Is it really responsible for us to give tax$ to BigWind?

Is it responsible for our ELECTED legislators to continue to throw our taxdollars at BigWind? If you say, yes, please read this article, which compares the experience in the USA, along with other countries. The numbers don’t lie. I can think of MANY other ways to responsibly spend our taxdollars to actually HELP people, businesses, and our economy. What about you????

an analysis of cost ratios, and no matter what your viewpoint of economics might be, the numbers here don’t lie. Without being propped up by subsidies, solar and wind aren’t even in the race as their competitiveness leaves them at the starting line while cheap natural gas (aided by fracking) runs laps around the race course….

In summary, the figures show that these three major nations of the Western world have spent about ~$0.5trillion to create Renewable Energy electrical generation capacity nominally amounting to ~5.8% of their total generation. This capacity could be reproduced using conventional natural gas fired electrical generation for ~$31 billion or ~1/16 of the costs expended….

As all Renewable Energy technologies are only viable with the support of costly government subsidies, market intervention and manipulation, can this be a responsible use of public funds ?…

Analysis: Solar & wind power costs are huge compared to natural gas fired generation | Watts Up With That?.

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BigWind will INcrease electricity bills 40% by end of decade

We have an entire tab devoted to educating you about the effects of BigWind across the world. Why? Because history should be studied so mistakes are NOT repeated. At this time, we again say thank you to our Ohio legislators, who passed Senate Bill 310- to freeze our renewable mandates for further evaluation. This report is worth paying attention to…and educating your friends, neighbors, and legislators about…..

The cost of household electricity will rise by as much as 40 per cent by the end of the decade because of the Government’s green energy policies.

Official figures — initially withheld by ministers — show an alarming increase in the price of electricity caused by generous subsidies to wind farms as well as other policies.

An average household is expected to pay as much as £250 more for electricity – mainly through consumer subsidies – to pay for the Government’s green energy schemes, while an electrically heated house could be as much as £440 a year worse off.

And by 2030, when thousands of planned offshore wind turbines are finally operating, the burden will be even greater, the numbers show. The average household could be paying an extra 60 per cent for electricity – equivalent to £350 more a year.

Medium-sized businesses will be hit very hard, according to the new data. On average such companies will see electricity bills rise by more than £500,000 a year – a cost likely to be passed on to consumers….

A DECC spokesman said a decision had been taken to withhold the tables because it was “thought to be confusing”….

Green policies to add up to 40pc to cost of household electricity – Telegraph.

BigWind paid $68,000,000 (this yr) to NOT SPIN

Why, as Americans, do we tolerate our government shoving renewables at us when other countries are losing money b/c of them? This should be absolutely appauling to the Brits and American politicians should be required to read such reports about other countries’ experiences with BigWind- this is one of many disasters! In America, we are making some of the same mistakes. BigWind is given massive subsidies to build and then produce a fractional amount of energy for the first 3 years of their existence. Then, they just sell to another shady operator and start the tax evasion game all over, as if the industrial wind site was built brand new. They reduce our property values, damage the health of people living near them, all the while, laughing all the way to the bank.  Additionally, our grid operators don’t penalize them when BigWind FAILS to perform as predicted- they are the only power producer given this free pass without monetary penalties.  The scam continues to build as taxpayers fund Billions (soon to be Trillions) of $ in transmission lines- at no cost to BigWind. Share with anyone who needs educated…..

The wind industry claims the payments are justified because of the operational costs involved in switching off.

They say other energy industries, such as coal plants, can far more easily stop production and save money when they do so.

But critics point out that the high value of payments reflect a fundamental problem with wind power….

Wind turbines are inherently unpredictable, depending on the weather, and so must be controlled to stop surges causing physical damage to electricity cables and equipment.

The windiest places are often the furthest away from cities where the power is needed, meaning high transmission costs.

The overwhelming majority of the payments to date have been to wind farms in Scotland, where the bulk of wind farms are located….

‘Building more grid is given as the answer, but that is very expensive – it would have been cheaper not to build these wind farms in the first place.

‘They are charging very high prices to switch off – far higher than the cost of actually producing the power – but officials will not challenge them because this the Government’s pet technology.’

The cost of wind power has become an increasingly divisive issue at the heart of Government….

Wind farms paid £43m to be idle as National Grid couldnt handle power they produced | Daily Mail Online.

BigWind causing electricity rates to rise, b/c paid to turn OFF?

It was recently mentioned that we need to LEARN from the mistakes of other countries, with respect to renewable energy. Would someone care to explain the logic behind building an entirely ‘new’ storage and transport system for renewable energy? Why is this not seen as the final ‘nail in the coffin’ for this industry? How ‘green’ will this storage system be? How many ‘greenbacks’ will the development cost? And, how, exactly do you plan to manufacture such things when your electricity rates are rising for your manufacturers that rely on the constant, reliable fossil fuels?  This is completely ILLogical. Cheap, reliable energy is what pulls people and countries out of poverty because companies can grow, build, and employ.  Expensive energy will shut everything down…or move it to China. China recently announced plans to accelerate their development of energy from Thorium. Their target completion dates have been moved up from 20 to 10 years…..

(UK)Under existing market arrangements, if an energy company generating electricity is unable to supply its power to the grid because it is not required it is entitled to constraint payments….

Dr Tim Fox, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: 

We know that energy bills are going to rise in future, but unless we invest in energy storage technology these constraint payments are set to become an unnecessary additional cost for the consumer.

“The issue of constraint payments has become a recurring concern of consumers, as they are effectively funding the non supply of electricity from a range of generation technologies, and the fact that millions are currently handed out to wind farms has highlighted a potential challenge for the future.

“At the moment constraint payments for renewable based electricity generation makes up a relatively small proportion of the total, but as the installed capacity of these technologies increases in the future the issue of such payments will likely become of growing public concern. Virtually any form of energy storage could help alleviate this problem, by allowing surplus generation from intermittent renewable sources to be stored by power providers until needed for use at a different time when demand exists.

“But the need is not just for electricity generation, which only makes up around 26% of UK energy demand, we also require storage for the bigger demands for heat and transport as they transition to renewable sources.

The intermittency challenge of renewable sources arises from the fact that the wind does not always blow, the sun does not always shine and the waves are not always in motion at times when consumers demand electricity. Equally, the converse is also true, in that consumer demand for power can be low when renewable energy sources are highly active.”…

via Wind farm operators set to receive millions more to turn off their turbines – with consumers footing the bill.

How can ‘green’ = poverty?

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How can ‘green’ = poverty? The wind is free! The sun is free! True, those ‘fuels’ are free, but their conversion into electricity is extremely expensive- and, ironically, requires the use of fossil fuels for manufacturing. Changes in the world’s carbon emissions are negligible, yet, the world economies have spent HUNDREDS of BILLIONS installing wind turbines all over the planet. If you believe we can ‘save the planet’ with renewable energy, how can you justify the results on humans? This is not the 1st article covering the poverty caused by renewable subsidies. Last year, “To eat or heat” was a study about rising costs in Germany. Everywhere there are thousands of subsidized turbines, you have higher electricity rates. At some point, you need to ask some questions: What does this do to an average family’s budget? What impact could it have on their eating habits? What impact could it have on their health? How will this impact the business that employs average families? Will these businesses be able to support their employees with same wages or reduced? How will it impact their growth potential? How will it impact their cost to produce? The list goes on….and the answers aren’t good.

Britain’s environmentalists proudly announce that households have reduced their electricity consumption by almost 10 per cent since 2005.They seldom mention that this is helped by a 50 per cent increase in electricity prices, in part to pay for Britain increasing its share of renewables from 1.8 per cent to 4.6 per cent. Such a price increase of course hits the poorest hardest. As with many green taxes, it does so because it taxes a basic necessity that makes up a larger proportion of a small budget. Not surprisingly, higher energy prices mean the poor are forced to reduce their electricity consumption far more than the richest, who haven’t reduced their electricity consumption at all.

Over the past five years, heating a home in the UK has become 63 per cent more expensive, while real wages have declined. Unsurprisingly, a greater number of poor households must spend more than 10 per cent of their income on energy, becoming what is known as energy poor. This category now covers some 17 per cent of all British households. Worse, because the elderly are typically poorer, energy poverty affects about a quarter of all households whose inhabitants are over 60. Deprived pensioners are spending their days riding heated buses to keep warm, while a third are leaving part of their homes cold….

But things could be worse. In Germany green subsidies will cost €23.6 billion this year. Real household electricity prices have increased by 80 per cent since 2000, contributing to almost seven million households now living in energy poverty. Wealthy homeowners in Bavaria might feel good about installing inefficient solar panels on their roofs, but their lavish subsidies are essentially financed by poor tenants in the Ruhr paying higher electricity costs….

The rich world generates just 0.8 per cent of its energy from solar and wind, far from meeting even minimal demand. In fact, Germany will build ten new coal-fired power plants over the next two years to keep its own lights on.

Africa is the renewable utopia, getting 50 per cent of its energy from renewables — though nobody wants to emulate it. In 1971, China derived 40 per cent of its energy from renewables. Since then, it has powered its incredible growth almost exclusively on heavily polluting coal, lifting a historic 680 million people out of poverty. Today, China gets a trifling 0.23 per cent of its energy from unreliable wind and solar….

via How green policies hurt the poor » The Spectator.

Government scam: Diesel behind the Wind

The Government is set to make a windfall profit of hundreds of millions of pounds out of a lucrative scheme to sell power from thousands of the emergency diesel generators it owns to the National Grid. The cash will come from using them to guard against the times when the wind is too low to drive the expanding fleet of wind turbines, so staving off widespread blackouts

via Energy: million-pound government windfall when no wind blows.