Wind power and large scale solar energy panels, which dominate many fields which should be returned to agricultural production, is costing electricity consumers £214 a year in subsidies. This was revealed in a report just published by the Centre for Policy Studies.
It states that “the costs of intermittent renewables are massively understated”. In other words the fact of life that wind farms – whether on valuable land or built at great extra cost at sea – generate no electricity when there’s no wind has not really been taken into the costings. Furthermore you have to retain dozens of back-up power stations using conventional coal firing or oil, both adding to our carbon emissions, of course.
Under EU rules, the UK is required to generate 15 per cent of its total energy, including heat, power and transport, from these renewable sources by 2020. In practice this means 30 per cent of the country’s total electricity needs must come from renewable sources.
I would suggest that a main reason why the Coalition government has gone along with this costly exercise over the past five years is from the demand of the Liberal Democrat section. They are dominated by the philosophy that “if it’s /green it’s good, regardless of cost.”
Now Labour won’t criticise the wind power rip-off because apart from sharing the views of EU bureaucrats, it’s election time and they could do with the support of the Greens and even Scotland’s lefty-green SNP in forming a new government.
Like most Nationalists, my view (which is not necessarily exactly that of the British Democrats) is that we should refuse permission for any more wind farms – whether on or offshore – and reduce the annual fees paid to landowners where they are sited.
We should support solar energy by encouraging installation of solar panels on factories, warehouses, super markets, offices, private housing, but not on agricultural land. We should also look at wave power, fully support the new developments of tidal power, and retain nuclear power.