October 30, 2022

The Problem with "Renewables"

John Lees

About 40% of the UK's electricity generation is classed as renewables.
In France it's 10%. That's probably why they aren't in quite the same mess that we are in.
But why are we in the UK leading the way in this experiment? What people might want is an energy sector that runs entirely on wind and solar. But what we will then end up seeing is a transfer of control of the energy sector from engineers, to politicians.
If you gift control of energy production to totally clueless people, then what you get is roughly what we now see. A total shitshow, where the country is bankrupting itself subsidizing everyone's energy bills - and yet still having to warn people that we may face power cuts midwinter.
As a very simple point; obviously solar and wind need backup and storage. So why were we not investing in backup and storage right back at the start? Why wait until now, when the energy system has collapsed, prices have skyrocketed and the govt. is forced to bring in austerity measures as a result?
Imho - this attempted transition has been the greatest series of policy blunders that I have witnessed in my lifetime.
And meanwhile back in reality - the rest of the world is cruising along burning more and more fossil fuels. (see graph).
May be an image of text that says 'Energy consumption by source, World Primary energy consumption measured terawatt-hours terawatt (TWh). Here an inefficiency factor (the substitution method) has been applied for fossil fuels, meaning the shares by each energy source give better approximation of final energy consumption. 160,000 140,000 Our World Data 120,000 100,000 80,000 Other renewables Biotuels Solar Wind Hydropower Nuclear Gas 60,000 40,000 20,000 Coal 0 1965 1980 1990 Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy Note: Other renewables includes geothermal, biomass and waste energy. 2000 2010 2021 Ouforinata.org/energy-CCBY'

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