seems that the British government is driving a shift in its policy of
subsidizing the wind power industry. Until recently the main focus of
its financial aid (estimated to be £1.2 billion by 2013) had been the
onshore wind farms, quite quickly appearing to transform the rural
English landscape and disrupt the otherwise serene surroundings. The
shift to subsidize offshore turbines may seem a move driven by
aesthetics or environmental concerns, but it may in fact be a strategic
move to reassure investors and industrialists of wind energy's economic
stimulus for wind power plants' popularization in the UK (as well as
the rest of the world) was the promise of safe, cheap and continuous
influx of electrical energy. While wind turbines have managed to deliver
on the "green" part of their promise (except maybe occasional bird
collisions and infrasonic hums affecting human nervous system), there is
growing concern about the financial side of this solution.
to a report published around mid-2013, the wind power industry received
£1.2 billion in consumer subsidies (paid as a supplement to electricity
bills by citizens). This amounts to an effective subsidy of £100,000 for
each job in the sector, claiming - by voices of its most vocal
proponents - to be both profitable and job creating. Even if the job
count rises to the figure of 75,000 projected for 2020, at the present
rate of subsidizing each job will have received around £80,000. This is
much more than in any other sector of the British economy.
energy program has started to receive more and more criticism on grounds
of unmet promises and unrealistic predictions, most notably from a
think tank Renewable Energy Foundation and some Conservative Party MPs.
There is also possibility of adverse effects this subsidy might have on
the overall job market, since many businesses and industries will
consider relocating abroad in order to evade the additional costs
imposed on them. The coming years will show just how exactly viable the
wind business turns out to be.
About Stanford Magnets.
in California, Stanford Magnets has been involved in the R&D and
sales of licensed Rare-earth permanent magnets, Neodymium magnets and
SmCo magnets, ceramic magnets, flexible magnets and magnetic assemblies
since the mid of 1980s. We supply all these types of magnets in a wide
range of shapes, sizes and grades.