“The Wind always blows somewhere in the UK” – Renewables UK and DECC

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With recent generation at 0.04 gigglewatts (sic) the experts have proved yet again that their brains are where the sun doesn’t shine. Of recent weeks we have had days of high pressure with very little wind and almost total reliance on coal, nuclear and gas. No amount of pumped storage will cover this length of time of  windless conditions. This high pressure weather has hung over a great deal of Europe at a time when low temperatures create high energy usage so a European grid would have little purpose. With coal and nuclear to be phased out and a supposed shortage of affordable gas on the market we are in a position only a politician could have led us. We have a simple answer. Extend the life of all coal stations and refurbish those already taken out of use. Look very carefully at those changed to bio-mass as the energy density is far lower and output much degraded. The recent approval in Westminster for subsidies to Palm Oil defies belief. I assume strongly supported by the Lib-Dims, WWF and FoE. With more coal back on line the laws of the market place will depress the price of gas and everything reaches it’s equilibrium. Then remove all subsidies from energy; wind, nuclear, bio-mass and wave. In a relatively short space of time demand and supply will drive the market place. Coal from Russia is good because it will provide jobs and income to the Russian people and history tells us that the Russian Bear growls when the people are hungry. A damn sight cheaper alternative than another cold war!

2 Responses to “The Wind always blows somewhere in the UK” – Renewables UK and DECC

  1. Please, you are entirely correct about wind and sunshine, and the best hydro power sites are probably taken, especially if you care about salmon and trout. But from an environmentalist point of view, the thing to do is replace all of the coal first, then the gas turbines, with nuclear. The USA has had remarkable success (and thrown it away, as Thatcher did) building renewable, sustainable, breeder reactor technology. The key feature is probably NOT to use ceramic fuel. The IFR uses metal fuel rods and enclosed liquid sodium coolant. The LFTR uses fuel in a liquid solvent, also at atmospheric pressure like the IFR.

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