Danish firm reaping wind farm subsidy bonanza says UK must accept foreign turbine parts
By Paul Homewood
Remember when we were promised all those green jobs?
Little Emily writes in the Telegraph:
Britain must accept that major parts of its offshore wind farms will be manufactured abroad, Danish giant Dong Energy has said, as new figures reveal the vast scale of subsidies it is set to receive from UK consumers.
The state-backed Danish company has benefited more than any other developer from the UK’s push for offshore wind and is facing fresh calls to invest more of its multi-billion pound proceeds into a British supply chain.
Figures obtained by the Telegraph show that existing UK wind farms in which Dong has stakes, combined with new projects it is currently building, are together set to receive more than £1.5bn a year in subsidies, funded by levies on energy bills. Dong is in line for a significant share of the windfall.
Although blades for the new turbines will be made in the UK, Samuel Leupold, a senior Dong executive, said it made sense to source other major parts elsewhere, such as nacelles – the part of the turbine that houses the generators – from Germany, and most foundations and towers from other European countries.
Mr Leupold said the idea of a complete domestic supply chain for all turbine parts was “what politicians dream of” but, since every country sought that, it was “the contrary of becoming cost-efficient”….
Martin Vickers, a Tory MP whose constituency includes supply chain firms, said the UK content of these projects should be higher and it was “payback time”.
One rival wind executive said it was “incumbent on the Government” to make companies like Dong that received generous contracts “buy supply from UK-based organisations”.
John Constable of the Renewable Energy Foundation, a campaign group critical of wind subsidies, said: “The subsidies to offshore wind turbines in Dong’s portfolio are in effect energy taxes levied on British consumers for the benefit of the Danish government and equipment manufacturers, mostly in Germany.”