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"We have some largish installations locally, but I've no idea how they are connected."

I think you'll find it's via a big fat subsidy pipe.

Mar 26, 2015 at 11:14 PM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

Just watched my local BBC News program. They had a piece on potholes and the fact that it would cost billions to fix all the roads in my area. Cue man in hi-viz jacket next to burly road labourers fixing pothole: He says that most damage to the roads is caused by harsh Winters, however this Winter was, thankfully, quite mild so there were fewer new potholes and this would make life easier and cheaper.

Hmm. Where were the BBC activists claiming this as a positive sign of 'Climate Change/Global warming'?

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Mar 26, 2015 at 7:11 PM | Registered CommenterHarry Passfield

Paul: that edition of 'Costing the Earth' will also examine "the well documented pause in the warming of the climate since 1998 [that's] been a 'stone in the shoe' of the climate change story." Notwithstanding the "experts", it could be interesting.

Mar 26, 2015 at 6:36 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

Next Tue and Wed on Costing the Earth,
Climate Change: Inconvenient Facts?
With Antarctic sea ice growing, and sea-levels not rising as predicted, Tom Heap asks if the climate is still warming.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nvdv4

The team of "experts" includes Mark Lynas and Helen Czerski, so we don't need to hold our breath in anticipation of what the answer to the question is going to be.

Mar 26, 2015 at 5:47 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

"Most solar is off-grid and therefore not measured"

Thanks, Bish - I hadn't realised. We have some largish installations locally, but I've no idea how they are connected.

Mar 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

The tragedy is that most of us can well believe that's exactly what Davey said. Remind me, how much would it cost to keep Longannet running..?

Mar 26, 2015 at 5:28 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

lapogus , it doesn't add up

Hardly a surprise that the Noggies are pushing this - I note that the operational constraints are all things to all people.

The asymmetrical billing on the Norwegian - Danish interconnectors is extraordinary aiui and not something the Danes seem to want to talk much about....

'course that'd not be the case here because we have a negotiator of such high caliber in our Energy Secretary that'd he'd never do anything disadvantageous to his electorate or simply stupid - would he?

Mar 26, 2015 at 5:23 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Lapogus:

Hard to know the truth unless someone has audio of the press conference (it's possible to believe that Davey said it, although it isn't in the written press release). It is of course true that windmills are powered to prevent them from freezing up/suffering uneven bearing and gearbox wear when the wind is not adequate to keep them turning, but even with Scotland's ambitious wind plans this shouldn't take 1.4GW /sarc. The Scots had their own plans for another 1.4GW link between Peterhead and Stavanger, but SSE pulled out a couple of years ago.

Mar 26, 2015 at 4:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

For anyone who thinks that It doesn't add up just made that quote up as a joke, he didn't, it is copied straight from the Guardian article. I assume that Davey did not actually say it, and that it is the idiot journalist who thinks they are going to import the 1.4GW just so they can keep the wind turbines spinning, so they can continue to make electricity...

Mar 26, 2015 at 2:59 PM | Registered Commenterlapogus

Ed Davey gets to waste another £2bn:

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/mar/26/uk-and-norway-to-build-worlds-longest-undersea-energy-interconnector

The true purpose is revealed:

Ed Davey, the energy secretary, said the deal would give Britain access to Norwegian green hydropower at the flick of a switch, to drive wind turbines in the UK when the wind was not blowing.

Mar 26, 2015 at 2:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

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