Nigel Farage, the UK Independence Party (UKIP)'s leader, railed
against "ugly disgusting ghastly windmills" on BBC Radio 4's 'Any
Questions' on Friday night. Everyone's entitled to their opinion of
what wind turbines look like, but do his claims about the cost of
wind power really add up?
"Here you've got Cameron saying it's
outrageous that [energy] prices are going up, whilst at the same
time he more than anybody else has supported this loopy idea that
we can cover Britain in ugly disgusting ghastly windmills and that
somehow our future energy needs will come from that and that
already everyone of you in this room is paying a 12 percent
surcharge on your energy bills to subsidise a wind turbine
programme that simply won't work...."
Questions - 22 minutes into the programme)
At this point, presenter David Dimbleby points out that some
members of the audience are shouting "that's just not true". Farage
"I can assure you Jonathan, 12 per cent
is a conservative figure - it may be slightly higher than
Is he right? Let's turn to Ofgem's factsheet "
household energy bills explained", released in May. It says the
main support measure for renewable energy, the Renewables
Obligation, adds £21 to the average household consumer energy bill.
Feed in Tariffs - the support measure for microgeneration - add
"less than £1" to the bill.