Originally posted by: acsinuk
This lack of clear direction from DECC is most worrying and my feeling is that no coal station should close until we are absolutely sure of where the replacement generation is coming from!
It is going to take 5 to 10 years to roll out well organised home insulation programme. to help mitigate the effect of energy price increases over the next two decades.
I think most of our coal stations will have to keep going for another 10 to 20 years to keep electricity prices increases to the minimum necessary during this difficult period of technological change. We can either build new coal stations with gas flue desulphurisation etc with a 60 year life (no ccs) or we keep the existing coal fleet going for another 10 - 20 years (and as a country paying the pollution fines to the EU) and use the time wisely to engineer a proper cost-effective replacement.
Fracking if possible (and politically acceptable to local communities) may take 10 years to get going. If we build too many gas fired power stations before then, the price of gas for home heating could sky rocket for no good reason than bad governance.
Off-shore wind is going to take at least another 10 years to become cost effective.
CCS as currently envisaged is a complete red-herring and waste of time and money. Government policy depends on this technology being delivered to work. CCS won't work reliably and cost effectively, and DECC policy can't work.
The New Third generation nuclear programme is grossly uncompetitive and is likely to fail in much the same manner as the new nuclear build programme in Margaret Thatchers time as PM.
In terms of Generation IV developments - I have yet to find one person in a government funded position - to help people like me get through the regulatory and institutional road blocks currently stopping developments in this direction. Its an utter disgrace.
Why not think through a proper energy strategy instead of letting the government think that energy bill payers are a source of unlimited funds to underwrite 30 to 40 years of crony-capitalism?
Tim Yeo has been deselected. It is significant first step. It helps puts down a marker to say enough is enough.
The next person to go has to be Lord Chris Smith the Chair of the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency is not a branch of the Arts Council, with all the budget to be spent on ever more documentation, ever more bureaucracy and increasingly unproductive literary criticism. Like a heat engine some useful work must come out of it as well as all the hot air.
Why does this country allow science and engineering philistines to be appointed to lead DECC and the Environment Agency, when the establishment would never dream of allowing someone with a vocational engineering qualification to take charge of the Arts Council?