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Wind Farm Owners Upset That Their Subsidies May End!

April 16, 2015

By Paul Homewood  




The British wind power industry is up in arms at the prospect that the Tories will scrap subsidies for any more onshore wind farms, if they win the election. (Offshore ones will still be subsidised).

PEI report:

The British wind power industry is up in arms after the ruling Conservative party announced that will end any new public subsidies for wind farms.
The main government party announced the measure as part of its unveiled
manifesto ahead of the forthcoming general election.
The manifesto says wind power has made “a meaningful contribution to our energy mix” but a Tory government would also change the law on new applications so local people have the final say.

Andrew Whalley, chief executive of Renewable Energy Generation, which owns or operates 16 wind farms around the UK and has about 20 plants in development said, “The whole thing is just perverse beyond belief.”
“For a government that claims to be the greenest ever and wants electricity prices to be lower it doesn’t make any sense,” he said, arguing that wind farms in some locations were as cheap as gas plants and supported thousands of jobs.


Really Mr Whalley? If wind farms are so efficient, they will not need any subsidy, so you will be able to build them anyway.

As for lower electricity prices, no doubt this would explain why even DECC admit that subsidies for renewables will increase electricity bills by about 30% by 2020.

What you really mean is that you want to be able to carry on raking off millions in subsidies every year, while building your monstrosities that local don’t want.

There! It was not that difficult to say, was it?

  1. Green Sand permalink
    April 16, 2015 10:46 pm

    O, diddums, what a shame!

    But wait! “(Offshore ones will still be subsidised)” so “the industry” can still paid to learn how to paddle its own canoe?

  2. AndyG55 permalink
    April 17, 2015 2:34 am

    But, but.. haven’t all the alarmista trolls here been saying that wind is cheaper.?

    If so, why should a subsidy be needed. ?

  3. April 17, 2015 4:52 am

    “20 years is a wind turbine’s life span,
    What happens then? Is there a plan?
    Thousands of turbines will then need replacing,
    A new energy crisis we will be facing.

    And what if by then we are fed up with the scam,
    And green energy costs are just bankrupting man,
    And man-made climate change and global warming
    Are distant propaganda, we’re no longer conforming?…”

    Read more:

  4. countrybumpkin permalink
    April 17, 2015 6:10 am

    It would be even better if a future UK government were to follow the lead of Spain and reduce the level of subsidies paid to existing wind farms so as to limit rates of return to 7%. That would reduce the cost to consumers and curb excessive profits whilst ensuring that wind farm investors are still able to recover the cost of their past investments.

  5. AndyG55 permalink
    April 17, 2015 6:12 am

    Are they trying to recover some of the UKIP vote?

    • Brian H permalink
      April 17, 2015 8:23 pm

      Yeah, that’s my take. I wonder, too, if EU rules really would allow any cars to be detached from the gravy train at all …

  6. April 17, 2015 6:45 am

    The birds will be happy about not being chopped to shreds. Bats too.

    • saveenergy permalink
      April 17, 2015 7:34 am

      Bats don’t get chopped to shreds,..
      .. their lungs explode ( barotrauma )…. due to the blade vortex causing a rapid drop in air pressure.

  7. Paul permalink
    April 17, 2015 9:12 am

    This is a Conserative election promise, so I don’t think those farming the wind subsidys have anything to worry about.

  8. Bloke down the pub permalink
    April 17, 2015 10:44 am

    One reason why Dale Vince deigned to come down from his hill-top fort to campaign for the local Labour candidate.

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