Please find below a selection of articles on renewable energy subsidy schemes. These articles were selected by Benny Peiser of The Cambridge Conference Network.
Solar may be a renewable technology but government subsidies to it aren’t, Europe’s solar industry is learning. - Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, 18 June 2010
Germany’s support for renewable energy is “breaking” the nation’s ability to pay for power and threatens the competitiveness of electricity producers, Handelsblatt cited a former [green] industry group leader as saying. - Jeremy van Loon, Bloomberg 21 June 2010
For each photovoltaic system, the Renewable Energy Act guarantees a feed-in tariff for 20 years, which is currently six times higher than the price of conventionally generated electricity. The additional costs are passed on to all electricity consumers. According to calculations by the RWI, the net cost for all photovoltaic systems built [in Germany] between 2000 and 2010 over the respective 20-year funding period add up to €85.4 billion in real terms. This value corresponds to more than one quarter of Germany’s federal budget. - Handelsblatt, 21 June 2010
Energy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid cannot use the power they are producing. Critics of wind farms have seized on the revelation as evidence of the unsuitability of turbines to meet the UK's energy needs in the future. They claim that the 'intermittent' nature of wind makes such farms unreliable providers of electricity. - Robert Mendick, The Sunday Telegraph, 20 June 2010
British and international boffins, having probed an Antarctic glacier which is thought to be a major cause of rising sea levels worldwide, report that increased polar ice melting may not be driven by climate change. - Lewis Page, The Register 21 June 2010