Wind, ‘Abundant free clean green energy’……
....In your dreams.
1 - The subsidy and payment system for wind energy is about
to be changed…upwards !!
The new Energy Bill proposes to replace the ROC system with
what amounts to a guaranteed price called a 'Strike Price'.
Upto 3x higher than the current wholesale price for
electricity, which is around £47 per MWh.
The proposal is for
£100 per MWh for on land wind,
£125 per MWh for solar
£155 per MWh for offshore wind.
The cost to the consumer will be about £4.3 billion in
2015/16, Rising to £7.6 billion in 2020/21.
The prices have been set deliberately high to encourage
investors to build more wind farms, this could lead to the doubling of the
price paid to windfarmers, ('renewables' milked us of £ billions last yr; see
details on this site- http://www.variablepitch.co.uk/finance/
2 - After years of telling us that little or no backup was
required for 'renewables', the latest government wind scam, is that of using dirty
diesel as backup, with all the environmental & pollution implications.
A new industry has now developed, where an entrepreneur buys
large container based Gensets, puts them in a field, connect them to the grid &
picks up a fat cheque, just for being available…. & another if they
It is expected to cost us £1 billion
a year by 2015, adding five per cent to energy bills !!
There are advanced proposals to set up a system offering to pay up to 12 x the current wholesale price
for electricity from standby generators owned by supermarkets, hospitals, data
centers, in fact anyone who has one.
This standby generation is required because of the intermittency
of wind & solar. Read more here:- http://tinyurl.com/k2vvasm
Over the last month the average production from wind has
been less than 6 % of its stated capacity.
As I write this, the UKs 5,000 wind turbines are producing a
mere 1 % of demand, (sewage & landfill gas is giving 2x as much).
So much for the 'abundant free clean green energy' we were promised !!
3 - Now is the perfect time to write to the Rt. Hon Michael
Fallon MP, the Energy Minister, about wind energy prices.
Further details + diy letter format here- http://tinyurl.com/nxjzzs6
Do they cost us money -YES
Are the subsidies a scam – YES
Are they a good investment for the
developer – YES
Do they cut CO2 – NO
Do they give reliable energy
Do they give energy security - NO
Are they fit for purpose - NO
build more – NO
They are the wrong technology for
the job, chosen by ill-informed politicians, not by engineers.
PS; I'm not a NIMBY…
But, I am proud to be a NIABY
(not in anyone's backyard).