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The Myth of European wind energy

Wesley Coopersmith — Freedom Works — August 8, 2012

Many proponents of wind energy, including our current president, point to Europe as an example of how successful the wind industry can be if only given a chance in America. But how well is the wind industry really doing in Europe?

Germany leads Europe as the number one wind energy country with 27,214 MW of installed capacity. Wind energy in Germany generated 37.3 TWh of electricity in 2010, which accounted for 6.2% of the country’s power consumption. These numbers would indicate success for the wind industry in Germany, but at what cost? The main subsidy for wind in Germany is known as the German feed-in tariff. It has provided the wind industry with protective tariffs and priority grid access in order to stimulate and maintain its prominence in Germany. According to the Institute for Energy Research, German government support for the wind industry between 2000 and 2010 cost a heavy $28.1 billion.

In 2010, Great Britain was home to more than 270 wind farms with 2,775 turbines in operation and plans for the construction of 10,000 more. But according to Ofgem, the energy regulator in Great Britain, annual subsidies for green energy have rising from £278 million in 2002-3 to £1.04 billion, or over $1.56 billion. The main subsidy given to green energy, with wind receiving the greatest benefits, is known as the Renewables Obligation (RO). RO requires a fixed percentage of power be produced using renewable energy. Many U.S. states have similar requirements known as renewable portfolio standards.

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