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PostPosted: Nov 04, 2015 6:22 pm 
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British media are reporting acute problems with the electricity supply in the UK:

http://www.theguardian.com/business/201 ... xtra-power

Hinkley Point C and other future nuclear power plants are apparently badly needed in the UK.


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PostPosted: Nov 04, 2015 6:35 pm 
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The market commands brownouts.

Much more cost efficient for bankers than actually building generating plant.


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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2015 1:02 am 
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Fog all over northern Europe. Not much help from wind or solar.


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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2015 2:01 am 
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jon wrote:
Fog all over northern Europe. Not much help from wind or solar.


But, but, the wind is blowing and the sun is shining somewhere. All we need is to run a power line.

For an island nation like the UK running a power line so that there is always sun and wind to produce power would mean relying on neighboring nations being continually friendly enough to share their electricity. What happens if the neighbors aren't so friendly? What happens if an Iranian oil tanker "accidentally" drops an anchor on the under water power line? I know what we'd read in the news, "Blackouts in the UK?"

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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2015 4:29 am 
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jon wrote:
Fog all over northern Europe. Not much help from wind or solar.


At this time of year there is never any help from solar.


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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2015 6:12 am 
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It is worrisome and it is not even the midst of winter, when electricity demand is at its peak.

Somehow it would be ironic if a blackout in the UK would happen during the World Climate Conference in Paris, which is held in December, where many Green-NGOs will, no doubt, extol the virtues of wind and solar energy.


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