Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wind power is not free

It was good to see a headline link to this page of Roger Helmer's website on the ConservativeHome blog today.

Roger Helmer is a Conservative MEP for the East Midlands , and the page linked to above shows him talking on video about the true costs of wind power. He says (quote) "Currently the annual subsidy per turbine is nearly £150,000, and that's paid by you, the consumer, and by British industry".

He also mentions that wind farm operators are even being paid extra to turn off their turbines at times... this reminds me that on last night's ITV programme about the Tour de France, the cyclists were filmed cycling past a wind farm in France. The turbines were large and dominated the Champagne landscape. It was noticeable that only some of them were turning. How often is this the case, for wind farms in general, I wonder?

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