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New Year, New Challenges for Gaia-Wind

January 29, 2013

For Gaia-Wind, 2012 was not without its challenges but as they say: every challenge is an opportunity in disguise.  It was yet another year of rapid growth; in fact we were proud to announce that the Sunday Times Fast Track list made us the fastest growing privately owned company in Scotland; and the eighth fastest in the entire UK.

An emerging theme from our both experience as a business and our turbine owners’ as “distributed energy” generators, was that of the growing importance of reaching Energy Independence.

So: a quick look at some of the major milestones of the year and where they leave us looking forward. For our business:

  • Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond congratulated us on a major contract to provide almost 200 of our Gaia-Wind 133 11kW turbines for installation in England and Wales
  • We completed a comprehensive enhancement of our management, operations and technical expertise recruiting fantastic new professionals in these areas, who will be key to our future;
  • We implemented an international expansion programme including:
    • A record export order to the US for up to 50 turbines.
    • Opening an office in Milan
    • The erection of the first Gaia-Wind turbine in France

On the policy side:

  • We finally had the Energy Bill; one thing this Bill did make clear is that the cost of the carbon price taxes to pay for improvements to the energy infrastructure means that billions more will be will be added to your Utilities Bill from next year.
  • Consumers did see a chink of light when the government announced proposals to trim the confusing range of energy tariffs, but Energy Minister Ed Davey also admitted: ‘The government cannot control volatile world energy prices.’
  • The changes to Feed in Tariffs were badly handled. Again however, at least we and our wind turbine owners know where we are: If you install a Gaia-Wind turbine you will receive 21p FIT per Kilowatt hour generated, index linked for the next twenty years.

Energy Independence means we can decouple from the Utilities’ energy price rises. Small wind turbine owners can go a long way towards this. As “Distributed Energy” generators they can ensure that most or all of the energy is used on site. They can:

  • Offset their utilities bill by using their own energy – even switching from oil heating can be cost efficient;
  • Sell the remainder of their energy generation back to the Grid; and
  • Still receive FiT payments of 21 p for every Kilowatt hour generated.

And it’s really not rocket science to predict that energy produced on-farm will at some point in the future achieve parity with retail prices. That means Energy Independence even without the FiT.

Watch this space for more developments from Gaia-Wind...You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

Johnnie Andringa

CEO Gaia-Wind  

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