Re: “Europe makes strides in renewable energy,” letter, Nov. 16.
Yes, the Netherlands has an electric railway run by offshore wind turbines. But five years after it started, the Dutch government said offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour – about 4.5 billion euros last year. (That’s more than $6.5 billion of our dollars.)
Then look at Germany, which reportedly spent $1.4 trillion on turbines. The cost of power there is around 50 cents per kWh and the program is reported to be a huge failure.
Finally, look closer to home. It was recently reported in the Times Colonist that Ontario is cancelling its wind-turbine program, because it’s just too expensive.
Best we stick with what works here in B.C., and that’s hydroelectric.