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Green Energy Catastrophe

March 30, 2016

By Paul Homewood






A round up of today’s energy news from around the world:





1) SunEdison, The World’s Largest Green Energy Company Is Facing Bankruptcy.

SunEdison, which bills itself as the world’s largest green energy company, may soon file for bankruptcy protection, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, as the company faces “liquidity difficulties” despite getting millions in government subsidies.

An SEC filing from TerraForm Global, a unit of SunEdison, claims “due to SunEdison’s liquidity difficulties, there is a substantial risk that SunEdison will soon seek bankruptcy protection.” Both SunEdison and TerraForm are delaying the filing of their annual financial report to the SEC.

News of SunEdison’s impending bankruptcy filing comes after the company’s shares fell 95 percent in the past 12 months, with shares now trading for less than $1 for the first time since the green energy company went public in 1995. SunEdison’s market value fell from $10 billion in July 2015 to around $400 million today.

The news also comes after the SEC announced it was launching an investigation into SunEdison’s disclosures to shareholders regarding the company’s liquidity. SEC enforcement officials “are looking into whether SunEdison overstated its liquidity last fall when it told investors it had more than $1 billion in cash,” according to The Wall Street Journal.



2) Spain’s Abengoa Files for Chapter 15 Bankruptcy in U.S.

Abengoa SA has filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. as the Spanish energy company continues talks with its banks and bondholders to agree on its plan to restructure billions of dollars in debt. The bankruptcy filing comes after Abengoa struck a deal with key creditors that gives it more time—through Oct. 28—to continue negotiations on restructuring its debts, which court papers show total more than €14.6 billion ($16.48 billion). The company hopes the U.S. bankruptcy will provide extra breathing room for these talks. 



3) TATA to sell UK steel operation

Britain’s steel industry was plunged into crisis last night with thousands of jobs at risk after reports that Tata Steel is to leave Britain. At least 4,000 jobs and the reputation of Wales as the crucible of British steelworking were in jeopardy as sources indicated that the owner of the giant Port Talbot steel mills no longer wanted to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in the UK industry. Port Talbot is thought to be losing £300 million a year as the steel it produces for the automotive and consumer goods industries fails to be competitively priced in a market racked by stock-dumping in the Far East and at home by punitive domestic environmental and energy consumption taxes.



4) The GWPF calls for the fifth carbon budget to be delayed

The Global Warming Policy Forum is calling on the Government to delay the 5th Carbon Budget and scrap Britain’s unilateral Carbon Floor Price both of which are contributing to the crisis of UK steel and other energy intensive industries. Britain’s Carbon Floor Price is a unilateral carbon tax at a floor price of £18 per tCO2. It is more than four times higher than the EU’s current carbon price which is less than £4 (€4.80 on 30 March 2016). The GWPF has been consistently warning about the rising policy cost of electricity prices which are expected to increase by 47% by 2020 for large industrial energy consumers. The UK’s extra large users of electricity are already paying nearly twice as much for power as the EU average.



GWPF director Dr Benny Peiser said:

“Energy intensive industries – including UK steel – are facing a growing competitiveness crisis. Britain’s unilateral climate policies are racking up electricity prices and are adding to the cost burden.”

“In light of the existential crisis of the steel and other energy-intensive industries, the Government should delay setting new unilateral CO2 targets and scrap the Carbon Price Floor that are hitting UK manufacturers. They also need to bear down on the growing costs of renewable energy subsidies.”



5)  China Stops Building Wind Turbines Because Most Of The Energy Is Wasted

The Chinese government isn’t building any new wind turbines because most of the new electricity created was wasted, causing serious damage to the country’s electrical grid. The government stopped approving new wind power projects in the country’s windiest regions earlier this month, according to a China’s National Energy Administration statement. Government statistics show that 33.9 billion kilowatt-hours of wind-power, or about 15 percent of all Chinese wind power, was wasted in 2015 alone.

Beijing has ordered wind operators to stop expanding four times in the last five years because unreliable wind power was damaging the country’s power grid and costing the government enormous amounts of money. The best areas for wind turbines in China are far away from the coastal provinces where most of its population lives, and building the infrastructure to transmit wind energy over long distances is enormously expensive and could cost many times the price of generating the electricity.



6) EDF engineers urge delay for Hinkley Point C 

EDF’s engineers have circulated a paper to all executives internally counselling against developing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.

The white paper said that the “realistic service date was 2027” due to the size of the project, continuing design modifications to the European Pressurised Reactor system and the “very low” competency of French supplier Areva in making some of the large components.

The company’s engineers don’t believe in the existing design, pointing to the delays experienced in Finland and France. The paper, seen by the Financial Times, makes the case for a “new EPR”, calling on the company to redesign the current reactor technology to make it smaller, cheaper to build and less complicated.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    March 30, 2016 4:56 pm

    The Daily Caller’s headline defies logic.

    “China Stops Building Wind Turbines Because **Most** Of The Energy Is Wasted”

    When its author states:

    “Government statistics show that ….. about 15 percent of all Chinese wind power, was wasted in 2015 alone.”

  2. March 30, 2016 4:59 pm

    All in all, a good day to be a skeptic. Chickens coming home to roost everywhere. Renewable solar bankruptcies despite subsidies and loan guarantees. Further crippling of UK industry. Further rejection of a foolishly bad Hinckley deal. Further evidence intermittent wind cripples grids. UK should emulate China, stop wind and build USC coal with SO2 and flyash scrubbers.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      March 30, 2016 10:02 pm

      The next 12 months will bring further bad news for “the cause”. Blackouts in the UK and South Australia, and possibly Germany at times of peak demand will be the end of approval for ‘renewables’.
      (South Australia has the highest dependence on renewables of any State coupled with the dimmest politicians – and if you knew about some of the ‘brighter’ politicians in Australia you would wonder how those in SA are allowed out in public.)

      • Jack Broughton permalink
        March 31, 2016 1:07 pm

        Must be something required to be a politician: SA looks to be up to par!

  3. markl permalink
    March 30, 2016 5:19 pm

    Will the US see the writing on the wall or will it continue its’ march towards industrial and economy ruination with energy policies that are obviously out of step with reality? Stay tuned, the world is watching.

    • Marie Jane permalink
      April 4, 2016 3:53 pm

      Marie Jane from the U.S. ………we certainly do hope so.

    • Marie Jane permalink
      April 4, 2016 4:00 pm

      Marie Jane from the U.S. to markl………we certainly do hope so. One would think that we would have learned from early signs of trouble but the greenwashed, politicians wanting to move up the political leader to fame and glory, the politically correct environmental folks all wanted to beat the industrial wind turbine agenda drum……..stay tuned……..and please keep watch

  4. Bitter&twisted permalink
    March 30, 2016 6:37 pm

    What a shame the climate models didn’t predict this subsidy pause- not!

    Just hope the blinkered idiots who invested in these scams lose their shirts.
    The real criminals are the scamsters who set up these subsidy farms and the politicians who encouraged them.

  5. March 30, 2016 8:13 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Water always finds its level.

  6. March 30, 2016 8:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Roald J. Larsen and commented:
    And that’s only in one day ..

    One more for the road.
    Renewables are useless: The Evidence is Overwhelming

  7. March 31, 2016 2:43 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  8. March 31, 2016 5:53 pm

    It’s amazing watching politicians commit electoral suicide by committing to expensive unreliables. People will get less and less tolerant of high energy prices and restrictions on power supply as the years go by.

  9. April 2, 2016 8:05 am

    Going, going…

    ‘Shares in SunEdison plunge 50% after reports of possible bankruptcy’

    ‘The impending bankruptcy marks a Shakespearean fall for a company which had a market value of about $10 billion last summer and nearly $8 billion as of late September, according to SEC filings. Shares in SunEdison stood at 0.43, down 0.20 or 47.67% in after-hours trading, after paring some earlier losses. Over the last 52-weeks, shares in the company are down approximately 98%.’

    It’s also being investigated for possibly vastly overstating its financial health, which isn’t allowed.

  10. April 4, 2016 4:20 pm

    Reblogged this on citizenpoweralliance.

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