- 85% of onshore windfarms operate under the – Renewable Obligation System (ROS).
- These windfarms earn, an average ROS worth £47 MWh; and the value of electricity sold – worth about £45 MWh.
- ROS scheme ended in 2015 for NEW applicants, but Contracts for Difference (CfD’s) have replaced the ROS program in certain circumstances.
WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
- It means that a subsidy of effectively £43 – £47 MWh is being paid to windfarm operators.
- Last year subsidy – £1.4 billion (for 28.7TWh).
Wind power is still highly variable, therefore standby capacity has to be kept in reserve – by 2020/21 capacity market payment alone will amount to £1.3 billion.
In all subsidies for wind power and standby will cost the UK £7 billion / year or £270 / household.
THE WINDFARM RACKET …. WHY DO WE ALLOW THIS?
The real environmental cost of a 2 Megawatt Wind Turbine
- 260 tons of steel
- 170 tons of coking coal
- 300 tons of iron ore
All mined, transported, and produced by processes and machines which produce CO2.
The sad part: These wind turbines could spin for 25 years and still never generate as much energy as was expected to manufacture it; nor ever be carbon neutral.