UK Wind Industry Collapses as David Cameron Slashes Subsidies for Wind Power


David Cameron adding another ‘certainty’ to the accepted list …


While the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers continue to wail like banshees about dreaded ‘uncertainty’ all over the globe, there seems to be another ‘certainty’ keen to muscle up alongside the usual pair cited as examples of dead-set certainties in life: “death and taxes”.

The newest absolute certainty is that, in the absence of massive and endless subsidies, the wind industry will die a sudden, natural and inevitable death.

When David Cameron romped to absolute control of the UK Parliament, earlier this year, he did so on a promise to subsidies to wind power outfits. Seen by delusional wind worshippers as a mere idle threat, Cameron’s election manifesto has now been realised, as the necessary amendments wind their way through Westminster.

Best deal for bill payers and investors as subsidies for onshore wind end
Department of Energy & Climate Change, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth and The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP
8 October 2015

The Government is pushing ahead with its commitment to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms, by closing the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain from 1 April 2016.

The Government is pushing ahead with its commitment to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms, by closing the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain from 1 April 2016.

In amendments to the Energy Bill we have set out the grace period criteria, providing further certainty for investors. We estimate that around 2.9GW of onshore wind capacity will be eligible for the grace periods, meaning that bill payers will be protected.

The projects that are eligible for the grace period will need to demonstrate either that they had planning consent as at 18 June; that they have successfully appealed a planning refusal made on or before 18 June; or that they have successfully appealed after not receiving a planning decision due by 18 June. They will also need to show that they had a grid connection and land rights in place. Projects that have met all these criteria and can demonstrate that they have struggled to secure finance from lenders since 18 June will be allowed extra time but no longer than nine months.

In total, the amount of onshore wind capacity that could be deployed by 2020 is still 12.3GW and will ensure we meet our renewable energy commitments.

Energy Minister Lord Bourne said: “We have a long-term plan to keep the lights on and our homes warm, power the economy with cleaner energy, and keep bills as low as possible for hard-working families and businesses.

“To do this we will help technologies stand on their own two feet, not encourage a reliance on public subsidies. By bringing forward these amendments we are protecting bill payers whilst meeting our renewable energy commitments.”

While wind worshippers continue to make wild claims about wind power already being “free” – and, apparently, getting cheaper all the time – it appears that selling a product with no commercial value is getting tougher all the time.

Even the merest mention of a cut to subsidies has the wind industry’s parasites quaking in their boots. Follow through on the threat and big talking wind farm developers head for the hills:

Deliverance for Brits: David Cameron Empties Subsidy Trough & 250 Wind Farms Get Scrapped

In a predictably waffly piece from a wind worship blog, here’s the story of another wind farm being scrapped: this time in Wales, due to “changing market conditions” – which is wind industry code for “the subsidies have gone”.

Vattenfall ditches North Wales wind farm project that was 10 years in the making
Jessica Shankleman
17 August 2015

Nant Bach project has failed to keep up with changing market conditions, says developer

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has scrapped plans for an 11-turbine wind farm near Conwy in North Wales after 10 years in development, partially blaming a shift in government policy for the decision.

In a statement today, Vattenfall said the Nant Bach wind farm, which was granted planning consent four years ago, no longer fitted with its strategy of developing and operating the “very best wind energy sites capable of delivering low-cost, competitive green power that finds a route to market”.

The developer said the 100m-high wind turbines were no longer economically viable in current market conditions. In order to use larger turbines the company would have had to refile for planning permission.

Industry insiders suggested larger turbines may have struggled to secure consent now the government has announced changes to planning policies for onshore wind farms, which effectively give locals the final say over applications.

The lodging of a second planning application may have also compromised the project’s ability to access the current Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy scheme, which the government is preparing to close for new wind farm projects from next year.

A spokesman for Vattenfall said a range of policy changes had made the wind farm unviable, adding that the changes had created a “complex” situation for the developer.

Jonny Hewett, Vattenfall’s project manager for the Nant Bach scheme, said the market had moved on “and left Nant Bach behind”.

“It’s obviously disappointing to have to stop the Nant Bach wind energy project after 10 years of development,” he said in a statement. “We have had local support and the region’s economy would have benefited from any investment but the reality is that Nant Bach was a scheme conceived 10 years ago when energy policy encouraged the maturity of the new wind power industry.”

Vattenfall refused to disclose how much money it has spent developing Nant Bach.

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Another dead-set ‘certainty’: an ‘industry’ never really
cut-out to ‘stand on its own two feet’ …

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  1. It’s great news so far. Though apparently the House of Lords may vote against it. But consider many of the Lords are land-owners and most likely have a few turbines of their own.

    I’m in Scotland, already blighted by wind turbine, including in my own small town, the visual impact is colossal, the negative health impacts have been dire, so the fight continues.

    The local Meadows Park had more of the vultures encroaching to build more turbines, and the fight was on to try and stop them… they used all the same spiel as they had done to get the other turbines built, and all the same Councillors onboard supporting them, despite the awful impact and health issues we are already dealing with. Then the subsidies were stopped and they declared that the wind farm was no longer financially feasible! Great news, but still keeping an eye out because they are still around wheeling and dealing and seeing if they can find other ways to go-ahead.

    Personally I would love to see them all in a law-court one day for all the environmental damage they have done, and all the ill-health suffered by the people who have and are having to live next door to the torture machines.

    Enjoy your site, thank you.

  2. Sadly this doesn’t seem to apply in Scotland, or not in Caithness. We have two new large windfarm proposals and another, refused last year, coming back as before. We are puzzled. Do they think Westminster will have to retract, or that the Scottish Govt. will cough up (highly unlikely given the state of their finances) or they just don’t need the subsidies? I think they will only stop here when there is no more room between turbines, pylons and cables. Such a beautiful county once.

  3. It is about time that the public tit was taken away from the titty sucking windweasel grubs.

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