Electricity planning must be given back to the engineers


The framework of subsidies constructed and empowered in order to encourage development of supplementary electricity generation (it is no more than that) by wind power has become the target for every entrepreneur in the field. Wind power is now so wildly oversubsidised that the overall driver has become excessive private profits, not the real needs of the electricity demand pattern.

 

 

September  4, 2006 by Alan Shaw, Aylsham, Norwich. in The Herald

Thomas McLaughlin (August 31) has summarised perfectly the total loss of plot by both the government and the UK environmental movement generally. The framework of subsidies constructed and empowered in order to encourage development of supplementary electricity generation (it is no more than that) by wind power has become the target for every entrepreneur in the field. Wind power is now so wildly oversubsidised that the overall driver has become excessive private profits, not the real needs of the electricity demand pattern.

In introducing the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Inquiry into Energy Issues for Scotland two years ago Professor Maxwell Irvine commented: “Energy is an emotive subject and too important to become a party political issue.” It was a perceptive warning.

But it has long since been made a party political issue by Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and their fellow travellers. Politicians of every hue have adopted energy as a vote-catching issue without a trace of the complex engineering understanding necessary to formulate sound judgments.
Thomas McLaughlin is absolutely correct in equating the present-day environmental movement with the Cambridge spy ring. To the UK electricity supply industry, it is the present-day equivalent of the Spanish Civil War’s Third Column. British politicians must wake up, shake themselves free and pass such matters back to the objective professional engineers who alone understand the economic and technical issues.

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2 thoughts on “Electricity planning must be given back to the engineers

  1. SOS from the turbine hugging, M.V.(Majestic Vibrator)loving, “Green” wanna be’s.

    “The Era of Procrastination, of Half Measures, of Soothing and Baffling Expedients, of Delays is coming to its Close. In its place we are entering a period of Consequences”
    Thus said Winston Churchill in 1936. Reflecting on the aggressive escalation the pathetic Treaty of Versai bandage was unable to contain.

    Bird Choppers are unable to reduce CO2 emmissions in the Provence of Ontario. Lets employ the Engineers and the Climate Change scientists to solve our Energy mismanagement.
    Take the power away from the greedy, self serving, unrealistic ditheringly inept Politicians. Who through their actions that speak louder than their words are implementing plans to fast track earths demise.

  2. Who is making the decisions about the future of Ontrio’s electricity supply? The dog or the tail?

    I one foul swoop the Ontario energy minister issues a directive that cuts another1000 MW nuclear out of the plan to be replaced by more wind mills and natural gas power plants.

    The Power Workers Union could have saved all the money they spent on industry experts to put together the PWU’s submission to the OPA. Ditto for all the other stake holders in Ontario who bothered to show up for Dunky Duncan’s Dog & Pony Show.

    The politicians appointed their friends who knew nothing about running a Nuclear division to the board of Hydro Directors. They then pillaged the old Ontario Hydro like a bunch of privateers. They pulled off the $10 billion rip-off without anyone noticing.
    And another rip-off is in the making. Silly trusting sheeple

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