Saturday, 2 October 2010
The Waning Wind
The Department of Energy and Climate Change said this week that lower than expected wind speeds and rainfall had led to a 12% fall in renewable electricity generated between April and June compared to the same period in 2009. This is the second fall in renewable energy production this year and follows a smaller but still notable decline between January and March, again compared to last year.
With a sharp drop in output from nuclear power stations as well, greenhouse gas emissions from each unit of electricity generated will inevitably have risen, at a time when the UK has pledged to cut such pollution and is pressing other countries to do the same.
Speculation is mounting that the government is considering cutting the feed-in tariff subsidy for small scale renewable equipment and 69 industry figures and other experts have sent an open letter to the government warning such a move would 'shatter' confidence and put future investment in 'mortal peril'.
A spokesman from RenewableUK, the industry lobby group, said: "Clearly we need to deploy more renewable devices if we expect to get more in the energy mix. Hydro and wind power will vary from year to year, as do other technologies, but we know that they can and do contribute significant amounts of electricity."
They really don't have a clue do they, yet I (and you) will continue to pay subsidies to those folk who have installed a couple of solar panels on their roofs, or a windmill in their back garden, after having been taken in by the propaganda.
photo: offshore windfarm near Prestatyn, north Wales