Austerity pulling plug on Europe’s green subsidies

by ERIC REGULY , Globe and Mail

The Spanish and Germans are doing it. So are the French. The British might have to do it. Austerity-whacked Europe is rolling back subsidies for renewable energy as economic sanity makes a tentative comeback. Green energy is becoming unaffordable and may cost as many jobs as it creates. But the real victims are the investors who bought into the dream of endless, clean energy financed by the taxpayer. They forgot that governments often change their minds. Continue reading

Shock! Shivering Britain realises wind power needs wind to work

by Andrew Bolt Herald Sun

Only now does this problem occur to them?

Wind farms in Britain generated practically no electricity during the recent cold spell, raising fresh concerns about whether they could be relied upon to meet the country’s energy needs.

Despite high demand for electricity as people shivered at home over Christmas, most of the 3,000 wind turbines around Britain stood still due to a lack of wind. Continue reading

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

By Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail UK

This is the season for quizzes. So ­fingers on buzzers, here’s your starter for ten. In percentage terms, how much electricity do Britain’s 3,150 wind ­turbines supply to the ­National Grid?  Is it: a) five per cent; b) ten per cent; or c) 20 per cent? Come on, I’m going to have to hurry you. No conferring.

Time’s up. The correct answer is: none of the above. Yesterday afternoon, the figure was just 1.6 per cent, according to the official website of the wholesale electricity market.  Over the past three weeks, with demand for power at record levels because of the freezing weather, there have been days when the contribution of our forests of wind turbines has been precisely nothing. Continue reading

Spain slashes crippling subsidies by 30%

In addition to trimming subsidies, the package freezes electricity prices for at least five million Spanish families. It has been estimated that the change in policy will lower consumer energy bills by as much as €4.6 billion through 2013.

Renewable Energy Magazine    December 23, 2010

Spain’s cabinet of ministers today approved a three-year, 30 percent cut to solar power subsidies, a move that potentially could save the government €740 million but has also led to widespread anger among investors in the sector, according to published reports. Continue reading

Green collapse

Across the world, unsustainable subsidies for wind and solar are being cut back. Ontario is next
by Lawrence Solomon, National Post

The Ontario government paints itself in extreme green. It has outlawed coal — the only jurisdiction on the continent to have done so. It boasts the world’s biggest solar plant. It boasts the western world’s biggest subsidies to the renewables industry. And now, it also boasts the western world’s fastest-growing renewables industry.

But Ontario’s new-found status didn’t arise because Ontario newly increased its level of its subsidies. It arose because the world’s other extreme green jurisdictions — to avert the economic and political ruin that comes of unaffordable green power — recently swallowed their pride, slashed their subsidies and backstabbed their renewables industries. Like its extreme green counterparts elsewhere, Ontario will follow suit soon enough. Continue reading

McGuinty is following Spain’s Green Job Model

Denmark’s Wind Power Experience: Costs and Consequences

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Europe’s Ill Wind


Letter of support from Save the Eagles International – Spain

I am writing to you from Spain. I wish to say how concerned we are, my European colleagues and I, about the ill-effects wind turbines are having on the health of nearby residents. In Europe as in North America, there is no effective legislation imposing minimum setbacks between these noisy, vibrating structures and human habitations. The collusion between the windfarm industry and the political class is such that the health issue is simply being negated. Yet, more and more victims of the Wind Turbine Syndrome are making their voices heard, and many of their poignant letters can be read on the Internet. Sadly, the mainstream media has largely ignored the problem, for it’s not politically correct to tell the truth about windfarms. Continue reading

Letter of support from EPAW-members in Germany

Dear Carmen, dear members of the Society for Wind Vigilance,  dear organizers, scientists, experts and visitors of this important symposium in Canada!

The members of EPAW – European Platform against Windfarms – in Germany support your International Symposium and your struggle to protect  the health of human beings, social structures  and nature against  industrial wind energy by exposing the dangers caused by wind power plants for health and social justice. Continue reading

Brits to pay $3200 per year for power bill. Ontarians take note.

By Lawrence Solomon   Financial Post

With Ontario power utilities asking for rate hikes approaching 20% — this on top of outsized rate hikes in previous years – the press and the public has been asking for the cause of the rate hikes.  One indication comes from the UK, where the government regulator today announced that UK households should expect $1240 a year price hikes, raising their annual bills above the $3200 a year mark.

The reason for the UK’s dramatic hikes? Continue reading

U.S., EU join fight over Ontario’s green energy plan

by Shawn McCarthy  Globe and Mail

Some of the world’s most powerful countries have joined the battle over Ontario’s green energy plan, threatening the cornerstone of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s renewable power strategy.

The United States and the European Union emerged on Thursday as latest countries to say they have key commercial interests at stake and want to join the consultations on a complaint by Japan to the World Trade Organization. Continue reading

Denmark’s wind problem

Aldyen Donnelly

by  Aldyen Donnelly, Energy Probe

Unfortunately, the Danish wind industry is living up to my prior forecasts—evidence can be found most easily in the fact that here were no new turbines built in Denmark between 2006 and 2009.  

In 2009 the Danish government approved applications for developers to site 1,300 MWs of capacity onshore—1/3 of which were replacement turbines, not incremental capacity.  But the condition of approval was that from then on all new wind power project developers would be required to compensate affected Danish landowners for declines in their property values.   Continue reading

An ill wind blows for Denmark’s green energy revolution

“I think there’s an outbreak of realism.” ~ John Constable, Renewable Energy Foundation

By Andrew Gilligan  Telegraph UK

To green campaigners, it is windfarm heaven, generating a claimed fifth of its power from wind and praised by British ministers as the model to follow. But amid a growing public backlash, Denmark, the world’s most windfarm-intensive country, is turning against the turbines.

Last month, unnoticed in the UK, Denmark’s giant state-owned power company, Dong Energy, announced that it would abandon future onshore wind farms in the country. “Every time we were building onshore, the public reacts in a negative way and we had a lot of criticism from neighbours,” said a spokesman for the company. “Now we are putting all our efforts into offshore windfarms.” Continue reading

Mass protests mean the Denmark’s state-owned energy firm will look offshore

Meanwhile, McGuinty Liberals Ignore Citizen's Concerns in Ontario

Mass protests  mean the energy firm will look offshore State-owned energy firm Dong Energy has given up building more wind farms on Danish land, following protests from residents complaining about the noise the turbines make.

Sept  1, 2010 – The Copenhagen Post

State-owned energy firm Dong Energy has given up building more wind farms on Danish land, following protests from residents complaining about the noise the turbines make.

It had been Dong and the government’s plan that 500 large turbines be built on land over the coming 10 years, as part of a large-scale national energy plan. This plan has hit a serious stumbling block, though, due to many protests, and the firm has now given up building any more wind farms on land. Continue reading

Organised crime exploits wind industry

by Robin Pagnamenta   Business with the Wall Street Journal

EUROPE’S booming wind energy industry is being exploited by criminals, according to Kroll, the corporate security group.

Criminals see an opportunity to tap into billions of euros’ worth of European Union subsidies.

Organised groups linked to the Italian Mafia are among those to have infiltrated the industry, Jason Wright, senior director of Kroll’s consulting group, told The Times.

While emphasising that the overwhelming majority of European wind projects were “entirely legitimate”, he said that criminals were increasingly investing in the industry, both to qualify for subsidies and to launder profits from drug-running and other illegal activities. Continue reading

UK House of Lords calls for 2km wind turbine setbacks

House of Lords

Wind Turbines (Minimum Distances from Residential Premises) Bill presented by Lord Reay

A bill to make provision for a minimum distance between wind turbines and residential premises according to the size of the wind turbine; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:— Continue reading

Conflict over wind farm leaves 5 injured by rubber bullets

Rubber bullet casings

Winnipeg Free Press

BUCHAREST, Romania – A clash between guards at a Czech wind farm project and local residents opposing the building of the €1.1 billion (US$1.42 billion) plant left five people injured by rubber bullets in southeastern Romania Monday, authorities said.

Police chief Adrian Ropotan said the mayor of Cogealac village, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) east of Bucharest, and dozens of local residents headed to the construction site to hand a fine to Czech power company CEZ for violating village planning permission. Continue reading

Danish Citizens Protest Wind Turbines

Additional Reading:  Wind energy – the case of Denmark

The postcard image of Denmark in harmony with wind turbines has been shattered.

By Peter Skeel Hjorth,  Journalist. July 24, 2010

Protests from more and more Danish neighbours of wind turbines on land have stopped wind power projects and made local politicians reluctant to approve licences. This is evident from a front page article in yesterday’s edition of Jyllandsposten which is one of the country’s biggest national newspapers. Continue reading

Exorbitant rate of return – onslaught of applications


CBC News

The provincial government says it can’t afford to pay the current rate to homeowners with small, ground-mounted solar power systems who sell power back to the grid.

The Ontario Power Authority has proposed dropping the rate to 58.8 cents per kilowatt-hour from the current 80.2 cents.

Ontario Energy Minister Brad Duguid said keeping the current rate would cost taxpayers more than $1 billion over the next 20 years.

“There was an exorbitant rate of return on this and it brought on an onslaught of applications because there was huge money to be made,” he said. Continue reading

EPAW Demands the Deployment of Wind Farms in Europe be Stopped Immediately

Berlin, Saturday May 15th, 2010

410 federations and associations from 21 European countries have united into a European platform (EPAW) to transmit the following demands to the European authorities:

  • a moratorium suspending all wind farm projects
  • a complete assessment of the economic, social, and environmental impacts of wind farms in Europe. Continue reading

The inhuman face of Swedish wind power

by Peter Skeel Hjorth, Danish Journalist

Wind farms are being increasingly questioned in countries that have many of them, for they did not permit to close a single nuclear or fossil fuel plant, and failed to reduce CO2 emissions. With time they will also increase sharply the price of electricity; and this will further hurt European industry, already beleaguered by competition from emerging economic giants like China.

It stands to reason that wind farms’ perceived climate change benefits should be measured by independent scientists before Sweden ploughs huge amounts of tax money into their development. Likewise, we need an objective assessment of the collateral damage their expansion will cause to people, the economy, and the environment.

In any event, the raw power of big money should not be allowed to trample people and their lives. Sweden is a democracy founded on the rule of law, and throwing away this principle is a risky proposition. Once this democratic safeguard is gone, the door will be open to all kinds of abuses, including totalitarian practices.    Read entire article

Rotating Monuments to Commemorate Political Leaders who Collectively Lost Their Heads

Speech given at Demonstration held on 22 April, 2010 in Copenhagen

“No one is above The Parliament. And no one is next to The Parliament”. This I was told by my history teacher who was also headmaster and politically active.

He could talk for hours about the Constitution of June 5, 1849, and about the transition from absolute monarchy to a democracy, where smallholders, fishermen, farmers, workers, and business managers came in from the fields and other working places to debate and make political decisions based on their detailed knowledge of the problems of their everyday lives and their working lives. The opinion was that they would know best where the shoe pinched. Continue reading

Reindeer habitat fair game to the wind industry

Reindeer Concerns a Problem for Lapland Wind Farm

By Martin Laine   Digital Journal

Concerned about the effect a proposed wind farm will have on their reindeer herds, a group of Samis in the far north of Sweden have rejected a compensation package from the developer.

“We say no. The money is not in parity with the problems this causes and the threat against our reindeer herding,” said Anders Ruth, a Sami from the Ostra Kikkejaure district. The plan calls for 1,101 wind turbines to be built in Markbygden by the wind power firm Svevind, with the backing of the Swedish government. Continue reading

Davis family now suing neighbours for loss of property value

By Matt Roper

See particulars of Claim here
General Statement by the Davis’ here

A couple who quit their farmhouse thanks to the “deafening roar” of wind turbines are claiming £380,000 damages. Continue reading

Swedes referred to Institute for Sleep Disorders because of wind turbine noise

By Peter Skeel Hjorth, Journalist

“What we treasure most – the peace, the tranquillity and the darkness – has been taken away from us. When I go out at night I see the strong red lights above the trees. Inside the house we also see the red light. Then there is the sound which is another problem. Depending on the direction of the wind we can hear the noise from the wind turbines from both inside and outside.”

This is how midwife Britta Carlsson, 63, describes her problems being the neighbour of a new wind turbine park. Other people in the area near the Oxhult Park in the forests at Hishult in Laholms District Council in Southern Sweden also feel strongly affected by the 12 gigantic Vestas V90 wind turbines of a total height of 150 meters each put up by Arise Windpower. People here experience a noticeable deterioration of the quality of their lives. Continue reading

The idiocy of outrageous renewable subsidies

This company thought they had it “made in the shade”.

Preliminary evidence shows some solar stations may have run diesel-burning generators and sold the output as solar power, which earns several times more than electricity from fossil fuels, El Mundo said, citing unidentified people from the energy industry.

By Todd White Business Week

April 12 (Bloomberg) — A Spanish trade group called on authorities to investigate possible fraud among solar-power generators after a news report said that some were getting paid for producing power at night. Continue reading

UK Turbines ‘sinking’

A titanic mess the taxpayers will have to clean up

Foundations suffering subsidence

by Richard Durham, Yachting Monthly

Wind turbines around the UK are sinking into the sea because their foundations are suffering from subsidence, according to Dong Energy, a Danish wind turbine owner, The Sun newspaper reports.

A wind farm off Essex and another in Liverpool Bay have been found to have the flaw and checks are to be made of turbines at Blyth, Northumberland and Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth.    Up to 336 of the UK’s turbines are at risk and will take £50 million to fix.

Wind Turbines: Ecological catastrophe in Belgium

EPAW   (English translation)

Built in Belgium with Estinnes in the province of Hainaut meadows of the French Border, of the 200m height  gigantic wind mills create major harmful effects with the residents. Tuesday April 13, 2010 with 10.30 H, a press conference will take place with International Close Center (IPC), Résidence De luxe hotel, rue de la Loi in Brussels on this ecological catastrophe. Continue reading

Feeble wind farms fail to hit full power

Also:  Too much wind and not enough puff

Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor   TimesOnline

THE first detailed study of Britain’s onshore wind farms suggests some treasured landscapes may have been blighted for only small gains in green energy.

The analysis reveals that more than 20 wind farms produce less than a fifth of their potential maximum power output.

One site, at Blyth Harbour in Northumberland, is thought to be the worst in Britain, operating at just 7.9% of its maximum capacity. Another at Chelker reservoir in North Yorkshire operates at only 8.7% of capacity. Continue reading