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Polish wind power suddenly not so popular

Posted By Jo Nova On April 23, 2016 @ 2:10 am In Global Warming | Comments Disabled

Another snippet for the next time a climate saviour tells you the “whole world” is moving to clean energy.

Last year Poland  installed almost as many new wind turbines as Germany (the Kingland-of-Wind-towers). Wind make about 13% of Poland’s electricity. This year,  according to the wind industry,  the  new conservative Polish government wants to regulate them out of existence.

Bill threatens Polish wind power, warns industry Financial Times

Poland’s thriving wind energy industry has warned that it faces bankruptcies, rapid divestment
and an end to growth under a bill that threatens executives with prison.

“For some projects, it will be terminal . . . it will kill them,” said Wojciech Cetnarski, president of
the Polish Wind Energy Association…

The bill will make it illegal to build turbines within 2km of other buildings or forests — a
measure campaigners said would rule out 99 per cent of land — and quadruple the rate of tax
payable on existing turbines — making most unprofitable.

This is what the voters apparently wanted from the new government:

Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s ruling Law and Justice party, which campaigned on a promise to crack
down on the industry, said it wants to make legislation on turbines more “citizen-friendly”.

The government has a majority. The bill is being debated.

The methods appear to be pretty brutal (along with the sudden rule changes, state owned companies have backed out of deals, and there are promises of long shut-downs on monthly inspections). What big-government giveth, big-government can blow up. Some of it looks less than admirable. Fake Boom meet Bomb-Bust. Perhaps the messy end is the price of cleaning the slate after particularly bad-big government,  but it would be nice to see some higher principles at work.

This was reported by the Financial Times. Despite the ABC interest in renewable energy, (solar is best for Uganda) they havent mentioned that maybe coal is best for Poland…

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