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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

But They're So ... Green!

Oh, dear.
Dutch fall out of love with windmills
By Ivana Sekularac, Reuters

Towering over the waves of the North Sea like an army of giants, blades whipping through the wind, the turbines were the country's best hope to curb carbon emissions and meet growing demand for electricity.

The 36 turbines -- each one the height of a 30-storey building -- produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 100,000 households each year.

But five years later the green future looks a long way off. Faced with the need to cut its budget deficit, the Dutch government says offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour -- some 4.5 billion euros last year.

The government now plans to transfer the financial burden to households and industrial consumers in order to secure the funds for wind power and try to attract private sector investment.

It will start billing consumers and companies in January 2013 and simultaneously launch a system under which investors will be able to apply to participate in renewable energy projects.

But the new billing system will reap only a third of what was previously available to the industry in subsidies -- the government forecasts 1.5 billion euros every year -- while the pricing scale of the investment plan makes it more likely that interested parties will choose less expensive technologies than wind. [link]
"... more likely that interested parties will choose less expensive technologies than wind."  Don't think for a minute that those "interested parties" are going to choose the least expensive technologies available to humankind today - nuclear and fossil.  Those parties, after all, still have to answer to the morons who bought into (well, actually they didn't buy anything; they bought with Dutch taxpayer money) the silly notion that wind power was sustainable.

So much for that.

Expect the geniuses there to overlay the English Channel with solar panels next.

As long as there's tax money to waste, by God ...