Christopher Booker: Revolving door between DECC and £8Bn Offshore Wind Megaproject

Posted: March 6, 2015 by tallbloke in Politics, wind
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Gold in them there windmills
The Telegraph
Christopher Booker
21 February 2015

The BBC didn’t tell us all the facts in its excitement about a vast new offshore wind farm, writes Christopher Booker

offshore-wind-farm-clouds-wake effectThe BBC naturally got very excited by the news that Ed Davey, our Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has given the go-ahead to the largest offshore wind farm in the world – 400 monster turbines covering 436 square miles of the North Sea.

What the BBC didn’t mention was that this £8 billion project, producing on average 840 megawatts of electricity, will earn for its mainly Norwegian and German owners some £900 million a year in subsidies, paid by all of us through our electricity bills.

Neither did the BBC mention that, in Manchester, another foreign-owned consortium is currently building, for only an eighth of the capital cost, a gas-fired power station. It will produce a similar amount of electricity, up to 880 megawatts, whenever it is needed and without a penny of subsidy.

A further point not mentioned by the BBC was that, until quite recently, the chairman of Forewind, the consortium behind the North Sea project, was Lord Deben (aka John Gummer), until it was thought appropriate that he should resign when he became chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, set up to give the Government “independent” advice on its energy policy.

But he was replaced as Forewind’s chairman by Charles Hendry, who had just stepped down in turn from being Ed Davey’s colleague as Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

All very cosy. But at least it means that some of those £900 million a year we pay in subsidies will be going to a good British home.
The Telegraph

Comments
  1. wolsten says:

    It will be interesting to see what Davey’s next career move is when hopefully he gets the boot in May.

  2. Richard111 says:

    I wonder how they will handle the icebergs when they arrive. I’m betting we will see icebergs in the North Sea within the next five years.

  3. ren says:

    Tallbloke, due to the relatively strong solar wind has accelerated polar vortex and now cooler air from Canada will flow to Europe.
    http://earth.nullschool.net/#2015/03/11/0000Z/wind/isobaric/10hPa/orthographic=-17.83,45.44,454

  4. We need to put it on record that if we get to power the contract would be immediately terminated.

    There is no guarantee they will get any funding beyond the next election!

  5. And let’s not forget the Bank of England is being investigated by the serious fraud unit. It is highly likely that this project will eventually come under their scrutiny.

  6. clivebest says:

    Remind me again where Chris Huhn is working now ?

  7. tallbloke says:

    Clive B: He is chairman (Europe) of Zilkha Biomass

  8. oldbrew says:

    Did Booker get his info on Carrington power station from Wikipedia? It’s out of date.

    ‘Carlton Power, one of the UK’s leading independent power station developers, has signed two agreements with GE (NYSE:GE) that will help pave the way for more than £2billion of investment and more than 3 gigawatts (GW) of new gas-fired generation capacity in the UK before the end of the decade.’

    http://taylorkeogh.com/documents-and-resources/pressReleases/Carlton%20Power%20and%20GE%20press%20release%2011%20September%202014.pdf