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.

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…


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…

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

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…

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!

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… 

Wind Industry Gravy Train Derails


One of Britain’s biggest engineering companies is canning its renewable division following the government’s decision to pull the plug on the wind subsidy racket. The steelwork firm Mabey took the decision to close down its specialist wind turbine fabrication factory in Chepstow after the subsidy cut scuppered their plans to sell off the plant to a private equity firm.

Mabey will now focus on building “high quality bridging and infrastructure solutions“. Good.

Green Subsidy Queen Cries Over Cuts


Juliet Davenport, the Green subsidy queen who specialises in rinsing the taxpayer for her grand eco-schemes, has slammed the government for ending onshore wind subsidies a year earlier than planned. Apparently DECC’s short-sightedness will compromise the UK’s energy security…

That would be the same DECC who just approved her husband Mark Shorrock’s £1 billion plan to concrete over Swansea harbour and turn it into an experimental tidal power station. Once the Swansea project is built, Mark will be able to pass on taxpayer subsidised electricity to Juliet’s energy supply company Good Energy, which will sell it on for a premium. Kerching!

Giant Owl Feathered Turbines


Boffins from Cambridge University think they’ve found the solution to noisy wind turbines – owls.

The crack team of scientists have been researching the the wings of “large owls,” which are renowned for their ability to swoop silently through the night sky. By mimicking the owls’ feathers with a 3D printer the boffs were able to coat a wind turbine blade with a faux-feather covering that reduced its noise by 10 decibels. What a shame the government is pulling subsidies for onshore wind…

Duncan’s Blimping Good Idea

duncan blimp Sir Alan Duncan floated a novel idea today to help local people properly visualise the impact of wind farms on the landscape: force developers to fly blimps.

“A photo montage never really give an accurate picture of the visual impact of these turbines, will the Secretary of State consider making it compulsory applicants to fly a blimp in order better to show the real height of any turbine that is proposed.”

Capital idea…

Rudd Slams Door on Wind Subsidies


New Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd has announced her intention to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms, bringing to an end the government’s obligation to financially prop up new-build windmills from April 2016, a year earlier than planned. Tax payers subsidised onshore wind to the tune of £800 million last year alone…

Gaia reported earlier this month that the wind power industry were planning to sue the government if Rudd’s plans for subsidy cuts went ahead. Popcorn…

Global Wind Day Power Failure


Yesterday was Global Wind Day, a worldwide event organised by the European Wind Energy Association and the Global Wind Energy Council to help the public discover “wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth“.

To celebrate, Gaia has collated the UK Wind energy output for yesterday and plotted it against the total potential wind capacity:

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Good job we still have coal and gas to pick up the slack…

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Quote of the Day

Expelled Tory MP, Richard Benyon, on the short three-day Programme Motion for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill:

“Whether you had three days, three weeks or three months debating this, you would not hear one original argument that we hadn’t otherwise heard in this process…”


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