The Irish government have been unilateral in their support for wind energy. However, many leading economists, journalists, engineers and environmentalists have disagreed with this approach to solving the global warming and energy crises. These dissenting views need to be considered by our policy makers.
Speaker Sen John Madigan
■ It would involve capital expenditure of the order of €10bn at a time when no new generating capacity is required.
■ It would result in a high percentage of conventional plant being regularly forced off the system (not being used). In economic terms this is equivalent to partial stranding of these assets and is a very serious issue for the economics of the power industry generally.
■ It is a relatively expensive form of electricity generation and an extremely expensive way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions when compared to other alternatives.
■ The suggestion that large scale wind energy production could be exported in a commercially profitable way is without any sound economic basis. This type of risky investment should be left to the private sector and should not be subsidised by either the electricity consumer or tax payer. The current Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) terms should be reviewed. As constituted it is price inflating and lacks incentive to produce wind power more economically.”
Irish Academy of Engineers
Department of Health
Ditlev Engel, CEO, Vestas
Simon Jenkins, Guardian Journalist