What CERA is saying is that this new-energy market, while small, should get more government help to grow. Traditionally, oil companies have often argued that the fact that renewable energy depends on government mandates and subsidies means it’s little more than an expensive dalliance. The CERA report also notes these technologies wouldn’t be around without government fiats and handouts. But then it argues for more of both.The NY Times has an article on money being made on wind in Texas!
The wind turbines that recently went up on Louis Brooks’s ranch are twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, with blades that span as wide as the wingspan of a jumbo jet. More important from his point of view, he is paid $500 a month apiece to permit 78 of them on his land, with 76 more on the way.They write letters in Scotland:
“That’s just money you’re hearing,” he said as they hummed in a brisk breeze recently.
You are right to highlight the uncertainty that Scotland's inadequate planning system is bringing to our renewable energy potential (Renewable energy targets ridiculed, February 23).Feel free to drop some more links into the comments sections if you find interesting renewable energy stories.
That same planning system is also holding up the development of small-scale renewable energy technologies, known as microrenewables, that have the potential to take the strain off the grid by allowing households and businesses to generate their own renewable electricity and heat locally.