08/01/2012 17:54:34

URGENT: SEND AN EMAIL TO DECC AND HELP US STOP WIND FARMS robr@decc.gsi.gov.uk We know that the developers won’t build windfarms if they don’t have ROCs subsidy. DECC reports the results of the consultation on their website; if 10,000 of us say zero ROCs they have to listen!

The Depeartment of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) consultation on wind farms ends on 12th January (Thursday). Information about the consultation can be found on the following link: https:// econsultation.decc.gov.uk/ office-for-renewable-energy-deployment-ored/ro-banding-rev/consult_view

1. Generators of electricity from eligible renewable sources are awarded Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROC’s) for every megawatt hour they generate. These certificates can be sold to other energy suppliers along with the electricity they buy or can be traded independently. 
2. Combined with the buy-out payments, the extra revenue from ROC sales effectively doubles the income for renewable generators.
3. This subsidy is paid by the consumer, effectively it is a tax.
4. Current Price 1 ROC = £38.69 per Mwh
5. The consultation process ends on the 12th January 2012


No ROCs = No wind farms

Please send an email to robr@decc.gsi.gov.uk saying wind power no longer needs a subsidy. This is the text of my own email which you could use as a starting point:

Dear Sirs,

It is my view that wind power no longer needs a subsidy. 

The figures used in the Arup report to calculate the cost of installing onshore wind turbines were supplied solely by the developers of onshore wind. And even then less than 33% responded – less than 80 - insufficient to give a true estimation of the cost.

The ROC subsidy payments to drive the adoption of wind turbines to meet arbitrary EU targets are misguided for the following reasons:No consideration has been given to the detrimental effects of ROC payments on the national economy. 

If businesses were not paying the subsidy, then they would be more profitable, thus boosting the economy. If consumers were not paying the subsidy they would have more money to spend in the general economy, thus again, helping to support it. 

The subsidy will help drive millions of households into unnecessary fuel poverty. No consideration has been given to the detrimental effects of wind farms and associated infrastructure on the local economy (no cost benefit analysis). 

To meet government targets on renewable energy by wind power would mean creating an industrial windfarm landscape over much of the country, destroying an important part of our national heritage.

In addition I feel there has been no consideration given to the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) report

Yours faithfully