By: Larry Fedoruk News Talk 610 CKTB
I thought Mr. Premier I would add to your less than stellar summer by pointing out the Danish experience with wind power.
In 1980 the Danish government was among the first to bring in large-scale subsidies.
Denmark has since had more wind turbines per capita than any other country and Vestas, the world’s leading turbine firm, is based in that country.
Also however, Danes have paid some of the highest energy tariffs in Europe, and due to public protests the government is curbing handouts to the wind industry.
Earlier this year, Danes formed a new national anti-wind body “Neighbours of Large Wind Turbines” and more than 40 civic groups joined.
There has also been growing scrutiny of wind industry claims. Most energy created there cannot actually be used in Denmark. Other than hydro power, electricity cannot be stored in large quantities, so wind power has to be generated as needed. Most of Denmark’s wind electricity is therefore exported.
Wind experts call it “an outbreak of realism”, something you Mr. Quixote, er uh, McGuinty could use. Wind is not a bad technology, just more limited than people thought in the past.
Some of this is on your pal Smitherman, whom you’ve tactfully tried to pawn off on Toronto voters. It looks like they’ll pass on his mayoral highness. If he comes crawling back to your door, what will you, George and your friends at Samsung do then?
You may think we don’t know much, but we certainly know which way the wind blows.