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World’s Biggest Wind Farm Gets Go Ahead

February 4, 2016

By Paul Homewood 

 

 

 

Compare and contrast these two announcements made on the same day:

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-35483190

 

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https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/uk-energy-crisis-deepens-as-sse-plans-early-plant-closure/

 

 

Fiddlers Ferry is shutting down 1.5 GW of power, capable of producing 10.5 TWh a year, on a regular basis and without subsidy.

The new Hornsey wind farm will have a capacity of 1.2 GW, (although apparently they only have a combined grid connection of 1.0 GW), with potential output of maybe 3.0 TWh a year, and with a subsidy of about £100/MWh, or £300 million each year, guaranteed and index linked for 15 years. This power will not be dispatchable, ie available on demand when needed.

Hornsey will be 100% owned by DONG Energy, the Danish state owned company.

 

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said:

Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy and this success story is going from strength to strength

It does not take a genius to work out that the only reason why the UK leads the world is that the rest realise how hopelessly expensive offshore wind is, and are not prepared to fork out such crippling subsidies.

If this is her idea of a success story, I hate to think what a failure will look like.

 

 

NOTE

I should point out that agreement to guarantee the strike price of £140/MWh (at 2012 prices) was made by Ed Davey, as part of DECC’s Final Investment Decision Enabling for Renewables in April 2014.

Altogether 4.5 GW of capacity, mainly offshore, was given this guarantee prior to final investment decisions being made.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Hodgson permalink
    February 4, 2016 6:21 pm

    The country is run by people I wouldn’t allow to organise a p*ssup in a brewery. What a mess.

  2. Doug Brodie permalink
    February 4, 2016 6:30 pm

    A snapshot of UK electricity supply at peak demand (52GW) on 19th January shows just how delusional our national climate and energy policies are.

    Of the so-called renewables, wind power with its insignificant net CO2 emissions savings supplied a negligible 0.2% of UK demand while unsustainable biomass (wood) with net CO2 emissions worse than coal supplied just 4%. In fact UK wind supply was at near zero for several days around this snapshot. Emissions-free nuclear supplied 15% yet most of the UK nuclear fleet is due to be retired within a decade and UK government efforts to commission new nuclear plants have floundered for years (the SNP is against building nuclear replacements). Imports supplied 6% but can we always rely on this supply in emergencies? Fossil fuels supplied 70% of total demand. Coal supplied 26%, almost double nuclear, yet the UK government wants to close down all coal completely within less than a decade. In fact 6.8GW of coal is due to close down this March, about half the coal supply in this snapshot. Gas supplied 44% but current policies are making gas power stations commercially unviable. Many have been shut down or mothballed in recent years and suppliers are reluctant to build new plants under the current incoherent regime, made worse by the DECC decarbonisation plans which call for all CO2 emitting gas plants to be phased out after 2030. The UK is facing a fast-looming power crisis.

    UK decarbonisation is going nowhere (the “plan” is 80% by 2050), with our economically and environmentally unsustainable joke renewables making up just 7% of the UK energy supply in 2014. As a nation we are sleepwalking into a disaster, all because of a faked consensus on fictional man-made global warming, coupled with engineering delinquency.

    For further details see http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/Open_letter_to_Mr_Pete_Wishart,MP.pdf

  3. February 4, 2016 6:35 pm

    What they are doing is arguably treason against our national interest … does it still carry the death penalty?

  4. February 4, 2016 8:07 pm

    Oh dear. This is not going to go over well with the Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind plant pushers in Colorado/Wyoming. They were going to be the largest in the world. I guess they could still say the largest on land. Some things people should not be proud of—this insanity is one.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      February 4, 2016 9:00 pm

      Paul2
      In Australia the government has decided that 350 jobs in the CSIRO Climatology Division will go, on the grounds that if “the science is settled” who needs 350 hangers-on.
      The outpouring of angst from the left is deafening – not a word as thousands of industry jobs went nor when large scale job losses in mining happened recently, but you would think that the nation was collapsing beneath barbarian hordes. Further proof that the scam is about money for the believers.

  5. February 5, 2016 8:58 am

    When will we know what that means for warmer North Sea winters?
    “Offshore Wind-Parks and Northern Europe’s Mild Winters: Contribution from Ships, Fishery, et cetera?” https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/arnd-bernaerts-ocean-warming/
    The impact of sea activities on the seasonal sea water profile structure is contributing to stronger regional warming, change in growing season, and less severe sea ice conditions. The impact of the man, whether small or large, should be understood very soon and very thoroughly.

  6. Derek Buxton permalink
    February 5, 2016 9:47 am

    I believe she is related to one Roland Rudd a fervent EUrophile and thus an enemy of the People, which explains her insanity. It runs in the family. He is the one who loves all things EU, it damages any opposition to his investments.

  7. February 5, 2016 10:03 am

    ‘If this is her idea of a success story, I hate to think what a failure will look like.’

    It will look like the British electricity grid in the 2020s, the way thing are going.

  8. Richard111 permalink
    February 5, 2016 10:53 am

    Beginning to look like off shore wind turbines could be effecting the whales.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3431510/Sperm-Whale-fights-life-washed-British-coast-death-toll-North-Sea-pod-hits-23.html

  9. BLACK PEARL permalink
    February 5, 2016 12:32 pm

    Send your complaints and concerns to amber.rudd.mp@parliament.uk
    Then wait for the propaganda reply from one of the DECC minions

  10. BLACK PEARL permalink
    February 5, 2016 12:57 pm

    How many regular power stations could be built for the cost as this monumental folly ?
    Imagine to maintenance costs out at sea then the decommissioning costs involved
    Does no one every get charged with treason any more or has that been banned by the EU under their human rights

  11. Tweed permalink
    February 5, 2016 2:49 pm

    Would a nuclear or coal or gas power station be allowed to operate intermittently like the way solar and wind generation, by definition, deliver power.
    By definition solar is switched off 18 hours a day and also during inclement weather. Ancient wind technology is no better.
    Plan to use electricity when the wind blows.
    Can anyone imaging servicing hundreds of complex mechanical/electronic windmills in a windy(hopefully) and rough sea environment? Loopy. Use coal/gas or nuclear until Fusion comes on line. This whole “renewable” energy is a trainwreck in slow motion.

  12. Don Keiller permalink
    February 5, 2016 8:08 pm

    “Thanks to Government SUBSIDIES the UK is the world LAMPOON in offshore wind energy and this FANTASY story is going from strength to strength

  13. February 6, 2016 5:24 pm

    ‘the strike price of £140/MWh (at 2012 prices)’

    As recently as last September the Guardian proclaimed that the strike price for Hinkley Point nuclear plant of £92.50/MWh was ‘absurdly generous.’
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/27/hinkley-point-what-price-avoiding-humiliation

    How about ‘preposterous’, ‘outrageous’ and/or ‘obscene’ for the Hornsey monstrosities?

  14. February 7, 2016 8:48 pm

    I will keep following the subject and waiting, in a year or two, for titles with “unexpected or unexplained warming” and so on! As some readers said bellow, when will we understand that our impact on the oceans and the seas, by offshore wind farms and other activities, has an influence on the climate?

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