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Windfarm industry urges UK to lift onshore subsidies ban | Environment | The Guardian
Ministers have been urged to drop their block on subsidies for onshore windfarms, as industry figures showed that nearly 800 renewable projects are ready to plug much of the power gap left by the abandonment of the Wylfa nuclear project.

Hitachi dropped plans for the nuclear plant in Wales this week, raising questions over what would replace it and leading the business secretary, Greg Clark, to admit that renewable energy sources are more competitively priced than nuclear.
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january 2019 by asterisk2a
Hinkley: Why do we need the new nuclear power station? - BBC News
[ strike price ] Why is a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point running years behind schedule and the cause of seemingly endless debate? Here are some answers to the questions surrounding the world's most expensive power project. [ prob w renewables is energy storage systems and capacity! ] [...] However, the UK needs to build more power stations if it is to meet growing demand for electricity and the government wants to ensure consumers foot the bill no matter where the electricity comes from.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Britain heading for power cuts next winter, say 60 local authorities | Business | The Guardian
bit.ly/1TOwjhT &! A group representing 60 local authorities has warned that recent closures of large power stations have left Britain heading for power cuts next winter, despite assurances to the contrary from the government. [...] National Grid needed to act immediately to fill the supply gap by sending out new contracts for at least 2,500 megawatts (MW) of additional generating capacity – enough to power 2.5m homes. The alliance wants ministers to reconsider the level of carbon taxes, saying this is one of the key reasons why so many coal-fired power stations are being shut down early. [...] In recent years, coal, nuclear and gas-fired plants have been shut because of low prices, high operating costs or old age. Windfarms have been erected and new nuclear facilities promised but energy companies say gas plants cannot be built without higher subsidies. //&! bit.ly/1MpvhlE - UK doesn not meet 15% of EU renewables target, but cuts subsidies for renewables, duh! &! bit.ly/1sL8Kty
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - YouTube
introduce a carbon tax, rather than cherry picking! // who is also invested in their "ventures"? Arabs! See also Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary by Michael Moore. //&! Koch Bros Behind Solar Power Fines - youtu.be/E3SDcOZLksk --- ALEC lobby group. //&! Koch Bros Slammed By Billionaire T. Boone Pickens - youtu.be/65Y1RWDdQBI //&! Koch Brothers Caught On Tape - Obama & Osama Compared - youtu.be/hTUjYyae2zw //&! Koch Brothers Destroyed By Bloomberg Report - youtu.be/ENuN2R0je0k //&! Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers - youtu.be/1JdhyI8mmqY //&! Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea - youtu.be/J4XQO6bH7_k //&! Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers - youtu.be/fW96KEbeGTw //&! Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders) - youtu.be/2N8y2SVerW8 //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Privatisation of Green Investment Bank could 'damage its reputation' - BBC News
The UK's "green" bank should not be privatised unless the government can ensure it keeps its environmental purposes, a committee of MPs has said. In June Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to part-privatise Green Investment Bank (GIB). But the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warned this could cause the bank to lose its "green identity". This could "damage its reputation" and "undermine its leadership role in the green economy", the committee said. [...] The bank's projects are required to make a contribution to one of the its five "green purposes": reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of the use of natural products, protecting the natural environment or biodiversity and promoting environmental sustainability. But the projects are also required to provide market-based commercial returns. [...] Environmental Audit Committee argued privatisation could encourage the bank to shift its focus towards more conventional projects
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ignoring watersheds, ignoring climate change: flooded by our ignorance | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
Storm Desmond’s floods expose the utter madness of government policies, both in the hills and at the Paris talks. It’s as if it had come to remind us of what’s at stake. While the climate negotiations in Paris trudge their dreary road, Storm Desmond takes a great boot to our backsides. Yet still we fail to make the connection. The news records the spectacle and ignores the implications. //&! On Monday, experts called for new measures to be implemented –such as raising new buildings a metre above ground – to help cope with global warming-induced flooding. - bit.ly/1YVeQ8r //&! Flood defences failed; bit.ly/1LZTcGN //&! Labour attacks £115m fall in flood management spending - bit.ly/1NCldJY //&! bit.ly/1loVcU9 - 45k homes without power. //&! Pictures w Cameron visiting flooded homes; bit.ly/1QbA7JD //&! Guardian Editorial - bit.ly/1PShdr9 &! bbc.in/1iatrb6 &! bbc.in/1PTFMnG &! bbc.in/1Qc4Vd7 &! bbc.in/1HRT1mb - Vegan as Long-term investment against extreme weather, duh. makes men cry.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
COP21: UK under fire on climate policy - BBC News
Allegations of hypocrisy will be levelled at the UK when the Climate Secretary Amber Rudd appears at the Paris climate summit on Monday. [...] Most recently Mr Osborne scrapped a £1bn fund for a demonstration plant to capture CO2 from a power station and store it underground. It was a major pillar of UK climate policy. Craig Bennett from Friends of the Earth said: "The government is totally hypocritical on climate change. "George Osborne's anti-environmental policy decisions on energy fly the opposite way to the low-carbon route the vast majority of other countries are pursuing. // also hypocrisy to cut renewable's and investment (increase future energy price, see Steel industry; wholesale price 1/3 higher than Germany, in Germany steel companies did not close shop. They complained too. but did not close shop.) and on the other hand say only austerity will strengthen economy and a strong economy guarantees a strong NHS.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's coal plants to be phased out within 10 years - BBC News
[How can gas be central if it has to be shipped from Russia & else?! - bbc.in/1WZQj4D ] UKs remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed. Ms Rudd wants more gas-fired stations to be built since relying on "polluting" coal is "perverse". Only if gas-fuelled power can fill the void created by closing coal-powered stations would coal plants be shut, she said. //&! bit.ly/1G7rJQt Subsidies cut in "emergency" Budget2015 after election which was not in the manifesto. &! Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times. - bit.ly/1D2ylQg &! bit.ly/1HOeCt0 &! Renewables industry slams move to make them pay Climate Change Levy (also done in the Budget2015) - bit.ly/1j8khAR - "Like making apple juice pay an alcohol tax" &! Gov says in official statement, this move protects customers from higher energy bills??? - bit.ly/1Kkd8GH
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon does not rule out steel plants public ownership - BBC News
// gov has never been good about picking industries. // how about investing to lower energy prices, that is not nuclear? --- making the whole industries more competitive in world markets. lowering marginal cost across the board. also for consumers. stupid!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Nuclear Power: Burke on Hinkley Point, EDF and China - BBC News
Adds 1bn£ for consumers to energy bills, an expensive dogmatic folly by mercenaries. //&! UK energy wholesale energy price twice that of Germany - bbc.in/1PAKyWl //&! The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy wapo.st/1MEYF71 via https://redd.it/3pmorw // A highlight of Chancellor George Osborne's visit to China was the announcement of £2bn of Chinese investment for a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. But critics point to progress at other EDF projects, and doubt the Somerset scheme can be built on time and on budget. In a personal film, the chairman of environmental think tank E3G Tom Burke claims it would be "a very bad deal for Britain" - for both the environment and taxpayers - describing it as an "expensive folly". //&! bit.ly/1OIhJHv "sheer folly" &! about people living there - bit.ly/1Rph8Ic &! why would edf sell some of its stake? EDF was only one left 2 agree 2 build it 4 a price X after all other bidders backed out - bit.ly/1W4dqoQ &! on.fb.me/1PBwfRk
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point nuclear agreement reached - BBC News
More than £30bn worth of deals between the UK and China are expected to be struck during the four-day visit. [...] 'Security concerns' The Hinkley Point project has come under fire over its cost and the delays to investment decisions and the timetable for building. The government has also been criticised for guaranteeing a price of £92.50 per megawatt hour of electricity - more than twice the current cost - for the electricity Hinkley produces. [<< death knell 4 UK consumer & heavy industry! In 10 years as other countries invested in renewables heavily, energy prices will be much higher in UK, a country which did not invest heavily in the Smart Grid & renewables when it was cheap to borrow to fund private public partnerships; 5-10 year mega projects. Bc nasty party is mercenary, not visionary. &! china is deep in renewables. why not renewables!? build smart grid] The Treasury hopes that within 10 years China will be UK second biggest trading partner. //&! Steve Hilton - bbc.in/1krBjLp
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What's going on in UK manufacturing? - BBC News
Manufacturing abt 10% of UK output. The rest of the production industries: mining, quarrying, gas, electricity, water and sewage account for another 5%. The service sector accounts for 79%, with construction making up the final 6%. In the last decade, manufacturing grew gradually from 2005 to 2008, at which point it took a dive in the financial crisis in common with the rest of the economy. It recovered from 2010 until the start of 2012 and has been pretty volatile since then. The sector is still below its pre-crisis peaks, unlike the service sector, which is well above its pre-crisis level. [...] the sector had been "stunned by a triple combination of a sharp slowdown in consumer spending, weak business investment and stagnating export order inflows". But most of the big headlines have been about one sector: steel [ energy price not competitive & bust of commodity prices blown up by ZIRP, NIRP & QE ] [ why not lower energy prices for all!?] & bit.ly/1hPrPrn &! bbc.in/1jRMjRF
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The government seems intent on ending the solar power industry. It’s madness | Howard Johns | Comment is free | The Guardian
saving on the wrong end of the stick. // &! One solar executive says the 87% cut in state subsidy is ‘obscene’, and will lead to thousands of job losses - bit.ly/1Xdgl0V - “We are all paying £100 for nuclear decommissioning costs in our bills. Solar: five quid? It is nothing to do with the energy bills of hardworking families it is entirely ideologically driven by George Osborne. It is nothing to do with the cost to the energy consumer.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What is the outlook for Britain's steel industry? - BBC News
UK steelmakers want lower business rates, a relaxation of emissions targets for heavy manufacturers, more compensation for high energy prices and a commitment that British steel is used in major construction projects. "We've set out some of the things government can press ahead with now to send out a clear signal of support in the very short term," said Gareth Stace, director of UK Steel. [...] How does the government act without going against its free market principles and breaking EU rules? It has already provided steel makers with millions of pounds in compensation for carbon permit costs. Beyond that it says its hands are tied by strict European Union state-aid rules. [ << targeted welfare vs lower energy prices and a smart grid for all ] //&! bbc.in/1GhJaoH - Unions want the government to take "urgent short-term action" to support the industry. [...] the steel industry globally was facing one of the most difficult times in its history. [...] we can't change the price of steel.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The rush for solar power: buy now, before it's too late | Environment | The Guardian
As the second phase of the Guardian’s Keep It in the Ground campaign has highlighted, solar power has gone through a remarkable period of growth since the demoralising Copenhagen climate summit in 2009: in the intervening six years, the cost of panels has fallen by 70%, with the government’s target of 750,000 domestic solar installations by 2020 reached this year. Following her promotion in May, energy secretary Amber Rudd promised to “unleash a new solar revolution”, singling out commercial rooftop developments, still a relative rarity in the UK, and perhaps thinking too of her Hastings constituents with their sun-kissed, southern roofs. But just three months later, she was announcing drastic cuts. In the next few weeks, Rudd, who used to work under chancellor George Osborne in the Treasury, will decide whether or not to reduce by almost 90% the feed-in tariff that subsidises small-scale solar installations, such as household roofs, from 1 January 2016. A consultation closes next week
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Erneuerbare Energien: Industrie nennt Ökostrom-Umlage Kostenmonster - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die EEG-Umlage steigt auf Rekordniveau - und die Kritik ist groß. Die Industrie bezeichnet die Umlage als "Kostenmonster" und Gefahr für den Standort, die Opposition kritisiert zu viele Ausnahmen für energieintensive Betriebe. // "Standortsicherung"
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Frankreich verliert Status als Deutschlands wichtigstes Exportland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
IMF rechnet für 2015 mit einem Anstieg des BIP US um 2,5 Prozent und für 2016 mit 3 Prozent. "Wir sehen zudem eine Reindustrialisierung in den USA: Dort werden wegen der niedrigen Energiekosten viele neue Fabriken und Produktionsstätten hochgezogen", sagte Treier. "Dafür werden Maschinen und Ausrüstungen aus deutscher Produktion benötigt." Hilfreich sei zudem der schwächelnde Euro, [...] "Die Amerikaner sind relativ preissensible Käufer, auch wenn es um Luxusprodukte wie deutsche Autos geht", // Germany & UK are energy dependent, especially after Desert Storm Energy project failed. UK need the bet on STEM and digital economy and knowledge economy, added value services that can be exported & leverage "British" brand. It can not compete against cheap energy fuelled China and USA! But it did nothing, UK has to even import Nurses and Doctors now! Thanks to short-sighted ideological dogmatic austerity & policy for established businesses. low corp tax & deregulation to compete w price only.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Royal Dutch Shell cuts 6,500 jobs - BBC News
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced it has shed 6,500 jobs as part of cost-cutting plans as it seeks to counter falling oil prices. // &! bbc.in/1OPYI2I - British Gas owner Centrica cuts 6,000 jobs [...] However, the strong performance at British Gas was offset by a collapse in profits at Centrica's oil and gas production division. Profits in this unit fell 78% to £116m as a result of lower oil prices. [...] Centrica appointed Iain Conn as chief executive at the start of this year. He has been conducting a strategic review of the business over the past five months, which has concluded Centrica should concentrate on the British Gas side of the business and reduce its activities in actual energy production, which takes major investment. That is a less attractive business currently, as raw energy costs, such as oil, are around $50-60 a barrel, half the levels of last year. Centrica said it was assuming the oil price would not move far from that for the foreseeable future.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
End of wind farm subsidies 'could cost Scotland £3bn' - BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the decision was "wrong headed, perverse and downright outrageous." [...] "I think it severely undermines any Tory claims to be pro-business." [...] "This decision comes despite the UK energy secretary admitting on radio this very morning that onshore wind is one of the most cost-effective ways of developing renewable energy." Ms Sturgeon argued that the move would also send out the wrong message ahead of a conference in Paris later this year aimed at getting a new global agreement on climate change. The Scottish government believes the decision would have a disproportionate impact on Scotland, as about 70% of onshore wind projects in the UK planning system were in the country. [...] The move was part of a manifesto commitment by the [Tories] ahead of the general election in May. "We are driving forward our commitment to end new onshore wind subsidies and give local communities the final say over any new wind farms."
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin at the #CGC15: “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” - YouTube
From Top-Down Corporations to Prosumer (ProAm) to everybody being a potentially player! thus entrepreneurship, differentiation, being remarkable (Seth Godin). Distributed. Collaborative. Open. Transparent. (Open Source). Lateral Power. (TaxiOS project (collaborative) vs Uber (top-down Wall Street proprietary profit maximisation shareholder value with no shared economic interest, crony capitalism [ youtu.be/wCLPizjSe6I ]). // GFC 147$/barrel of oil. Started at 90$/barrel of oil --- globalisation/economic growth has a ceiling its 147$ and its starts to get prohibitive at 90$ // aggregate energy efficiency // Transport, Smart Grid, Internet, IoT; moving power, thus economic power. economic value chain // human capital; economic activity entity // digital goods = zero marginal cost of additional unit sold // Share Economy transforms Capitalism which will not be the primary exclusive arbiter of economic life // favours electricity cooperatives, E.ON, EDF, RWE & Co have to pivot //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin: The Third Industrial Revolution - YouTube
fossil fuels // 148$/barrel of oil followed by GFC = peak globalisation based on price ceiling of 148$/barrel of oil "peak oil per capita" << affordability! THUS only renewable energy can sustain globalisation and economic growth! meaning affordable prices for long-term // Alarm bells are Unilever and P&G! // post-88 recession (definitive end of American boom years and baby boomers) and coming globalisation build on Americas purchasing power based on savings & debt (living off credit & debt [fictional economy]) till 2008 // climate change is the defining moment in our species history; extreme weather, ecological environmental disaster, mass extinction of life on planet earth possible. loosing 70% of species by 2100. there is no guarantee that WE will remain! have to be off carbon in 30 years. its down to the wire. Wall Street has no shared, long-term, economic interest in that. Corporations are no stakeholders in earth // democratisation of energy creation "Energy Internet" //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Warum Öko-Energie für Stadtwerke oft ein Verlustgeschäft ist | REPORT MAINZ | DAS ERSTE - YouTube
2/3rds of Wind turbines/Wind parks on land make losses, despite subsidies, due to weather/wind conditions. No substantial research by investors has been made into risks. Into the possibility that the investment is a mal-investment because of continued losses year after year, because of 'low' wind conditions usual for X Region. Wind conditions are usually optimal - offshore. Future Wind parks have to be build offshore predominantly. And who pays for the policy mistake guided by the lobby? The consumer!
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Pandoras Promise - YouTube
+ Q&A - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiOlz4C5Alo + final remarks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DgBZZ9bVUo - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinkley_Point_C_nuclear_power_station + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaP9GuGK8r4 + Michael Moore & Robert Stone discuss Pandora's Promise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJyvsKcfr0 + http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0832134/?ref_=tt_ov_dr + http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1992193/?ref_=nv_sr_1 + till 2050 at current growth projection, world needs 3 times more energy - this can not be achieved with energy efficiency (energy austerity), and conventional/current renewable - even at scale - as at the same time we close down coal, oil and gas power stations to reduce emissions to 'slow' climate change. only achievable if we include a honest holistic mix that include nuclear '4th generation generators' power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljoerI8F9y0 + http://youtu.be/2tt6e_VA5gg + http://youtu.be/6pXiiQBknHM + Bill Gates http://youtu.be/_HxI3-DzPWU
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Honeywell Wind Turbine for Home Energy – Breakthrough Awards Products 2009 - Popular Mechanics
Noise, bulk and inconsistent winds have hampered the adoption of wind turbines by homeowners, but a new design could change that. Imad Mahawili, a chemical engineer and long-time wind-energy consultant, has reimagined the technology to take advantage of even light breezes. In a typical wind turbine, air moves the blades, which turn gears to spin a generator and produce a current. Those mechanical linkages siphon off a good deal of wind energy before it can be converted to electricity. Mahawili’s system, the Honeywell Wind Turbine, eliminates the separate generator, and therefore the gearing. The blades are tipped with magnets and enclosed in a wheel that contains coiled copper—in other words, the turbine itself is the electrical generator. With conventional designs, “It takes 7 to 8 mph to overcome the resistance of gears,” Mahawili says. The new system, which weighs 165 pounds and costs about $5500, works in 2-mph winds.
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october 2009 by asterisk2a

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