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Windmill subsidies
16th Feb 2011
Those who have been following the story of the pylons on Sheriffmuir, inexorably linked to the rash of windmill farms that have sprung up across Scotland, will be interested in a recent development.
The Dutch Government has decided to terminate all subsidies for wind power and to abandon its renewable energy targets. Thay state that wind turbines cost more in subsidies than they produce and that associated engineering and maintenance problems are proving intractable. They also believe that the EU diktats requiring 20% of domestic power to be produced by renewables makes no environmnetal sense.
Denmark, the originator of wind turbines, has recently made a similar decision so why is the Scottish Government so blinkered in its determination to increase the number of windmills despoiling our hillsides? Households pay around 9p per kilowatt for electricity. The windmill developers receive a subsidy of more than 41p for every kilowatt that they produce. No wonder that want to build more windfarms!
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