I’m not given to paranoia – I should say that first.
But in the past few months there have been a succession of ‘think tank’ reports, press articles and TV programs – all with the same theme – wind energy costs too much and it doesn’t work very well.
The picture being painted – is that green energy policies are responsible for huge hikes in energy bills, now and in the future – and that onshore wind in particular is a big cost and big waste of money. It’s a tune that much of our media are happy to dance to.
The timing of all of this is probably not coincidental as the government prepares to make the most radical changes to the electricity market in perhaps a generation (no pun intended). There’s a lot at stake.
What we have here, IMO, is special interest group lobbying – using dodgy (often very shoddy) think tank reports as the basis for press coverage – which itself masquerades as fact to the unwary. It’s a dirty tricks campaign.
Meanwhile – OFGEM have just published their latest report into the cost of the Renewables Obligation (for 2010 – 2011) – the main policy to stimulate and support green energy in the UK.
It’s a startling reality check for anyone sucked in by this campaign.
The actual cost per household that year, for green energy support was just £15.15. And that was for all technologies.
The part of that which went to onshore wind energy – was just £4.68.
Yes, less than a fiver.
By contrast, last year, the rising price of gas in international energy markets added £120 to each household’s energy bill.
A fiver spent supporting new sources of energy, made in Britain and carbon free, and £120 spent supporting energy speculators (the gas didn’t really become more expensive to produce – it’s just a free market thing).
What’s more, that fiver gave us 2% of Britain’s electricity last year, from indigenous energy sources.
And consider this – if we spent that £120 supporting onshore wind instead of energy speculators – we could actually have produced nearly 50% of our electricity needs. Incredible. We’re already paying enough money to achieve a huge degree of energy independence – it’s just being misdirected.
The truly hideous waste of money is our reliance on fossil fuels not what we spend on wind energy.
We wrapped these facts into a press release and took it to the newspapers that had run the anti wind, anti green energy stories.
Guess what – they don’t want to use them. Here’s what two of them told us;
“The chances of me getting this into the paper with the clarity that you have presented it in – is unlikely.”
“There is very little chance of me getting this past the editors and into the paper.”
It’s clearly against their editorial line. There’s something not right about that.
You can read our press release, which we’ve sent to everyone and their dog, here. (and only here… 😉 )
It appears to contain an inconvenient truth or two.