Jon Boone called our attention to this little reported issue last week. Now the UK’s Andrew Gilligan has picked up on the story in today’s Telegraph article “An ill wind blows for Denmark’s green energy revolution”
Mr. Gilligan’s article seems an excellent summary of issues Mr. Boone and other US experts have been making for years. A few key points from the article:
- Danes pay some of Europe’s highest energy tariffs – on average, more than twice those in Britain. Under public pressure, Denmark’s ruling Left Party is curbing the handouts to the wind industry.
- “People are fed up with having their property devalued and sleep ruined by noise from large wind turbines,” says the association’s president, Boye Jensen Odsherred. “We receive constant calls from civic groups that want to join.”
- Wind’s key disadvantage – in Denmark, as elsewhere – is its unpredictability and uncontrollability. Most of the time, the wind does not blow at the right speeds to generate electricity. And even when it does, that is often at times when little electricity is needed – in the middle of the night, for instance.
- “They (Denmark) don’t get 20 per cent of their electricity from wind. The truth is that a much larger unit, consisting of Denmark and Germany, has managed to get about 7 per cent – and that only because of a fortuitous link with Norwegian and Swedish hydropower.”
Be sure to read Mr. Gilligan’s full column at this link.