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Blowout Week 139

Elsewhere in this week’s Blowout: Iran / OPEC deal on the cards; China accused of nuclear espionage; UK government looks for ways to torpedo Hinkley Point; Fessenheim nuclear power plant in France to close; coking coal price on the rise; £200 million pumped storage hydro scheme on Lewis; National grid clutching at straw batteries; Telegraph living in the real world; Tesla cramming in more electrons; Human caused climate change started in 1830; Air Africa to run on Woodbines; France opts for tree wind power over nuclear power. Continue reading

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Blowout Week 124

This week’s Blowout features one of the storage options for intermittent renewable energy – the electric vehicle that discharges back into the grid. Nissan and Enel are about to launch a 100-vehicle pilot project that will charge from and discharge … Continue reading

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Blowout Week 122

In Blowout this week: oil companies getting back in the black, China to fund Yamal, France to issue “green bonds”, Colombian imports cut Australian coal prices, Venezuela’s energy crisis gets worse, biodiesel increases EU emissions, storage batteries in Germany, solar in Ireland, the US solar scandal, UK solar firms face insolvency, Sturgeon says “yes” to fossil fuels, tide power off the Isle of Wight, red meat in Denmark, insects in Sweden, a weasel shuts down the Hadron Collider and a green energy expert who consorts with extraterrestrials. Continue reading

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One Step Closer to Blackouts

On Thursday 24th March, Longannet Power Station in Scotland closed down. This post examines the policy and politics that led to this event and goes on to consider the social and economic consequences of a nation-wide blackout that power engineers now believe is far more likely than before. Continue reading

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The Destruction of Scottish Power

The Scottish Government has set a target for renewable sources to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption by 2020. The intended consequence of this policy has been the closure of Cockenzie coal fired power station with Longannet to follow this year with a total loss of 3.6 GW dispatchable capacity. Can Scotland keep the lights on? Continue reading

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Understanding the Scottish Landslide

The SNP landslide came about because Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tories have all become unelectable in Scotland for different reasons. Labour and the Lib Dems seem destined to walk the wilderness for years as the rich veins of political talent they once had has run dry. The Conservatives alone held their ground in Scotland this week and that at least may provide a fragile foundation upon which to build. Continue reading

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Blowout week 46

The main stream media is full of low oil price stories this week and is suitably alert to the risks this poses to the oil industry and global economy. Normally low oil price would be viewed as a positive thing, but on the back side of Hubbert’s peak things work differently. Continue reading

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Scotch on the ROCs

“The Scottish Government’s targets are for renewable sources to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption by 2020.” What will the consequences be for the Scottish People?

In summary, the Scottish Government energy plan may result in a large electricity surplus that at present has nowhere to go, the number of wind turbines may increase 5 fold and electricity bills may double. Continue reading

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