When the wind industry fiasco inevitable grinds to a halt sometime in the next decade, those that entertained it – be it dimwitted farmers or local governments – are going to be left with a monumental clean up bill.
Hence the move in Britain to force (deliberately worthless) wind power outfits to set aside hundreds of £millions to remove the rusting wreckage when the subsidies run out and/or these things collapse or fail:
The Draft Bill (the subject of the post above) aimed at ensuring that wind farm victims can collect their damages claims; and that the whole pointless mess is cleaned up is available here: Public Nuisance from Wind Farms (Mandatory Liability Cover) Bill
The Bill had its first reading, through the 10 Minute Rule Motion procedure, back in July; and will get its Second Reading on 20 November 2015. It’s odds-on to pass – making it all the more difficult for an already beleaguered wind industry in Britain. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
The Germans, however, are yet to spot the looming environmental disaster – and to take sensible steps to avoid it. Although, this little piece suggests the staggering cost of the clean up is at least on their radar.
In Germany, more and more wind turbines are being dismantled. The reason: subsidies are running out, the material is worn out or it is simply more profitable to replace old wind turbines with new ones. The dismantling, however, is extremely complex and expensive.
Across Germany, there are more than 25,000 wind turbines. A disfigurement of the landscape, say some; a symbol of the transformative power of Germany towards a power supply from renewable energy sources, say others. Germany experienced its first wind power boom long before Angela Merkel proclaimed the energy turnaround in 2011 and sealed the end of the nuclear reactors.
Already in the mid-1990s, wind turbines were built on a large scale in the Federal Republic. Because of this, many of the turbines have now reached a critical age.