Here’s a fairly damning article from The Indy recently about the potential energy crisis looming
As the UK government and the EU continue to parade themselves as the vanguard of green energy initiatives for the planet, the reality of what this means in real terms to real people continues to be felt.
The massive green subsidies (introduced by Ed Milliband as the energy secretary under Gordon Brown) that we, through our energy bills, are paying to green producers like Cameron’s father and other wealthy land-owners who have no problem with blighting the landscape with giant wind turbines.
The visual impact of these monstrosities continues to spoil our land and seascapes, and their impact (literally) on birds and bats is an increasing concern.
Yet they are actually providing only a fraction of the power we need, or they were designed to provide. In Wales, a £48,000 turbine on top of the Welsh Government office building in Aberystwyth is due to be removed as it generates only £5.28 per month in revenue.
You can regularly look at energy statistics and see that wind power contributes around 1-2% of our needs despite these massive arrays that exist around the country. Even based on the level of power they were expected to provide, it’s been estimated that you’d need to cover the whole of Wales in turbines to provide just one third of the UKs energy needs.
But then, and this is one of the biggest problems with renewables like wind (and solar) – what happens when the wind doesn’t blow (or the sun doesn’t shine)? Answer, you have to revert to hydrocarbon-based fuels. So you have to install and maintain 100% backups for these new energies.
These power stations need to be kept ticking over as a minimum so that they can respond quickly to weather changes, they need to be fully staffed and maintained at all times whether they are producing or not, and all the while they are “idling” or running at low capacity they are being highly inefficient and producing tonnes of the dreaded CO2 that renewables are supposed to be replacing.
The biggest problem for these power stations is that they cannot easily be turned up (or down) but as the UK is legally bound to produce nearly a third of its electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2020, a number of rapidly deployable gas-fired power stations need to be on standby to pick up the slack at times when the sun and wind are insufficient.
From a recent story in the Independent Hugh Sharman, an engineering consultant who worked on a government-commissioned, but unpublished, report looking at how to keep the lights on in the face of soaring renewable energy use, warned that Britain’s ageing fleet of gas-powered plants will not be able to cope with the task of rapidly “balancing” the country’s electricity supply when wind levels are low.
Of course the biggest nonsense is that China now burns almost as much coal as the rest of the World put together and is building 2 new power stations per week to cope with their energy demands (and India about one new one every week) so even if you are a disciple of the IPCC and a fully paid up member of the Global Warming society, any attempts by the UK (or even Europe) to reduce carbon emissions have little to no effect – other than to ramp up fuel prices, force ordinary people into fuel poverty and drive manufacturing industries and jobs to other parts of the World.