Day: March 13, 2017

How to Avoid Cat Bites


The experts who forgot that wind energy is intermittent

Trust, yet verify

A final post in the energy fact check series from SER. Fact check number 4 is titled “Do wind mills run mostly on subsidies?“.

This is the reasoning why subsidies are necessary according to the fact check: since the cost of wind energy is somewhere between ?0.074 to ?0.098/kWh for onshore wind and ?0.133 en ?0.157/kWh for offshore wind and on the price on the energy market is around ?0.04, therefor subsidies has to be provided to settle the difference.

I have no problem with that.

The fact check starts with the costs of wind energy: cost of the wind mills, installation and maintenance. That is rather brief, but luckily there was a source at the bottom of the page for more information. Unfortunately, no link to it, just a name of a report: Final advice base costs 2014 by ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands). Fortunately

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