‘Energy: can we really have it all – secure, low-carbon and cheap?’

A date for the diary on a no-holds-barred approach to one of the hottest of topics around is the Inaugural Rankine Chair Lecture to be given by Professor Paul Younger FREng, at the University of Glasgow on Thursday 30th February.

The lecture takes place at 6:00pm in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre, in the University’s  James Watt Building – and those are two resonant names to start with.

Paul Younger is noted for his unfettered and challenging thinking, characteristic evident in the outline of what he will be saying.

‘The current debate on energy is dominated by woolly wishful thinking, naive dichotomies (e.g. ‘more wind, less gas’), irrational hostility to all forms of generation and distribution and a failure to grasp that electricity is only a fifth of the energy we use (the remainder being split fairly evenly between heat and transport fuels).’

A determined myth-buster, Professor Younger plans to explore what needs to be done if we are to avoid 1970s-style blackouts – and this time with no industrial disputes to blame.

He will also present some of the pioneering research at Glasgow which is now addressing means of supplying low-carbon baseload power and renewable heat at large scale.

Everyone interested in attending in invited to do so – and the University asks only that attendance is confirmed in advance by registering online.  This can be done here and now.

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5 Responses to ‘Energy: can we really have it all – secure, low-carbon and cheap?’

  1. Wasn’t sure where to post this so have chosen to tag it onto this article.

    I hear from folk in Kilmore, and have received a copy of the letter, that the Glen Lonan Wind Farm applicant has recently submitted a “Supplementary Environmental Information” document. No-one seems to know why it has been submitted but it appears that this is an opportunity for yet another round of comments etc.

    Interestingly, within the same letter, there is reference to the Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund which is being increased from £44,000 per year to £110,000 per year. It seems that this has been based on an increase of some £3,000 per MW since the first application.

    I do hope that all the folk who live in the area, and those who don’t, feel delighted at the prospect of contributing to the fund during the lifetime of the windfarm.

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