Articles filed under Energy Policy from UK

Davey takes on Osborne over wind farms

"We are not deaf to the controversy around onshore wind. Indeed, we are sensitive to it. We don't want communities to feel that onshore wind is damaging their way of life; rather, that they are playing a vital role in meeting the national need for secure, clean energy. And we certainly don't want hostility to local onshore wind farms to poison a wider debate that is critical to the UK's energy security."
16 Sep 2012

The great wind delusion has hijacked our energy policy

Anyone impressed by the efficient way in which Britain has organised the Olympic Games might consider the stark contrast provided by the shambles of our national energy policy - wholly focused as it is on the belief that we can somehow keep our lights on by building tens of thousands more wind turbines within eight years.
11 Aug 2012

Osborne offers deal on wind power

Mr Osborne said he was “content” to accept a reduction in subsidies of just 10 per cent in the short term. ...some in the Treasury had been pressing for cuts of up to 25%. ...But the compromise offer came with a list of demands aimed at securing a big role for natural gas in Britain’s energy mix.
23 Jul 2012

Davey warns on wind power subsidy cuts

With Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, representing Britain at the Rio environmental summit this week, Mr Davey is fighting to maintain the government's green credentials in the face of determined Conservative lobbying against onshore wind farms.
18 Jun 2012

Gone with the wind

According to Connie Hedegaard, the European Union's commissioner for climate action, "People should believe that [wind power] is very, very cheap." In fact, this is a highly problematic claim. While wind energy is cheaper than other, more ineffective renewables, such as solar, tidal and ethanol, it is nowhere near competitive. If it were, we wouldn't have to keep spending significant sums to subsidize it.
19 Mar 2012

Trump bids to end turbine 'madness'

Mr Trump has halted work on his resort until a decision on the wind farm is made by the Scottish Government. Today, Mr Trump said he had "invested a tremendous amount of money in Scotland because it is a place of great beauty and is also the birthplace of my mother''. He added: "Interestingly, it will be the greatest gift to my mother to stop this atrocity.
9 Mar 2012

Windfarms axed as UK loses its taste for turbines

"The more the true full cost of wind energy is exposed the more you have to ask why we continue to back such an expensive and intermittent source of energy. All this money ends up coming from consumers at the end of the day and this raises the question: how many people will be forced into fuel poverty because we continue with such a high level of direct and indirect subsidy to the wind industry?"
26 Feb 2012

Anti-wind power MPs may have Cameron's backing

The attractions of the "anti-wind" letter are emphasised by the apparent difficulty in organising a counter-demonstration of support. Heaton-Harris took just three days to collect his signatures; weeks later, nobody has got an equal number of MPs to sign support for onshore wind - although a group of pro-renewable interests is mustering backing from more predictable interests, including renewable companies and environmental campaigners.
26 Feb 2012

Wind industry's extensive lobbying to preserve subsidies and defeat local resistance to turbines

"The government's own data shows that in spite of its unpopularity the wind industry is in fact having an easy time in planning, with the vast majority of schemes being forced on unwilling local populations. "Very high subsidy levels have resulted in an overheated market and a rush of development that is inappropriate and environmentally damaging, as well as being extremely expensive for the consumer."
12 Feb 2012

KPMG refuses to publish controversial green energy report

KPMG is refusing to publish the full findings of a controversial study examining the cost of the government's green energy policies, which was originally used as a basis for a series of media reports attacking the cost of renewable energy. ...They claimed Britain could meet its 2020 carbon reduction targets more cost effectively by building nuclear and gas-fired power stations instead of wind farms.
7 Feb 2012
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