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There is an interesting trend in a special kind of attack on renewables: the selective attack on a well-developed renewable mode of generation paired with the praise on an undeveloped one.

As some of you remember, back in 2003 when on-shore wind installations peaked, the usual suspects said "Nooo, on-shore wind is noisy and landscape-spoiling and has a low capacity factor, solar is the real future deserving of support!" The result was a revision of the feed-in law (with the support of the right-wing parties) accelerating on-shore wind's degression (and reducing areas where it is supported) while boosting rooftop solar from 2004.

When solar boomed and became cheaper way beyond expectations, the usual suspect began to cry, "Nooooo, solar gets too high rates and is a bubble, the real future is utility-scale off-shore wind!" The result was accelerated annual degression bound to a target band of annual new installations, (bubble-causing) one-off rate cuts, and finally (sensibly) monthly degression in the revisions effective from 2009 to 2012.

Now that off-shore is becoming a reality, and the main attack point is grid capacity, it was about time for an attack on off-shore. Now it arrived, and with that, the whole thing came full-circle: now the critics say that off-shore is unnecessary because there is enough wind potential on-shore...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Jun 10th, 2013 at 02:17:55 AM EST

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