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#1200476 - 23/06/2013 08:01 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Originally Posted By: SBT
The mods will step in as and when required not because your feelings have been hurt by another forum member CB and the hypocrisy of you having a whine about trolls is quite remarkable seeing as you are the king of climate change trolls as exposed repeatedly in 2012.

As I see it you have 3 options, suck it up and continue to put back the credibility of the whole cAGW Meme with your every post, use the Ignore button on people who piss you off or leave.

Personally I hope you stay - your as entertaining as hell.


SBT, datadog's trolling posts would not have been allowed when Seabreeze was moderating.

Seeing that the moderation here has now stopped it will be interesting to watch and see how long the sceptics here can restrain themselves from resorting to personal attacks and insults.

Looking at your post above SBT, sadly, it has already started.
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#1200499 - 23/06/2013 10:13 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Fact 1) CB you where banned on multiple occasions for trolling last year and at the beginning of this year.

Fact 2) I have never said anything about you that I can't prove via your very own posts.
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#1200513 - 23/06/2013 11:02 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Punters – who kills the wind power fraud first: the UK, Germany or Australia?

June 23, 2013 By stopthesethings Leave a Comment
(1) http://stopthesethings.com/2013/06/23/pu...y-or-australia/


STT will be talking shortly to Australian online betting guru – young Tommy Waterhouse – about starting a book with odds on which Country will drive the final stake into the great wind power fraud first.

Tom-Waterhouse
I’m calling Australia the odds-on favourite.

STT tips the trifecta line-up as being Australia, Germany and the UK. But we can’t work out who is going to finish first.

Caulfield Cup Day
Schnell, schnell!!

As with any betting – it’s always important to study the form – so here’s Best Bets stalwart – Peter Glover on the European runners.

The ‘Great Renewables Scam’ unravels
The Commentator
Peter C Glover
21 June 2013

In many parts of northern Europe, wind and solar projects may be highly visible facts on the ground. But the headline economic fact behind renewable energy is, and always has been, its sheer and blatant “unsustainability”

Energy insiders have long known that the notion of ‘renewable energy’ is a romantic proposition – and an economic bust. But it is amazing what the lure of guaranteed ‘few strings attached’ government subsidies can achieve. Even the Big Oil companies bought into the renewables revolution, albeit mostly for PR reasons. Like Shell, however, many quickly abandoned their fledgling renewable arms. Post-2008, they knew, the subsidy regimes could not last. Neither was the public buying into the new PR message.

Now it was just a question of time before Europe’s world leading pioneers of solar and wind power, Germany and the UK, decided they had had enough of the self-inflicted economic pain. And all the signs are – as Germany’s solar sector just went belly up and the UK is made aware of how much every wind job actually costs – that the slow implosion of the renewables revolution is under way.

The plain fact is that installing solar panels, especially in the northern hemisphere, makes about as much economic sense as Iran heading up a UN Human Rights Commission (which it has done by the way). Equally, the viability of windfarms has always been the renewables industry’s worst kept secret.

And yet, aided by aggressive and heavily-funded green lobbies, leftist social engineers, appalling journalism, naive politicians and unscrupulous opportunistic renewable energy entrepreneurs, wind turbines and the photovoltaic industry quickly became established facts on the ground, giving the appearance of economic ‘viability’. Why else would government back them using our cash?

I have written before about ‘Hamish’ who is convinced that his wind turbine investment offers him some ‘free’ energy – ‘free’ so long as you overlook the double-whammy of ‘front end’ feed-in tariffs and other green levies and the ‘back end’ high energy bill tariffs passed on by the power companies to others now forced to buy Hamish’s electricity at above market prices.

And that’s before you consider Hamish’s maintenance costs, his need for hydrocarbon back-up, intermittent and unreliable generation, and the fact that the power company cannot store his product which may never be used.

Oddly, Hamish is a radical green socialist who bought his turbine to benefit society. It never once occurred to him how his green extravagance was subsidized via hiked energy bills that forced thousands into fuel poverty. Not much social conscience there.

Let’s get it straight once and for all: wind and solar power is never ‘free’, however it may appear to the micro-scale domestic entrepreneur. Just like any resource, someone, somewhere has to pay to develop, utilize and distribute it. If the sole criteria is that wind and solar are free, you might as well say the same applies to oil and gas. And that brings me to the latest macro-scale renewable energy disasters.

In Europe, Germany was a major green pioneer, especially regarding solar energy. The UK, being the windiest country in Europe, focused on wind power. In both countries, however – to mix metaphors – the wheels are fast coming off.

In June, the sun finally set on Germany’s solar sector with power companies, large and small, seeing their £21 billion investment in solar energy disappear into the ether. As one German commentator wryly observed: “the sun does send an invoice after all”.

By mid-June the German company Siemens announced it was winding down its solar division with a view to shutting down completely by next spring. Siemens had entered the solar thermal systems market when it bought the Israeli company Solel, believing market growth would be rapid. The gamble failed. Siemens lost around €1 billion.

In March, Bosch signalled its withdrawal from the solar cell and solar module market. Bosch board chairman Franz Fehrenbach, who had been behind the company’s push into solar energy since 2008 has further admitted that the German solar sector generally is “doomed to die”. Bosch will lose even more than Siemens, probably around €2.4 billion.

But it is the private investors who bore the full brunt of the loss as the former hot shots of the stock exchange, Germany’s SolarWorld and Q-Cells, among other solar companies, lost tens of billions in capital investment.

Meanwhile, in the UK, wind power is again making the headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. A new analysis of government and industry figures revealed that every UK wind industry job is effectively subsidized to the tune of £100,000 per year. In some cases it rises to £1.3 million per job. In Scotland, with its 230 onshore windfarms, the figure is £154,000 per job. Even if the highly optimistic maximum projection of 75,000 wind industry jobs by 2020 is realised the figure would only drop to £80,000.

But, as the Renewable Energy Foundation, a UK think-tank, has pointed out, to meet its EU obligation of providing 15 percent of its generated energy from renewable sources by 2020 – a ridiculously untenable goal – the lavish subsidies will need to rise still further to £6 billion per year. Neither do the figures take into account the cost to the country of an exodus of energy-intensive industries; a very real threat if green levies on energy bills continue to rise. European industry and power stations have already turned to burning millions of imported tonnes of American wood pellets in a desperate bid to keep costs down. And that, as has been reported, is to the detriment of fine forests in the US and a resultant impact on CO2 levels.

The attraction of a quick buck when government slush-fund subsidies are on offer has always attracted entrepreneurs, corporate industry, and investors alike. The trouble is that lavish subsidies will always be subject to what our Gallic friends would call: Le Guillotine. There’s a cut off point – and its fast approaching.

In many parts of northern Europe, wind and solar projects may be highly visible facts on the ground. But the headline economic fact behind renewable energy is, and always has been, its sheer and blatant “unsustainability”.

And what is the tip of the day for prospective investors in energy stocks? Two words: shale gas. While it may not be a renewable resource, it sure is a safe bet to be a sustainable one – and well beyond our generation.
The Commentator

STT will be keeping punters up to date with changes in the odds, scratchings and turf conditions as the great wind power fraud lines up for the race to the finish line.

Punters – place your bets.
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#1200533 - 23/06/2013 11:58 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: SBT]
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Originally Posted By: SBT
STT will be keeping punters up to date with changes in the odds, scratchings and turf conditions as the great wind power fraud lines up for the race to the finish line.

Punters – place your bets.


Well if it is going to be anything like the Stop These Things much "hyped" rally, that was an absolute flop.... grin i know where i would put my money wink
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#1200553 - 23/06/2013 12:58 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: SBT]
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Originally Posted By: SBT
Fact 1) CB you where banned on multiple occasions for trolling last year and at the beginning of this year.

Fact 2) I have never said anything about you that I can't prove via your very own posts.



Blatant lies SBT.

It didn't take long for you and the sceptics to take advantage of this forum not being moderated did it.

The personal attacks and lies from you and other members are coming thick and fast now.
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#1200571 - 23/06/2013 15:30 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Just to back up my claim that SBT is lying about me being banned on multiple occasions for trolling last year and at the beginning of this year, I went and had a look at my posting history.

I wanted to put to the test the claim that I was banned from here at the beginning of this year so here's the stats of my posting history for January and February of this year.

For the month of January I did not post on the days of the 22,23,30,31.
There are only two periods of two consecutive days that I did not post.
Looking at the posts prior to those two periods there is nothing that would suggest that I was to be banned. None of my posts were moderated nor were any warnings given.

So that's my posting history for January and SBT's claim is a lie.

Let's look at February.
For the month of February I did not post on the days of the 2,3,10,17,18,20.
There are only two periods of two consecutive days that I did not post.
Looking at the posts prior to those two periods there is nothing that would suggest that I was to be banned. None of my posts were moderated nor were any warnings given.

So that's my posting history for February and SBT's claim is a lie.

As Bill says - facts is facts. And the facts show that you lied SBT.

Please do the right thing now SBT and withdraw your false accusation and apologise for lying about me.


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#1200575 - 23/06/2013 15:51 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Crikey CB, you've got too much time on your hands? Have you any other interests other than weatherzone forums?

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#1200659 - 23/06/2013 20:33 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Lol he is a troll Simmo...

Who else posts 2500 posts in 12 months? Agenda driven (edit) like his buddies Cook and co..

He should prove he is not a paid troll, I think everyone in the sections should be audited.


Edited by Lindsay Knowles (25/06/2013 09:50)

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#1200716 - 23/06/2013 21:46 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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I can see why you have probs with numbers Anthony - it's 16 months, not 12.

"I think everyone in the sections should be audited."

We can add delusions of paranoia to the list...
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#1200728 - 23/06/2013 22:12 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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How is John Cock anyway.

The eclipse last month was his nose when he walked outside.

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#1200741 - 23/06/2013 22:49 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Don't know anyone by that name. Your posts here are still quite tame compared to your own forum Violi - what's holding you back?
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#1200773 - 24/06/2013 08:15 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Spain’s Green Energy Disaster

(1) http://www.thegwpf.org/spains-green-energy-disaster/

Date: 23/06/13

Agence France-Presse

Spain’s wind turbine manufacturers are laying off workers and farmers who installed solar panels are facing ruin as austerity policies afflict the long-coddled green energy sector – killing more than 40,000 ‘green’ jobs.

Further cuts are expected this summer.

State subsidies to clean energy producers have already fallen by between 12 and 40 percent on average in recent years, industry analysts say.

They could fall by another 10-20 percent in a new energy sector reform expected mid-July, according to the Spanish media.

“The punishment meted out to renewable energies in the past five years amounts to more than six billion euros ($8 billion),” said Sergio Otto, secretary general of the business group Renewables Foundation.

“In the wind turbine industry alone we have lost 20,000 jobs and in the solar energy sector it’s probably more,” he said.

At the heart of the problem is a deficit of more than 26 billion euros in Spain’s energy market, built up by subsidies to cover the gap between the cost of producing electricity and the price charged to consumers.

“We are still singling out renewable energies as the main guilty parties for this deficit,” Otto complained.

In the middle of the last decade when the economy was enjoying strong growth, Spain put a cap on the price of green energies and provided “fairly generous” subsidies, said Carlos Garcia Suarez, expert in the sector at the IE Business School.

From boom to collapse

The state aid boosted the appetite of investors and led to a “boom” in wind and, later, solar energies, making Spain a world leader in the industry, Suarez said.

“Not only have the subsidies come down but new projects have been explicitly banned, which is pretty unusual,” he said.

The retroactive nature of some cuts even threw into question Spain’s reliability for investors, Suarez said.

Indeed, several investment funds that bet on the sector are now taking Spain to international arbitration.

There is “political pressure”, too, from the United States where some of the funds are based and the Spanish government is uncertain how to resolve the matter, he said.

“We gave excessive subsidies,” said Rodrigo Izurzun, energy specialist at Ecologists in Action, an association which also criticised the radical change in policy since the economic crisis hit Spain in 2008.

“The current policy is harmful because the sector was maturing and close to becoming competitive without any aid but has suddenly totally collapsed,” Izurzun said.

“That is without mentioning what the impact is in terms of braking the fight against climate change.”

Investors in wind turbines no longer believe the outlook is attractive, said Heikki Willstedt Mesa, director of energy policy at the wind turbine association AEE.

“We have sued in the Spanish courts,” said Miguel Angel Martinez-Aroca, president of Anpier, which groups Spanish solar energy producers. The sector is “barely surviving after so many cuts”, he said.

His association has launched a campaign to highlight the unknown victims of the new austerity regime: people who put their savings into solar panels counting on the subsidies to make them profitable and, for example, to help finance their retirement.

“There are 55,000 individuals, small savers, many farmers and breeders, professionals, families and small businesses who simply believed what the state told them, which was to invest in solar energy,” Martinez-Aroca said.

“Then we were ruined,” he said, denouncing a “swindle and deception by the state” which lowered payments for such panels by 40 percent.

The consequences are far reaching.

“The solar energy sector’s debt to banks with is now 20 billion euros,” Martinez-Aroca said.

Spain’s banks are hardly in a state to withstand the blow; they have already had to take more than 41 billion euros from a European credit line to recapitalise balance sheets laden with bad loans since a 2008 property market crash.
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#1200784 - 24/06/2013 08:41 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: SBT]
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Park voices dismay at nuclear reactor scandal

SEOUL, June 10 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye expressed her dismay Monday at a recent scandal surrounding the use of substandard parts in the country's nuclear reactors, ordering a strict investigation into the case.

Two power-generating atomic reactors were turned off late last month after they were found to be using substandard control cables supplied under fake quality warranties.

"To be honest, what's more shocking to me is the fact that such corruption has not been revealed until now," Park said in a weekly meeting with senior secretaries at her office.

"The recent corruption case involving nuclear reactors did not occur over one or two days but was a revelation of a corrupt practice that had continued for a long time," she said.

Park instructed relevant government ministries and rival political parties to cooperate in investigating the case, saying that the suppliers and the operator of the reactors "will not be able to escape responsibility."

The shutdown of the two nuclear reactors has sparked concern over a possible power shortage during the summer peak season, prompting the government to put forward an array of measures to conserve energy.

South Korea operates 23 reactors, supplying about 30 percent of its total electricity consumption.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/...reactor-scandal
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#1200786 - 24/06/2013 08:44 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Prosecution raids nuclear power operator over corruption probe

BUSAN, June 20 (Yonhap) -- State prosecutors on Thursday raided the headquarters and offices of the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP), the state-run operator of nuclear power plants, as part of their probe into a corruption scandal over fake test results which led to the shutdown of reactors.

The government has suspended the operation of six nuclear reactors, including three newly built reactors, after they were found to have been supplied with substandard control cables under falsified warranties by the local supplier, JS Cable.

A task force of the prosecution office in the southeastern port city of Busan seized documents and computer discs during the raid at the headquarters in southern Seoul and eight other offices across the country, prosecutors said.

The task force also raided the residences of up to six former and incumbent officials of the KHNP, they added.

"The raid was launched in an aim to secure relevant documents that could prove suspicions that the results for control cables have been fabricated," a prosecution official close to the investigation said.

JS Cable, contracted to conduct tests, fabricated the results for cables that failed to meet international standards for capacity to withstand changes in voltage and pressure.

JS Cable is an affiliate of LS Group, a South Korean conglomerate specializing in electricity materials.

The Supreme Prosecutors' Office launched the task force to look into the allegations, which marks the first time that the agency has set up such a panel for a single case. The state auditor also separately launched a probe into the cases.

The latest shutdown follows a scandal that erupted late last year involving more than 13,000 substandard parts supplied under fake quality warranties for over 10 years.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/...-corruption-pro
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#1200820 - 24/06/2013 10:33 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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True cost of Britain's wind farm industry revealed

Every job in Britain’s wind farm industry is effectively subsidised to the extent of £100,000 per year, The Telegraph can disclose.

A new analysis of government and industry figures shows that wind turbine owners received £1.2billion in the form of a consumer subsidy, paid by a supplement on electricity bills last year. They employed 12,000 people, to produce an effective £100,000 subsidy on each job.

The disclosure is potentially embarrassing for the wind industry, which claims it is an economically dynamic sector that creates jobs. It was described by critics as proof the sector was not economically viable, with one calling it evidence of “soft jobs” that depended on the taxpayer.

The subsidy was disclosed in a new analysis of official figures, which showed that:

• The level of support from subsidies in some cases is so high that jobs are effectively supported to the extent of £1.3million each;

• In Scotland, which has 203 onshore wind farms — more than anywhere else in the UK — just 2,235 people are directly employed to work on them despite an annual subsidy of £344million. That works out at £154,000 per job;

• Even if the maximum number of jobs that have been forecast are created, by 2020 the effective subsidy on them would be £80,000 a year.

One source, who owns several wind farms, and did not wish to be named, said: “Anybody trying to justify subsidies on the basis of jobs created is talking nonsense. Wind farms are not labour intensive.”

There has been mounting controversy about the value of both onshore and offshore wind farms, with discontent among back-bench Conservative MPs.

The industry’s trade body, Renewable UK, has campaigned to promote the method of electricity generation as a way to create jobs. It states on its website that: “We aim to create thousands of jobs across a wide range of business sectors.”

It says the industry currently employs 12,000 people and “is set to employ up to 90,000 people by 2020”.

The promise of future jobs is dependent on the building of large-scale wind farms at sea and the construction of factories in Britain to manufacture the turbines, which are currently almost all built abroad.

Industry figures show that for the 12 months to the end of February, the latest period for which figures are available, slightly more than £1.2billion was paid through the consumer subsidy — known as the Renewables Obligation.

It was introduced by Labour to encourage investment and is added to all energy bills, meaning that besides households, industry and employers also pay, adding to the cost of all goods and services.

According to the Renewable Energy Foundation, a think tank that has criticised the cost of wind farms, it currently adds about £47 to the average household’s cost of living.

They say the total subsidy is likely to rise to £6billion by 2020 if the Government meets its target of providing 15 per cent of energy needs from renewable energy.

The industry’s projection is that by 2020 it will create up to 75,000 jobs — an effective subsidy of £80,000 a year — but failing to reach that figure will raise the effective subsidy.

The foundation claims that the subsidy will actually cost jobs because businesses will relocate abroad — or close — to save on energy bills.

Households will also have less disposable income because more money will go to pay fuel bills.

Among the examples of extremely high subsidies effectively for job creation is Greater Gabbard, a scheme of 140 turbines 12 miles off the Suffolk coast.

It received £129million in consumer subsidy in the 12 months to the end of February, double the £65million it received for the electricity it produced. It employs 100 people at its headquarters in Lowestoft, receiving, in effect, £1.3million for every member of staff.

Iwan Tukalo, general manager of Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Limited, which is co-owned by SSE and RWE, said building the farm was a £1.5billion investment in British infrastructure.

He added that “as well as supporting significant local employment during the four-year construction period”, 95 per cent of its permanent employees were local people.

The London Array, Britain’s biggest wind farm, with 175 turbines, employs 90 people at its base in Ramsgate, Kent. The array, which is 12 miles offshore, became fully operational in the spring. The foundation predicts its Renewables Obligation subsidy in its first year of full operation will be £160million — effectively £1.77million per job.

In Scotland, Fergus Ewing, the devolved government’s energy minister, published figures earlier this year showing that 2,235 jobs were “connected directly to onshore wind”. There are 203 wind farms across Scotland, and the scale of Renewables Obligation support means each post is underwritten by £154,000.

Wind farms are controversial not only because of the cost, but also because of claims that the turbines, which can be more than 400ft high, are ruining the countryside. Campaigners have said the planning system remains loaded in favour of developers and that too little of the countryside is protected from their spread.



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#1200823 - 24/06/2013 10:44 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Couple who can't escape the shadow of the wind turbines

Kay and John Siddell had “18 great years” in their retirement home in the hills before the turbines began to appear.

They bought the smallholding in South Ayrshire in 1988 because of the uninterrupted views across the valley and moved north from Hampshire to enjoy rural solitude and a self-sufficient lifestyle.

But instead of rolling countryside, their home now faces around 30 wind turbines, and even on the sunniest days they sit in their living room with the curtains closed to block out the blades.

They say they suffer from the effects of the “churning landscape” and the “incessant flicker” when the sun is behind the turbines, and describe the noise in a high wind as something like a “squadron of jets”.

They are also fighting two more wind farm applications that, if approved, would leave their property almost surrounded.

Mrs Siddell, 69, who has had serious health problems in recent years, describes the Hadyard Hill wind farm they face as a “nightmare”, and sometimes retreats to the lavatory to escape its effects.

Ironically, the couple were told years ago in an informal approach to the local council that they would not receive permission for an extra floor on their cottage, because of the impact on the “scenic area”.

According to Struan Stevenson, the Conservative MEP, the Siddells are not alone, and the Scottish Government’s drive for more wind farms is “blighting” lives across the country. He wants a review of the planning laws that allow developers to erect turbines so close to homes.

The nearest turbine is around 700m (765yds) from High Tralorg, the couple’s house in the hills above the village of Old Dailly, while planning guidelines recommend a minimum distance of 2km (1.24 miles). The figure is often ignored.

Mr Stevenson told The Daily Telegraph: “Kay and John have had their lives wrecked. When I visited High Tralorg, even although was only a moderate wind blowing the noise of the vast forest of turbines was endless and alarming, almost like the sound of high-flying jets.

“The value of their home has collapsed and to add insult to injury new planning applications have been lodged to erect another 19 giant turbines on the side of the Siddell’s home where there are presently none.“

Mr Siddell, 63, a “partially retired” civil engineer who spent 25 years in the Royal Engineers, and his wife, a former civil servant, have become unwitting experts on wind power since the 52-turbine development went up in 2006, and accuse Alex Salmond of causing “huge damage” to Scotland’s countryside.

They believe their home is now virtually worthless, but are reluctant to leave, as they fear they would be letting down other objectors.

To the first time visitor on a calm day in June, the turbines are not immediately oppressive, although the sound can still be heard from the front door.

Mrs Siddell is aware that “people can come for ten minutes, and say it is not so bad”. She added: “But there is nowhere to hide. Most of our windows face the wind farm.

“The noise is what gets me, and the turbines are always at different angles. Wash up at the sink, look at the turbines, lie in bed, look at the turbines. We have had so much of South Ayrshire destroyed by these monsters.”

They have measured the noise, and believe it is regularly around 75 decibels – similar to a vacuum cleaner – while at 85 decibels employers are required to provide ear protection. They are currently waiting to hear from SSE on its measurements.



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#1200844 - 24/06/2013 12:16 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: snafu]
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Canada to make nuclear operators pay more for accidents

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada will make operators of nuclear power plants liable for the first C$1 billion ($980 million) of damages in the event of an accident, up from C$75 million under existing rules, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said on Monday.

Oliver also told a nuclear conference that Canada's Conservative government intends to increase the period during which compensation claims can be made after a disaster to 30 years from 10 years.

"In Canada, the fundamental principle of our environmental liability regime is polluter pay," he said, noting that the country's current rules on civil liability for power plant operators are almost 40 years old.

"Times and standards have changed significantly. The current law limits civil liability for the operator of a nuclear facility to $75 million. This is no longer acceptable."

Oliver said the legislation to enact the changes would bring Canada, which has never experienced a serious nuclear accident, into line with Britain, France, Spain and other European nations, which he said were adopting liability limits of C$900 million.

"Most importantly, it will continue to require that the liability of the operator be absolute and exclusive. This means there is no need to prove fault and no one else can be held liable," he said.

Statistics Canada data shows that nuclear power stations produced around 15 percent of all Canadian electricity in March. Canada has 19 working reactors, 18 of them in the populous central province of Ontario.

The Canadian Environmental Law Association said the C$1 billion cap is too low. Executive Director Theresa McClenaghan told Reuters the new legislation also makes no provision for third party liability, which means suppliers cannot be held accountable.

Oliver did not say when the government would introduce the legislation. The House of Commons will suspend work later this month for the annual summer break and legislators are not due back until September.

Oliver noted that "the likelihood of a serious incident in this country is exceedingly small".

All Canada's reactors are made by Candu Energy, a subsidiary of Canada's SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

The new liability threshold is still tiny compared with the estimated clean-up costs from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, caused when a tsunami flooded a power station.

The Japan Center for Economic Research, a Tokyo-based think tank, has estimated that decontamination costs alone in the Fukushima residential area could reach as much as $600 billion, and there are also huge costs to decommission the reactors and compensate victims.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/...-more-accidents
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#1201018 - 24/06/2013 20:12 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: SBT]
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Spain’s Green Energy Disaster

(1) http://www.thegwpf.org/spains-green-energy-disaster/

Date: 23/06/13

Agence France-Presse

Spain’s wind turbine manufacturers are laying off workers and farmers who installed solar panels are facing ruin as austerity policies afflict the long-coddled green energy sector – killing more than 40,000 ‘green’ jobs.

Further cuts are expected this summer.

State subsidies to clean energy producers have already fallen by between 12 and 40 percent on average in recent years, industry analysts say.

They could fall by another 10-20 percent in a new energy sector reform expected mid-July, according to the Spanish media.

“The punishment meted out to renewable energies in the past five years amounts to more than six billion euros ($8 billion),” said Sergio Otto, secretary general of the business group Renewables Foundation.

“In the wind turbine industry alone we have lost 20,000 jobs and in the solar energy sector it’s probably more,” he said.

At the heart of the problem is a deficit of more than 26 billion euros in Spain’s energy market, built up by subsidies to cover the gap between the cost of producing electricity and the price charged to consumers.

“We are still singling out renewable energies as the main guilty parties for this deficit,” Otto complained.

In the middle of the last decade when the economy was enjoying strong growth, Spain put a cap on the price of green energies and provided “fairly generous” subsidies, said Carlos Garcia Suarez, expert in the sector at the IE Business School.

From boom to collapse

The state aid boosted the appetite of investors and led to a “boom” in wind and, later, solar energies, making Spain a world leader in the industry, Suarez said.

“Not only have the subsidies come down but new projects have been explicitly banned, which is pretty unusual,” he said.

The retroactive nature of some cuts even threw into question Spain’s reliability for investors, Suarez said.

Indeed, several investment funds that bet on the sector are now taking Spain to international arbitration.

There is “political pressure”, too, from the United States where some of the funds are based and the Spanish government is uncertain how to resolve the matter, he said.

“We gave excessive subsidies,” said Rodrigo Izurzun, energy specialist at Ecologists in Action, an association which also criticised the radical change in policy since the economic crisis hit Spain in 2008.

“The current policy is harmful because the sector was maturing and close to becoming competitive without any aid but has suddenly totally collapsed,” Izurzun said.

“That is without mentioning what the impact is in terms of braking the fight against climate change.”

Investors in wind turbines no longer believe the outlook is attractive, said Heikki Willstedt Mesa, director of energy policy at the wind turbine association AEE.

“We have sued in the Spanish courts,” said Miguel Angel Martinez-Aroca, president of Anpier, which groups Spanish solar energy producers. The sector is “barely surviving after so many cuts”, he said.

His association has launched a campaign to highlight the unknown victims of the new austerity regime: people who put their savings into solar panels counting on the subsidies to make them profitable and, for example, to help finance their retirement.

“There are 55,000 individuals, small savers, many farmers and breeders, professionals, families and small businesses who simply believed what the state told them, which was to invest in solar energy,” Martinez-Aroca said.

“Then we were ruined,” he said, denouncing a “swindle and deception by the state” which lowered payments for such panels by 40 percent.

The consequences are far reaching.

“The solar energy sector’s debt to banks with is now 20 billion euros,” Martinez-Aroca said.

Spain’s banks are hardly in a state to withstand the blow; they have already had to take more than 41 billion euros from a European credit line to recapitalise balance sheets laden with bad loans since a 2008 property market crash.



Astounding frown just gets worse every day.

Spain’s wind turbine manufacturers are laying off workers and farmers who installed solar panels are facing ruin as austerity policies afflict the long-coddled green energy sector – killing more than 40,000 ‘green’ jobs.

Further cuts are expected this summer.

State subsidies to clean energy producers have already fallen by between 12 and 40 percent on average in recent years, industry analysts say.

They could fall by another 10-20 percent in a new energy sector reform expected mid-July, according to the Spanish media...










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#1201021 - 24/06/2013 20:19 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: ROM]
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Now thers a surprise. .GDL

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#1201097 - 25/06/2013 09:33 Re: The Alternative Energy Scam? [Re: GDL]
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An eye on Germany’s microgrid future

Germany’s big power utilities are in big trouble. Widespread adoption of renewable energy sources like household solar PV and community-led wind projects have impacted fossil fuel generation to such an extent that the big four utilities (EnBW, E.ON, RWE and Vattenfall) have begun to mothball highly efficient combined-cycle gas turbines power plants commissioned just this decade.

There is no alternative but to change if utilities are to survive and thrive in this brave new world. The question is: What kind of change? The answer could be less about power generation and more about services related to energy management, such as microgrids and the integration of renewables.

E.ON, Germany’s largest utility and one hit particularly hard by weak margins for thermal power generation, is well aware the future in its homeland is towards a more decentralized network. In June, E.ON will inaugurate a microgrid project on the North Sea island of Pellworm, approximately 100 miles northwest of Hamburg.

While its wind-battered shores are far from idyllic, Pellworm is something of a paradise for green energy. The 37 square kilometres island has an installed generation capacity of 9 megawatts (MW), of which 5.75 MW is wind, 2.75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) and a 0.5 MW biogas combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

The largest single system is E.ON’s own “hybrid power plant,” dating back to 1983, which comprises a 300 kilowatt (kW) wind turbine with a 780 kW solar PV array. In addition, there are more than 100 sources of renewable microgeneration feeding into the island’s low voltage and medium-voltage 20 kilovolt (kV) grid.

Its project, SmartRegion Pellworm, aims to combine these disparate sources into a single energy system that is able to reduce imports from the mainland and improve self-sufficiency.

E.ON will use batteries to store electricity from its hybrid power plant centrally on a megawatt scale, while homes will be provided with night storage heaters and heat pumps to retain otherwise potentially wasted energy until it is needed.

E.ON believes Pellworm represents a miniature version of what a future German energy network may look like: a centralized power plant, with hundreds, if not thousands of sources of small-scale microgeneration.

Furthermore, the island generates 22 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, but the 1200 islanders use only 7 million kWh, making Pellworm an ideal location to develop a microgrid. Moreover, while the island is connected to the mainland by two 20 kV subsea cables, the design of the cables has resulted in restricted energy exchange.

An energy management system will control from a central SCADA system all the assets on the island according to different operational goals, optimizing energy use, balancing electricity consumption and storage, alongside heat demand and storage. The system itself will be controlled remotely on the mainland by the DSO Schleswig-Holstein Netz.

The project will use two battery systems: a minutes-to-hours lithium-ion system with charging power of 560 kW/continuous discharging power of 1.1 MW, and a ‘hours to days’ vanadium redox flow system with charging power 200 kW/continuous charging power of 1.6 MWh. The batteries will be installed in June, and the complete system will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2013. The project, funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry, will operate for 12 months until the first quarter of 2015.

While the local population is already highly actively engaged with their energy infrastructure, one of the problems for E.ON is engaging the islanders to integrate flexible loads at the household level. So that the load curves can be recorded minute-by-minute and automatic control of the electrical storage heaters and heat pumps is possible, the majority of the households are bound by a contract, which includes a customer loyalty program.

Project leader Bartholomäus Wasowicz, of E.ON New Build & Technology, says the project will help determine the extent of the business case for microgrids in terms of direct energy sales, local grid services, sustainable energy supplies and combined grid management.

“For microgrids, the question is if they are completely autark [independent]?” he said. “Or is it a microgrid which can communicate and exchange electricity with upper grid levels?”

He continued, “It is expensive to be autark, and I believe the latter is the more realistic option in the future, so we are exploring how these services can be provided to communities, for example, to increase their self-consumption and to act as an aggregator, as well as to ensure security of supply.”

Wasowicz sees energy storage as the key to microgrids. “Grid expansion is hampered by lengthy connection permit times and local planning delays and consequently grid congestion and curtailment of renewable generation can happen, with the distribution network particularly affected.”

He added, “Cost-effective energy storage systems will help alleviate these problems. The Pellworm project will show us how storage systems can be operated in the ‘unbundling’ regulatory environment and what the challenges are.”

Wasowicz noted that “the business case for microgrids could be providing a complete package for communities with a large share of renewables like Pellworm. By providing operational flexibility through flexible loads or storage systems, it could be a way forward.”


The results from SmartRegion Pellworm are eagerly anticipated. Should the project be deemed a success, the next step would extend the microgrid to a full smart grid by implementing additional controllable energy generators, storage systems and loads.

http://www.intelligentutility.com/article/13/06/eye-germany-s-microgrid-future
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