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Denmark Slashes Wind Power Subsidies to Curb Runaway Power Costs

May 2, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




From Stop These Things:


When the wind industry and its worshippers start chanting their mantras about the ‘wonders’ of wind, it isn’t long before they start preaching about the examples purportedly set by the Europeans; and, in particular, the Nordic nations.

That the great wind power fraud was driven by Denmark’s struggling turbine maker, Vestas probably has a fair bit to do with the worshippers’ fanatic-cult-like veneration of Scandinavia.

But, hold the phone?

It seems that economics works in precisely the same fashion in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, as just about everywhere else (save Cuba and North Korea, say?).

When you’re trying to sell a ‘product’ with NO commercial value, the ‘business’ – for want of a better word – can only be about what you can extract from gullible/compliant governments (and unwitting power consumers), in the form of massive and endless subsidies.

Now, in the wind industry’s heartland, the Danes too have rumbled the fact that the wind really isn’t ‘free’, as the wind cult claims. Oh no.

Worshipping the Wind Gods comes at a staggering cost, as Danish households and businesses have fast come to realise.

As with everywhere else, power prices matter to consumers in the same way votes matter to politicians. The mounting anger of the former has forced a panicked retreat by the latter: Denmark’s Climate and Energy Lars Christian Lilleholt has just slashed support for offshore wind projects in an effort to cut billions of Danish kroner from the cost to power consumers of being forced to perpetually subsidise wind power.

After more than 40 years of promising to stand on its own 2 feet, the Danish wind industry is still (surprise, surprise) wholly dependent on massive subsidies to survive.

Denmark’s leading Daily, Jyllands Posten, exasperated at the need for endless subsidies and “lies about the economic competitiveness of the renewables market”, is demanding an end to the electricity tax that retail customers pay to fund them (referred to as the Public Service Obligation – ‘PSO’).

Adding to the Dane’s lament about crippling power bills is the fact that they are surrounded by thousands of these things, which drive their neighbours to despair – just like everywhere else – with, as the Editor of the Jyllands Posten calls it, their “destructive, low-frequency noise”.

Thousands of angry wind farm neighbours and runaway power bills make for a politically toxic cocktail, as these reports lay bare.


Read the full account from Jyllands Posten here.

  1. Keitho permalink
    May 2, 2016 11:44 am

    That’s a huge amount of money being diverted into pockets unknown and the awful thing is that it is destroying wealth not creating it at a national level. I understand the renewables industry is now a $1.5 trillion/yr business and for all that money we have actually received nothing of any value whatsoever.

    It is a scandalous boondoggle where friends of politicians get truckloads of taxpayer money and the taxpayer gets bugger all except ever increasing bills. What a swizz.

  2. BLACK PEARL permalink
    May 2, 2016 12:03 pm

    It has been a convenient income for Govts as well

    Environmental Taxes – 2014 – Office for National Statistics

    Its just like another additional form of VAT applied at all levels
    Where else are they going to find this sort of creative taxation from the plebs

  3. Graeme No.3 permalink
    May 2, 2016 12:23 pm

    Stand by for weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. For 40 years Denmark has been the pinup boy of the Greens. They will have to ignore the reality, but have lots of practice at that.

  4. May 2, 2016 1:04 pm

    The abundance of fossil fuels is destroying climate change policies, including but not limited to these subsidies.

  5. markl permalink
    May 2, 2016 4:57 pm

    Unintended consequences meet reality. The sad part is all the renewable energy failures is they were identified beforehand but ignored. The end justifies the means for environmentalists but we haven’t seen the end yet.

  6. May 3, 2016 9:48 am

    News : Danish workers at Siemens chronically ill after prolonged exposure to dangerous chemicals, reports DR in English language newspaper.

    May 2nd, 2016
    DR reports that up to 64 workers at Siemens Wind Power in Denmark have developed chronic illnesses after prolonged exposure to dangerous chemicals over the last decade.

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      May 3, 2016 9:59 am

      Wonder how this will affect the decommissioning of the turbines when the time comes ?

      • AndyG55 permalink
        May 3, 2016 10:04 am

        “decommissioning of the turbines ”

        Will have to be taxpayer funded…..

        The Green Entrepreneurs who took all the subsidy money will have scarpered to the Bahamas.

  7. AndyG55 permalink
    May 3, 2016 10:02 am


    As son as the subsidies are withdrawn !!

  8. May 3, 2016 10:37 am

    Reblogged this on Petrossa's Blog and commented:
    and yet another nail in the coffin

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      May 3, 2016 12:14 pm

      Yeah buts its still going to be a very long wake before the ‘coffin’ eventually gets put in the ground.
      Carbon Capture that actually works 🙂

  9. May 4, 2016 12:39 pm

    More News : “Danish minister to stop solar support scheme after 4.5 GW of surprise applications

    Danish energy minister Lars Lilleholt wants to urgently close a support scheme for solar installations, after it received applications for over 4 GW in April.

    In a statement today the minister said the huge and unexpected interest in the so-called 60/40 solar scheme, reaching about 4.5 GW, would result in a significant rise in the cost to Danish electricity consumers. A bill introduced by Lilleholt aims to stop immediately the support mechanism for future applications and exclude all current applications that have not yet been approved for support.

    Denmark has about 790 MW of installed solar power generation capacity. recently said the total may grow to 7.5 GW by 2040, thanks to an expected rise in residential deployment.

    The 60/40 scheme offers solar power producers a fixed power purchase price of DKK 0.60 (USD 0.094/EUR 0.081) per kWh for 10 years and then DKK 0.40/kWh for another 10 years. This compares to a power price of some DKK 0.18/kWh at present. The premium for solar power is paid through the Public Service Obligation (PSO).” H/T Roy on BH

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