Tuesday, April 20, 2010

QOTD

From the Daily Mail (U.K.):
Some of Britain's most beautiful landscapes have been blighted by wind farms for only small returns in energy, research shows.

The analysis of power output found that more than 20 wind farms are operating at less than one-fifth of their full capacity.

Experts say many turbines are going up on sites that are simply not breezy enough.

They also accuse developers of 'grossly exaggerating' the amount of energy they will generate in order to get their hands on subsidies designed to boost the production of green power. . .

The analysis was carried out by Michael Jefferson, an environmental consultant and a professor of international business and sustainability.

He believes that financial incentives designed to help Britain meet is green energy targets are encouraging firms to site their wind farms badly.

Under the controversial 'Renewable Obligation' scheme, British consumers pay £1billion a year in their fuel bills to subsidise the drive towards renewable energy.

The professor told the Sunday Times: 'Too many developments are under-performing.

'It's because the developers grossly exaggerate potential.

'The subsidies make it viable for developers to put turbines on sites they would not touch if the money was not available.'
No kidding.

(via Linkiest)

3 comments:

OBloodyHell said...

> 'The subsidies make it viable for developers to put turbines on sites they would not touch if the money was not available.'

"The little light! It turns on!"

Finally grasping what subsidies do, genius?

Assistant Village Idiot said...

So the problem with wind power is not enough wind.

We need to get worried about Peak Breeze and Global Stilling.

Carl said...

Very good, AVI.