Britain squanders £7bn a year on stone age wind power – stop these things hair electricity song

#

Another mantra is that, either wind power receives no subsidies at all or, if that’s grudgingly conceded, then the subsidies to wondrous wind dwarf those shoveled out to evil fossil fuels. (On the latter they struggle to come up with a shred of evidence to support their case, and ignore the fact that coal miners and gas extractors all pay very substantial sums in royalties to governments.)

True it is that the manner in which subsidies are filched from unwitting power consumers and siphoned off to wind power outfits is as mysterious as it is sophisticated. However, the endgame is pretty simple: separate taxpayers and/or power consumers from billions of their hard-earned currency and transfer it to the operators of a power source abandoned centuries ago, for pretty obvious reasons. (Known to kite flyers and sailors, since the beginning of time).

Smaller generators are paid via the Feed in Tariff scheme (FIT). Rates vary according to the capacity of the unit, but the total subsidy budgeted this year for FITs is £1.5bn. Although this includes solar, anaerobic, CHP and certain hydro projects, a large chunk will go to wind farms.

The ROC scheme was ended for new applicants in 2015, although generators already covered will remain so for their lifetime. Several new projects since have successfully applied for subsidies under the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) system, which has replaced ROC.

These schemes will receive a guaranteed price, index linked for 15 years, currently ranging from £88.37/MWh to £91.94/MWh. Given the market price of £45/MWh, this is effectively a subsidy of between £43 and £47/MWh. In other words, a similar amount to the ROC subsidy.

May 1, 2018, Toronto, 10:00 EDT – The president of Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO), a volunteer-led coalition of 30 community groups and many Ontario families, has filed a private prosecution against the Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), for violating Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

The EPA prohibits anyone from permitting the “discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment, if the discharge causes or may cause an adverse effect.” Adverse effects listed in the EPA include “an adverse effect on the health of any person,” “harm or material discomfort to any person” and “loss of enjoyment of normal use of property.” (Section 14 subsections 1 and 2)

“We don’t take this step lightly,” says Jane Wilson, WCO President and a Registered Nurse, “but with the MOECC not responding to thousands of reports of excessive noise from wind turbines, which is affecting sleep and health for Ontario families, we had no choice. These are examples of adverse effects that Minister Ballard should not be permitting to continue.”

WCO recently received MOECC documents under a Freedom of Information request that showed thousands of unresolved reports of noise, many with staff notes about sleep disturbance and health impacts. Between 2006 and 2016, there were more than 4,500 recorded reports, 35% of which contained staff notes about adverse health effects; between 2015-2016, the MOECC response rate to the reports of excessive noise was less than 7%.

“Citizens report going without sleep for days, weeks, even months,” said Wilson. “Sleep disturbance is linked to other health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Mr. Ballard, as steward of environmental protection in Ontario, is responsible for allowing this environmental noise pollution to continue.”

Another mantra is that, either wind power receives no subsidies at all or, if that’s grudgingly conceded, then the subsidies to wondrous wind dwarf those shoveled out to evil fossil fuels. (On the latter they struggle to come up with a shred of evidence to support their case, and ignore the fact that coal miners and gas extractors all pay very substantial sums in royalties to governments.)

True it is that the manner in which subsidies are filched from unwitting power consumers and siphoned off to wind power outfits is as mysterious as it is sophisticated. However, the endgame is pretty simple: separate taxpayers and/or power consumers from billions of their hard-earned currency and transfer it to the operators of a power source abandoned centuries ago, for pretty obvious reasons. (Known to kite flyers and sailors, since the beginning of time).

Smaller generators are paid via the Feed in Tariff scheme (FIT). Rates vary according to the capacity of the unit, but the total subsidy budgeted this year for FITs is £1.5bn. Although this includes solar, anaerobic, CHP and certain hydro projects, a large chunk will go to wind farms.

The ROC scheme was ended for new applicants in 2015, although generators already covered will remain so for their lifetime. Several new projects since have successfully applied for subsidies under the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) system, which has replaced ROC.

These schemes will receive a guaranteed price, index linked for 15 years, currently ranging from £88.37/MWh to £91.94/MWh. Given the market price of £45/MWh, this is effectively a subsidy of between £43 and £47/MWh. In other words, a similar amount to the ROC subsidy.

May 1, 2018, Toronto, 10:00 EDT – The president of Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO), a volunteer-led coalition of 30 community groups and many Ontario families, has filed a private prosecution against the Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), for violating Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

The EPA prohibits anyone from permitting the “discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment, if the discharge causes or may cause an adverse effect.” Adverse effects listed in the EPA include “an adverse effect on the health of any person,” “harm or material discomfort to any person” and “loss of enjoyment of normal use of property.” (Section 14 subsections 1 and 2)

“We don’t take this step lightly,” says Jane Wilson, WCO President and a Registered Nurse, “but with the MOECC not responding to thousands of reports of excessive noise from wind turbines, which is affecting sleep and health for Ontario families, we had no choice. These are examples of adverse effects that Minister Ballard should not be permitting to continue.”

WCO recently received MOECC documents under a Freedom of Information request that showed thousands of unresolved reports of noise, many with staff notes about sleep disturbance and health impacts. Between 2006 and 2016, there were more than 4,500 recorded reports, 35% of which contained staff notes about adverse health effects; between 2015-2016, the MOECC response rate to the reports of excessive noise was less than 7%.

“Citizens report going without sleep for days, weeks, even months,” said Wilson. “Sleep disturbance is linked to other health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Mr. Ballard, as steward of environmental protection in Ontario, is responsible for allowing this environmental noise pollution to continue.”