Trouble in the Green paradise

Disturbing news from China on the failure of their green energy program. A long report for people who are interested in the gory details but the punchline to the joke is brief.

China’s green energy fleet of wind and solar, though the world’s largest, account for only
2.7% and 0.5%, respectively, of China’s electricity needs.29 According to the Brookings Institution, renewable energy’s share of total electricity generation, including hydro, increased
by only 0.7% in 2017.

A review of failures of Green policy around the world. A particularly gruesome example in Britain.

Thousands of homeowners face rip-off energy bills for decades after being ‘scammed’ into joining a state-backed £400million eco-energy scheme that ‘utterly failed’. The Green Deal – which ministers trumpeted as the ‘biggest home improvement programme since the Second World War’ – was abandoned after two years as MPs admitted it had been a ‘complete fiasco’ that brought almost no environmental benefits. But more than three years after its collapse, families remain trapped repaying loans of up to £21,000 which they unwittingly took out for solar panels, replacement boilers and insulation.

Taking coal to Newcastle?

Saudi Arabia is nearing a deal to invest in U.S. liquefied natural gas, a landmark decision for the kingdom, which in the past had been a huge supplier of energy to America. America’s shale revolution has broken years of dependence on Middle Eastern oil, to the extent that the International Energy Agency expects the U.S. to become a net energy exporter by 2023.

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13 Responses to Trouble in the Green paradise

  1. stackja

    Greens failures? I am shocked!

  2. …biggest home improvement programme since the Second World War’…

    A rather unfortunate turn of phrase, as all that came to my mind was the bombing of London and Dresden and the ruin that ensued.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Gaia’s own country China goes off the reservation!

    China: No Wind Or Solar If It Can’t Beat Coal On Price (11 Jan)

    China has said it will not approve wind and solar power projects unless they can compete with coal power prices.

    Beijing pulled the plug on support for large solar projects, which had been receiving a per kWh payment, in late May. That news came immediately after the country’s largest solar industry event and caught everyone by surprise.

    Oops, cluebat time.
    I wonder if our local pollies, who notoriously kowtow to the mandate of heaven, will notice?

  4. alans

    I supposed that would run a poor last though to the scheme that converted coal fired power stations to pelletised wood chip for feed stock. Trees felled in Nth America, converted to pellets and then shipped to the UK. What an utter farce all in the name of saving Gaia and reducing “emissions”

  5. Dr Faustus

    Strange.
    We are told, straight faced, by renewables mouthpieces that:

    Solar and wind energy are beating dirty fossil fuels and nuclear power in the marketplace. They are winning not because they are clean and necessary to combat carbon pollution, but because they are less expensive for power producers, companies, and customers.

    Or, at least, they will be – very soon.

    And yet in China, as the Global Warming Policy Foundation notes, the continued and growing use of fossil fuels is an absolute political necessity to maintain economic growth and increase incomes.

  6. Rafe Champion

    Thanks bemused you probably know the story that British postwar urban planning and development did more damage to the cities and towns of England than the German air force inflicted during the war.

    A public, who during the war had reacted with indignation at what were called the Baedeker raids – air attacks on selected cathedral cities, looked on dumbly as the bulldozers cut swathes right up to the cathedral closes in Canterbury, Worcester, and Salisbury. And the almost unrelieved dreariness of the new buildings together with the legalized vandalism of the demolition squads invited and were answered by illegal vandalism on a scale never seen before. In two lines Sir John Betjeman said it all: Goodbye to old Bath! We who loved you are sorry. They’ve carted you off by developer’s lorry.

    Source, Roger James. This is the Introduction to his book Return to Reason on the philosophy of Karl Popper.

  7. moya

    China manufactures renewables but still find coal is cheaper. Paris requires nothing of the middle kingdom. China is also selling Australian households solar.

  8. Squirrel

    “Thousands of homeowners face rip-off energy bills for decades after being ‘scammed’ into joining a state-backed £400million eco-energy scheme that ‘utterly failed’.”

    Of course, nothing like that could possibly happen here –

    https://www.afr.com/news/politics/labors-2000-battery-subsidy-scheme-could-create-headaches-for-energy-sector-20181122-h1871y

  9. John A

    to the extent that the International Energy Agency expects the U.S. to become a net energy exporter by 2023

    Except that the USA is on track to achieve that target in 2019-20, IIRC.

    Somebody said something about Making America Great – Again

  10. egg_

    Punters burned by teh Green scam?
    I’m shocked, I tells ya!

  11. JohnA

    the International Energy Agency expects the U.S. to become a net energy exporter by 2023.

    IIRC from somewhere impartial (like oil industry website aip.com.au), the date is now 2019-20. Something about making America great again…

  12. Mark M

    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see the problem …

    Winds of change for Golden Plains as huge wind farm gets go-ahead

    A massive 170 square kilometre wind farm has passed the final Victorian planning hurdle, and could be powering in four years if the federal government approves the project.
    The $1.5 billion wind farm, sprawling over 17,000 hectares near the small town of Rokewood south of Ballarat, passed environmental approvals last month.

    > 17000 hectares of land to be groomed for windmills, and the greens think that is ok?!

    https://amp.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/winds-of-change-for-golden-plains-as-huge-wind-farm-gets-go-ahead-20190111-p50qv6.html

    Tyranny of distance: The renewable power disconnect
    The renewable energy boom may be going to waste because the best place to put wind and solar is too far away to connect to the grid.

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/tyranny-of-distance-the-renewable-power-disconnect-20181214-p50mc4.html

  13. egg_

    The $1.5 billion wind farm, sprawling over 17,000 hectares near the small town of Rokewood south of Ballarat, passed environmental approvals last month.

    Not in the flightpath of the rare and endangered red-necked swamp hopper?

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