Claims that the costs of wind farms, solar panels and other low carbon technology use will lead to sharp rises in bills are wrong, and they do absolutely nothing good for our society.
Just recently, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) explained that, against the preposterous claims of some,the increase in bills over the past few years was largely caused by higher gas costs, and has nothing to do with renewable energy technology.
Members concluded that indeed, green policies might add only $150 per household per year by 2020, but on the other hand, this is greatly outweighed by the benefits, which could over $1500 per year; you do the math.
CCC chief executive David Kennedy said the committee had analysed the impact of technology including onshore and offshore wind, carbon capture and storage, as well as other fewer discussed measures, such as solar water heating, loft and wall cavity insulation,etc.
In November, a startling number of people started claiming that low-carbon technologies will drive bills to ‘astronomical levels’, which is untrue and misleading. Furthermore, delaying these measures will also lead to other negative side effects. For example, a study performed by Professor John Hills found that 2.700 people died each year only from problems linked to fuel poverty.
Written by Andrei Mihai, from ZME Science.