Mark Duchamp, Executive Director of EPAW, points that Mr. Swords initiated his recourse one and a half years ago, as it was already obvious that the European Commission was imposing an enormously costly and ineffective policy to EU Members States without properly investigating the pros and cons. “It is high time that Brussels be held accountable for the hundreds of billions that have been squandered without a reality check on policy effectiveness” says Mark. “To spend so much money, a positive has to be proven. – It hasn’t.”
He [Pat Swords] continues: “Electricity costs are soaring to implement these dysfunctional policies, which have by-passed proper and legally-required technical, economic and environmental assessments. Not only is the landscape being scarred as thousands of wind farms are being installed, but people in the vicinity are suffering health impacts from low frequency noise, while birdlife and other wildlife is also adversely impacted. It is long overdue that a STOP was put to this type of illegal and dysfunctional policy development and project planning.”
So just how has windpower affected the UK electricity prices. Presumably if Swords is correct then the price of electricity will have increased at a greater rate than the fuel used to generate it. With words like "soaring" used these differences must be substantial.
Looking at data from http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/statistics/source/prices/qep213.xls you get this graph.
Interesting! Less of a soaring price than gas or coal
So is this just another distortion from the watts crowd?
If windpower were a driving factor then perhaps the energy cost will appear as a bigger budget item in the countries with higher windpower generation.
So let's have a look at germany:
compared to UK
compared to Denmark
So with UK having the lowest penetration of windpower of the three it also has the biggest Utilities cost (this of course includes a number of utilities not just electricity.
How about Cradle to grave costs. Here is the build / working breakdown of costs over 20 years:
Project: Single wind turbine (800kw)Location: Balloo Wood, Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Turbine: 800kw Enercon E48
Dimensions: 56m hub height, 24m blade length, 80m overall height
NGR: 350760E 379503N (lat 54.6411N, long 5.6656W)
|planning etc||£ 434,583.00||install|
|maintenance/year for delivered 280kwh||£ 562.49||per year|
|routine expenses||£ 30,000.00||per year|
|Balancing Cost||£ 0.014||per kWh|
|Short term Reserve||£ 0.007||per kWh|
|total install cost=||£ 1,324,233.00|
|install cost/delivered kwh||£ 4,729.40|
|conventional backup costs/year||£ 51,544.08||per 280 kWh/year|
|running cost/year||£ 82,106.57||per 280 kWh/year|
|over n years||25|
|total install over 25 yrs||£ 1,324,233.00|
|running cost over 25 yrs||£ 2,052,664.13|
|total cost over 25 yrs||£ 3,376,897.13|
|decomissioning cost (guess=.5*build)||£ 444,825.00|
|total cradle to grave cost||£ 3,821,722.13|
|energy generated over 25 yrs||61362000||kWh|
|cost per kwh over 25 yrs||£ 0.062||per kWh|
most data from
This seems a reasonable figure but the decommissioning costs are pure guess work. The life time of most wind turbines is believed to be 25 years. The warranty period is 12years for this turbine.
A closer look at Germany/france:
|Germany 2012 Note price Note Double peak|
|Germany 2012 Note price note single peak at peak volume|
PV electricity produced in Germany
check PV produced on Germany on daily basis from 2010
How about nuclear??