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Wind energy companies fear UK government's commitment is cooling | Environment | The Guardian

Billions of pounds' worth of investment in Britain's energy infrastructure is on hold or uncertain because of concerns over the government's commitment to wind energy.

In an exclusive survey, the heads of some of the world's biggest wind companies, which have been considering setting up factories, research facilities and other developments in the UK, have told the Guardian they are reviewing their investments or seeking clarification and reassurances from ministers on future energy policy in the wake of growing political opposition to wind energy that culminated in this month's unprecedented attack on the government's policies in a letter signed by more than 100 Tory MPs.

General Electric (GE) Energy's managing director, Magued Eldaief, told the Guardian his company's proposed wind manufacturing investment - amounting to at least £100m directly but worth much more in its knock-on effect to the economy - was "on hold" pending ministers' decisions on future reforms to the energy market.

"Our investment is on hold until we have certainty and clarity regarding the policy environment that we are in," Eldaief said. "One of the most important things for us is political certainty, so we can justify the business and investment case for a facility in the UK. But we think there are some [political] headwinds which do not help, especially in terms of the subsidies discussion."

by Nomad on Mon Feb 27th, 2012 at 02:55:36 PM EST
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Donald Trump promises £10m to fight wind farm construction in Britain - Green Living - Environment - The Independent

Fresh from a dispute with environmentalists over his golf resort on the Aberdeenshire coast, the billionaire Donald Trump has revealed plans to hand £10m to anti-wind farm campaigners.

The American property tycoon has become vociferous in his opposition to wind farms since plans were revealed for 11 turbines to be built off the coast from his £750 million complex of holiday homes, hotels and golf courses.

In a letter to the first minister Alex Salmond, Mr Trump blasted the "horrendous machines", and claimed he could win a "very large lawsuit" if he were to challenge their construction.

Susan Crosthwaite, a spokeswoman for Communities Against Turbines Scotland (CATS), said the money could be a game-changer in the battle against wind farms, and repudiated suggestions that Mr Trump's new-found opposition could be self-interested. "I think he genuinely cares about Scotland," she said. "We don't agree with everything Donald Trump stands for, but we do agree on this issue.

by Nomad on Mon Feb 27th, 2012 at 02:56:37 PM EST
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He is something of a wind-farm himself, albeit legions less productive than the technological ones.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Mon Feb 27th, 2012 at 07:51:19 PM EST
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When I was a kid in England, our most common name for a fart was a trump.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Feb 28th, 2012 at 02:20:44 AM EST
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"Who's trumped?" is an expression I remember from my schooldays there.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Feb 28th, 2012 at 04:45:18 PM EST
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Anti-wind propaganda doesn't only need subsidies, it's now taking on charitable status.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Feb 28th, 2012 at 02:19:49 AM EST
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Perhaps I'm overly optimistic, but announcing that you're going to transform the UK anti-wind lobby into astroturf might not go down too well. Perhaps it might trigger a shift in opinion.

On the other hand...

Wind turbines bring in 'risk-free' millions for rich landowners | Environment | The Guardian

The boom in onshore wind power, likened to a "new industrial revolution", is being dominated by a small number of private landowners who will share around £1bn in rental fees over the next eight years.

Rental payments vary and are secret but, say property agents speaking in confidence to the Guardian, landowners can now expect £40,000 a year "risk-free" for each large turbine erected on their land.


if Scottish landowners are doing the modern equivalent of driving off the crofters to get a better return by running sheep...

this would indicate the urgency of local tax reform to ensure that a slice of the profits go to local government rather than exclusively to land owners.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 28th, 2012 at 04:41:55 AM EST
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I'm no expert on many jurisdictions, but there are all manner of property and business taxes which already go to local governments. they usually include road use payments during construction, and other such items.

the spreading of royalties to nearby property owners is not evolved enough, which the industry should find ways to increase. (sometimes they have.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Feb 28th, 2012 at 05:48:06 AM EST
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they usually ALSO include road use...

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Feb 28th, 2012 at 05:48:56 AM EST
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