Gatwick Join Renewable Con
By Paul Homewood
h/t Mark Rogers
This is no more than green virtual signalling. There is only a given amount of renewable electricity available in the UK, so whether Gatwick buys it, or somebody else, is immaterial.
Of course, they don’t say where they will get their power from at night when there is no wind.
Usually “green electricity” providers only pledge to buy as many units of renewable electricity as they sell over the year as a whole. This does not mean every unit they sell actually comes from renewable sources. When there is none available, they buy in from other sources, but then sell enough renewable back into the market at other times to offset it.
I would be slightly more impressed if Gatwick offered to shut down their operations when the wind is not blowing.
They also might have a little more credibility if they paid the full subsidy for all of the renewable power they are consuming, instead of expecting everybody else to cough up.
Finally, they state:
In Autumn last year, Gatwick announced that it would be the first airport in the world able to dispose of Category 1 waste on site – and convert it into energy to heat the North Terminal.
They might like to tell us whether this qualifies for subsidies under the RHI scheme, all of course funded by taxpayers.