Tag Archives: government subsidies

Robert Bradley Jr.: Windpower Layoffs Making PTC Extension Increasingly Moot

“The spate of layoffs that wind industry advocates have warned about has accelerated in recent weeks, with workers losing their jobs in key wind states such as Iowa and Colorado in a trend expected to continue at least into next year.” – Nick Juliano, “Wind Layoffs Mostly Hitting Constituents of PTC Supporters,” Greenwire, August 29, 2012. Continue reading

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North Holland Bans Wind Turbines

The province of North Holland has decided to stop building new wind turbines. There will be a total ban on new wind turbines by the end of the year, according to deputy Mr Bond. He says that large wind turbines do not fit into the province’s landscape. The decision is a setback for about twenty planned wind projects in North Holland which will not be approved. Full story (in Dutch)

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Dutch analysis finds wind power is a ‘money pit with virtually no merit of CO2 emission reduction or fossil fuel saving’

A Dutch analysis finds that wind energy reduces emissions and fossil fuel use by a maximum of only 1.6% compared to directly generating energy from fossil fuels. Continue reading

China Solar Firms Brace for EU Dumping Probe

Chinese solar companies expect the European Commission to announce within days a formal investigation into their alleged dumping of solar panels in Europe, which could result in heavy tariffs being imposed on them next year. Continue reading

Germany’s Offshore Fiasco: North Sea Wind Offensive Plagued by Problems

Germany wants to pepper its northern seas with offshore wind turbines as part of its ambitious energy revolution. But strict laws, technology problems and multiple delays are turning the massive enterprise into an expensive fiasco. Investors and the public are losing patience. Continue reading

The era of cheap food may be over

The last decade saw the end of cheap oil, the magic growth ingredient for the global economy after the second world war. This summer’s increase in maize, wheat and soya bean prices – the third spike in the past five years – suggests the era of cheap food is also over. Continue reading

James Delingpole: David Cameron, renewable energy and the death of British property rights.

As David Cameron may have learned when he read PPE at Oxford, property rights are a cornerstone of our liberty, our security, our civilisation. Wiser political thinkers than Dave have long understood this. Continue reading

Inquirer Editorial: Wind industry’s survival could depend on tax credit

In the Philadelphia region, the rebirth of the defunct U.S. Steel site in Bucks County makes the best case for winning the high-stakes gamble being played out in Congress over extending vital, government incentives for developing wind-energy systems. Continue reading

Green Protectionism: EU And China On Verge Of Solar Energy Price War?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a frank assessment of a solar panel trade dispute with China. The EU is mulling an anti-dumping inquiry into China after the US took similar action in one of the world’s fastest-developing markets. Continue reading

UN Panel Blows Cold Air On EU Renewables Policy

A United Nations body has found that the European Union has failed in its commitments towards transparency and public participation in renewable energy policies – a move which has been hailed as a victory by wind farm opposition groups. Continue reading

Green Taxes On Fuel Bills Nearly Double, Consumer Group Says

Green taxes on energy bills have nearly doubled in two years to almost £100 as companies pass on the costs of becoming environmentally-friendly to households. Some industry insiders believe that bills could increase by between 50 per cent and 100 per cent by 2020. Continue reading

Jo Nova: Wind farms — are 96% useless, and cost 150 times more than necessary for what they do

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Miranda Devine: Surprise surprise: wind farms do nothing for the environment (except cause noise pollution)

two-year analysis of Victoria’s wind-farm developments by mechanical engineer Hamish Cumming shows that “despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from green energy schemes driven by the renewable energy target, Victoria’s wind-farm developments have saved virtually zero carbon dioxide emissions in the state”. Continue reading

$5.8 million grant from NSF for education on climate change

$5.8 million grant from NSF for education on climate change  

Further to Follow the Warming Money, here we find the National Science Foundation funding  the “Maryland Delaware Climate Change Education and Assessment project”

Teachers in Delaware and Maryland will have new climate change science resources to implement into the classroom due to a multi-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. Continue reading

Follow the warming money

Follow the warming money

This might make you mad. That’s even more reason to read about it.

$1.9 million in environmental justice grants 10th May 2010 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1.9 million in environmental justice grants to 76 non-profit organizations and local governments working on environmental justice issues nationwide. The grant program supports Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priority to expand the conversation on environmentalism and work for environmental justice. Continue reading

Biogas Boom in Germany Leads to Modern-Day Land Grab

Creating energy from corn once seemed like a revolutionary idea in Germany. But subsidies for the biogas industry have led to entire regions of the country being covered by the crop, and investors are eagerly waiting for local farmers’ land to go for sale. Some of those farmers who lease their land say they have been “ruined.” Continue reading

German Shipyards See Future in Wind Power

After years of decline, Germany’s shipyards are now pinning their hopes on offshore wind farms, a key component of the country’s energy revolution. Some have converted entirely to building equipment for wind farms. But the initial euphoria has worn off as the true challenges of the transition become clear. Continue reading

Dark clouds gather over China’s once-booming solar industry

China’s push into solar energy was supposed to be a proud example of how the country was advancing into hi-tech manufacturing. But now the whole sector is on the brink of bankruptcy. Continue reading

Industry groups sell profit-making, not planet-saving, at GOP convention

The American Petroleum Institute is inescapable here, its name attached to briefings and concerts while its campaign logo adorns free sunglasses and sunscreen. But clean energy is not invisible to Republicans during their quadrennial celebration. Continue reading

Wind power study says opponents’ claims are unfounded

At least so say those with a vested interest in wind power. In the to-and-fro over wind there are advocacies on both sides with a dog in the fight. The actual experience with wind however has not been a happy one with find failing when needed. This is not really a surprise since we experience extremes of hot and cold weather partly because of the absence of wind and we need more power during such events. Continue reading