Wind power lhuhnacy writ large

Energy generation and security is a serious subject. Clearly it is too serious to be trusted to politicians like Chris ‘lhuhnatic’ Huhne as this short segment from a post on EU Referendum shows.

When the coal fired power stations are closed because they are ‘dirty’ and emit CO2 that feeds the plants and vegetation needed to sustain life, where is the power going to come from when the wind doesn’t blow? Perhaps we could line up the politicians and the warmists and let them talk nonsense to force the wind turbines to move:

On the other front, Huhne’s wet dream about wind power is looking more and more absurd. At the time of writing, electricity generation reports had coal-fired power stations taking a thrashing, delivering 43 percent of available power, with wind contributing a farcical 0.1 percent, a trivial 44MW out of an installed, metered capacity of 2,430MW. The man’s ideas about wind taking up the slack are totally unrealistic. Actually, they are barking mad.

Or perhaps the gas fired power stations will pick up the slack? But how likely is that when just yesterday National Grid was issuing a Gas Balancing Alert due to record demand? The spin defies belief. If, as National Grid say, high gas storage levels and a healthy and diverse supply pool meant the system was operating as it should, leaving supply and demand balanced, why was the balancing alert issued? Even when the gas is there, will we be able to afford it as demand increases?

As UK wholesale spot gas prices jumped to a two-year high on near record demand, up one-third on a normal December, consumers will have to cope with a big increase in their heating bills over the next few months, as the utility companies seek to pass on the rise in domestic bills.

Meanwhile several hundred years’ worth of coal stays in the ground within our nation’s borders. Available, secure, reliable and effective. But thanks to the EU and our quisling bastards in Westminster we are being bled dry to pay over the odds for wind powered generating capability that delivers only a fraction of its potential and delivers nothing when the wind is calm; and paying even more for back up generating capability powered by a fuel that is rising dramatically in price due to demand competition.

We seem to be entering a new politician driven post-intelligence era.

7 Responses to “Wind power lhuhnacy writ large”

  1. 1 Barry 21/12/2010 at 7:14 pm

    When it comes to gas I see the future as being quite bleak. The increasing reliance on gas is making the fight between householders consuming gas for heating and electricity producers consuming gas for generating get more and more serious.

    The proposals Huhne recently squeaked were to reduce our reliance on foreign energy sources yet our coal will remain in the ground. It is madness.

  2. 2 WitteringsfromWitney 21/12/2010 at 7:50 pm

    Talking of coal AM, it is especially relevant when some of that mining may well be open-cast – thus creating space for landfill!

    swings & roundabouts?

    Just saying……..

  3. 3 ThomasJ 21/12/2010 at 7:56 pm

    There is only, and only!, one thing to do in terms of securing safe/reliable/steady 7/24 supply of electric energy and that is namned: NUCLEAR IV generation tech.
    In the meanwhile, arrest and prosecute Huhne etCons. for his/their devastating ‘actions’ vs. the whole Society.
    We have the identical case here in Sweden + no supreme court… loosers, big, we are!


  4. 4 Autonomous Mind 21/12/2010 at 9:03 pm

    Don’t get me started on the landfill nonsense WfW. Another unnecessary directive that costs us a fortune and leaves material festering in warehouses because there’s no market for it.

  5. 5 Robert 21/12/2010 at 10:18 pm

    This hike in prices is another scam by our energy companies aided by Ofgem and the government. There is so much gas about that prices are falling even with cold winter. Look at British Gas’s increase in profits over the last 6 months. A 10% rise will only swell the coffers.

    There is no need for expensive nuclear or dirty coal or useless wind. Gas is the future. The world is awash with the stuff. Qatar could give it away and still make money on its oil. It cannot get at the oil without removing the gas.

    The US is set to become one of the largest producers of gas in the world and could be exporting in the next few years.

    For more try

  6. 6 Robert 21/12/2010 at 10:30 pm

    The BBC has just shown a brief report on US shale gas in Louisiana on the Ten O’ Clock news tonight, about 20 minutes into the programme.

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