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Re: Offshore wind getting cheaper?

GWPF has put out a press release today about the offshore wind promotion campaign at Westminster tube station that I described in my previous post. They are lodging a formal complaint with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority about the campaign.

GWPF lodge complaint

A few extracts from the press release:

"The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) has lodged a formal complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) concerning the current poster campaign for offshore wind at Westminster tube station."

"The campaign posters claim that “The price paid for electricity from offshore wind farms has fallen by 50% over the last five years.”

This is untrue. In most cases the prices paid for electricity from the UK’s offshore wind fleet have not fallen at all, and though there were small cuts to subsidies for new offshore projects built from 2015 on, this amounted to a reduction of around 5%.

The GWPF’s complaint shows that the campaign is playing fast and loose with the facts. The ads are deliberately misleading MPs and the wider public into thinking that existing wind farms have been cutting their prices. In fact, the allegedly lower prices are only related to auction bids in so-called Contracts for Difference which apply to tentative future wind projects that will not start generating until 2021/2022 and may in fact never be built — or never generate at these low prices."

"Dr Peiser, the director of the GWPF, said:

“The claims in the Westminster offshore wind campaign are some of the most blatant distortions of the truth that I have seen in pro-wind advertising. The most that can be said is that the industry hopes it may be able to cut its costs and prices by 2022. I hope so too, but it is highly unlikely.”

Dr Peiser added:

“This campaign is deliberately aimed at MPs, peers and other decision makers. The wind industry and green campaigners owe them a public apology. This is a shameful piece of spin.”"


I noticed in the Greenpeace article that I linked to in my previous post that Peter Capaldi (the celebrity brought in by Big Green to launch the promotion campaign) was talking about the halving of electricity prices from offshore wind as though that situation was happening right now, rather than possibly occurring to some extent in five years time, but I assumed that the tube station posters might be more carefully worded.

I speculated that the timing of the campaign might be to try to influence the recent Conservative party conference, but I haven't seen any indications that it has been successful. Theresa May announced at the recent Conservative party conference that the government intends to go ahead with the energy price cap idea mentioned in the 2017 Conservative manifesto, and that is probably not good news for Big Green, as the high energy prices are coming partly from implementing Green energy policies.

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