Posts Tagged ‘pr’

Clean Coal: A Rhetorical Solution to Climate Change

In Angles on December 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm

The idea of clean coal was cooked up as a response to climate change. However, in reality there is very little discussion of capturing carbon in discussions of clean coal.

The idea that coal isn’t old and polluting  is an interesting rouse , but fortunately a very unconvincing idea and a lot of people have taken the whole concept appart quite comprehensively.


EON on Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty

In EON Parliamentary Statements on December 22, 2008 at 12:41 am

Who:  Jim McDonald, Commercial Director Retail E.ON UK

About:  Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty.

To Who:  Environment and Rural Affairs Committee.

Date: 10 December 2008

Link:  Here

Witnesses: Mr Jim McDonald, Commercial Director Retail E.ON UK, Mr Alan Smith, Head of Government and Regulatory Relations Centrica, Mr Gearoid Lane, Managing Director, British Gas New Energy, Centrica, gave evidence.

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EON on Kingsnorth and CCS

In EON Parliamentary Statements on December 21, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Who:  E.ON UK  representatives Bob Taylor (MD) and Sarah Vaughn (director of regulation and energy policy)

About: Kingsnorth and CCS

To Whom:  Environmental Audit Committee  (Both written and oral evidence submitted)

Date of Oral Evidence: 4th June 2008

Link:  Here

Detailes after the fold…

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Be very scared…of the ‘energy gap’.

In Angles on December 21, 2008 at 7:11 pm

One variant on the ‘renewables cost to much’ argument is the ‘all energy is going to cost to much argument‘ this basically states that we are heading for a supply crunch and that rather than resisting the seemingly inextricable rise of energy consumption we should grab onto 1.2GW of power, however polluting it is.

“You have old nuclear plants, old coal, expensive gas, a need to invest in renewables to reach unrealistic targets, and a slow [planning] process. Doesn’t that sound like a problem to you?” he said. “The situation in the energy sector in the UK is more difficult than a number of other countries in Europe, without people fully realising it.”

There is some truth in the idea of an energy gap, but under pressure we need politicians to make the smart choice not the fearful one. The article that quote was taken from is called “you British have so little power” and it is from the mouth of a cigar smoking German. Could we get any more obvious at our illusions to British impotence, any more brazen in our attempts to encourage huge masculine mega-projects like Kingsnorth?

Particularly with the credit crisis making power difficult to finance, i think this argument has some traction. The case for urgent action is made, the thing is we need renewables urgently!

EON: Concerned for the consumer?

In Angles on December 21, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Despite placing themselves as guardians of the consumer eon state that they wont pass on gas price cuts.

EON‘s UK arm made £650 Million in the first 9 months of the year, but according to CEO Paul Golby that isn’t enough.

“Profits are not high enough to match the cost of capital needed for investment, for example in new plants. I accept that the group profit figures we report look large, but we need capital to invest.”

More on the energy industry and it’s love of protecting consumers:

This clearly doesnt prove that renewables are cheap but it does show that energy companies do anything for money. Other articles will back up there fear of innovation and there incentives for keeping energy demand high when energy saving would be cheap for consumers.

Intermitancy is real but thinking is backwards.

In Angles on December 21, 2008 at 6:30 pm

One blog arguing for clean coal explains perfectly why renewables couldn’t possibly contribute significantly to our energy supply. It is all down to the grid code and the technical requirements of today’s national grid.  Eon have used this logic to a degree when presenting to parliament.

Now, when these surges (or other events happen) the national grid calls for more energy – yes, partly from stored water reservoirs, but in the first instance from fossil.

Coal power stations (along with gas) have to be able to increase their demand by 10% within 10s and hold it for half an hour:

…and that’s the rub – as more renewables come onto the grid this instability is going to increase. Renewables and nuclear can’t load balance in this way – they just run – it’s not possible to get the wind to blow a bit faster just because a football match is on.

The engineer who wrote this is certainly correct but cant we look at the system faults rather than the problems these faults cause?

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EON Kingsnorth IS a precident.

In Industry Views on December 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm

In arguing about Kingsnorth it is important to point out the coal plants lining up behind it and clearly waiting for the signal that the most polluting form of energy is ok in the UK.

From the Contract Journal under “Reasons to be cheerful in 2009

In the meantime, the first coal-fired power station in Britain for more than 20 years has been approved. Medway Council in Kent has given the go-ahead for the £1bn Kingsnorth plant proposed by Eon. The firm says the two 800MW ‘supercritical’ coal fired power units will be a cleaner alternative to the existing plant. The Government’s decision on the plant is due early next year.

A host of other power companies have also outlined plans for coal-fired stations and are waiting to see what happens to E.ON at Kingsnorth.