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Better Late Than Never

March 3, 2016
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By Paul Homewood       





The EDP has finally caught up with internet bloggers!


Almost £13m has been spent by the University of East Anglia (UEA) on two environmental schemes that have not materialised, it has emerged.


Prof Trevor Davies from the UEA. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYProf Trevor Davies from the UEA. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


UEA bosses have defended its green credentials as we can reveal £10.5m was spent building a biomass power plant on its Norwich campus, which never worked.

This, coupled with the £2.25m already put into the now mothballed Generation Park plan, has led to accusations of wasting public money, with a large proportion of the university’s income generated from tuition fees and publicly-funded grants.

The biomass plant plan was announced in 2007 and hailed as being key to reducing carbon emissions at the UEA and increasing the amount of electricity generated on campus.

However, despite £10.5m being spent on capital costs alone, the gasification process in the scheme never worked and several years on neither targets have been met. Some of the technology involved in the biomass plant has been re-used to generate some power.

This week proposals for a £370m energy park between Thorpe St Andrew and Whitlingham were halted, with the company behind it owing £3m to creditors.

  1. c777 permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:52 am

    Germany’s Enegiewiende could be winding down, when an MSM outlet like Die Welt posts a strong critique of Germany’s insane energy policy you know the wheels are coming off.

    “The actual goal of the energy transition – to contribute to climate protection – the policy in the second half of 2015 did not come closer again. On the contrary, carbon dioxide emissions rose from 920 to 925 million tons and remote, thus becoming more of the targeted 2020 target of 750 million tonnes”.

    OUCH !!!!

  2. martinbrumby permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:54 am

    I think that just about says it all about the incompetent fraudsters at UEA.

    Perhaps Prince Chuckles will clear his diary again, so he can speed up to Norwich to tell them what a wonderful job they are doing.

  3. Edmonton Al permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:00 pm

    When are the “intelligent” so-called “scientists” at UAE going to realize that CO2 is not causing global warming?
    The GHG Theory has been debunked.
    There is no proof of the GHE .

  4. Joe Public permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:07 pm

    Even in October 2011, problems with the syngas plant at UEA were recognised – they had to use external consultants:

    “RET has provided expert consultancy to UEA on their own underperforming wood gasification technology.”

  5. Keith Gugan permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:27 pm

    So the fraud is unravelling. God-speed its gathering momentum so that all its trash can be swept away before we’re all impoverished or bankrupted.

  6. tom0mason permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:44 pm

    I see his local paper, The Eastern Daily Press, appears to have a much less sanguine view on renewables, their article on windpower for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn contains all the usual bather about saving energy costs, ‘protect the environment and combat climate change’ etc., but also has the line —

    The reduced carbon footprint will allegedly save over 600 tonnes in carbon dioxide production every year.

    So thank-you Prof Trevor Davies and the UEA for ensuring that the people East Anglia see all this ‘low carbon’ mitigation for the fraud it is.

      • Joe Public permalink
        March 3, 2016 1:06 pm

        From your link, the reporter effuses:

        “Much of the 1.5 million units of green electricity generated every year from the turbine will be used by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which it will purchase at a 20pc discounted rate.”

        Forgetting to mention that Ecotricity keeps all the subsidies, FiTs & carbon trading certificates.

        And, gets to keep 100% of all Constraint Payments.

      • tom0mason permalink
        March 3, 2016 1:17 pm

        Yes, Joe Public and hopefully the Eastern Daily Press’ reporter will get their heads around these details.
        Still I enjoy that quoted line, as that one word “allegedly” indicates to me that some appear to be changing their minds.

  7. March 3, 2016 12:55 pm

    Wonder how the St. Andrews power supply is coming along in Scotland?

  8. March 3, 2016 1:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    The scandalous waste of money at the UEA finally gets into the main stream media. Don’t hold your breath for this to be reported by the BBC though.

  9. March 3, 2016 2:16 pm

    And in breaking news from across the pond, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) continues his probe into the shenanigans of India-born Professor at George Mason University, Dr. Jagadish Shukla. In addition to sending a letter signed by many of his co-fakers-in-cheat, to Obama and AG Loretta Lynch, he has called for RICO to be imposed on recalcitrant scientists who disagree. Today’s Daily Signal posted the following in the ongoing….:

  10. sonja Christiansen permalink
    March 3, 2016 2:44 pm

    Serves UEA right! But will students and staff ‘rebel’ (even sue : whom?) to get their money back???

  11. Dave Ward permalink
    March 3, 2016 2:47 pm

    Interesting that comments at the Guardian article (linked by Conrad Jones in your earlier post), are largely in agreement about the UEA having screwed up. One would normally expect them to be fawning over any attempt to “reduce CO2” – even if it has been a failure…

  12. March 3, 2016 5:21 pm

    Screwing up seems to be a way of life at UEA. Are there any known examples of them doing anything right?

    • Joe Public permalink
      March 3, 2016 5:54 pm

      C’mon oldbrew – ye of little faith.

      One part of UEA has an excellent track record.

      Those who write the optimistic proposals for such gambles are possibly graduates of, or coached by, the experts at …..

    • March 3, 2016 9:55 pm

      “Screwing up seems to be a way of life at UEA. Are there any known examples of them doing anything right?”

      Yes, I used to go out with a Norfolk Broad who was at UEA in 1970, she was right good at screwing, often wondered what happened to her, ah the good old days !!!

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