Posts Tagged ‘Alternative Energy’

Devastating Renewable energy subsidies in Europe

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Source: SPPIwind uk

by Dennis Ambler

Renewable energy subsidies in Europe are having a devastating effect on conventional power prices, causing power companies to mothball plant, cut jobs and sell assets. The unforseen consequence for the Renewable Subsidy Farmers, is that these companies are also scaling back on renewables.

SSE to freeze prices until 2016 and cut 500 jobs – The Scotsman

Power supplier SSE today said it was freezing household energy prices until “at least” January 2016 as it unveiled plans to trim £100 million off its annual cost base within the next two years. (more…)

The Climate Circus Leaves Town

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Source:

by Gary Locke

by Gary Locke

As traditional energy sources go from doom and gloom to boom

If you had told environmentalists on Election Day 2008 that four years later there’d be no successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol, that a Democratic Congress would not have enacted any meaningful climate legislation, that domestic oil production would be soaring even after a catastrophic offshore oil spill, and that the environmental community would be having a lively internal debate about whether it should support reviving nuclear power, most might have marched into the ocean to drown themselves. Yet that’s the state of play four months into President Obama’s second term. (more…)

Administration Denies Reality at Fisker Congressional Hearing

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Source: National and Legal Policy Center

As the Department of Energy seized the last of Fisker Automotive’s reserves in lieu of an unknown amount that it was due to repay this week, what’s left of the lame electric automaker clings to the slim hope it can survive. (more…)

The great wind delusion has hijacked our energy policy

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Source:  London Telegraph

The command of Britain’s electricity supply has fallen into dangerous hands  

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 Anyone impressed by the efficient way in which Britain has organised the Olympic Games might consider the stark contrast provided by the shambles of our national energy policy – wholly focused as it is on the belief that we can somehow keep our lights on by building tens of thousands more wind turbines within eight years. At one point last week, Britain’s 3,500 turbines were contributing 12 megawatts (MW) to the 38,000MW of electricity we were using. (The Neta website, which carries official electricity statistics, registered this as “0.0 per cent”).

It is 10 years since I first pointed out here how crazy it is to centre our energy policy on wind. It was pure wishful thinking then and is even more obviously so now, when the Government in its latest energy statement talks of providing, on average, 12,300MW of power from “renewables” by 2020. (more…)

Gone with the Wind

Friday, August 17th, 2012
Source:  Washington Free Beacon

Green energy firm sacks two-thirds of American workforce days after receiving $32 million government loan
Just days after the Export-Import Bank approved a multi-million dollar federal loan guarantee to benefit a mostly foreign-based wind-energy outfit, the company pink-slipped more than 200 American workers.

The Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that promotes and finances sales of U.S. exports to foreign buyers, approved a $32 million loan guarantee on Aug. 2 for a Brazilian firm to purchase wind turbines from LM Wind Power. According to its website, LM Wind Power is headquartered in Denmark. (more…)

Solar Pie-in-the-Sky

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Source: No Frakking Consensus

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How plans to run an entire Australian town on solar energy failed miserably.

I came across an interesting article today. It’s from the Reuters news service, is dated November 2007, and has a headline that reads:

Australian town to run on solar power in 2 years

The article says that a sun-drenched town in a remote part of northern Queensland was chosen as the site of a $7 million, 10-megawatt solar thermal power stationas part of a push to make Cloncurry one of the first towns to rely on solar power alone. (more…)

More Coal, More Gas, More Nuclear German Government May Abandon Green Energy Transition

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: CCNet

The German government no longer believes in the green energy transition. Doubts are growing in the ruling coalition government that the ecological project can succeed.  Berliner Morgenpost, 27 May 2012

Rising electricity prices are a growing worry for North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft (Social Democrats, SPD). “I am very concerned about the competitiveness of our energy-intensive industry,” Kraft told the newspapers of the WAZ-Group. For many industries, including chemical, steel, aluminium or cement, the electricity price is a key cost factor. The SPD politician pleaded for the construction of new coal-fired power plants. “We will continue to need fossil fuel plants as a bridge technology,” she said. After all, the Social Democrats had strengthened their vote in the recent state election because of the SPD’s very aggressively support for industry. –Die Welt, 25 May 2012 (more…)

The sorry lessons of green-power subsidies

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Source:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/the-sorry-lessons-of-green-power-subsidies/article2417284/

A recent study, co-authored by Fraser Institute energy economist Gerry Angevine, found that Ontario residents will pay an average of $285-million more for electricity each year for the next 20 years as a result of subsidies to renewable energy companies.

By the end of 2013, Ontario household power rates will be the second-highest in North America (after PEI), and they will continue to accelerate while they level off in most other jurisdictions. Even more alarming for Ontario’s economic competitiveness, businesses and industrial customers will be hit by almost $12-billion in additional costs over the same period.

Such is the legacy of the provincial government’s 2009 decision to establish feed-in rates, ranging from 44.5 cents to 80.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for solar power, and 13.5 cents/kWh for wind power. These solar feed-in rates average 11 times the 5.6 cents/kWh paid for nuclear-generated power, and 18 times the 3.5 cents/kWh for hydro-generated power. The wind-power rates are more than twice as high as nuclear, and four times those of hydro. (more…)

Government’s ethanol mandate invites corruption

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Source:  Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Clean green fraud

The spectacular failure of Solyndra opened a lot of eyes. Yet the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer is far from the only fly-by-night outfit to take advantage of the current “green energy” fad. No program is more ripe for abuse than the renewable fuel standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Last week, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, Kentucky Republican, opened their own investigation into the fraudulent outfits that sell tradeable biodiesel fuel credits to legitimate companies that need to meet the arbitrary mandates established by the EPA and Congress.

In 2007, President George W. Bush signed a law declaring 36 billion gallons of ethanol would be used in gasoline by the year 2022. Though the move purportedly would help the environment, it’s no secret that the corn fuel mandate has more to do with politicians seeking Midwestern votes. There wasn’t a lot of thought put into the consequences of this unrealistic and pointless command handed down from above. (more…)

The Earth Times Asks: Should We Embrace Wind Power?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Source: Earth Times
Continuing The Earth Times’ series of debates on the hottest topics in the fields of the environment and conservation, we explore the arguments for and against wind power. Tackling the issue are Jonathan Pyke and Mark Duchamp.

Jonathan Pyke is the coordinator of Action for Renewables, which campaigns for the expansion of renewable energy in the UK. It works with the public, the energy industry and environmental campaigners at both the local and the national level. For more information, visit the Action for Renewables website or follow its latest news on Twitter: @Act4Renewables.

Mark Duchamp is the executive director of the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW), which works to question the effectiveness of wind farms as a tool for solving a range of environmental problems. Mark is also the president of Save the Eagles International and serves as the chairman of the World Council for Nature (WCFN).

Q: Under the European Union climate change targets, around a third of all the UK’s electricity will have to come from renewable sources. What role can wind power play in achieving this?

Jonathan: Wind is contributing over 6GW of energy already. Out of all renewable technologies it’s the one we’ve got the most experience in, so the bulk of generation is going to come from on and offshore wind. But there’s also a big role for solar photovoltaics, biogas and tidal generation too, as those technologies establish themselves. (more…)

Spain Suspends Subsidies for New Renewable Energy Power Plants

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Source:  Bloomberg

Spain halted subsidies for renewable energy projects to help curb its budget deficit and rein in power-system borrowings backed by the state that reached 24 billion euros ($31 billion) at the end of 2011.

“What is today an energy problem could become a financial problem,” Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said in Madrid. The government passed a decree today stopping subsidies for new wind, solar, co-generation or waste incineration plants.

The system’s debts were racked up as revenue from state- controlled prices failed to cover the cost of delivering power. Costs have swollen in the past five years because of an increase in regulated payments for the power grid, support for Spanish coal mines and subsidies for renewable energy plants. (more…)

It’s Not Easy Going Green

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Source:  Red State

by Steve Maley (Profile)

It sounded like such a good idea.

Back in 2009, NRG Energy Inc. hatched a plan to “go green” using switchgrass and sorghum as boiler fuel supplement. It was hoped that it might replace up to 10% of the coal which fires its Big Cajun II power plant in New Roads, LA.

All the elements were in place: land near the plant (up to 30,000 acres of fertile Mississippi River floodplain — you can’t afford to transport biomass very far), plus the help of California-based Ceres Inc., a recently-IPO’d specialist in switchgrasses. (more…)

Briton’s Customers face huge bill for wind farms that don’t work in the cold

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Source: UK Mail

The failure of Britain’s wind farms to produce electricity in the extreme cold will cost billions of pounds, create an economic crisis and lead to blackouts, leading industrialists have warned.

To cover up the ineffectiveness of wind farms the Government will be forced to build emergency back-up power plants, the cost of which will be paid by industry and consumers.

Jeremy Nicholson, director of the Energy Intensive Users Group, which represents major companies employing hundreds of thousands of workers in the steel, glass, pottery, paper and chemical industries, said the failure of wind power had profound implications.

He was speaking after new figures showed that during the latest cold snap wind turbines produced less than two per cent of the nation’s electricity.

Now Mr Nicholson predicts that the Government will encourage power companies to build billions of pounds worth of standby power stations in case of further prolonged wind failures.Last updated at 1:20 AM on 9th January 2011

And the cost of the standby generation will be paid for by industry and households through higher bills – which could double by 2020. (more…)

CARTER & DRIESSEN: ‘Cool it’ with all the research dollars

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Source:  Wash Times

By Robert Carter and Paul Driessen

Solution to climate change is planning, not spending

Bjorn Lomborg is avidly courting publicity for his new film, “Cool It.” He correctly observes that public discussion about global warming is largely between two entrenched camps of opinion. He’s also right about our needing a “Plan B” climate policy that defuses the current rancorous and unproductive debate about “the man-made climate problem.”

Mr. Lomborg‘s first camp is inhabited by warming alarmists, supported by the majesty of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Most major institutions in Western society have joined their funereal fugue (and funding pipeline) in supportive chorus.

In the other camp, empiricists (including a majority of independent scientists) argue implacably that we still await actual, factual evidence that our planet is still warming at all – let alone dangerously, let alone because of human carbon dioxide emissions.

Reality, of course, is a lot more nuanced, and it is simply incorrect to say, as Mr. Lomborg does, that most independent scientists argue that “global warming was a fabrication.(more…)

End the Ethanol Subsidies

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Source:  Townhall

by Paul Driessen

What am I missing? There must be some aspect of our insane energy policies that I fail to appreciate.

“We the People” just booted a boatload of spendthrifts out of Congress, after they helped engineer a $1.3 trillion deficit on America’s FY-2010 budget and balloon our cumulative national debt to $13.7 trillion.

The “bipartisan White House deficit reduction panel” chimed in with a 50-page draft proposal, offering suggestions for $3.8 trillion in future budgetary savings. The proposal targets $100 billion in Defense Department weapons programs, healthcare benefits and overseas bases. It also proposes a $13-billion cutback in the federal workforce and lining out $400 million in unnecessary printing costs. And yet, amazingly, not even this independent commission was willing to eliminate the $6-billion sacred cow of annual ethanol subsidies. The current 45-cents-per-gallon tax credit for blending ethanol into gasoline automatically expires December 31, as does the 54-cents-a-gallon tariff on imported ethanol. So all senators and congressmen need to do is nothing, and beleaguered taxpayers will save six billion bucks. (more…)