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Drax Protestors Want More Wind Power To “Keep The Lights On”!

April 5, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t stewgreen

 

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A 96,000-signature petition calling for plans for the UK’s largest gas-fired power plant to be refused has been handed in.

Drax power station, in North Yorkshire, wants to switch two of its coal-fired generating units to gas power.

The firm said plans would increase its ability to provide "flexible and reliable" electricity generation.

Campaigners have handed in the petition at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London.

Duncan Law, of environmental campaigners Biofuelwatch, said: "The UK does not need this gas capacity even according to government projections."

He added: "This will cross-subsidise the continued burning of climate-damaging biomass long into the future."

The petition was organised by York Green Party and Biofuelwatch.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-47813660

 

Duncan Law was also interviewed on Look North, the BBC’s regional news programme (7.50 mins in), where he states:

 

“If we want to keep the lights on, we should be investing in wind and solar, not burning more fossil fuels”

 

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0003yth/look-north-yorkshire-evening-news-04042019

 

For some reason, the BBC reporter failed to challenge the absurdity of this statement. It is the unreliability of wind and solar which are putting our energy security at risk.

 

There was something else that the BBC should have challenged:

Duncan Law, of environmental campaigners Biofuelwatch, said: "The UK does not need this gas capacity even according to government projections."

This is an outright lie.

Even according to the Committee on Climate Change’s latest projections, CCGT will still need to supply a quarter of the UK’s electricity in 2030:

 

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CCC Fifth Carbon Budget

 

 And they also warn that 10 GW of existing CCGT capacity, nearly half of what we have now, will have closed by 2030.

Modelling by the CCC shows exactly why you cannot rely on wind and solar to meet demand:

 

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Figure 3.8 Contribution of wind and solar to meeting demand in hypothetical 2030 scenario (reaching 100 gCO2/kWh) with system flexibility deployed

 

Demand is projected to peak at over 80 GW, and even after allowing for demand shifting and storage, we will need at least 70 GW of dispatchable capacity as standby.

Nuclear may be able to provide between 6 and 10 GW of this, but with coal plants shutting, most of the rest will need to come from gas.

Unless, that is, Mr Law and the BBC think it can come from thin air!

 

If the BBC are going to provide the oxygen of publicity to green loonies like this lot, the least they can do is challenge them about their risible fantasies, which pose real risk to our energy security in years to come.

Instead, they simply give them an air of credibility.

15 Comments
  1. Joe Public permalink
    April 5, 2019 12:17 pm

    It’s good to see the Green candidate in the Newport West by-election bombed with less than 4% of the vote.

    That reflects the general public’s thoughts on the Green’s policies.

  2. April 5, 2019 12:38 pm

    It is unbelievable that the BBC publishes such absolute garbage. But then again, it is what you might expect from the sort of reporters that the BBC employs.

  3. Sheri permalink
    April 5, 2019 12:54 pm

    Good to know the British are not any brighter than the rest of the insane, soon to be in the dark without internet and cell phones crowds in America, Canada, Germany, etc. Seems lack of intelligence is a world-wide phenomena. (Also explains why I despise news repporters and consider them less valuable than my dog.)

    • William Capron permalink
      April 5, 2019 10:53 pm

      I don’t care who your dog is, he’s more valuable than any newsman or woman.

  4. Athelstan. permalink
    April 5, 2019 12:59 pm

    why do, is it that, such purlbind green morons are given the time of day on mass media outlets, this bloke is just another ignorant posh boy playing not just selfish politics but actually with peoples lives and livelihoods, he should be locked up not courted.

  5. Gerry, England permalink
    April 5, 2019 1:40 pm

    I read that one of the greenie knobs said that the government must act because of the petition. Since when is 96,000 a majority for action? Perhaps we should start a petition saying I don’t want green taxes and costs increasing my electricity. I am sure we beat 96,000.

    • Slingshot permalink
      April 6, 2019 6:20 pm

      Let’s do it!

  6. April 5, 2019 2:14 pm

    Demand for charging the future millions of electric cars when it’s dark and not windy, isn’t even in the equation yet.

    Keeping the lights on will be the least of the problems the way thing are going.

  7. April 5, 2019 3:26 pm

    The BBC’s logic in climate issues is that the
    “deniers are cranks who should not be given a platform”
    ..yet in reality that is a smear label for honourable skeptics who are more likely to be accountants & engineers.
    ..And it’s a paradox that the BBC do, platform any old Green-preacher
    ..who genuinely are anti-maths cranks.

    • tomo permalink
      April 5, 2019 10:51 pm

      Indeed, “the neighbour’s WiFi stunted my houseplants” brigade have been lightning rodded by Extinction Rebellion and the BBC are relaying a suitably diluted version for general consumption.

      I see the venerable sage Attenborough’s Netflix effort is being kicked off as a free live strem to public cinemas and Chuckles et fils are cutting the ribbon.

      The propaganda dial is at 11

  8. John F. Hultquist permalink
    April 5, 2019 4:52 pm

    Regarding your English newspapers:
    I went to a presentation by the person in the western USA in charge of the office of United States Geological Survey (USGS) that monitors earthquakes and volcanic hazards.
    He commented specifically about the Express, whose writers seem to have a morbid fascination with the Yellowstone volcanic region. One story was about a crack (caused by freeze/thaw) in a rock. This was reported as a volcanic fissure that was indicative of Yellowstone about to blow. He was upset with this sort of reporting that hampers the real messages to get the truth outthat from the researchers he directs.

    I thought of speaking out and saying they do the same with global warming and climate-doom stories. It wasn’t appropriate to his presentation, so I decided not to be a distraction.

    I will send him a message via e-mail.

  9. mwhite permalink
    April 5, 2019 4:59 pm

    More wind?

    Oh dear

  10. Dodgy Geezer permalink
    April 5, 2019 5:28 pm

    “….Duncan Law, of environmental campaigners Biofuelwatch, said: “The UK does not need this gas capacity even according to government projections.”
    This is an outright lie…….”

    Er…no. This is NOT a lie.

    In the minds of ecological activists, the requirement for us to olive like Stone Age men is ‘settled science’, and any data which argues against this must be wrong in principle.

    That’s why they see no problem in fraudulently altering raw data from weather stations. The data is only ‘right’ if it supports their thesis…

  11. Gamecock permalink
    April 6, 2019 12:19 pm

    “The UK does not need this gas capacity even according to government projections.”

    The government has no responsibility. Nor does Duncan Law. Drax does. Law wants authority without responsibility.

    As with most campaigners, this is about the campaigners. The article is about Biofuelwatch. They will fund raise off this.

  12. April 7, 2019 9:50 am

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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