In UK energy news: Balcombe to eradicate winter

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Can someone volunteer to provide a basic reality check on energy stories at the Guardian? We could then stop them publishing nonsense stories with headlines like:

The ‘fracking village’ that wants to go 100% solar

It’s a wonderful thought that an English village at a latitude of 51 N going 100% solar, what with night time and all that. But it’s not going to be happening anytime soon, regardless of whatever feel good nonsense the people at 1010 believe. According to Joe Nixon, a spokesman for the project:

“When we first started this project, we wanted to turn our so-called ‘fracking village’ 100% solar. Some people thought it was crazy. But now it looks like we could make that target comfortably, and have some electricity to spare for our neighbours too.”

Well, yes, it is crazy. This village will not be going 100% solar, and anyone claiming it will is either ignorant or lying. The target will not be met comfortably, because it cannot be met physically.

Why are these delusions so widespread?


3 thoughts on “In UK energy news: Balcombe to eradicate winter

    Garry said:
    June 5, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I think they are just trouble makers playing politics, but it is sad that it endangers people. If these crackpots actually convinced enough people with this drivel then people might start voting for crazy stuff. Another reason to keep beliefs and pseudo religions out of politics.

    I am sure that if they spent a small fortune they could generate enough at midday in the middle of summer for just their domestic electricity supply so long as they didn’t all turn all their stuff on at once. However, the village is as ‘fully powered’ by solar as it is by a fossil fuel power station that shuts down. Sure, the power cut will come at 6pm, but it is still coming.

    ‘Fully powered’ when you know you are going to have no power in a few hours time. People get all shirty when their power company is unable to supply them with power all day or through the whole of winter. To say they are fully powered can only be done by redefining not fully powered to mean fully powered, which means in reality all they have done is mess up the English language and render a need to add new words to the dictionary. Fortunately there is already some free to describe them.


    @neiallswheel said:
    June 7, 2015 at 3:36 am

    It’s dark outside
    my lights are on, my phone is charging from an inverter and I just filled my kettle up with a tap, pressurised by a 12 volt electric pump.
    the inverter & pump are powered by a battery bank, which are charged with daylight.

    Its not difficult. You just can’t even wanna think about doing it. When the average home gets a power cut, how do they manage? Is it some channeling of Frank Spencer which means if * it * doesn’t have a glossy page in a magazine then it’s not worth considering? Petrol generator what’s that? A spanner? What’s that? You mean I have to think for myself.? —-Meltdown
    People sit in their perfect homes and when the power goes out, they sit —in cold dark rooms without a candle, or a battery radio, no hot water, no way of cooking, no refrigeration. –for days

    There is some stoneage stubborness going down, some naivety of biblical proportions.


    If there is ever a fuel blockade the country will grind to a halt. The BIGSIX energy companies will take a hit. I’m not gonna cry about it, my freezer full of food isn’t going off, and I can bake my own bread, pick my own vegetables, and taser my Neanderthal ‘scrumping’ neighbours who are cold hungry & desperate, wondering why their own lawn can’t feed their families.

    For most people there is no such thing as energy security. Even my batteries could fail,


      Robert Wilson said:
      June 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

      I’m struggling to figure out if you mean this


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