Sunday, 6 May 2018

Claire Perry MP defends renewables. The truth is the opposite.

The Energy minister Claire Perry MP on a visitto Glasgow defended renewables.   The truth is somewhat different:
Wind power output amounted to 16.8 TWh last year in Scotland, most of which is onshore. Subsidies for this, via the Renewable Obligation system cost £816 million.
This equates to £154 for every man, woman and child in Scotland, or would do if it was not for the fact that the bill is shared out amongst everybody in the UK.
On top of this come the costs for building hundreds of miles of transmission cables, to carry electricity from remote Highland areas to where it is actually needed. Total costs are unknown, but will most certainly run into billions. In 2011, for instance, the BBC reported that the cost of the Beauly Denny power line alone was £600 million.
Then there is the cost of constraint payments to wind farm owners, when there is too much wind power on the system.

Despite these massive costs and subsidies, generation in Scotland has actually been falling in recent years. In fact, generation is now at its lowest level since at least 2004, when BEIS records begin.
Acknowledgements :  Not a lot pf people know that blog.

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