Monday, June 11, 2018

Wind Energy And The Road To Great Britain -- July 11, 2018


July 20, 2018: update here, the wind drought in the UK continues.  

Original Post 

Wow, talk about perfect timing.

I just posted an entry in which all agree: renewable energy is one of the least efficient ways to go about replacing coal consumption in a short period of time.

The article did not say what the least efficient way to go. Most likely that's nuclear power. It takes ten years to get the permits, and then another ten years to build the damn thing. Assuming all goes well.

So, here we have a most interesting story.

Apparently, those living in the United Kingdom are learning that:
a) the wind doesn't blow all the time (except over Menwith Hill);
b) wind power is not dispatchable; and,
c) their Kingdom does not have a good answer for energy when the wind quits blowing
Here's the story. Huge thanks to Don; I would have missed it.
  • Britain has gone nine days with no wind generation
  • forecasts show the doldrums to persist for another two weeks
  • day-ahead power prices are the highest level for this time of year for at least a decade
  • except for a surge forecast for June 14th, the forecast is for the wind to stay low for at least the next two weeks
  • UK turbines can produce about as much power as 12 nuclear reactors when conditions are right
  • recently, wind generated about 4.3% of the Kingdom's electricity
  • coal output has dropper near zero
  • gas and nuclear power have picked up the slack, 54% and 25% respectively
  • repeat: natural gas is now supplying more than half of the Kingdom's electricity requirements, and that's without all those Teslas which Musk promises us we will see next year
So, the Kingdom's answer? I can't make this up:
  • A new nuclear reactor. The financing push begins soon. Whenever that might be.
Great graphics, by the way, as usual, at the linked Bloomberg article. 

By the way, one more thing: this wind-thing won't happen during the winter. Had it happened during the winter it would be a catastrophe for England. In the summer, not so bad. Just higher prices.

Kim-Xi Moon Pies

I see the marketing in Singapore for summit-related kitsch has begun. There's still time for someone who wants to fight the trademark fights to start working on Kim-Xi Moon pies for next year.

1 comment:

  1. LOL! As far as the moon pie thing, I can just hear Larry the Cable Guy saying "Thet right there, that's funny"!!