Wind Industry Deserves to “Collapse”, just like one of it’s Useless Turbines!

UK Wind Industry Collapses as David Cameron Slashes Subsidies for Wind Power



While the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers continue to wail like banshees about dreaded ‘uncertainty’ all over the globe, there seems to be another ‘certainty’ keen to muscle up alongside the usual pair cited as examples of dead-set certainties in life: “death and taxes”.

The newest absolute certainty is that, in the absence of massive and endless subsidies, the wind industry will die a sudden, natural and inevitable death.

When David Cameron romped to absolute control of the UK Parliament, earlier this year, he did so on a promise to end subsidies to wind power outfits. Seen by delusional wind worshippers as a mere idle threat, Cameron’s election manifesto has now been realised, as the necessary amendments wind their way through Westminster.

Best deal for bill payers and investors as subsidies for onshore wind end
Department of Energy & Climate Change, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth and The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP
8 October 2015

The Government is pushing ahead with its commitment to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms, by closing the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain from 1 April 2016.

The Government is pushing ahead with its commitment to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms, by closing the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain from 1 April 2016.

In amendments to the Energy Bill we have set out the grace period criteria, providing further certainty for investors. We estimate that around 2.9GW of onshore wind capacity will be eligible for the grace periods, meaning that bill payers will be protected.

The projects that are eligible for the grace period will need to demonstrate either that they had planning consent as at 18 June; that they have successfully appealed a planning refusal made on or before 18 June; or that they have successfully appealed after not receiving a planning decision due by 18 June. They will also need to show that they had a grid connection and land rights in place. Projects that have met all these criteria and can demonstrate that they have struggled to secure finance from lenders since 18 June will be allowed extra time but no longer than nine months.

In total, the amount of onshore wind capacity that could be deployed by 2020 is still 12.3GW and will ensure we meet our renewable energy commitments.

Energy Minister Lord Bourne said: “We have a long-term plan to keep the lights on and our homes warm, power the economy with cleaner energy, and keep bills as low as possible for hard-working families and businesses.

“To do this we will help technologies stand on their own two feet, not encourage a reliance on public subsidies. By bringing forward these amendments we are protecting bill payers whilst meeting our renewable energy commitments.”

While wind worshippers continue to make wild claims about wind power already being “free” – and, apparently, getting cheaper all the time – it appears that selling a product with no commercial value is getting tougher all the time.

Even the merest mention of a cut to subsidies has the wind industry’s parasites quaking in their boots. Follow through on the threat and big talking wind farm developers head for the hills:

Deliverance for Brits: David Cameron Empties Subsidy Trough & 250 Wind Farms Get Scrapped

In a predictably waffly piece from a wind worship blog, here’s the story of another wind farm being scrapped: this time in Wales, due to “changing market conditions” – which is wind industry code for “the subsidies have gone”.

Vattenfall ditches North Wales wind farm project that was 10 years in the making
Jessica Shankleman
17 August 2015

Nant Bach project has failed to keep up with changing market conditions, says developer

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has scrapped plans for an 11-turbine wind farm near Conwy in North Wales after 10 years in development, partially blaming a shift in government policy for the decision.

In a statement today, Vattenfall said the Nant Bach wind farm, which was granted planning consent four years ago, no longer fitted with its strategy of developing and operating the “very best wind energy sites capable of delivering low-cost, competitive green power that finds a route to market”.

The developer said the 100m-high wind turbines were no longer economically viable in current market conditions. In order to use larger turbines the company would have had to refile for planning permission.

Industry insiders suggested larger turbines may have struggled to secure consent now the government has announced changes to planning policies for onshore wind farms, which effectively give locals the final say over applications.

The lodging of a second planning application may have also compromised the project’s ability to access the current Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy scheme, which the government is preparing to close for new wind farm projects from next year.

A spokesman for Vattenfall said a range of policy changes had made the wind farm unviable, adding that the changes had created a “complex” situation for the developer.

Jonny Hewett, Vattenfall’s project manager for the Nant Bach scheme, said the market had moved on “and left Nant Bach behind”.

“It’s obviously disappointing to have to stop the Nant Bach wind energy project after 10 years of development,” he said in a statement. “We have had local support and the region’s economy would have benefited from any investment but the reality is that Nant Bach was a scheme conceived 10 years ago when energy policy encouraged the maturity of the new wind power industry.”

Vattenfall refused to disclose how much money it has spent developing Nant Bach.

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