Spotlight Thrown on the Regressive Costs that Subsidise UK’s Failed Wind Power Policy & Hammer the Poor

Dr John Constable says that well intentioned Government energy subsidiesare flawed because they prop up poor technologies and also penalise the poor most.


john constable Dr John Constable: wind power is a failure on all scores.


Our data shows that climate policies aren’t working. Why does that scare our opponents?
The Telegraph
Dr John Constable
2 Apr 2015

The solution to climate change lies in unleashing the ingenuity of the market – not in top-down subsidies which penalise the poor to prop up inadequate technologies

Since 2004, the charity I run, the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), has been highlighting the fatal flaws in our energy and climate policies. Despite all their market-style decorations, these boil down to a well-intentioned but misconceived attempt to pick winners – which too often prove to be quite the reverse.

Here’s an example: subsidies to renewable electricity in the UK alone are running at nearly £4 billion a year, and will have risen to about £8 billion a year in 2020, with perhaps another £5 billion a year…

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Irish Economist – Colm McCarthy says: Time to Scrap Ireland’s Failed Wind Power Policy

Irish and UK politicians are listening to residents worried about wind farms and economists arguing against their high cost. Pat Rabitte says the Ireland UK interconnector deal has been put on hold


1397574371-dublin-thousands-gather-to-protest-against-pylons-and-wind-turbines_4479876 The wind industry proves that you can’t fool all the people, all the time.


Scrap wind farm plans, urges economist Colm McCarthy
The Irish Times
Barry Roche
20 October 2014

Ireland already has excess generating capacity under ‘failed EU policy’

Ireland should abandon plans to build more wind farms in order to comply with a European Union policy which has failed – especially in light of the fact that the State already has more power generation capacity than it needs, a leading economist has urged.

Colm McCarthy said Ireland seemed intent on “being the best pupil in the European Union class” when it comes to using renewable energy, despite the fact that this policy has failed and is about to be abandoned.

“It seems to me to be contrary to the national interest to incur substantial economic costs in complying with an EU policy which has failed and which…

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