And on the topic of wind-watching, check out the European wind drought!

The proverbial has really hit the fan in Britain lately, along with her Continental neighbours.   Coal Outperforms Wind Power In UK Wind Week! _

Sat under an anticyclone, Britain’s contribution from wind power since yesterday has been less than 1GW, around 2% of the total electricity generated. This situation is expected to last a few more days yet.

As ever, it is fossil fuels which have come to the rescue, with gas currently supplying 60% of the nation’s power, and even coal, which has been fired up to give 7%. Indeed, in the last day we have had more power from coal than from wind. 

Thirteen years ago, the Labour government promised us that wind power could be powering every home by this year. (I wonder where I have heard that lately).

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13 Responses to And on the topic of wind-watching, check out the European wind drought!

  1. yarpos

    Overlay millions of mandated EVs, what could possibly go wrong?

    And if one of those coal or gas plants goes offline its of course a fossil fuel problem, never a “renewables” over commitment problem.

  2. Genghis

    In early November Rafe, all of Europe experiences cold weather, low cloud and very still days. It is not just UK but ALL of Europe. Idiots never give up on the impossible – thank goodness there is some Nuclear Power.

  3. Sat under an anticyclone, Britain’s contribution from wind power since yesterday has been less than 1GW, around 2% of the total electricity generated. This situation is expected to last a few more days yet.

    Freeze, you bastards. Freeze!

  4. Bear Necessities

    But they have batteries, don’t they?

  5. Rafe Champion

    With battery storage costing around a million dollars per MWhr you don’t have bulk or grid-scale storage, you just have some capacity to cushion the destabilizing effect of intermittent energy coming and going.

    Battery storage does nothing to alleviate wind droughts, or even to help out for periods of an hour or so when there is little or no wind.

  6. Lawrence Ayres

    They should have employed Matt Kean for he is going to power NSW on wind and solar. In fairness the whole ignorant NSW government supported Keans mad idea. They should have known they were on the wrong bus when they were supported by Labor and the Greens.

  7. Ben

    Sounds like the air-conditioning industry is going be out of business with Matt Kean now controlling temperature…

  8. yarpos

    Perhaps Matt could hire Jay Weatherdill to oversee the implementation of the grand plan in NSW? after all with his experience and track record in SA , what could possibly go wrong. Step 1 – dynamite Lidell

  9. Up The Workers!

    I don’t know what the meteorologists are saying, but according to the psephologists, there is no shortage of hurricane-force bloviation from the Left in the United States at the moment.

  10. Roger

    Speaking of wind droughts:

    “There’s this unfortunate characteristic in South Australia where on really hot days, the evening peak in electricity demand often occurs with a lull in the wind,” Mr Skinner [head of policy at the Australian Energy Council] said this week.

    We’re in safe hands, comrades.

  11. Rafe Champion

    Do you have a link for that Roger?

  12. wal1957

    I often wonder if any politician ever thinks to ask the question…”what could possibly go wrong” before they implement these ‘green’ schemes.
    I am sure the ‘Liberal’ (green) Matt Kean in NSW didn’t contemplate asking any questions that would possibly derail his waste of taxpayer dollars.
    I am convinced that if we vote for Liberal, Liebor or Green we will eventually get the same outcome.
    Therefore, I put those parties at the bottom of my selections when voting.

  13. John A

    wal1957 #3674905, posted on November 29, 2020, at 4:43 pm

    I often wonder if any politician ever thinks to ask the question… “what could possibly go wrong?” before they implement these ‘green’ schemes.
    I am sure the ‘Liberal’ (green) Matt Kean in NSW didn’t contemplate asking any questions that would possibly derail his waste of taxpayer dollars.

    You have answered your own question. There is apparently no mental ability to comprehend an answer to such a question.

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