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Friday, October 05, 2007

Power supplies

Intermittancy of supply is something that opponents of wind power often point to as being a reason why we cannot rely on wind.

True ~~ish.

This week power supplies in Scotland were reduced by 25% after Hunterston nuclear power station was taken off line,

The truth is that you need a mix of power supplies (in my mind preferably excluding nuclear) to ensure that supply is maintained regardless of the impediments that chance can throw at us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm not quite sure what your point is, or that you even had a rational point to make.

To clarify the situation, Hunterston B supplies some 1 million homes with 3.5 terawatt hours of energy each year, and does so reliably. When it (like any conventional power plant) must be taken offline due to maintenance requirements or mechanical problems, the utilities can plan for the outage by bringing online reserve power generation. Indeed, outages are planned for in any grid design by providing some level of reserve generation.

Wind is not only intermittent, it is totally uncorrelated to grid requirements. This means, quite simply, that wind provides unpredictable, unreliable power (while not reducing any CO2 emissions whatsoever--another big lie touted by windfarm advocates). Hence, wind is useless per se, except as a vehicle for steering taxpayer pounds into corporate and landowner bank accounts.

Wind does not 'replace' conventional generation, and never has, anywhere, at any time. That being so, why do you think it's such a great idea? Aside from the subsidy money other Britons would have to fork over to the Isles, that is. Or do you still seriously believe that 'local jobs' would be generated (if so, I have some sad news for you....)?

Wind power is a scam, and those who are foisting it on us should be held to account.

BTW, you'll be happy to know that nuclear plants WILL be built in Scotland, whether you like it or not, and whether the idiots at Holyrood like it, or not. Nothing you can do about it, mate, so get used to the idea.