Germany’s Offshore Wind – A lesson in reality

Until last year, the construction of wind farms was seen as an opportunity to regenerate Germany's coast. Cities like Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven and Emden, ailing for years in the wake of declines in the shipbuilding and fishing industries, were booming.

Until last year, the construction of wind farms was seen as an opportunity to regenerate Germany’s coast. Cities like Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven and Emden, ailing for years in the wake of declines in the shipbuilding and fishing industries, were booming.

Germany has pushed ahead with an offshore wind industry but now it has come crashing up against the buffers. Have our politicians noticed? Whilst Angela Merkel cancels her visit to the inauguration of their newest offshore wind farm, Nick Clegg is preening like a peacock as he opens Centrica’s Skegness Offshore wind farm. The fact that we make very few towers(certainly none for the Skegness Wind Farm), even fewer bases and no actual turbines, the costs are astronomical, the problems legion doesn’t worry his pretty little head. The fact that they fly engineers in from Sweden and Germany passes him by. He is doing The Green Thing and his wife will be impressed as she pockets her massive pay cheque from her directorship of Spanish Renewables/Wind company Acconia.

One interesting fact little commented on is that Germany places it’s wind farms well out to sea away from it’s Herrs, Fraus and Frauliens on German beaches. Unlike such as Skegness and Clacton on Sea, or the proposed Cornish, Devon and South Wales Coasts, or the Moray and Forth wind farms. Der Spiegal has an intriguing article(click link), not least because we expect all Germans to be ‘on message’. The fact that there are more and more dissension in the ranks from Germany should raise major alarm bells in the UK. In that bastion of Climate Change/AGW and Renewable energy, the wheels are coming off the wagon (or should we call it the gravy train?).

Also the fact that established, developed turbine base manufacturers are looking for work suggests that new fabrication facilities, facing extensive set up costs, will be unable to compete with Germany. In fact promises for Nigg, Ardersier and Kishorn seem to be improbable or just a spin to get grants. No doubt Alex Salmond will be flashing our cheque book around as he sees a PR opportunity to support his independence drive. Look at the photo above and read the caption. Remind you of anywhere? Will we never learn from others mistakes or are our leaders, deaf, blind and dumb?

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About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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