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Power Cut? Call 105

January 16, 2018

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public



It may be a pure coincidence, but the electricity network operators (DNOs and INDOs) have joined together to set up a new telephone number, 105, for people to ring when there is a power cut.




Maybe they’re expecting more in future?


Temperature Adjustments In Alabama

January 16, 2018

By Paul Homewood




I came across an old post of mine from June 2012, which casts some light on how much the US temperature record has been adjusted by NOAA.

The graph plots November temperatures in Alabama. Like all of this old data, this graph is no longer available on NOAA’s website.

As I noted at the time, November temperatures in 1934 were 57.0F, and compared with 55.5F in 2011.


If we fast forward to the current version, we find that November 1934 is shown as 55.8F, and November 2011 as 55.3F. In net terms, relative to 2011, the 1934 temperatures have been reduced by 1.0F.




As I also reported in a later post in 2014, NOAA offered a toolkit that graphed the differences between the old and new versions.

Below is a screenprint of the annual data for Alabama, which I posted at the time, and it shows just how much temperatures have been reduced during that highly inconvenient warm period in the 1930s and 40s.

As with the November figure, there is an adjustment of about 1F.




Now, and also highly conveniently, the NOAA toolkit does not work. All you get is a blank screen.


Peter Stanford Still Paid To Write Nonsense

January 16, 2018

By Paul Homewood




In last week’s Sunday Telegraph, Peter Stanford repeated the grossly misleading claim that Storm Eleanor had brought winds of up to 100mph, something originally alleged by the Telegraph at the time.

As we know, this actually referred to wind gusts at the top of Great Dun Fell, 847m up in the Pennines. As such, it had no relevance at all to wind speeds experienced in the rest of the country.


  I wonder whether Bob Ward will write to the Telegraph to complain!


He finishes his column with a gratuitous puff for the renewable lobby. Quite what that has to do with the weather beats me.




Is it too much to expect the Telegraph to find somebody that actually knows about weather?

Orwell Housing residents say eco-friendly heating ‘too expensive’

January 15, 2018

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dave Ward



From the BBC comes a reminder that heat pumps are not the answer for domestic heating requirements:


Families in social housing have said their children have to share baths and wear coats inside due to problems with an eco-friendly heating system.

People living in Orwell Housing homes in Ipswich and Tunstall, Suffolk, said the installed air-source heat pump "does not work" and is "expensive".

The system is designed to take heat from the air and boost it to a higher temperature by using electricity.

Orwell Housing said "it will make changes if changes are needed".

Tracie Ollivander, 42, lives with her husband Paul and two children in an Orwell Housing housing association home on Kildare Avenue, Ipswich.

She said it costs £6 to £8 a day and her family sits with blankets on their legs because they are still cold.

"It costs a lot of money to run, we have no heat, we have no control over it, it’s a mess," she said.

Chris Kelly, from Tunstall, said he has lived in his house for seven years and the system was "ridiculously expensive".

Catriona Durrant said her family of seven live in an Orwell house with no hot water, but "luckily the kids are mostly small and can share baths".

Stephen Javes, chief executive of Orwell Housing, said 210 of its 4,000 homes have air-source heat pumps.

"When we first put them in, we were very good at telling people about the implications of living with an air-source heat pump and the control issues and how they work," he said.

"As tenancies have been renewed over the years, we’ve become less good at that and that’s certainly something we will improve on."


I’m not quite sure what the implications of living with an air-source heat pump are. Presumably something along the lines of “you’’ll need a proper heating system as well”.

As for the housing association, who decided eco-homes were more important than the welfare of its tenants, heads should roll.

US Cold Winters Mysteriously Disappear!

January 15, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Bob Ward has taken exception with Booker’s column last week on the severe cold weather this month in the US, with this letter in today’s Telegraph:

SIR – Christopher Booker, discussing climate change, is wrong to claim that this year “is the latest in a succession of recent record cold winters” in North America.

According to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the coldest winter on record for the contiguous United States was in 1978-79, followed by 1935-36, 1898-99, 1909-10 and 1904-5.

Seven of the 10 past winters have been warmer than average, including the warmest winter on record in 2015-16. The winters of 2007-08 and 2013-14, which Mr Booker highlights as particularly cold, were respectively only the 68th and 33rd coldest since records began in 1901. The mean temperature for the US in December 2017 was above average.

Bob Ward
Policy and Communications Director
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
London School of Economics


As I pointed out a couple of weeks ago, NOAA’s official record, which Ward quotes from shows no sign of any unusually cold winter weather in recent years, even in the Northeast.


What Ward omits to tell you though is that this NOAA record has been heavily adjusted, to cool the past.

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European Wind Power Data

January 13, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Joe Public/Dave Ward




Wind Europe is an organisation set up to blow the trumpet for wind power. Their website has quite a lot of useful data. Unfortunately, some of it rather undermines their case!

For instance, they show a chart of how much wind power was produced “yesterday”. (In this case, it is Thursday, as they have not updated yet).



I would hardly regard 5.9% as particularly impressive, particularly in mid winter.

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Entire German village demolished to make way for coal mining

January 13, 2018

By Paul Homewood



A 19th century church in Germany was demolished this week to make way for coal mining.

St Lambertus Cathedral – a church known by locals as Immerather Dom – in Immerath, a tiny farming village northwest of Cologne, was razed to the ground on Tuesday.

The double-spired church, thought to have been built between 1880 and 1890, was torn down in the latest step in energy company RWE’s demolition of the entire village in a bid to expand its access to the region’s lignite supply.

St Lambertus Church (pictured) was torn down by RWE Power to make way for coal mines despite protests from Greenpeace



Perhaps instead of lecturing Donald Trump, our climate conscious MPs should be complaining to Mrs Merkel.

Lancashire shale tests reveal ‘excellent’ fracking conditions

January 13, 2018

By Paul Homewood



Good news from GWPF:



The fracking firm drilled a 1.6 mile deep vertical well at its protest-hit Preston New Road site, through two different types of shale, to reveal “excellent rock quality” for fracking.

The tests also suggest a high natural gas content in the core samples, Cuadrilla said.

The findings rebut a warning from a team of scientists at Heriot-Watt university last year that the UK’s most promising shale gas reservoirs had been warped by tectonic shifts millions of years ago.

The report claimed that these geological quirks meant Britain was unlikely to be able to produce economic amounts of shale gas.

Following the test results, Cuadrilla boss Francis Egan said he was “confident that there is a very sizeable quantity of natural gas in the Bowland Shale”.

“In addition we can confirm that the rock composition is very suitable to hydraulically fracture. This give us great confidence as we start drilling what will be the first horizontal well drilled into UK shale rock,” he said.

The fresh optimism in Lancashire follows another boom for Mr Egan’s plans earlier this week after West Sussex Council gave the greenlight for his firm to test the wells located near the village of Balcombe.


Despite all of the hysteria about the fracking process, as the Telegraph points out, “hydraulic fracturing will not be necessary at the Balcombe site because the geological layers are mostly made of softer limestone.”

Government scheme to fund electric car charging points falls flat after just five councils apply for cash and £150k handed out

January 12, 2018

By Paul Homewood


h/t Steve B


From BusinessGreen:



Government writes to councils after only five apply for money from electric vehicle infrastructure funding pot, leaving more than £4.5m still available

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Audit Office To Review Smart Meter Rollout

January 12, 2018

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dave Ward


Plans to install smart meters in millions of British homes will be reviewed by the government spending watchdog, the BBC has learned.

The National Audit Office says it will investigate whether the planned £11bn rollout will save customers money.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy says it will work with the NAO to "help review the progress of this important programme".

Smart meters show how much energy is being used and the cost in real time.

The technology is projected to save £16.7bn through reduced energy use, with the cost of the scheme funded through energy bills.

Meter readings are sent back to the supplier, with the promise of energy bills based on accurate use, rather than estimates.

But some users have experienced problems with installations, inaccurate bills or loss of the meter’s ‘smart’ features when they switch suppliers.

Now the National Audit Office says it will review the project.

Image copyright Smart Energy GB Image caption Smart Energy has used the ‘Gaz’ and ‘Leccy’ cartoon characters to market smart meters

Its study will "assess the current economic case for the rollout of smart meters and look at whether the government is on track to achieve its target to roll out meters by 2020".

The deadline for the government’s plan to install 53 million smart meters by 2020 has been questioned by MPs, with 8.6 million fitted so far.

The IT system that allows meters to communicate with suppliers, the Data Communications Company (DCC), has not launched yet, despite being due to go live in 2015.

The industry body responsible for promoting smart meters, Smart Energy GB, defends the pace of the rollout.

Its chief executive Sacha Deshmukh told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme that 8 out of 10 people with smart meters were "very happy with the meters and would recommend them to their friends and family".

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has also defended the plans.

A spokesperson said: "Smart meters are a vital upgrade to bring our energy infrastructure into the 21st Century."

The National Audit Office is expected to publish its report in summer 2018.


I don’t know why the NAO need till the summer to publish their report.

The whole smart meter strategy has been flawed from the start. It was assumed at the outset that avoiding the need for meter readers would pay for the £11bn scheme. However internet technology and online billing systems have made this assumption obsolete.

There is very little evidence that smart meters will result in significantly reduced bills. If people genuinely want to use them in such a way, then let them pay the full cost themselves.


Of course, the government let the cat out of the bag by saying:

Smart meters are a vital upgrade to bring our energy infrastructure into the 21st Century

This is the dirty little secret behind the rollout. The National Grid needs a way to manage our demand for energy, in a way that suits them and not us.