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“Polluting” UK coal plants export power to France as cold weather bites

November 18, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

From the Guardian:

 

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Polluting coal power stations in Britain have been profiting from the woes of the low-carbon French nuclear industry this month, according to analysis of energy generation data for the Guardian.

Tricastin, one of France’s biggest nuclear power stations, was closed by the French regulator in September so that works could be undertaken to address a flood risk.

The plant’s reactors make up four of the 39 currently offline in the French nuclear power industry, which experienced even worse outages last winter due to regulatory safety checks.

The operators of Britain’s eight remaining coal power stations appear to have stepped in to exploit higher French prices, exporting power across the channel as temperatures have plunged. UK coal power generation has declined rapidly in recent years under the carbon tax.

Most of the time, France sends electricity to the UK through 43-mile-long cables between Folkestone and a site near Calais, but in November there have been more hours when power has flowed in the other direction.

 

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On Friday, power through the interconnector was almost entirely flowing at maximum capacity towards France.

“We are now exporting to France through the interconnector which is unusual. Normally we are a net importer from France but yet again towards the end of the year we are exporting,” said Andrew Crossland, who runs MyGridGB, a site that monitors power generation data.

“Essentially this means that France is importing higher carbon electricity than it can produce at home,” he added.

Data compiled by Crossland shows coal power has continued to decline in the UK this year after dramatically falling two-thirds in 2016. There have been 583 coal-free hours in 2017 to date – compared with 210 last year – with coal providing just 6.7% of electricity supply so far.

Analysis by Iain Staffell, lecturer in sustainable energy at Imperial College and author of the Electric Insights report, came to a similar conclusion.

“In short, coal usage has shot up in the last two weeks, both because we are now exporting to France and because demand is growing as it gets colder. We are still using less coal than we did this time last year though,” he said.

Uniper, the German energy company that runs Ratcliffe coal power station in Nottinghamshire, said the higher usage was a response to the situation in France and colder temperatures.

“Over the past few weeks, the French power market has seen relatively higher power prices compared to Britain. One of the impacts of this is that flows on the Britain-France interconnector have seen more of a flow to France than to Britain,” the company said in a statement.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/18/french-reactor-repairs-generate-profits-old-uk-coal-power-plants 

 

The Guardian appears to be aghast that the wicked coal power stations are “profiting” from the woes of the poor French.

Perhaps they would prefer it if the French had to suffer power cuts instead.

But it does raise the question of what we are supposed to do when they have all shut. The plan to rely on interconnectors from France does not seem to be such a good idea after all!

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Fossil Fuels Will Continue To Dominate In China

November 18, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

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https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/chinas-climate-plan/

 

 

The announcement by the Global Carbon Project this week, that China’s emissions of CO2 were on course for a 3.5% rise this year, seems to have blindsided a lot of people.

For instance, Justin Webb on the BBC Today programme on Monday, while interviewing Corrinne Le Quere, stated:

“We were talking to Al Gore on this programme relatively recently, and he was quite positive about some of the steps China has taken”

[Just a thought – maybe the BBC might stop treating con merchants like Gore as “experts” in future]

The Tyndall Centre’s Le Quere herself seemed just as surprised by the news.

Quite why anybody did not see this coming beats me. All they had to do was read China’s INDC for Paris two years ago.

Essentially, China made three substantive pledges for 2030:

  • Peak CO2 emissions around 2030
  • Lower emissions of CO2 per unit of GDP by 60% from 2005 levels
  • Increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to 20%

The first pledge, of course, did not say at what level they would peak at, but simple analysis suggested that they would be at a substantially higher level than now.

The second pledge was essentially worthless, as lower emissions per unit of GDP tend to result as economies mature anyway.

That leaves the third pledge.

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PEI Mistake Capacity for Output (Again!)

November 16, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

The latest guff from the IEA, via PEI:

 

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Boosted by a strong solar PV market, renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world last year, with almost 165 GW coming online, according to a new report, writes Kelvin Ross

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China’s Thermal Power Output Rising By 6.3% So Far This Year

November 16, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

Further to the recent Global Carbon Project report, which revealed that CO2 emissions were on the rise again in China this year, it is worth looking at what the China Energy Portal has to say. Although they are an independent outfit, they say that all of their data comes from governmental websites, and I have found them reliable in the past.

 

Below is their YTD summary of electricity generation, showing how thermal has dominated the increase in total generation. Wind and solar barely figure at all.

 

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[Note graph is Q3 2017 year to date versus Q3 2016 year to date. *Thermal includes coal, gas, oil, and biomass]

https://chinaenergyportal.org/en/2017-q3-electricity-and-energy-statistics/

 

Based on these increases, we can project the outturn numbers for 2017 as a whole. Wind and solar would increase their contribution from 5.1% to 5.9% of the electricity mix.

 

While China’s demand for electricity continues to rise at this sort of rate, wind and solar will never be more than bit part players.

 

They also include some other interesting data:

 

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Note:

  • “New energy vehicles” are still chicken feed.
  • Coal production is up 5.7%
  • Natural gas production is also up at 9.1%

Wind Power Down To 0.5% Today

November 15, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

Who needs fossil fuels? All we need is batteries, demand response and a smart energy system, when the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine!

So the theory goes anyway.

It’s just as well we’ve still got all of that old fashioned coal, gas and nuclear power today:

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https://www.bmreports.com/bmrs/?q=eds/main

 

Wind power is currently down to just 228 MW, out of a total demand of 43306 MW, ie just 0.5%.

The grid is almost solely reliant on gas, coal and nuclear, which are currently supplying 40004 MW.

 

Meanwhile, solar power is doing little better. At its midday peak, it was generating at only 10% of its capacity.

 

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 https://www.solar.sheffield.ac.uk/pvlive/#

When will somebody tell the emperor that he is wearing no clothes?

Here’s The Inconvenient Truth Behind MIT’s Study Linking Hurricane Harvey To Global Warming

November 15, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

It was only a matter of time before some junk scientist blamed Hurricane Harvey on global warming.

It is probably no surprise either that it comes from Kerry Emmanuel.

Fortunately Michael Bastach has been quick to tear it to pieces:

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A new study is making waves in the media, claiming to finally address the question of man-made global warming’s role in Hurricane Harvey’s record-setting rainfall.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Kerry Emanuel, a renowned hurricane expert, and his colleagues published their findings on Monday, claiming global warming increased the of risk Hurricane Harvey-level rainfall in southeastern Texas grew since the last century.

There’s one huge caveat: Emanuel didn’t actually study Hurricane Harvey itself.

Instead, Emanuel’s study is based on thousands of climate model runs to find out the odds a storm will bring the amount of rainfall Hurricane Harvey did when it made landfall in late August 2017.

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Carbon Tax Crippling UK Industry

November 15, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

 

h/t Philip Bratby

 

 

Jillian Ambrose seems quite pleased that Britain is going up the table. Unfortunately it is UK industry that is paying the price.

 

 

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The Treasury’s carbon tax has propelled Britain into the top 10 of a global low-carbon electricity league table faster than any other country, igniting calls from the clean energy industry for the upcoming budget to keep the support in place.

 

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Gov. Jerry Brown is no climate action hero

November 15, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Stewgreen

 

It appears that Moonbeam is not whiter than white after all!

 

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Bonn, Germany

Gov. Jerry Brown seemed surprised by what greeted him at the United Nations climate conference in Germany on Saturday. Less than a minute into his remarks, Californians living near fracking, oil refineries and Aliso Canyon stood up and decried the destruction that Brown’s industry-pandering fossil fuel polices have had on their lives.

I bellowed with them, our collective words silencing the audience. Met with demands of “keep it in the ground” from Richmond’s refinery communities, Brown yelled back, “Let’s put you in the ground so we can get on with the show here.”

I was shocked by Brown’s disrespectful and condescending retorts, but even more so by the crowd that cheered him on. Even at a climate change conference, the stories of impacted communities fell on deaf ears.

Many are desperately holding onto hope that Brown will fill the Trump-sized hole in the nation’s climate leadership. But the truth is that his rhetoric on global warming hides his support for aggressive oil and gas extraction in our state. California should not be held up as a shining example for other states and countries.

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Greenpeace’s Diesel Engine

November 14, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

Rebel News exposes more hypocrisy from the eco-tards at Bonn!

 

 

How Green Delegates Keep Warm In Bonn

November 14, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

 

 

If you’re wondering how they’re keeping warm at the Bonn Climate Conference, Sheila Gunn Reid of Rebel News has been investigating!