The Tory Party will reduce the cost of renewables by increasing the cost of renewables

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A list of words that most accurate describe the qualities of British energy policy debates: special pleading, vacuity, irrationality, wishful thinking, inconsistency, stupidity, innumeracy, and ultimately nimbyism. There really is nothing positive to be said for the whole business.

The answer to all of our problems is to just say no. No to nuclear. No to coal. No to wind turbines blighting the view of our mythical countryside. No to fracking. No to solar farms. The only thing we aren’t willing to say “no” to is gas and oil from Russian oligarchs and Middle Eastern tyrants with a willingness to fund Islamist barbarism.

No, of course, is always wrapped up in fake reasoning.

Environmentalists who despise nuclear energy because of an irrational dread of radiation wear the cloak of economic rationale. Nuclear power is horridly expensive. We should not build it. We should however build any piece of renewable kit, no matter how expensive it is, and no matter how much more expensive it happens to be than nuclear power. Special pleading has never looked finer. The concern environmental groups have for the economics of energy can be easily grasped. Compile a list of renewable energy projects opposed by environmentalists on the basis of cost. It will be a rather terse list.

The Tory Party has its own version of this.

NIMBYism and an instinctive dislike of wind turbines is dressed up – you can see a pattern – in a similar economic garb.

Britain is now to cut down on the costs of renewable energy by attacking the cheapest forms of renewable energy. Yes, this effectively is how the Tory Party plans to cut the costs of renewables, by increasing them.

Don’t build “expensive” wind farms onshore, build more expensive wind farms in the middle of the North Sea. Don’t put solar panels in fields, put them on roofs at much greater expense. Regardless of your views of renewable energy, it is impossible to believe this is really a spendthrift action to save money.

Energy bills will now rise so that rich Tory voters in the shire can have a nicer view.

And this is where we are going. Forget NIMBYs. We have moved into the era of the BANANA. Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything. Eventually, we will act like, China and erect an island in the North Sea – near Dogger Bank perhaps – where everything will be done out of sight, out of mind. No one must now see how things are made in the country of the Industrial Revolution.


7 thoughts on “The Tory Party will reduce the cost of renewables by increasing the cost of renewables

    Sam taylor said:
    July 22, 2015 at 11:03 am

    If anything it’s dangerous policy, too. The government is essentially putting all it’s energy eggs in the fracking basket, and this before a single profitable well has been drilled in the UK, before even any test wells have been flowed in fact. If, as is entirely possible, the Bowland turns out to be a dud geologically due to the fact that it’s too faulted or the economics don’t work out, what do we do then, given that north sea gas supplies from the UKCS are in steep decline and Norway appears to have plateaued. Electricity margins are already tightening. And even if fracking works as hoped, the Bowland would probably take something like 30,000 wells to develop (using the Barnett shale in the USA as an analog) in the densely populated northwest. Is that less of an eyesore or inconvenience than a windfarm?


      Striebs said:
      July 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Sam ,

      I don’t think the Govt are putting any eggs in the domestic shale gas basket .

      The share prices of Igas , A.J. Lucas (major Cuadrilla shareholder and jv partner) , Egdon , Magellan and Europa provide an indication of the perception of Govt commitment ; luke warm at best .

      It looks more like the Govt are putting all their eggs in three baskets :-
      – a global gas-glut and importing it as LNG and through pipelines .
      – Westinghouse AP1000 reactors successfully completing their approval process in 2017 .
      – an irrational hope in “technology” .

      Govt energy policy is a reflection of what much of the UK electorate has become . They (we?) expect everything to be done by menials preferably as far away as possible . Importing is always the preferred option as our balance of payment shows .

      21st Century UK society is so “sterile” . People are squeamish . We’ve already seen the trend with food ; chicken comes shrink wrapped without skin , bones or any appendages like legs which might indicate it was once part of a living beast . People talk about the 1% without realising they are members .

      IF the Bowland shale can be developed with 1,000metre + length horizontal laterals off vertical wells drilled off multi-well pads , then there should be much less visual impact than wind turbines . Given improvements in materials how big might wind turbines get ?


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    Engineer-Poet said:
    July 24, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Forget BANANAs; the international financing organizations are already NOPEs (Not On Planet Earth) so far as nuclear energy is concerned.  This is truly ironic, because as far as “out of sight, out of mind” is concerned the extremely high power density of nuclear makes it absolutely ideal.


      Robert Wilson said:
      July 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Changing the subject as you always do. Tiresome, and does it not grow tiring?


        Engineer-Poet said:
        July 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        Concern troll is concern-trolling.

        When Greens stop lying about nuclear energy, I’ll find something else to do.


        Robert Wilson said:
        July 24, 2015 at 7:31 pm

        I’m a concern troll? Please explain.


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