Not being the first to go over the cliff into moonbattery-induced ruin affords us the advantage of benefiting from the expensive lessons of others:
Spanish renewable-energy companies that once got Europe’s biggest subsidies are deserting the nation after the government shut off aid, pushing project developers and equipment-makers to work abroad or perish.
From wind-turbine maker Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA (GAM) to solar park developer T-Solar Global SA, companies are locked out of their home market for new business. These are the same suppliers that spearheaded more than $69 billion of wind and solar projects since 2004 that today supply more than 50 percent of Spain’s power demand on the most breezy and sunny days.
Spain has figured out that even 50% green energy is economically unsustainable.
Saddled with a budget deficit more than twice the European Union limit and a ballooning gap between income and costs in its power system, Spain halted subsidies for new renewable-energy projects in January. The surprise move by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy one month after taking office helped pierce investor confidence in stable aid for clean energy across Europe.
“They destroyed the Spanish market overnight with the moratorium,” European Wind Energy Association Chief Executive Officer Christian Kjaer said in an interview. “The wider implication of this is that if Spanish politicians can do that, probably most European politicians can do that.”
The smarter ones will do it before they are staring bankruptcy in the face like Spain.
Meanwhile, the last I heard Obama wants to follow the Spanish model. If he means us well, he will skip to the part where the whole green energy farce is abandoned as crony capitalist boondoggling draped in unaffordable PC posturing.
On a tip from Jeremy.