Misleading Headline

by Myron Ebell on March 16, 2012

in Blog

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Above is a screenshot from Wednesday’s Bloomberg News. The headline suggests that green energy is a white knight poised to save the U.K. from rolling blackouts. However, the body of the article states nothing of the sort. Below is the story’s actual thesis:

[Government science advisor Sir David] King said power outages [in the United Kingdom] could occur as early as 2017 as old nuclear, oil and coal-fired power stations are closed because not enough is being done to replace them. The school’s study shows Britain can’t meet its goal of cutting carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 without ramping up nuclear power and electrifying both transport and heating.

The comments contrast with findings by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which last month concluded that growth in renewable energy will prevent the U.K. from suffering an electricity crisis. Britain will build more than 30 gigawatts of capacity by the end of 2016, two-thirds of it in solar, wind and biomass and the rest largely fired by natural gas, according to the researcher.

Ron Kilmartin March 17, 2012 at 2:17 am

If you want to continue with highly reliable first rate power, 30 gigawatts of renewable capacity requires 30 gigawatts of installed base load capacity in either fossil or nuclear or pumped storage. Otherwise you have a third world power network out of action 1/2 of each day or more.

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