Category Archives: renewables

The flawed logic of preppers

I started writing this one a few month ago (prior to travelling long distance) and then forgot about it, but thought maybe I should finish it. For quite some time in American there has been a survivalist movement, which grew out … Continue reading

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Taxing the Sun

I’ve joked before that it would be just a matter of time before the Tories started taxing solar panels rather than subsidising them. Well, now its happening. To help pay for the ever increasing cost of brexit they are putting … Continue reading

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Electricity prices – its complicated

I came across this comment the other day from some climate denier, the figure he was referring to being given below. The point he was trying to make was that German electricity prices are high and thus renewables = expensive electricity. … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland and its RHI scheme controversy

RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) schemes are something I’ve long supported. In many countries the winter heating load can represent a significant proportion of carbon emissions. Recall only 20% of the UK’s final energy consumption is electricity, while 36% is heating. … Continue reading

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Tories favour diesel farms over wind farms

There are no sliver bullet solutions to the UK’s current energy problems. Wind power can certainly help, its led to big drops in the UK’s carbon footprint already, but only as part of a balanced energy diet within a grander overall … Continue reading

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What worries me about UK energy policy

There was a serious black out incident in South Australia last month due to high winds. Inevitably the anti-wind farm brigade were quick to blame wind farms and inevitably the media (who don’t know any better) were soon parrotting these … Continue reading

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Aviation: the green stuff – coming soon to an airfield near you

Solar Impulse recently completed the first ever circumnavigation using a solar powered aircraft. So it might be an appropriate time to review the options as regards alternative fuelled aircraft. A long standing assumption of many has been that given the very … Continue reading

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