Richard Northedge: No – It’s NOT a Dream

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Richard Northedge – gives the UK a wake-up call.

Richard Northedge used to be the former Deputy City Editor of The Daily Telegraph and Editor of Sunday Business. Richard is now the editor of the print edition of Director of Finance.  Here he is waking up to the economic nightmare that is the great wind power fraud.

The madness of windfarms gets crazier
Director of Finance
Richard Northedge
8 January 2014

The economics of wind power get crazier. Instead of paying windfarms not to produce electricity, National Grid is considering paying business to use extra power.

Britain’s switch from cheap fossil-fuels to expensive alternatives in the name of Greenness shows many signs of insanity but the manipulation of market economics to justify the shift is reaching new levels of madness.

Wind power is only economical if it is subsidised. Ie, it is not economical. That’s why we’re compelled to use it rather than allowed to choose it.

Governments have signed up to a green agenda, however, that requires us to use renewables whether or not it makes sense. The result is madnesses such as power companies giving away light bulbs to establish their green credentials instead of adopting unwanted alternative fuels.

Even environmental rules are ripped up. Countryside on which electricity pylons would be opposed is now littered with even more obtrusive wind turbines.

Windfarms are already being paid not to produce electricity because there is enough cheaper conventional fuel. The payments reached £8m in August 2013 alone and will be around £28m for a full year.

There are already enough windfarms, onshore and offshore, to power a quarter of Britain’s homes but the total is rising rapidly. And as more farms are built, producing more unwanted and uneconomical power, the bill for keeping them switched off will soar.

So National Grid’s new idea is to keep those payments down by paying business to use power during off-peak periods such as night-time. Well, if anyone is to receive money for consuming electricity, how about giving the payments to those pensioners facing escalating fuel bills? They may well be happy to watch TV and do their laundry in the middle of the night if it cuts their heating bills – even in August.

Madness? Not compared with the crazy economics of wind power.
Director of Finance

No, it’s not dream.  But until our political betters get a grip, we’re stuck with it.


No – it’s not a dream – it looks like we’re stuck with it.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. cornwallwindwatch says:

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    It takes some people a bit longer than others!

  2. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    I have memories of a time when if you thought of something this outlandish you would be accused of partaking of an illicit hallucinatory drug, and may have been sent for treatment.

    When will these people accept considering this form of energy production worthy is actually only worthy of being laughed at? It is so compellingly destructive, costly, useless for its proclaimed purpose and harmful to people and the earth’s environment.

    Yes, there’s room for some forms of ‘renewable’ energy production, but only if it does no harm to anything or anyone.

  3. How bad can stupidity get? The British wind weasel and greentard goons are about as bright as simple Simon in Sydney.

  4. Martin Hayles says:

    STT, you couldn’t dream this stuff up. Well I suppose you could but then you’d wake up and breathe a sigh of relief. If our society is toying with the idea of our large power users in industry working at night so we can have the delight of the ideological madness that is wind energy, why not have Australia Post offices open at night so we can pay some bills in our lunch hour (3 am). While we’re at it we would need the schools doing some shift work so the kids can do their schooling at the same time, so as a family we can have some quality time.

    No…seriously STT I believe it to be a grand idea as more of the
    city folk will then learn about the social disintegration that is happening with rural folk around the world. After all, if we are really serious about saving the planet – we ALL have to do our bit.

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