Wind power: squandering their inheritance

I appreciated this BNC comment by John Bennetts, which ends with this:

European comparison prices: [note esp. Denmark, Germany vs. France – Ed.] If Wikipedia isn’t sufficiently reliable, other sources tend to be dated. See, for example, Table 3 of: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-SF-07-080/EN/KS-SF-07-080-EN.PDF

I truly believe that future judgement will be that the last decade of the 1990′s and the first two decades of this century were spent chasing expensive dreams including SPV and wind, when a much better alternative to fossil fuel was available, with French nuclear runs on the board. The next generation will not be happy to find that their inheritance has been squandered in this way and that the opportunity to concurrently take action to reduce climate change has been lost, in large part because of the emotionally driven decisions to follow the mistaken dreams of a noisy few.

2 thoughts on “Wind power: squandering their inheritance

  1. Quokka, on BNC, provided a much fresher reference for European prices.

    “There are 2011 European electricity prices here:
    http://www.energy.eu/#Domestic
    Looks like Denmark is the winner for domestic prices, with Germany a close second.
    For industrial prices, Denmark comes about fifth and France seems to be the cheapest.”

    I would like to point out that taxes play a large part in energy pricing, particularly domestic energy, so any figures should be checked out before going too far out on the limb.

  2. Thanks for the update John – that’s a good source for very timely price updates.

    Your Eurostat reference is overall the most useful analysis, including the electricity tax burden. We need to look at the pre-tax pricing to draw inferences on the portfolio impact on prices.

    I think your comments on the squandered inheritance are on target. A simple graphic illustration of bad vs good policy should be clear from comparing Denmark vs. France: total primary energy supply:

    http://www.iea.org/stats/pdf_graphs/DKTPES.pdf

    http://www.iea.org/stats/pdf_graphs/FRTPES.pdf

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