First the erection of a Turbine Blade in Hull, City of Culture, proves a bit of an own goal when it turns out they have no planning permission. Excuse is the ‘Artist’ wished it to be a surprise? OK so I am going to build a waste incinerator in the centre of Inverness but I am an artist and I want to surprise everyone. That is what planning rules are for. If we all ignore them under the excuse of art we end up with chaos. I fail to see what is art in a massive turbine blade which are manufactured in their hundreds of thousands. May as well put a mars bar on a pedestal in Hull as a cultural image. At least it would have some practical use. Some vagrant could eat it.
Hot on the heals of one fiasco we have the Gamesa Turbine at Scottish Powers Kilgallioch wind farm collapsing under high winds. Apparently it is being looked into why it failed. Could it have anything to do with the wind blowing rather strongly? Looks like Gamesa and Kilgallioch are jinxed so perhaps they should just give up and go home. Fat chance of that though.
Now we have an interesting situation in the USA with an anti wind farm, anti Climate Change President in power. Like him or loathe him President Donald John Trump is going to ruffle feathers. I think the Renewables Industry is in for a rough ride in the states and without the protection of the government I suspect class actions will become the norm. More than one company is likely to be taken to the cleaners over there and the punitive costs levied on companies in the US system will have an impact on those companies operations in the UK.
As I say, not a great start to the year for the windies!