Greenpeace’s Wind Spin

Greenpeace, the Green Party and Caroline Lucas are celebrating a 50% drop in the price of offshore wind power with tweets galore using the graphic above. It sounds like great news for electricity bill payers that the price of wind power has dropped 50%. It is not quite as good as it sounds.

The government’s guaranteed price to wind power producers has dropped 50% in 2 years. The price to the consumer will still be set in the energy market place. A welcome saving to taxpayers it may be, it is not a 50% drop in the price to the consumer. Shale gas would likely be even cheaper if the Greens got out of the way and let the industry get on with fracking it. The Green Party and their allies are the cause of higher energy prices.

Caroline Lucas is making out that that somehow the even more heavily subsidised nuclear industry could be ditched in favour of renewables. In reality given that wind power produces less than 5% of the UK’s energy needs and the output is basically zero for 64% of the time this is not very likely.  She’s spinning more than the wind turbines.

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National Grid Appeals to Industry to Avoid Black-Outs

The National Grid has asked industrial users to switch to back-up power for the first time ever after multiple power plant failures left it short of supply. It will pay any company that agrees to do so — the first time such a “demand-side reduction” has ever been used. Unfortunately wind is only generating 0.59% of supply today…

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The fact is that the supply / demand equation is too tight because old coal power stations have gone offline too soon. The lights have not gone off yet, though it could happen soon. Greens have held up new supply from coming online from conventional and nuclear sources…

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Welsh First Minister Condemns Steel Workers

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Steel giant Tata is closing down part of its Welsh Newport plant and laying off hundreds of workers because it cannot afford to keep paying high electricity costs. Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones seems quite cut up over the closure, demanding Westminster does more to curb energy prices:

“we’ve been saying for a long time, as have Tata, energy costs in the UK are too high… Now we’ve said this many, many times to the UK Government and they have not responded effectively yet, but we do need to see action to help not just Tata but all those industries who do use a lot of energy, to actually become competitive compared to those industries they compete against in Europe.”

Odd then, that after Carwyn took personal responsibility for the Welsh energy sector, he ploughed ahead with his plan to “move to a green economy as fast as possible“; encouraging the mass construction of the subsidised windmills that have sent energy prices soaring. Fel rhech mewn pot jam…

HT: Bishop Hill
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Wind Turbines: Subsidised Sun Beds

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Ever wonder what actually goes on right up top on a wind turbine? Well, thanks to an inquisitive drone pilot you finally have an answer – they’re used by fat men as the world’s most expensive sun beds.

Obviously the blades weren’t spinning…

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How Switching to Renewables Hit Ordinary Germans in the Pocket

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Germany’s grand plan to switch to renewable energy while keeping costs under control is falling apart at the seams. Figures released today show costs are rocketing by €28 billion a year. The astronomical price rise was revealed by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, who claim households now pay an additional €270 as result of the the energy switch. The greenies who advocated the German renewable revolution claimed it would cost consumers the equivalent of one cappuccino per month…

As Gaia has pointed out before, the policy of guaranteeing renewable energy companies a fixed price, even if their electricity isn’t used, has led to surges of power in the north of the country, where there’s wind power, while the south of the country receives none of it. The situation has got so ridiculous that the German government is paying billions to hold the coal power plants it took offline “in reserve” for emergencies. Das ist Bescheuert!

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Dangerous German Power Surges Into Eastern Europe, Again

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Countries neighbouring Germany are spending $180 million installing huge transformers in their power lines to protect themselves from wind power surges. Every time the wind picks up, wind turbines in the north of Germany produce a spike in electricity that spills out into Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria. The overloading is so severe it could start triggering blackouts.

Despite investing heavily in wind power, the Germans have failed to upgrade their power lines so they are capable of dealing with erratic surges in power. And of course went the wind stops blowing, there isn’t any electricity at all. So Energiewende going spinningly then… 

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