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December 8, 2016

 

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Capacity Market Auction Results

December 9, 2016

By Paul Homewood 

 

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https://www.emrdeliverybody.com/Capacity%20Markets%20Document%20Library/Provisional%20Results%20Report%20-%20T-4%202016.pdf

 

The National Grid has published the provisional results for the Capacity Market Auction 2020/21, designed to ensure there is standby capacity available when needed.

 

The headline figure is that 52.4GW of capacity has been bought for £22.50/KW/Year.

This equates to an overall cost of £1179 million, all to be added to electricity bills.In addition, 6.5GW of capacity for 2020/21 was purchased in the 2014 and 2015 auctions, at a cost of £125 million.

 

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Helicopter De-Icing For Wind Turbines

December 8, 2016

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Joe Public

 

 

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https://youtu.be/-90g8SrOtgQ

 

It will come as no great surprise to learn that wind turbines in cold climes have an unfortunate habit of icing up in winter!

As a consequence there is growing demand for helicopters to de-ice them, as the above video shows.

 

One company involved, Alpine Helicopter, describes their offer:

 

Airborne de-icing solution for wind turbines!

New research and field tests has made it possible to remove ice and snow from wind turbine blades without breaking the bank!

With a helicopter and hot water, Alpine Helicopter AB has made it their business idea to spray the blades rather than waiting for thaw. Until now, there has been no other alternatives than to wait for the ice to melt if the wind turbine isn’t equipped with a de-icing system. Founder Mats Widgren has developed this cost effective no chemicals solution, using regular water and a helicopter to efficiently remove snow and ice from the wind turbine’s blades.

The solution is easy: a truck equipped with a fuel tank and oil burner – with the capacity to hold 44mwater – heats the water from 7ºC to 65ºC in 6,5 hours. The equipment has been developed in collaboration with Skellefteå Kraft AB and the truck also has a fuel depot for the helicopter. Everything is completed for efficient setup in the field with a tank and sprayer mounted under the helicopter. The hot water is then sprayed onto the the blades in the same way as when de-icing an aircraft.

Electricity producers operating in cold climates have experienced downtime costs while waiting until the ice naturally melts due to a lack of alternatives. De-icing of wind turbines with helicopter is a new and tested technology, which has been exercised on site Uljabuouda in Arjeplog. The tests show very promising results and has the support to further develop the de-icing system between 2014 and 2016 by the Swedish Energy Agency.

http://www.vindkraftsbranschen.se/wind2014/exhibition/company-description/

 

 Does not sound very low carbon to me!

What The Weather Channel Don’t Want You To Know About Glaciers

December 7, 2016
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By Paul Homewood 

 

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https://weather.com/news/news/breitbart-misleads-americans-climate-change?cm_ven=T_WX_CD_120616_2

 

At the bottom of that rather flawed article from the Weather Channel is a series of photos of glaciers, all designed to suggest that they have been melting rapidly because of your SUV.

 

For instance, Alaska’s Muir Glacier:

 

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Note To Weather Channel: Please Get Your Facts Right

December 7, 2016
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By Paul Homewood 

 

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Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year – the biggest and steepest fall on record.

But the news has been greeted with an eerie silence by the world’s alarmist community. You’d almost imagine that when temperatures shoot up it’s catastrophic climate change which requires dramatic headlines across the mainstream media and demands for urgent action. But that when they fall even more precipitously it’s just a case of “nothing to see here”.

The cause of the fall is a La Nina event following in the wake of an unusual strong El Nino.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/11/30/global-temperatures-plunge-icy-silence-climate-alarmists/

 

Last week Breitbart ran a piece about the big drop in global land temperatures this year, which seems to have upset the alarmists over at Weather Channel, and in particular their meteorologist Kait Parker, who objected to Breitbart using one of her videos.

 

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Lord Donoughue: Labour Must Ditch Its Climate Change Obsession

December 7, 2016

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.thegwpf.com/lord-donoughue-labour-must-ditch-its-climate-change-obsession/

 

From GWPF:

 

In 2008, I was one of the many members of both houses who unquestioningly voted for Ed Miliband’s Climate Change Act, with its legal commitments to rapidly decarbonise the British economy. The measure was not properly costed (now forecast at upwards of £360bn by 2050). I had not studied the Bill. This seemed a noble, if eye-wateringly ambitious, project: to ‘save the planet’. Who could object to that?

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NSIDC Confirm Low Arctic Ice Due To Influx Of Warm Atlantic Water

December 6, 2016
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By Paul Homewood 

 

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http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/icecover.uk.php

 

There has been increasing hysteria from global warming alarmists lately about polar sea ice trends.

 

So let’s start with the Arctic, where sea ice extent, despite some unusually, but certainly not unprecedented, mild weather in the last couple of months, has been tracking close to 2012.

 

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Battery subsidies spark energy row

December 6, 2016

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Philip Bratby/Patsy Lacey

 

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http://renews.biz/105133/uk-energy-storage-is-viable/

 

A couple of stories that complement each other.

First, from reNEWS:

 

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has completed a two-year trial of a battery storage facility in Leighton Buzzard saying the demonstration project proves the technology is viable.

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EU Plans For Energy Efficiency

December 5, 2016
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By Paul Homewood 

 

h/t Philip Bratby/Joe Public 

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38158541

 

Matt McGrath is getting rather excited about the EU’s latest plans:

 

The European Commission says that it plans to cut energy use across the bloc by 30% by 2030.

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News On Capacity Market Auction

December 4, 2016

By Paul Homewood 

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/12/03/subsidy-cash-fire-new-dash-gas-power/

 

The Telegraph reports on the Capacity Market auction due this week:

 

Four years ago this week, the Government unveiled plans for a bold new dash for gas.

New gas-fired power stations, then-energy secretary Ed Davey said, would be required to “provide crucial capacity to keep the lights on”.

A new Gas Generation Strategy backed “significant investment” in up to 26 gigawatts (GW) of new plants by 2030.

Since then, energy ministers have come and gone, support for solar and onshore wind has been scrapped and the drive for new nuclear has faced security and cost worries. But support for gas had been unwavering.

Relatively cheap and quick to build, much cleaner than coal, and able to generate even when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine, gas plants tick all the Government’s boxes.

“In the next 10 years, it’s imperative that we get new gas-fired power stations built,” Amber Rudd, Davey’s successor, declared last year.

There’s just one problem: pretty much no one’s building them.

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