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Hundreds of Dutch green energy windmills operating at a loss

April 15, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




News from the Netherlands:


Hundreds of wind turbines in the Netherlands are operating at a loss and are in danger of being demolished. The main cause is the very low energy prices, which mean that the maintaining the turbines cost more than what the generated energy bring in, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on own research.

Subsidies for generating wind energy are in many cases no longer cost-effective. Smaller, older windmills in particular are running at a loss, but even newer mills are struggling to be profitable with insufficient subsidies.

This is extremely worrying, according to the paper, seeing as the Netherlands is already behind in meeting green energy targets set in the Energy agreement.

Teun Bokhoven, chairman of umbrella organization for sustainable energy companies, thinks that the subsidy arrangement need to change, he said to BNR. The current subsidies are based on long-term forecasts and do not take the current low energy price into account.


Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is distinctly unimpressed with Germany’s Energiewende!


Berlin’s renewable energy fiasco is about to get even worse

Germany has spent some €200 billion ($228.09 billion) since 2000 transforming its energy industry into a green dream, and now Berlin wants to spend more. Witness its latest attempt to discourage investment in wind power, which happens to be the only renewable energy generation that makes even vague sense for Germany.

A review now under way of the 2014 renewable-energy law could change the way Berlin chooses new generating capacity. The current system of subsidies and feed-in tariffs (requirements that utilities buy renewable electricity at above-market prices) has led to a bonanza of solar- and wind-farm construction, and renewables now provide one-third of electricity generated in Germany.

The renewables never seem to fall in price the way boosters promise, and with costs skyrocketing Berlin needs a cheaper way to boost renewable capacity to its self-imposed goal of 45% of electricity generation by 2025.

The proposed solution is a bidding system in which renewable producers would compete for the right to produce a share of the planned new green capacity based on who can offer the lowest price. An auction process is supposed to make green energy more affordable. But Berlin wants to exclude new wind producers from this auction, at least as long as other producers such as solar are available. This despite—or perhaps because of—the fact that wind is the cheapest form of green power in Germany.

It makes you wonder if there’s any form of energy-price signal that governments won’t ignore. Germany’s 16-year-old Energiewende, or energy transformation, already has wrecked the country’s energy market in its quest to wean the economy off fossil fuels and nuclear power. Traditional power plants, including those that burn cleaner gas, have been closing left and right while soaring electricity prices push industries overseas and bankrupt households. Job losses run to the tens of thousands.

Now the effort to suppress additional wind-power development threatens to make matters worse. By favoring solar, Berlin would be picking the power source that most exacerbates the problems with the energy transformation. It’s the most expensive, requiring the greatest subsidies—at least €116 billion in today’s prices over the lifetime of the solar capacity built between 2000 and 2014. Germany has a climate and geography with about as much sunshine as Alaska, so solar is also the least reliable renewable. […]

All of this—the job losses, the unreliable power supply, the astonishing amounts of spending that could top €1 trillion over the coming decades, and the rising coal emissions to boot—amounts to one of the more monumental blunders of modern governance.

Berlin likes to think of itself as a green-energy example to the rest of the world. It sure is.

  1. April 15, 2016 5:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  2. A C Osborn permalink
    April 15, 2016 6:32 pm

    Good, the sooner the better.

  3. Bitter&twisted permalink
    April 15, 2016 6:41 pm

    “The renewables never seem to fall in price the way boosters promise”
    How true.
    The only thing “renewable” about “renewables” is the repeated injections of taxpayers money.
    When are these “renewables” scamsters going to be prosecuted for a fraud which makes Enron look small?

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      April 15, 2016 7:46 pm

      Well if they just increase the subsidies all will be well
      I’m surprised one of the many EU Presidents hasn’t instructed them to do so already

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        April 16, 2016 5:16 am

        How true! More subsidies will bring more renewables which will generate more electricity (at the time as those in existence) causing a bigger glut of electricity leading to even lower prices which means more subsidies that will bring…….. I wonder if they have thought this one through?

  4. April 15, 2016 6:42 pm

    Hmmm, large rotating electrical machines in storm-prone sea water, what could possibly go wrong, especially with large teams of technicians doing constant maintenance with boats and helicopters in order to ensure the provision of “free” electricity, but only when the wind blows.

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      April 15, 2016 7:43 pm

      Mentioned all this to Amber Rudd on a number of occasions, but get passed on to a DECC ‘expert’ who always repeats the sane company mission statement as its essential to battle climate change by reaching the carbon targets, with copious mentions of the IPPC

  5. emsnews permalink
    April 16, 2016 12:40 am

    Maybe Germany could put all the illegal aliens pouring in to work running on treadmills to run electricity.

  6. John F. Hultquist permalink
    April 16, 2016 2:57 am

    Germany is the best country for this problem. They make lots of beer to cry into.

  7. wally permalink
    April 16, 2016 4:35 am

    De Industrialisation !!!! The only solution settled science has to offer.

  8. April 16, 2016 8:55 am

    ‘struggling to be profitable with insufficient subsidies’

    There’s the problem, but surely ‘saving the world’ isn’t about money 😉

  9. April 16, 2016 10:01 am

    There are too many snouts in the subsidy trough. It needs a bigger trough and a better means of keeping it topped up. Why aren’t electricity bill payers clamouring to pay more for their electricity to keep the scam artists in the luxury they deserve when they are saving the planet?

  10. Edmonotn Al permalink
    April 16, 2016 1:24 pm

    I suspect that oil prices will not make major gains, until the “green energy” groups are nearly all out of business. The “greens” want to bring down capitalism and the free market system, but the free market system may, by having low fossil fuel costs, put the “Greens” out of business. Government subsidies cannot be raised indefinitely. Or can they???

  11. Gary smith permalink
    April 17, 2016 1:05 am

    Dutch windmills redundant

  12. April 17, 2016 6:55 pm

    Renewable energy is fine, but used wisely and carefully, in other not to impact the Earth (or, in this case, Earth’s climate) in a negative way. Quoting from here (, in order to point out to what was the windmills impact in the Baltic and the North Sea: „Three facts are established: higher warming, a small shift in the seasons, and a decreasing sea ice cover. In each scenario the two sea’s conditions play a decisive role. These conditions are impaired by wind farms, shipping, fishing, off shore drilling, under sea floor gas-pipe line construction and maintenance, naval exercise, diving, yachting, and so on, about little to nothing has been investigated and is understood.”

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