Other people’s money…

… is just so easy to spend.

Regular readers will be aware of the scandalous use of hundreds of millions of pounds of our taxes, and a good proportion of our energy bills, to subsidise the inefficient and unreliable cashcows known as wind turbines so beloved by greenies and politicians.

So it will come as no surprise to learn that when there was too much wind and the turbines had to be turned off, the companies running the turbines were paid for doing so – up to 20 times more than the value of the electricity that would have been generated if the turbines had kept running.  In total six companies received around £900,000 over a 24 hour period in early April.

The scam being perpetrated against the British people is writ large when such stories emerge blinking ashamedly into the sunlight of publicity.  We pay for over the odds for these wasteful machines when they deliver their c.20% of generating capacity, and now we see we pay many more times over the odds when they can’t.

Someone at the front of this pay-or-else money train is getting very rich at our expense, aided and abetted by those politicians with a vested interest in furthering this daylight robbery.  For how much longer will we stay quiet and continue to foot the bill?

7 Responses to “Other people’s money…”


  1. 1 permanentexpat 02/05/2011 at 12:35 am

    We will remain quiet because there is no non-revolutionary way in which to make our voices heard. There was a time when MPs would raise our fears & wishes in Parliament but, today, toeing the party line overrides all else. Representation is a thing of the past.

  2. 2 Martin Brumby 02/05/2011 at 8:37 am

    I’m sure many will have seen the excellent Fenbeagle take on the War of the Whirls:-
    http://fenbeagleblog.wordpress.com/

    But it underlines the mountain we have to climb. Physicists and energy wonks have pointed out for decades that, with its low energy density and intermittency wind, was only really suitable for intermittently pumping water or for really niche applications, the odd croft far from the grid, perhaps.

    But the PPE graduate politicos who, confronted by the rise of Green Parties after the collapse of the USSR, decided that the way to deal with the possible threat from this new and superficially appealling ‘new kid on the block’ decided to steal their clothes.

    People like Gummer and Meacher are obvious examples.

    But they made the crass mistake of unquestioningly believing their newly aquired Greenie propaganda and appointing some particularly egregious loony green “scientific advisors”. Tickell, Houghton, Watson for three.

    Then guess what kind of “scientific advice” they received?

    But the results of the BigWind experiment are now in. Even the average not-very-bright MP is perfectly capable of downloading direct data from the internet which demonstrates that BigWind, for all its glossy blandishments, is a disaster. Even worse than the energy wonks thought.

    But do you think that BuffHuhne, Dave Boy and Cap’n Clegg are going to throw this baby under the bus?

    What, when their plans for spending £100 Billion++in the next nine years are well advanced and the jobs adverts in the technical press are full of recruitment offers for careers in BigWind?

    Don’t hold your breath.

    If we can’t get that message across, how long will it take to rescue a harmless plant food trace gas from Greenie demonization?

  3. 3 John Coles 02/05/2011 at 9:24 am

    This whole shambles rolls on uninterrupted because our politicians lack any BASIC engineering insight into what is happening. That amoral creature Hune would have no idea if introduced to the phrases ‘base load’, ‘diversity factor’, ‘duty cycle’ and ‘unstable grid’. But ‘Wind Farm”, well that gives him a warm feeling, but he has yet to realise that it is the sort of warmth that follows when you piss yourself – utterly transitory with a nasty aftermath.

  4. 4 John E Payne 02/05/2011 at 9:47 am

    I agree with this comment. I should add that to make matters even worse our taxpayers’ money is going to the profits of Companies owned by other European Companies. For example EDF or Energy de France is part owned by the French Government.

    Can someone please inform me why some of our taxpayers’ money should go to a foreign government to supply us with energ?.

  5. 5 Uncle Badger 02/05/2011 at 12:11 pm

    Compounding the nonsense was a spokesman for the ludicrously named DECC, who waffled to the Press that what is needed is more ‘storage’ for wind generated electricity.

    No doubt he will be on the phone to Bosch on Tuesday morning ordering 10 million lead acid car batteries.

    Just what educational criteria are used when hiring these dolts?

  6. 6 John Coles 02/05/2011 at 1:19 pm

    What the DECC idiot does not realise is that a TRUE breakthrough in energy storage would solve many of our current and future energy problems. “”..out of the mouths of babes and sucklings”” – and EU functionaries.

  7. 7 Jaa HakiEm Hamzah 02/05/2011 at 7:30 pm

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