And where is the transmission line proposed to run for the Tiree Array? Proably from Oban to Dalmally, I understand. Yet more roadworks for everyone to enjoy in Agyll!
Lowry also commented
- I have heard this man speak and, to me, he makes a lot of sense:
18 May 12:38
Wind turbines Do they increase carbon emissions?
My name is George Wood, formerly a National Grid Power Systems Operations Engineer at both Regional and National Control Centres and laterly the person who developed the contractual and testing parameters of generation operations on the National Grid Network for Ancillary Services which included load management operation specifications for frequency response and reserve strategies. These strategies were carried over to the existing NETA balancing services.
I do believe that ‘K Le Pairs’ research and others have some merit in being critical of the minimal CO2 savings in the deployment of wind-turbines in Electricity Networks. Also, I believe that the more wind-turbines that are deployed, the situation will be exacerbated and that is why more interconnectors to Europe are currently being planned to export or import power to try and even out the wind energy generation outputs when excesses or shortfalls occur. In my view the economics of continuing the ‘dash for more wind turbines’ is nonsensical and will be detrimental to the UK’s ability to compete industrially because of the increased electrical energy costs that would be incurred by having a higher proportion of intermittent wind energy. Wind energy costs twice as much on-shore and three times as much off-shore to that of existing conventional energy power stations and the potential for using shale gas through CCGT’s at much lower costs should become an even lower cost alternative strategy, with lower CO2 emissions. These developments could replace existing power stations on existing sites without the need for new transmission connections. Also, existing nuclear power plants should be replaced by new nuclear developments on existing power station sites and again avoiding the need for new transmission networks.
I do not believe you can escape the double capacity build of power plants through the deployment of wind-turbines in the UK, as the possible huge scale of interconnection builds with Europe will not overcome the fact that in the middle of winter there can be high pressure weather zones over Europe and the UK at the same time. Power systems are designed to meet the highest electricity demand conditions which, as has been mentioned, will undoubtedly often occur at the same time in Europe and the UK. So, all-in-all, I doubt that a true economic case can be made for building many European interconnectors on the grounds of one system aiding the other to avoid capacity shortfalls and there must be a limited number of interconnectors that could be justified through daily transfer exchanges.
I offered Chris Huhne and DECC to set up a team of unbiased Engineers and Mathematicians that would, through my leadership, evaluate the UK’s power network to determine the major CO2 emissions question and all I received from Charles Hendry through my local MP, Jeremy Wright, was an answer that 1MW of energy generated by wind-turbines is 1MW of CO2 emissions saved from conventional energy generation. This is clearly NOT the case. The other sdignificant area of omission by DECC is the carbon footprint of the double power station build requirements to support the defficiencies of wind turbines, their enforced inefficient reserve operations and the increased carbon footprint of additional transmission network requirements and their power losses through remote connections. Clearly, Ofgem, as the electricty and gas Regulator, should be overseeing that these analyses are accurately and unbiasedly performed to benefit the nation ecomomically.
If there are minimal or no CO2 emmissions savings through the deployment of intermittent wind-turbines, which I believe is nearer the truth, then the vast sums of monies, in the many £-billions per year that would be incurred and charged to the public, cannot be justified.
No doubt many of you will disagree…
- Even Tilly is an eyesore, in my opinion. And the church wants another one!?!
Recent comments by Lowry
- Bitter alone, Salmond now a declared guerrilla leader in charge of government
Quite clearly the man is very hurt and crazy. I agree that he is dangerous – but then again, he always has been.
He has been made to look a complete fool and doesn’t know what to do. He pulled every trick in the book to try to win the independence vote and it didn’t work.
The SNP target its support amongst areas of high employment and low pay. It ignores the rural areas which, obviously, did not support independence. We know the SNP do not value rural areas – living in Argyll we feel the negative impacts of their policies. e.g. RET, lack of investment in infrastructure etc.
- Scotland’s opportunity to be grown up in the interests of a Federal Union
I see there were far fewer “gullible ones” on Shetland and Orkney who all seemed to ignore the upbeat speaches made by Mike Mackenzie MSP and voted a resounding No.
We can expect that they will ignore any more whinging from him and wish to work with the UK government towards the future.
- No serious challenge to Sturgeon likely until after 2016
I’d be delighted to see Sturgeon as leader of the SNP. She’s comparable to Thatcher and that would see the end of the SNP.
The SNP are more right wing than the Tories but try to hide it with a few “socialist” policies. Free prescriptions has simply given more money to the rich, development of windfarms and other renewables has made many landowners richer and given profits to those who can afford them at the expense of the poor who have to pay for it through their fuel bills. As for Trump, that fiasco led to several people losing their homes.
Then there’s Salmond living it up in 5 star hotels and flying about in a private jet. Does anyone believe they really have Scotland at their heart?
- Salmond now being rude about the businesses on which Scotland depends
The behaviour of the some of the SNP supporters in Oban certainly helped the No vote.
- Salmond departure only hope for healing in Scotland – successor cannot be Sturgeon
Salmond resigned because he’s one issue person and realises the disastrous state of the Scottish finances that the SNP now has left to work with following the expensive referendum. He deliberately put off implementing difficult policies in the hope the SNP would win independence; the SNP now has to run the country with the devlolved powers it already has.
Of course, the SNP can now blame Westminster for everything but in reality, it now has to pay very dearly for its antics, misleading statements and promises already made. I can’t wait to see how many women, with young children, are going to be keen, or even able, to get back into the job market.
Oh, and then there’s all those problems with NHS Scotland…
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