Who Subsidised Your Solar Panels, Mr Booth?

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

The Telegraph published this letter today:

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2019/08/14/lettersmps-seek-reverse-brexit-commit-act-democratic-betrayal/

Unfortunately his “relief for the National Grid” argument does not stand up to scrutiny. Unless he plans to cut his electricity supply off completely, the National Grid will still need to provide enough dispatchable capacity to cover demand from him and all other solar powered homes, for the times when it is needed (during cold dark winters?)

But what about the economics?

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Global Vegetation Decreasing, As The World Gets Greener (Or Something Like That!)

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t AC Osborn

The Mail gives uncritical coverage to the latest bit of junk science:

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Plant growth has decreased by 59 per cent worldwide since 1999 due to a lack of water in the atmosphere, a new study suggests.

Experts studied four global climate datasets to try and uncover why vegetation growth has stalled in the past two decades.

They found that a drop in levels of water vapour had stopped plants from being able to photosynthesise.

Photosynthesis is used by plants, some bacteria and single-celled organisms to draw energy from sunlight, taking in carbon dioxide and water in the process.

Researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China, found that the decline is linked to a vapour pressure deficit (VPD) in the atmosphere.

VPD is the difference between the pressure that would be exerted by water vapour when the air is fully saturated and the pressure…

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Smashing It!: 300 Tonne Wind Turbines Can’t Help Catastrophic Collapses

STOP THESE THINGS

Throwing their blades to the four winds, spontaneously combusting and collapsing in catastrophic fashion is what wind turbines do best.

Remember, this is the power source that promises a clean, ‘green’ future! And that rural communities just can’t wait have hundreds of these things speared into their backyards. Except, of course, if those backyards belong to former Greens leaders, like Dr Bob Brown.

This time the chaos being delivered by the wind industry is in Brazil, and not for the first time ….

Brazil wind turbine collapse is GE’s fourth in Americas this year
Recharge News
Alexandre Spatuzza
23 July 2019

A 1.7MW GE turbine has collapsed at a wind farm in Brazil, the fourth such incident for the US manufacturer in the Americas in the past five months.

The collapse at the 216MW Ventos de São Clemente wind complex in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, which has been…

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Aurora’s Blackout Analysis

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public

The energy research outfit Aurora have published their initial analysis on last week’s blackouts.

There is nothing new, but it is a good summary:

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https://www.auroraer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Initial-Thoughts-and-Analysis-on-the-Power-Outages-on-9th-August.pdf

This section is particularly relevant:

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They make the point that two plant trips are extremely unlikely, unless connected. However, we need to remember that by 2021 Hornsea windfarm will have capacity of 2.6GW, even before Project Two is begun.

If that lot goes down, the Grid will be in serious trouble.

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Cauliflower Shortages

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t HotScot

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Britain is experiencing a cauliflower shortage after extreme weather killed off much of this year’s crops.

Heavy rainfall in June destroyed crops in Lincolnshire, and alternative European supplies wilted in last month’s heatwave.

Cauliflower prices have soared and some farmers have suffered financial losses after the destruction of their crops.

The shortages were described as “very concerning” by a spokesman for the Brassica Growers Association.

Other brassica – including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts – are also in short supply.

“Crops can withstand a reasonable amount of variation in weather but the conditions in June were too much and as a result crops have suffered, and this is leading to a shortage of supply,” the British Growers Association (BGA) said.

Most of the UK’s cauliflowers are grown in Lincolnshire, which experienced record amounts of rainfall and flooding in June that destroyed this year’s crop….

The…

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Power Cuts, Danish Style

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

Is it strange that despite being at least partially responsible for the UK’s worst blackout for years, the Danish company Oersted, formerly better known as DONG, still has not officially published what went wrong at their Hornsea offshore wind farm?

This is their latest company blurb:

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Clearly a blackout that affected a million people in Britain cannot be as important as some unimportant puff about electric cars (which would have been stuck in the garage during the aforesaid power cuts).

I can also not find any reference in their self aggrandising website to the obscene subsidy that all bill payers are contributing towards for their totally unreliable wind farm:

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https://www.lowcarboncontracts.uk/cfds/hornsea-phase-1

Current wholesale prices for electricity are just over £50/MWh, so with a capacity of 1200MW, Hornsea will earn in the region of £400 million a year in immoral subsidies, on top of the value of the…

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Committee On Climate Change Budget Rose By 36% Last Year

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

How much does it cost to run the Committee on Climate Change?

The latest accounts for 2018/19 have just been published, and reveal just how much taxpayers’ money is being thrown at them.

Last year they cost us £4.7m, an astonishing increase of 36% over the year before:

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https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/annual-report-and-accounts-2018-2019/

Much of this goes towards staff costs.

The new CEO, Chris Stark is on an annual remuneration of £320,000, including pension benefits. Quite how this can possibly be justified is beyond me.

Gummer gets £25000 for a day or two a week.

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The Climate Change Act mandated the formation of the Committee. But I’m not aware it laid down any funding rules.

If Boris wants to save a bit of money, I suggest he reduces their budget to, say, £10000, gets rid of the parasite Chris Stark and the rest of his well paid buddies (average pay £68000)…

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