Sunday, 16 June 2013

The true costs of the wind industry revealed in the UK

Ineffective, bird killing, landscape destroying wind turbines are are extremely expensive
 for the taxpayers, and  create just a handful jobs.
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Wind turbines are a bonanza for the owners, but extremely expensive for the taxpayers. A new analysis of government and industry figures shows that every job in the UK wind farm industry is subsidised to the extent of £100,000 (157,000 USD) per year:
The disclosure is potentially embarrassing for the wind industry, which claims it is an economically dynamic sector that creates jobs. It was described by critics as proof the sector was not economically viable, with one calling it evidence of “soft jobs” that depended on the taxpayer.
The subsidy was disclosed in a new analysis of official figures, which showed that:
The level of support from subsidies in some cases is so high that jobs are effectively supported to the extent of £1.3million each --
Among the examples of extremely high subsidies effectively for job creation is Greater Gabbard, a scheme of 140 turbines 12 miles off the Suffolk coast.
It received £129million in consumer subsidy in the 12 months to the end of February, double the £65million it received for the electricity it produced. It employs 100 people at its headquarters in Lowestoft, receiving, in effect, £1.3million for every member of staff. --
The London Array, Britain’s biggest wind farm, with 175 turbines, employs 90 people at its base in Ramsgate, Kent. The array, which is 12 miles offshore, became fully operational in the spring. The foundation predicts its Renewables Obligation subsidy in its first year of full operation will be £160million — effectively £1.77million per job. --
Campaigners also warn that turbines do not generate power when the wind is too low or too high, and cannot store it, meaning conventional generation is needed as a backup.
Dr John Constable, director of Renewable Energy Foundation, said: “Subsidies can create some soft jobs in the wind power industry but will destroy real jobs and reduce wages in other sectors, in the UK’s case because the subsidies cause higher electricity prices for industrial and commercial consumers. The extravagant subsidy cost per wind power job is an indication of the scale of that problem.”
He added: “Truly productive energy industries — gas, coal, oil, for example — create jobs indirectly by providing cheap energy that allows other businesses to prosper, but the subsidy-dependent renewables sector is a long way from this goal; it’s still much too expensive.”
Read the entire article here


It is, of course, the same story in other countries. Without huge subsidies, there would not be a wind industry to speak of. The landscape destroying, bird killing and ineffective wind turbines are an expensive monument to stupidy everywhere.

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