Re: The reason why wind power costs so much
Yup, here in Aus some bright spark decided to subsidise water tanks, the catch being that they had to be installed by an "authorised installer" and connected to the same pipes that the water grid is on.
This of course led to price gouging by the sellers of water tanks so that they now cost around the same price as they did before to the consumer after the subsidy was applied.
The trouble was (apart from the price gouging negating the subsidy making it worthless) was that if you didn't want to hook the tank up to the water supply using an expensive plumbing contractor (because you simply wanted a tank so you could water your garden in the face of water restrictions) it had suddenly become extremely expensive to buy tanks.
Garden watering tanks were not subsidised but the gouging still aplied.
People ended up importing tanks from interstate where they didn't have the stupid water tank subsidy.
Governments tend to fsck up everything they get involved with. The best thing they can do is get out of peoples lives and tax them as little as possible.
It'll never happen of course.