As BigWind eyes our sea shores, with particular focus off the New England coasts, we should learn from the mistakes of other countries. Germans now pay approximately 36 cents/kWh of energy. What do you, in America, pay? Look at your bill. It is probably LESS than 9 cents. Thank you, Ohio legislators, for passing SB 310 which ‘freezes’ our mandates for this expensive energy. BigWind does NOT deserve our generous subsidies or tax breaks…
Germany’s flagship Bard 1 offshore wind farm has been described as “a faulty total system” as technical problems continue to plague the project, casting major doubts on the feasibility of large scale offshore projects.
The wind farm was officially turned on in August last year but was shut down again almost immediately due to technical difficulties that have still not been resolved – and now lawyers are getting involved.
The wind farm comprises 80 5MW turbines situated 100 km off the north German coastline. The difficulty facing engineers is how to get the electricity generated back to shore. So far, every attempt to turn on the turbines has resulted in overloaded and “gently smouldering” offshore converter stations.
Built at a cost of hundreds of millions and costing between €1 and €2 million a day to service, the project is estimated to have cost €340 million in lost power generation over the last year alone. And if the problems with the technology are deemed not to be the fault of the operator, German taxpayers will be on the hook for the running and repair costs, thanks to the German Energy Act 2012….