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When The Wind Doth Blow…

When The Wind Doth Blow…

When the wind doth blow, or rather, in this case, when it DOESN’T!

Joe Public has just sent me a screen shot he took a short while ago – I’ve used a different one from the BM Reports site which fits the screen better, but both are self explanatory. Note the contribution from all those wonderful wind turbines…

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Just 184 MW – out of a total metered capacity of 5301 MW…

As I replied to JP, that is still way above what I screen captured 2 years ago:

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UK Neta Electricity Industry Website

Remember that many of the large coal fired plants are due to close in a few months, thanks to EU regulations – I hope you’ve all got some candles or other means of warmth and lighting at the ready…

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17 comments

  1. Lights going out due to coal closure.
    Yes.
    It’s a certainty, however notice it’s in the Spring.
    The lights will go out next November when demand starts to peak.
    This will be the defining moment where even the most naive drone will lose faith in the idiots of Westminster.

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    • And then we will find our what compulsary “smart meters” are really all about.

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  2. “Remember that many of the (UK’s) large coal fired plants are due to close in a few months, thanks to EU regulations ”

    I sometimes envy the Germans, with their ‘Do as we say, not do as we do” selective obedience of EU Regs.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/new-coal-fired-plants-could-be-key-to-german-energy-revolution-a-854335.html

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    • Correct. 40% to be near to the loss. We have tit-heads like Davey worrying about shit that might happen on the other side of the World and the Chinese and the Indians – developing countries giving CUNTS like Davey the ‘digitus impudicus.’ More lice…..

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  3. Didn’t I read somewhere that the Germans are opening a number of new coal fired power stations?

    We’ve got coal galore sitting underground so why not us?

    Oh I’ve just realise it’s probably the wrong type of coal……. it’s not Polish!!

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    • 1) Yes you did – 23 of them!
      http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/28/germanys-new-renewable-energy-policy/

      2) I have seen some reports that many of our coal deposits are not actually of very good quality, and since most of the mines have now been allowed to fall into disrepair, we may not be able to get much more out. However underground gasification is a possible way to extract lots of energy from coal seams without any pits being dug. But that would take political will…

      3) Do you mean ours or the Germans? In either case it still puts us (and them) at risk of disruption from other regimes – one of the reasons the crazy greens quote when trying to justify “home grown green energy”… I think many of the German plants are going to be burning lignite, or brown coal, one of the dirtiest fuels available – funny how that is OK, but the infinitesimally small risk of an earthquake and tsunami is not?

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      • Would the cost of re-opening our coal mines be cheaper than even one nuclear power station.

        I bet it’s billions cheaper but we will never be told the truth!!

        We’re british so we have to do everything at the last minute, pay billions over the odds and sub all the work out to some foreign company who will be over budget.

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      • Rex, the UK has at least 60-years worth of recoverable reserves

        Our 3.196 billion tons pales into insignificance compared with South Africa’s 10x that amount, and our ex-colony having 80x that amount.

        http://www.ukcoal.com/why-coal/need-for-coal/world-coal-statistics

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  4. Rex, may I add to your comments, that is actually costs MORE to De-Commission a Nuclear Power Station than it does run it for 25 years, including their outrageous generation costs.

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  5. Does puzzle me why wind is so ineffective that way. On boats though, they don’t go the wind route to power but use solar.

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    • The majority of sailboats are only used in good weather, so solar panels can be quite effective. At this time of year they are barely capable of keeping batteries topped up when the boat is laying at anchor. I’ve used a small panel to (try and) keep a 12v battery charged at a workshop I used. A simple digital current meter showed just how much (or little) power it produced…

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