Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Salmond - & the Great Green God

In the UK, wind doesn't blow much during cold spells
Back in November I reported on a broadside from Rupert Soames, CEO of Aggreko, a Glasgow based international energy company.  These words sum up the thrust of his warning:
Mr Salmond’s policies fail to recognise “the cold realities” of financing and engineering expensive new forms of green technology.
This was in his speech to the Holyrood Parliament in which he suggested current energy policies are akin to saying Kumbaya to the Great Green God.

It is an interesting exercise to go back and read his views and then compare them with the latest post by the doyen of the BBC's weather correspondents, Paul Hudson.  Paul plies his trade in Yorkshire and yesterday in his excellent blog he mused over some energy statistics noted over the recent cold spell.  Do read his post "Coal takes the strain . . . again".

But in only 9 years time, the UK will legally have to generate around 30% of its electricity from renewable sources, of which 25% is expected to come from wind farms alone, as it is seen as a clean, carbon free energy source.
So what will happen then, when the wind doesn't blow?
There is something amiss with the state of Scotland's energy policy.  It seems to have genuflected rather too much to the Great Green God for the good of our children.

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