government announced changes to subsidies for renewable
energy (called Feed in Tariffs) this week
that will effectively put an end to ‘community’ power
projects like the solar farm that opened in Wedmore, Somerset
government wants to spend more on off-shore wind farms
and less on on-shore wind and solar sites. Off-shore
wind is the most expensive renewable power source and investment
will only be open to the huge power companies.
think the whole plan is a result of Tory MP’s moaning to government
about objections to wind projects in their relatively well-healed
If there are
objections to wind turbines in the countryside then the tariffs
should be concentrated on solar. The cost of solar panels has fallen
by more than 50% in the last two years and solar energy is the renewable
power source available to most people.
government has guaranteed EDF huge electricity
price rises to pay for nuclear power at Hinckley Point.
They should be encouraging genuine community funded solar sites
as a cost effective way of increasing our low-carbon power generation.
have begun a programme of decommissioning nuclear plants and will
not be building any more. They are putting their faith in a huge
increase in renewables and they are not famous for making bad engineering
should be remembered that renewable energy is very much a fledgling
industry. The more money that is invested will rapidly accelerate
its efficiency and development.