Azara Blog: Many household wind turbines might be net carbon emitters

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Date published: 2008/08/07

The BBC says:

Grants for homeowners who want to install small wind turbines should assess whether the structure saves carbon emissions, a report has said.

The Carbon Trust study says turbines in urban homes may not generate enough electricity to counter CO2 emissions created by their manufacture and use.

It said grant schemes should consider whether the likely carbon savings of small wind turbines are "reasonable".

Homeowners can apply for a grant of up to £2,500 to install the technology.

Not-for-profit and public sector organisations can apply for up to half the installation costs.
Cathy Durston, head of consulting at the Met Office, said the research had "shed new light on the best locations for turbines to be installed".

The conclusion is obvious but the explicit quantification they have done is useful. And needless to say, the academic middle class people who buy wind turbines, on the assumption that they are allegedly "saving the world", will not like this research at all. The subsidy should certainly not exist for them, and it is questionable if the subsidy should exist at all. The whole point of energy should be that people should pay its true cost, without externalising any of the cost onto the rest of society.

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