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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

An ill wind

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I’ve written before on how much renewable energy is becoming the most expensive form ever.

It looks even worse than I thought when I read this:

The UK has doubled its efforts to check the spiraling cost of offshore wind. A UKERC report published in October noted that in the last five years costs in the offshore wind sector have escalated dramatically, with capital costs doubling from approximately £1.5m/MW to over £3.0m/MW in 2009. The report noted that, as of June 2010, capital and energy costs peaked at approximately £3.0m/MW, or £150/MWh. Through funding, new test facilities and initiatives to flush out the most innovative ideas to address the costly challenge of deepwater, far shore wind, the UK hopes to curb these costs.

It looks like we are  shovelling more than just snow at the moment. £50 notes by the look of it.

Though it does look like one of the moneygrabbers is having trouble.

This year Vestas, the world's leading turbine manufacturer, posted first and second-quarter losses and cut its 2010 earnings outlook as customers delayed orders. In October, Vestas announced that  European market growth in 2011 would "not live up to Vestas’ expectations", prompting the company to consider closing down of a number of factories, primarily in Denmark, where its says costs are highest.


1 comment:

  1. "...closing down of a number of factories, primarily in Denmark, where its says costs are highest."


    Thin of a wedge, anyone?

    Turns out we don't even get the "Green Jobs", they will all go to China as well, no doubt.

    All we get is the bills.

    What will happen when we've crippled our industry and can't pay those bills? No doubt they'll want payment upfront before they bankrupt us.

    When do we rise up and slaughter them?


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