The excellent blog produced by Owen Martin makes a very valid point: even if you don’t give a damn about the environment, you do care what is being pinched out of your pocket to keep the Great Wind Swindle alive.
Irish taxpayers paid upwards of €21 Million in curtailment fees in 2015 to wind farms which produced enough usable electricity to power a small bar fridge. God knows how much taxpayer money was spent in the EU as a whole.
Can you imagine where this money could have been spent? For example, in Ireland we could have avoided having to cut the hospital cleaning budget which was desperately needed by hospitals to deal with recent deadly Superbug outbreaks. Or we could have made up the €15 million shortfall in the post office pension funds (or keep the rural post offices open in the first place, so that people can collect their pensions). Again, these stories are repeated all over the EU – there are needs which are not being met because the government holds out its hands and says: “No money, sorry!”
There are a host of other more useful uses for this huge sum of money instead of being shovelled into the pockets of sWINDlers. What is even scarier about these 2015 figures is that these curtailment fees might have doubled since 2015 given the huge increase in installed wind turbines over the previous two years.
Read Owen’s blog – it is excellent: