The Government's infatuation with offshore wind has led to other renewable sources, such as tidal power, being starved of resources."
24 Sep 2010
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