Gaia-Wind CEO Johnnie Andringa today responded to the new proposals for energy tariffs.

The leading small wind turbine manufacturer took a cautious tone when he said: “The government cannot control volatile world energy prices. So the danger is that when the “Tariff merry-go-Round” stops, we still face increasing energy prices.”


On his Gaia-Wind blog page Andringa says:

“The proposals limit suppliers to four “core tariffs” per fuel. This can’t be a bad thing.

“But Davey also admits: ‘The government cannot control volatile world energy prices.’ So the danger is that when the “Tariff merry-go-Round” stops, we still face increasing energy prices.

“.. there are still hurdles at which it could fall: going through Parliament as part of the Energy Bill being one of the most critical. Trade-offs and compromise are part and parcel of the progress of any Bill and many proposals do not come through entirely unscathed.

“So, all power to Ministers’ elbows but Gaia-Wind turbine owners have the power (excuse the pun) to escape from the constant round of energy price rises. “Small wind turbine owners can play a ‘Three Card Trick’, to achieve “energy Independence” from spiralling energy costs. They can:

Offset their utilities bill by using their own energy – even switching from e.g. oil heating can be cost efficient

Sell the remainder of their energy generation back to the Grid; and

Still receive considerable FIT payments of 21 p for every Kilowatt generated.

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3. Gaia-Wind Ltd is a manufacturer of world leading high performance Small Wind Turbines, servicing farms, rural properties, businesses, and community projects. The company is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland with offices in Denmark and Italy and has appointed distributors in France, England, Ireland, and the US.

Almost 600 Gaia-Wind turbines have been “in the ground” for a combined operational time of more than 14 million hours. That’s over 1,500 years. In Denmark, 77 of our Gaia-Wind turbines have been running for more than 10 years.

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