Sunday, November 27, 2005

UK Energy Policy during a cold winter

This academic piece in the Sunday Telegraph sorts out the truth from the fiction about the UK's energy policy as it stands in the face of rapidly increasing natural gas prices.

Once again, the government's emphasis on "renewable" energy is exposed for the fraud it really is. Not only is wind generated power very expensive, the biggest irony is that, because the wind doesn't blow all the time, all those fossil fuel burners have to run anyway, regardless of whether or not we throw on a switch and consume the electricity they (or perhaps the wind turbines) generate. You see, you can't just turn off a conventional power station the moment the wind blows more than, say, 7.5 miles per hour, and then turn it back on after two hours of windy conditions have ended.

So here is the conundrum. If you try to save electricity, just remember that they are making it anyway and they may be making it twice over if the wind is blowing. Next thing you know is they will start charging you twice over to cover all the extra generation that you probably can't afford to use anyway. I would put an exclamation mark after that sentence if its contents weren't so incredibly pathetic and stupid.

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