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Yet More Gas?
With the Hinckley C fiasco going from bad to worse and the decision to phase out coal by 2025 you are probably not surprised to read that without new power stations a power deficit is coming to a town near you very soon. The cost of nuclear power and its waste is expensive and coal without carbon capture is seen as the reason for global warming in many eyes.
The recent paper by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) entitled “Energy Gap” explains that energy is not just electricity in fact in the UK electricity accounts for 20%, 40% is heat generation and transport fuels 40%. So at present coal accounts for one fifth of a fifth of the electricity used in the UK (4% of the total energy).
So what now for the UK Government's 'energy policy' do they build more nuclear stations in record time? Do they extend the use of coal? The IMECHE report reminds us that this government has already scrapped support for a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, brought to an end a number of energy related initiatives including subsidies for wind and solar power and even tax relief on insulation products. Those who are against coal will be able to inform us what to do next to stop global warming – not holding our breath.
You may have noticed that gas is replacing coal as the major producer of electricity.
So will the government turn to gas on a larger scale?
The gas referred to is Methane and by the time the gas is actually burned up to 9% has been lost to the atmosphere (fugitive emissions).
Back to Global Warming – did you know that Methane has 21 times more Global Warming potential than CO2?
More Gas = more Global Warming.
If we burn gas or coal we still need CCS.
What do we do about the other 80% of energy used?
Electricity Gap http://220.127.116.11/uploads/26/1256.pdf
Why shouldn't Kellingley and Thoresby have remained open into 2018?
In a report prepared for the NUM and TUC "Merits of UK Coal State Aid Application" it is argued that rather than close Kellingley and Thorseby in 2015 they could remain open until 2018. Other EU member states have and still are benefiting from the fund whilst making a case for extended funding.
"It can be seen that our European competitors are taking a strategic decision to support their coal industry during managed wind down of uncompetitive coal mines, and are providing substantial sums under European State Aid regulations. As an example, Germany’s closure plans are designed to address the social impact of job losses, and specifically to allow sufficient time to enable direct and indirect supply chains to adjust. To date the UK has made little use of state-aid provisions for the sector, either under the previous regulations or current Closure Aid."
The full report can be read here http://www.num.org.uk/uploads/26/1184.pdf
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