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Walney Wind Farm Means Higher Bills, Ms Perry

September 6, 2018

By Paul Homewood

Quite why the Telegraph keeps giving space to the likes of Claire Perry to peddle her dishonest propaganda is beyond me:

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With blades the size of nine London buses, covering an area equivalent to 36,000 football pitches off the Cumbrian coast, and generating enough clean electricity to power more than 600,000 homes, Walney Extension deals in big numbers and means big business and bigger opportunity for the UK.

The opening of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm comes 10 years since we passed the Climate Change Act. Since then we have grown our economy while cutting carbon faster than the rest of the G7, a global leadership position that proves tackling climate change is one of the great industrial opportunities of our time….

Our world-beating offshore wind industry is part of the backbone of our success. We have embraced our natural environment as one of the windiest countries in the world, with the UK accounting for more than half of new offshore wind power capacity build in Europe last year. Today renewables provide almost one third of our electricity, with wind accounting for half of that and prices falling by more than 50pc in only a few years. This is enabling us to get much more clean energy for less while ensuring consumers get a fair deal.



Amidst the lies about falling prices, Ms Perry managed to forget to mention how much electricity from Walney will actually cost:




Yes, £166.59/MWh, nearly four times the market price.

Walney is rated at 660MW, meaning that annual subsidies will amount to about £280 million, all paid for out of electricity bills.

Furthermore, this subsidy is index linked and guaranteed for 15 years, making a total of £4.2bn at today’s prices.

Apparently this means ensuring consumers get a fair deal.

  1. A C Osborn permalink
    September 6, 2018 11:21 am

    Put that alonside the new Cap on Bills, they appear to be mutually exclusive.
    Just how do the suppliers get back their cash when someone uses twice as much electricity as the Cap allows to be charged for?
    That made a big deal this mornig about the number of new small Electricity suppliers.
    All they really do is provide a billing service.

  2. Chris, Leeds permalink
    September 6, 2018 11:23 am

    If only some of our politicians had the courage to ‘call out’ this nonsense and attempt to put our energy supply back on a truly rational basis – I understand that, at long last, the Australian Governing Party/Coalition has just done this.

  3. September 6, 2018 11:26 am

    It appears that the Telegraph is now doubling up on the propaganda and outright lies. There is also a parallel article by Silly Jilly, also posted at 12.01 am:

    We now seem to have three different payments being made to Walney phases 1, 2 and 3.

    We have had a long line of clueless politicians in charge of out energy supply.

  4. Tony Budd permalink
    September 6, 2018 11:37 am

    What is the “carbon footprint” of manufacturing and installing all those turbines, including all the undersea and grid extension cable manufacturing and installation, plus the footprint of the annual maintenance (fuel etc for the vessels involved)?

  5. Mike Jackson permalink
    September 6, 2018 11:43 am

    Take a deep breath … or two … and ignore it, Paul. All that will happen otherwise is you’ll damage your health to no purpose.
    Perry isn’t doing this deliberately. Every word she says has been dripped into her by the little Green man behind the curtain. Put her in an off-the-cuff interview without a brief and she wouldn’t have a clue where to start like most politicians.
    The sad thing is that she is a Geography graduate so one would have hoped she might have had at least a tenuous grasp on some aspects of climate reality but apparently not. Like one more Duracell bunny or I Speak Your Weight machine, flick the switch and she’ll trot out the obligatory garbage to order.

    • bobn permalink
      September 6, 2018 3:01 pm

      She’s an ignorant, prejudiced, chauvinist liar! I’ll happily defend in court this statement; the evidence is out there.

      • September 6, 2018 4:40 pm

        That’s what a modern geography degree produces, though somehow she ended up as a Tory.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      September 7, 2018 9:37 pm

      Just what I was about to say!! Useless woman; useful idiot.

  6. Athelstan permalink
    September 6, 2018 12:01 pm

    I can’t believe she doesn’t know the truth of the idiocy of planting bird mincers and that only means one thing, claire perry is a barefaced liar but hey, it ain’t her money and besides her excuse is already in the bag, “I was only following orders”.

  7. Emrys Jones permalink
    September 6, 2018 12:21 pm

    Ms Perry’s article is gone from the front page on the DT. Gone by lunchtime, what a humiliation; if they thought it was good they would have left it there for a week.

    Now it is near the bottom of the Business pages. Perhaps the DT Editor came to the same conclusion as Paul.

  8. September 6, 2018 12:35 pm

    This morning’s bbc breakfast had coverage of this, and of the three guests interviewed by the intrepid Ben was Emma Pinchbeck Executive Director of Renewables UK.

    Ben asks (paraphrased): How does this figure in the mix of where we get our energy?

    Emma replies (verbatim): Right now renewables are doing a third of our electricity generation today and by 2030 we’re talking about the majority of our power coming from renewables. Offshore wind today is 15% of that.

    Ben asks about how easy it is to add more renewables.

    Emma replies (verbatim): In terms of policy what’s made it much easier to do more renewables is that they’re now the cheapest form of generation we have. So offshore wind costs about £57.50 per MWh, that is cheaper than gas and it’s cheaper than new nuclear. Onshore wind is even cheaper.

    As the camera pans across to the third guest, I am sure you can see the MD of Orsted UK smirking at that number, knowing that he’s getting round about thrice that.

    • dave permalink
      September 6, 2018 6:34 pm

      Emma – “Right now renewables are doing a third of our electricity generation today…”

      Right now (5:15 PM in the summer):

      Solar 2.6%, Wind 9.2% = 11.8% True Renewables

      Imported-Forest-Wood-Burning 7.0%…

  9. September 6, 2018 1:28 pm

    There is another great vulnerability that no one is considering. We are currently in a warm phase but if the world returns to another Little Ice Age, then there will be many massive icebergs floating around in this region. According to the internet: “How much do icebergs weigh? Icebergs can vary greatly in size, ranging from very large – greater than 10 million tonnes and hundreds of metres long – to large,medium, and small bergs. The smallest are termed “bergy bits,” which are the size of a small house, and “growlers,” which are the size of a grand piano.” So I wonder how these windmill will stand up to collisions with an object weighing 100,000 tons.

  10. Richard Bell permalink
    September 6, 2018 2:08 pm

    This is partly the reason I have CANCELED my subscription to the Telegraph …… Glad to see they are powered by BULLS**T though ……….

    • roger permalink
      September 6, 2018 10:40 pm

      I cancelled many years ago, when they started taking half and full page adverts covertly masquerading as articles and compromised any chance of an independent position on the subject.
      Over the ensuing years they lost all integrity and became the waste of paper that they are today.

      • roger permalink
        September 6, 2018 10:42 pm

        I cancelled many years ago, when they started taking half and full page adverts from the Carbon Trust covertly masquerading as articles and compromised any chance of an independent position on the subject.
        Over the ensuing years they lost all integrity and became the waste of paper that they are today.

  11. Derek Buxton permalink
    September 6, 2018 2:57 pm

    Please someone protect us from these illiterates in parliament. When did cheaper mean “dearer”? Have missed some Orwell “newspeak somewhere. Ofgem said today that prices were to be capped, funny thing that 2 sources with opposing views and just how does that work.

  12. September 6, 2018 4:24 pm

    Over 300 km. of cables to connect the Walney extension to the National Grid won’t do anything for power prices either.

    • September 6, 2018 4:54 pm

      Indeed, a very expensive business, from Ofgem, which organises the tender process:

      “The assets in the fifth round have an estimated value of £2 billion and will connect 2.3GW of generation capacity, making it the biggest tender round to date.”

  13. September 6, 2018 5:31 pm

    Unfortunately, even The Telegraph, is not immune from influences of the Left.

  14. Up2snuff permalink
    September 6, 2018 6:47 pm

    The 2011 suggested that there are at least 240,000 homes in Cumbria? Where will the rest of the electricity be going? Northumberland? Or Lancashire? Lancashire would swallow all of that output on its own and still need more on a windy day.

    • Up2snuff permalink
      September 6, 2018 6:48 pm

      Ooops – please add ‘Census’ after 2011.


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