Wind Power – Scotland’s Role As The Saudi Arabia Of Renewables, Or Not

Wind farms and their turbines are never out the news, as more and more real answers emerge about the problems of this sort of renewable energy, and increasingly there is more public opposition to these pointless blots on the landscape.

Part of the evangelical push for wind power and renewables has been the so called Green jobs revolution, thousands of jobs are supposed to be created, but like all scams from the warming alarmists nothing is ever what it seems.
The Spanish went into Green industries early and yes Green jobs were created, which is what they told you, what they did not tell you was that each Green job created, cost 2.2 jobs in conventional Spanish industries, and now it looks like the same thing is about to happen in Scotland:

“Scotland has the potential to become the Saudi Arabia of renewables,” has been the oft-repeated message from the Scottish Government.

Ministers have been adamant: Scotland is blessed to have so much wind coursing over its hills, so many waves pounding its shores and such strong tidal currents drawing between its islands.

But the “renewables bonanza”, predicted to bring 50,000 long-term jobs to Scotland and allow us to export electricity to the whole of Europe, never mind the rest of the UK, may not be quite as clear cut as has been forecast up until now.

Verso Economics, an economics consultancy, has conducted what it claims is the first comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the economics of the renewables revolution and the results are cautious, at best, and downright pessimistic at worst.

Researchers examined the amount of money being poured into renewable energy through grants, subsidies, tax breaks and rising bills for consumers as well as the number of people employed in the industry and future job projections.

The final report is published today and it warns that the economic benefits of renewable will fall far below official forecasts.

The report found that:

* For every job created in the renewable sector in Scotland, another 1.1 jobs are lost elsewhere in economy. The situation is even worse for the rest of the UK, where 3.7 jobs are lost for every job created in the renewables sector. This is because, the economists claimed, the money which is being poured into renewables is therefore then not available to stimulate other parts of the economy.
* Electricity consumers elsewhere in the UK subsidise the industry in Scotland by £330 million a year through increased bills. Scotland has by far the largest slice of the renewables industry while the money needed to pay for it is raised throughout the whole of the UK.
* The Renewables Obligation, which raises the price of electricity generated by renewable sources, costs Scottish consumers £100 million a year.
* There are only 1,100 people directly employed by the renewable sector in Scotland and the eventual total of permanent jobs are likely to be of a similar magnitude, significantly lower than Scottish Government predictions of 50,000 long-term jobs.
* The report acknowledges that 48,000 manufacturing and support jobs could be created over time but these will only be temporary and will disappear as soon as the renewables infrastructure is built.

Tom Miers, one of the authors of the report, said: “These findings really should come as no surprise. If you build up an industry on subsidies, almost by definition there will be no economic benefit. When you create something by subsidies, you destroy other investment elsewhere.”

Meanwhile the BBC have the usual slanted bias towards Climate Religion:

A spokesman for the Scottish government said other studies had shown Scotland’s natural resources and low carbon opportunities could bring “significant” economic benefits.

He said: “This report is misleading.

“Investment in energy by the private sector, which is ultimately paid for by consumers, has absolutely no impact on public services or public sector budgets – in fact, it is likely that investment leads to increased tax revenue.

“We are in no doubt about the positive impact that investment in low carbon technologies can have and nor are major international companies like Mitsubishi that are investing £100m in offshore wind in Scotland or domestic companies like Scottish and Southern Energy who are investing £100m in sustainable energy in Glasgow.”

He denied the suggestion that UK consumers subsidised Scotland.

He added: “Our abundant renewable resources assist all UK suppliers with their obligation to source a percentage of their sales from renewable generation – without this, the costs to deliver renewable ambitions and obligations across the UK and Europe would be significantly higher.”

Niall Stuart of Scottish Renewables, which represents the industry in Scotland, also criticised the report.

He said: “It is meaningless to look at renewable energy in isolation without looking at the complex interplay within the energy sector. H?T Toy Tory for the BBC story

It is meaningless to look at renewable energy in isolation, well that’s a policy shift, normally warming alarmists only take isolated cases to make their point.

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About Tory Aardvark

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Posted on February 28, 2011, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climategate, COP16, Copenhagen COP15, Green Lies, IPCC, Oh FFS, Social Engineering and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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