Denmark Slashes Wind Power Subsidies to Curb Runaway Power Costs
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.