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But the IPPR, a centre-left think-tank, says that householders, many of whom are already struggling to pay their fuel bills, will also suffer. It estimates that 30,000 to 60,000 more households will be pushed into fuel poverty - defined as spending more than 10 per cent of your disposable income on heat and light.
The Energy Department has been warned that without this massive back-up for the new generation of heavily subsidised giant wind farms, the lights could go out when the wind dies down.
The winds of war are breaking over Totnes in a £4million turbine power battle of words and acronyms. On one side is Shoct - South Hams Opposing Commercial Turbines - who are dead against plans to site a pair of massive wind turbines just outside Totnes. On the other side is the newly formed Swish.
Some of the people who had been fighting the plans for five years broke down in tears when North Devon District Council's planning committee turned down the application to build a wind farm close to Exmoor National Park on Wednesday evening.
"It's a ridiculous state of affairs that the people of Wales cannot decide on such matters. Why are the UK Government so afraid of Welsh people having control over their own energy resources, like they do in Scotland?"
The Kincardine and Mearns area committee has requested that further guidance is urgently sought from the Scottish Government on what level of wind power generation Aberdeenshire Council should be expected to provide.
The tide seems to be turning against the controversial proliferation of wind farms in the central Borders. On Monday, the planning committee of Scottish Borders Council took just half-an-hour to unanimously reject a bid for eight huge turbines at Broadmeadows, just west of Selkirk and close to the Southern Upland Way.
"The indicative capacities set out in Tan 8 in 2005 reflected a considered view of the potential impact of grid and transport connections. However, in a number of the SSAs, developer interest has now greatly exceeded those indicative figures. "The Welsh Government believes this level of development is unacceptable in view of its wider impacts on the local area.
The £55 million turbines at Athany in the Scottish Highlands ground to a halt after complaints from residents that their lives are being made a misery by the constant whirring of the blades. People living close to the wind farm complained to the council that their complaints were being ignored.
However, government figures last month suggested that the winds which sweep Britain may be weakening. Thirteen of the past 16 months have been calmer than normal - while 2010 was the "stillest" year of the past decade.
Ironically, key parts for wind turbines are produced by industries that require a great deal of energy during manufacturing, such as cement-makers and steel-makers. These heavy industries are being increasingly taxed.
Jane and Julian Davis say the battle against eight wind turbines at Deeping St Nicholas has taken over their lives for the last five years, leaving them unable to picture what their future may be. Next month, starting from July 4, two weeks has been set aside for them to put their case forward to the High Court.
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.
"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.
Statistics based on a study carried out by St Andrews University, and which centre on its controversial plans to create a wind farm close to the village of Boarhills, have been questioned.
Energy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid cannot use the power they are producing. ...It raises the prospect of hugely profitable electricity suppliers receiving large sums of money from the National Grid just for switching off wind turbines.
"It's unbelievable that they would press ahead with something that nobody wants around here, that's incredibly close to houses and which people are really, really concerned about," said Beverley Carr, who has written to her local MP Stephen Dorrell asking for an explanation.
Apart from anything else, by 2020 our Government expects us to pay £100 billion for a further 10,000 useless, subsidised windmills, plus £40 billion to connect them to the National Grid. These costs alone would almost double our present electricity bills.
Wind farm operators were paid £2.6m to keep their turbines idle last month in the latest stealth charge on household power bills. ...'The most expensive shutdown occurred on May 24, when seven wind farms came off-line for a total of 69 hours at a cost to the grid of £613,000.
"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."