Lets not forget that new technologies (general comment and not just wind) do need some form of subsidy to be brought up to speed and replace older tech…included and still includes (to some degree) space technology and even mobile phones.
Governments are inclined to back off once an industry can stand on it’s own feet…this is especially pertinent to technologies that in the longterm benefit the consumer…subsidies generally then change to TAXation of the companies involved….for want of a better phrase “pay back”.
Speaking from a personal perspective I am not anti-renewables, I am definately a supporter of community wind and would like to see Scotland at the forefront of marine energy if this proves to be sustainable and low impact …and of course ensuring that the projects have real quantifiable environmentally benifits…pay for themselves and do not line the pockets of individual operators at the cost of our uninhabited or wilder places.
Karl Hughes also commented
- You should come to Tiree…! see the basking sharks…it’s a bumper year so far.
- Hi, I Will be around Ardfern in my Contessa during my next break (weather permitting) Lets have a pint or two.
- “potential gravy train before others cottoned on” ???
Without involving NTA…and totally from a personal perspective:
I tell you why Malcolm…because we showed the initiative to share a resource and put the profits directly into our community and not into the hands of off island share holders. If legislation and finance allowed we would use the all the generated power (directly) rather than indirectly on the island…and not see substancial line loss. Our diesel generator would until an alternative arrives back the system up.
Tilley is sustainable and stand alone…I feel our landscape can handle such a structure and also feel that “onshore” we could and should continue to install smaller domestic and agricultural turbines…Such as Coll is also doing…my stance has remained stead fast on this point since I visited CAT in mid-Wales some 25 years ago.
I defer to Tims following comments.
And re-emphasise my commitment to “community Renewables” projects.
Malcolm (Tim) you might want to look at this:
It explains how we raised the cash…basically we borrowed the cash from the bank and are paying it back at a rate lower than the income it is generating…the cash benifits we see now are small in comparison with what she will earn in the not so distant future…
Please read the info and tell me if we, in your opinion are on the aformentioned Gravy Train or not
- Malcolm…having oil does not make using it right…as I have just said…our reliance on oil is an addiction .
Relgious politics in the Gulf, Sunni/Shia/Walid etc mean that if the Gulf came embroiled in a war and the gulf stopped moving oil…we could see an increase at the pumps of around 35% overnight…the problem is our strategic reserves (I talk about europe here) would last but a few weeks…rationing would not be an option and the price increase would never be applied…anarchy would follow…this is not some sort of hollywood movie this is a real possiblity, more so now than yesterday…
There is no alternative than to have a mix of energy source…I believe community generation is one of the ways to go (others do not) I believe saving is the way to go (others do not)…one thing is for certain if we do not act now (yesterday) we (the human race) will have civilisation changing concequences to face within my childrens life times…and most likely in mine too…we have to face the future now and not put it on our kids or their kids…we have to.
- As an example if the Argyll Array went ahead (Ye God’s forbid) its generation when turning, theoretically will be on par with Scotlands current entire Hydro generation.
Note: on storage…agreed super connector to Norway will be used for pumped storage…?
Recent comments by Karl Hughes
- Telegraph proves Salmond tried to bully St Andrews principal into silence on post-indy University research funding concerns
“What could possibly go wrong? Scottish pubs are granted special licences to serve alcohol all through referendum night – despite threat of violence breaking out”
Have a great night…stay safe and if revellers asks you if you want a pint…for pity sake don’t say “NO”…you could be misunderstood.
- Sillars no authority but authentic voice of ‘Yes’ culture of intimidation and retribution
IF. BY RUDYARD KIPLING
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Whatever you vote tomorrow… vote with your head… do not be intimidated !
I voted NO… Scotland is my home and will remain so whatever the outcome…
- The independence campaign: personal gains and loss
Well it look’s like they will get a chance to chase it…two new polls, two leads for ‘No’…swing to No in the undecided….
Anyhow…just hope the disapointed on Friday can move on.
- Indy: separating sheep and goats on Brent Crude and house prices
They are…all the way to the bank….
Oil prices are going to stay stable as long as the middle east and US etc are working together…they are then going to drop as Iraqs oil, and Iranian oil comes on line…there accesible reserves are vast…their proven reserves larger…big players here, Saudi does not want Iraq in OPEC…come to your own conclusions as to why wars happen
this is an old article, poke about and you will find something better…
anyhow…if anything oil prices will drop over the next 25 years… cheap fuel drives profit, expansion, capitalism…
- Indy: separating sheep and goats on Brent Crude and house prices
Just think where we would be if there had been no Darien project, you are full of total rubbish NHC… I have not read one constructive post from you in 2 weeks…nothing to add to either view point. Face it you have no idea of what is going on do you ( rhetorical)… not a clue..
“Once China and others move out of recession the price will go up as will demand due to world population increasing” thats got to be the most bonkers statement I have ever read, what the hell are you taking…
You are going to have to live in the “now” very shortly and its going to be a big, big shock…to you. But maybe not eh, maybe you don’t even live in Scotland ? and this is just an extension of your false persona… your living a lie…thats why you are so angry… you want to be a part of something, but actually you know you can’t… thats the truth is it not… dont bother answering… because you mean sweet FA to me or anybody else…..
I suggest we ignor this moronic individual… it will drive it mad… give it time to think ( yea right bit of an oxymoron I know)
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