Comment posted on Scottish Power Renewables announces another delay for proposed Tiree Array by Karl Hughes
‘Climate change’…the ultimate buzz word..
Webcraft, do you honestly think that covering vast swathes of Scotland or the planet for that matter, in windmills is going to stop global warming ? (or climate change)
I do not deny there is a wodge of data supporting global warming and climate change and that the speed of the change is the marker that has ‘flagged’ the issue for scientists. Man has increased the speed of change…but the change already existed…!
We waste around 40% of what we generate ! it would be a much cheaper option for all, to reduce this waste rather than to support either expansion of conventional or expansion of renewable sources ontop of conventional…this is however an unrealistic goal because we basically live in a commercial and greedy world.
If our government (GB and Scot’s) were to invest our TAX in saving and education about waste, insulation and banning the standby mode on electrical items, reducing the amount of street lighting, embracing LED tech,and even making it a legal requirement that new homes and existing homes were fitted with multiple energy saving measures Scotland could meet it’s 2020 targets…
Wind energy on mass is not a panacea, not even a stop gap… we have to re-educate the massess on waste and re-educate the multi-nationals that community based wind works well and that there is no place for mega-projects driven solely by commercial greed and share portfolio’s.
Karl Hughes also commented
- Thanks Tim…I like concise information and this hits the nail on the head. Yes Tilley is generating cash for the island and projects on the island…
Nutshell: I take it what you mean is that you would prefer the contractual arrangement between the owners of Tilley and local consumers to be direct, rather than going through an electricity supply company.
Correct this is what I would have liked to see…
the bit about “but it would have to compete with the other suppliers in the market presumably”. gets up my nose as this is the point at which the venture moves over into the realms of cash generation for middle men.
As you can probably gather…economics are not my strong point…hopefully the environment and people is..
- Hi, these are my personal views….I am sorry if you get negative or indeed harsh retort regarding your views on Tilley…I get fair few myself because of my views on the Tiree Array. Always feel free to say high when I am home… we can chat.
I support community renewables for one reason…and I hope at sometime legislation and finance will allow this to happen in regards to Tilley. That the initial electricity generated is not sold into the grid and that the energy is consumed locally.
Surplus energy is a different matter and this could feasibly over a short distance (Coll?) be exported this is unfortunatelly not the case on Tiree “at the moment”
Eigg is a better example of an independent system.
I do not agree with multi-national companies developing huge windfarms for cash revenue…this is not a noble quest to reduce CO2 output…this is the generation of cash for shareholders…look at Iberdrolas profit margins…it is immoral and pushes people into fuel poverty..
I would rather Tilley had never arrived on Tiree for a use other than local generation….and I wish Tiree would make true use of a good thing for “all” the folk who live on our isle…maybe this will happen sometime ? what happened when the export cable was down for “X” amount of months ?
Tilley kept turning and generating “0″…insurance was paid…who covers that insurance ?…the electricity should have been used on the Island.
- Or on that basis 150 000 000 GBP to decommission Argyll aka Tiree array (@1Gw) ?
150000 x 1000 ? am I wrong ?
- WATCH THIS SPACE there is a storm coming.
- Square peg round hole springs to mind !
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Its a fact that the SNP can expect to win the majority of Scottish seat… and lets face it the tories, libs and labour now have have little power north of the border…
I believe in the Union…always will… but I also believe in decentralisation through out the whole of the uk…London is a state of its own… and its time a British parliment was re- established else where…Lancaster ???? Manchester ??? Leeds ???
If it takes the SNP to change British politics, and drive the decentralisation I crave I am happy with that… but like I say I will always vote for Union…
My fear for the elections is not that the SNP will hold the balance of power…but that of a Labour/ SNP coalition… I would be pleased with a Tory / SNP coalition because we need brains and braun… not yawn and braun.
A vote for the SNP would be a vote for change throughout the whole of the Union and throughout messed up politics in general, I would hope ?… they get my X in the box this time around to represent our country…but don’t expect a X in any future referendum other than to say NO.
A bit of a shame that FA has become an anti SNP rag…. the polar opposite of WOS etcetera… there seems to be very little unbiased journalism available on the web anymore….
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I voted NO….and do not see us been led by a bunch of “cheats”…. I see us been led by a democratically elected UK government….
In regards to the SNP, they are a nationalist cause, always will be…and I accept that…. you have to accept that 55% voted NO…against indy and that the majority have to be seen as right…. get over it and move on….
SNP will take a majority in Scotland….and the rhetoric will continue….as for using this majority in some sort of westminster coalition … it ain’t gonna happen.
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