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UK power prepares for a cold wind of change

Thursday had already brought an unwelcome reminder of the more mundane reality of Britain's energy policy today: almost 100 factories were ordered to shut off their gas supplies, to prevent the prolonged cold snap leaving households in the dark ...The latest electricity generation data, released on Friday, showed that as the temperatures dropped, 45% of output was being produced from coal, 37% from gas, 15% from nuclear power - and just 0.2% from wind.
10 Jan 2010

Climate change: the true price of the warmists' folly is becoming clear

There is no way we could hope to install two giant £4 million offshore turbines every day between now and 2020, let alone that they could meet more than a fraction of our electricity needs. But the cost of whatever does get built will be paid by all of us ...This would drive well over half the households in Britain into "fuel poverty", defined as those forced to spend more than 10 per cent of their income on energy.
9 Jan 2010

Climate change: the true price of the warmists' folly is becoming clear

There is no way we could hope to install two giant £4 million offshore turbines every day between now and 2020, let alone that they could meet more than a fraction of our electricity needs. But the cost of whatever does get built will be paid by all of us ...This would drive well over half the households in Britain into "fuel poverty", defined as those forced to spend more than 10 per cent of their income on energy.
9 Jan 2010

EDF pushes case for nuclear power

Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of the French-owned EDF Energy, which plans to build at least four new reactors in Britain at a cost of about £20bn, argues that nuclear is "the cheapest, large-scale, low-carbon electricity source", costing less than half as much as offshore wind power.
9 Jan 2010

Get a sense of priority and keep Britain's lights burning

As things stand, there is a broad Lab/Con energy consensus. Their energy policies rest on three main pillars - renewables (mainly wind), carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to permit the continued use of fossil fuels that make the Aire Valley one of the nation's power houses and nuclear. Only one of these pillars - nuclear - is sustainable.
5 Jan 2010

Huge challenge for offshore wind expansion

The decision by the Crown Estate, which runs the licensing process, will set off a development programme comparable to the opening of the North Sea to oil and gas production in the 1970s and 1980s. ...However, the Carbon Trust, an independent company set up by the government to promote cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, said on Tuesday that there were still big challenges in technology and financing to be overcome.
5 Jan 2010

£100BN is gone with the wind

A £100 billion project to build up to 5,000 giant wind turbines around Britain's coast kicks off this week when winning bidders are chosen to build nine offshore wind parks. The Crown Estate, which owns the UK seabed and is administering the auction for the third and largest round of offshore wind licences, is preparing to announce the consortia for the sites. It will pave the way for one of the biggest ­infrastructure projects for wind energy in the world.
3 Jan 2010

Gordon Brown unveils £100bn wind farm gamble

Gordon Brown will this week launch a £100 billion green power revolution when he awards a raft of development contracts to build a new generation of offshore wind farms. The government envisages a third of the UK's energy coming from wind power by 2020. ...Yet big questions remain over the wisdom of betting so heavily on an intermittent and largely untested power source sited in one of the harshest operating environments, the sea.
3 Jan 2010

Should Europe intervene to support the price of carbon?

Carbon traders had bet that European leaders would tighten emissions quotas during the conference, which would have driven up the price for permits. Disappointed by emissions reduction offers made by China and the United States at the meeting, however - and fearing that tighter quotas would send industries fleeing to less regulated parts of the world - Europe's leaders backed away from the plan.
28 Dec 2009

Malta cannot renegotiate energy targets - Commission

Malta has to get its act together or risk missing its 2020 renewable energy targets, as Brussels warns no further negotiations will be permitted. The island will not be given another chance to move the goalposts, the European Commission cautioned, while indicating Malta was unlikely to deliver on its renewable energy promises. ...it had to find a way to honour its obligations or face legal action.
27 Dec 2009

Danish wind of change on energy

BBC Wales' Environment Correspondent Iolo ap Dafydd looks at the contrast between who invests, owns and benefits from wind energy in Denmark, compared to Wales, and other problems which may face the wind industry.
21 Dec 2009

Denmark is "Energy Smart"? Think again

Promoters of "green" energy love Denmark. On Earth Day, President Barack Obama pointed out that the northern European country now "produces almost 20 percent" of its electricity with wind turbines. ...Here's the reality: When it comes to carbon dioxide emissions, coal consumption, or energy prices, the Danes have no reason to brag.
17 Dec 2009

Oil still fuels the green state of Denmark

Its capital, Copenhagen, won the moral right to host next month's climate change summit in good part because Denmark seems to have found the winning balance between growth and carbon reduction. Wind power is coming on strong. Its citizens are willing to pay sky-high electricity prices to encourage conservation. Its hot-water-based district heating system is considered a marvel of energy efficiency. ...But this small, wealthy Nordic country - population 5.4-million - may not be as green as advertised. The fine print in Denmark's Energy Agency data paints a paler picture.
30 Nov 2009

Green energy to overload grid, electricity grid operator warns

Blackouts on the national power grid was the grim future that the explosive growth of renewable energy projects in Bulgaria would lead to, according to the chief executive of the company that runs the power grid. Ivan Ayolov, head of the state power grid operator ESO was quoted by Reuters as saying that the Government should impose stricter regulations to bar speculators.
25 Nov 2009

France's former president tilts at windmills

Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the former president who championed France's dependence on nuclear power, may seem a modern Don Quixote as he leads a fierce battle against the expansion of wind power turbines. But unlike the fictional knight charging at windmills, Giscard's quest may not be futile. Growing political opposition, a lack of government support, and changes in the regulatory framework mean that France is in danger of missing its ambitious wind power capacity target, set by the European Commission.
19 Nov 2009

Judge keeps wind energy targets on track

The High Court has thrown out a legal bid that had the potential of derailing the drive to achieving the UK's ambitious wind energy targets. Mr Justice Cranston rejected a challenge to the authority of South Norfolk Council and their decision to grant planning permission for a wind farm development at Lotus sports car factory. Campaigners had argued that the local authority had acted unlawfully because it had not considered the impact of the scheme on local residents.
16 Nov 2009

Future of wind farms in doubt

Britain's biggest developer of offshore wind farms has hired Rothschild to sell stakes in its projects because it cannot afford to build them. The move by Dong Energy, the Danish power giant, casts fresh doubt on the government's carbon-reduction plans just six months after it ramped up subsidies to keep the offshore wind sector afloat. ..."The issue is that these projects require enormous amounts of capital and it's getting very difficult to justify," said an industry source. "The enthusiasm there once was has diminished."
8 Nov 2009

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