Two questions
Nov 1, 2012
Bishop Hill in BBC, Energy: wind

The BBC's Five Live Drive programme yesterday interviewed a chap called Dale Vince from a company called Ecotricity. The segment is embedded below. During the show, he made the claim that government support for onshore wind only costs the consumer £5 per year.

Here are two questions:

1. What is the basis of this figure?

2. What is the cost to the consumer of the renewables obligation (which doesn't count as "support")

As an aside, it's interesting to note that Mr Vince makes £6m per year in subsidies on his windfarm empire. I think the BBC should probably have mentioned this.

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