UK’s Wind Industry in Meltdown: Cameron to Flush-Out DECC’s Detritus


Emboldened PM: out to bring an end to the great wind power fraud.


The wind industry’s current form reminds STT of Simon Pegg’s character in ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People‘, Sidney Young – blunt, gormless, and ready to pull out all stops to ensure every one who counts hates him.

Now that they’ve lost the grip on the game in countries where they thought they had things sewn up, they’ve been reduced to abusing those who have the ability to make or break them. STT thinks they’re just working through the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance (see our post here).

David Cameron has just won an election promising to end all subsidies to on-shore wind power:

UK Elections: Brit’s Deliverance from its Wind Power Disaster

In the US, ‘wind power’ states have cut their state based subsidies to wind power outfits (or are well on the path of doing so); and Republicans are out to prevent the extension of the Federal government’s PTC wind power subsidy:

2015: the Wind Industry’s ‘Annus Horribilis’; or Time to Sink the Boots In

US Republicans Line Up to Can Subsidies for Wind Power

In Germany, consumers and industry are fed up with escalating power prices:

German’s Top Daily – Bild – says Time to Chop Massive Subsidies for Wind Power

And, on Vesta’s home turf, Denmark, the government’s brewing and massive legal liability to wind farm neighbours has resulted in a full-blown moratorium on planning permits for new wind farms:

Denmark Calls Halt to More Wind Farm Harm


Oi! This rort was supposed to last forever.


The response from the wind industry has been just what you’d expect from a bunch of immature brats, that couldn’t survive for a second without a massive and endless stream of subsidies filched from taxpayers and power consumers. Here’s yet another childish wind industry outburst – this time from Britain.

Cameron Puts Wind-Farm Opponent at Junior U.K. Energy Post
Bloomberg Business
Alex Morales
12 May 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron named a vocal opponent of onshore wind farms to a junior post in the U.K. energy department, reinforcing his Conservative government’s effort to halt the spread of turbines in rural areas.

Andrea Leadsom, who has campaigned against “intrusive wind farms” in South Northamptonshire constituency in central England, will report to Amber Rudd, who was named as the Cabinet minister in charge of energy on Monday.

The two will work to balance Britain’s growing energy needs and stricter pollution rules against the demands of rural voters who voted overwhelmingly for the Conservatives. Some of those voters have raised concerns about the spread of wind farms that they say blight the landscape under the previous two governments, which encouraged the technology as the cheapest way to generate low-carbon electricity at scale.

“Whilst renewable energy has an important part to play in providing energy for our 21st century needs, we have got to stop building incredible insensitive and intrusive wind farms on top of local communities,” Leadsom says on her website. “In the future, I want to see a proper consultation process and the opportunity for communities to say no.”

Rudd, who was promoted from a junior ministerial role to lead the Department of Energy & Climate Change, worked with the Liberal Democrats in the previous coalition government and stuck closely to the government script encouraging all forms of energy, especially renewables and nuclear power.

If Rudd’s appointment reassured the renewable energy industry about the continuity of government policy to cut carbon emissions, Leadsom’s elevation is a reminder of the manifesto promise Cameron’s party made to halt subsidies to wind developments on land.

Before the election, those promises prompted Ecotricity Group Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Dale Vince, a donor to the opposition Labour Party, to call the Conservatives “an existential threat to the renewable energy industry.”

Leadsom’s appointment was announced on the Twitter feed of Cameron’s office. Her role hasn’t yet been defined, and so far she’s the only junior minister to be named at DECC. Previously, two ministers Rudd and Matthew Hancock, served as junior ministers at the department.

Hancock was moved to a role at the Cabinet Office in charge of civil service reform.
Bloomberg Business

Just a tiny whiff of panic from the wind industry’s parasites there. And just what you’d expect from Ecotricity’s Dale Vince, when he wails about the Conservatives being “an existential threat to the renewable energy industry.” We’ve covered Dale Vince’s faux claims to be the environment’s best friend:

The Guardian Caught Out Pumping Dale Vince’s Bogus Wind Power Propaganda

Although, this time around, we can’t fault Vince’s analysis: Vince and his cronies are doomed.

Cameron’s Tory-Only line up gives him the chance to follow through on the clear-as-crystal promise to “halt subsidies to wind developments on land”.

It’s that humungous policy shift that spells the beginning of the end for the wind industry in Britain.

The promise to allow communities to reject wind farms adds nothing, in practical effect – a bit like stabbing a corpse, really. Without an endless stream of guaranteed subsidies, rent-seekers like Dale Vince will disappear in a heartbeat; the wind industry will die a natural death.

With Britain turning on the wind industry, pretty soon it’ll have no “friends” left to alienate anywhere at all.

Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom: all set to flush out DECC’s wind industry detritus.

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  1. Lyndsey says:

    A joy to read – thank you STT.

    The Tories are playing a game and they are out to win. Amber Rudd came from the Treasury where the Chancellor is known to be in favour of the end of the wind subsidy.

    The SNP are huffing and puffing in Westminster demanding a say on onshore wind policies,conveniently forgetting Scotland only has 8% of UK energy bill payers.

    It would be madness to expect those same consumers to pay for Scotland’s mad windy rush and the rest of the UK consumers would not tolerate subsidising Scotland’s uncontrolled wind policy.The Energy Minister here seems to have gone AWOL, Freedom of Information requests for turbine numbers proposed across the country have been thwarted and Vile Dance’s recently opened Highland office may well be having a boot sale before much longer.

    You can almost smell the blood of the wind industry!

  2. In England, unlike Scotland, most wind farms are decided by local Councils as only over 50MW wind farms are decided by Ministers.

    The number of these large schemes is very small.

    In Scotland however there are a great many such schemes but planning in Scotland is a devolved power so Cameron has no influence there.

    Subsidy reduction is not planned until mid next year. The issue is less planning but appeals against refusal. Most appeals have been allowed on the basis of national need.

    Take away that and most may well not be allowed and that may be the game changer we need. When the banks lose confidence with the developers to deliver approved schemes, the lack of available finance will be the final nail in the wind farm coffin.

    Now we need the deeds to back up the fine words and the appointment of a Scottish National Party Chairman to the Energy and Climate Change Committee has raised grave concerns as to the Conservative Government’s real agenda!

  3. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    No subsidies and communities being able to say no is a foot either side of the line – if one begins to falter the other will steady it and help to re-balance things.

    Hopefully our Government will be able to sort out a similar balancing system to save our health, livelihoods and environment.

  4. Well, it’s all happening at last and not before time. The momentum of the end of these fraudulent fans will increase as time goes on. We need to suck as much blood out of these parasites, as soon as possible. Then they will not have money left as the big handouts (RECs) are starting to decrease to the point that the windweasel grubs will be done and gone.

  5. We pinned your RATCH post last night, STT; this morning it will be this stunner.

    There was so much automatic doom and gloom about Rudd’s appointment, in the same way as there is about the announcement that the Scottish National Party has been given the Chair of the Select Committee on Energy & Climate Change.

    Politic playing at its very best, in our view, on both counts by a Government determined to win.

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