So everyone thinks that it is the power companies that benefit the most from renewable energy sources such as wind farms and tidal power plants. This is not necessarily always the case.
Take the millions of pounds that the royal family stand to make out of offshore wind farms that are planned around England. The thing is, the seabed within Britain’s territorial waters is owned by the Crown Estate. With offshore wind farms being produced at an increasing rate in order to boost the renewable energy stocks the Crown Estate could take a 15% cut of the profits as owners of the land. That could mean an annual income of up to #250 million.
Funnily enough Prince Charles is a big renewable energy campaigner but is dead against their erection on land, labelling them as a horrendous blot on the landscape. He is, however, a huge advocate of the offshore siting of the wind farms.
By 2020 it is estimated that there could be around 6.400 turbines in British territorial waters. In order to pay for the expansion in the wind turbine construction the energy bills of UK households is going to have to rise.
One thing is for sure, the number of wind farms that will be commissioned in the near future is going to increase rather than decline. Those who are critical of the use of wind as a source of energy believe it is an expensive way to provide energy. Naturally that is taking the short term view rather than the acknowledging the longer term damage that producing cheap electricity will do.
Those of us left on this earth have to work like buggery to repair the damage done by those who have discovered coal and other fossil fuels. Of course it is going to cost a lot of money and it is going to make some people rich. That’s the way the world works and that’s the way it has always worked.
It’s also going to make people angry, particularly those who believe their quality of life has been affected due to the proximity of the wind turbines, should they be erected anywhere near their line of sight. What most people conveniently seem to forget is the electricity they have been more than happy to use on a daily basis is causing irreparable damage to the environment and it is the kind of damage that is affecting their quality of life just a little bit every day.
So it’s a question of choosing the option that looks like it is obviously worse for you (but is probably actually better) over the option that appears to be the safer one, but is actually the option that is worse.
If ya know what I mean.