UK can be ‘Saudi Arabia of wind power’ – PM 

Posted: September 24, 2020 by oldbrew in Big Green, Energy, government, ideology, net zero
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Saudi Arabia exports oil. Who does he plan to export electricity to – Ireland perhaps? The green lobby obviously wrote his script, but nobody told him ‘carbon’ theories of climate don’t cut the mustard. And how does his plan work if Scotland leaves the UK? Something’s blustery other than the weather.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to make a “big bet” on renewables, turning the UK into the “Saudi Arabia” of wind power, reports BBC News.

Speaking via video link to a climate roundtable discussion at the UN in New York, Mr Johnson said the country held “extraordinary potential for wind”.

He said the UK should embrace a range of new technologies to achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

The UK holds the presidency of the UN climate conference, known as the COP.

But because of the coronavirus crisis, the annual gathering will not take place this year. It has instead been postponed until November 2021.

The British said the UK had an ambitious agenda for the meeting and called on other countries to be “similarly ambitious”. He praised the recent pledge by China to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

Mr Johnson reiterated his government’s pledge to “build back greener” after the Covid-19 pandemic, through a green industrial revolution. He promised to deliver thousands of new jobs in the process.

As regards wind power, Mr Johnson said: “We’ve got huge, huge gusts of wind going around the north of our country – Scotland. Quite extraordinary potential we have for wind.”

On the question of new technologies, the Prime Minister also said he wanted the UK to take the lead in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, in which greenhouse gas emissions are captured from sources such as power stations and then stored underground.

Mr Johnson said this was a technology he “barely believed was possible, but I am now a complete evangelist for”.

He said the country would also be investing in renewable hydrogen fuel technology “for trucks, for trains, even perhaps for planes – for vehicles that aren’t readily capable of being moved by electric batteries”.

Like many other countries, he said the UK government was also thinking of bringing forward the date for phasing out new petrol and diesel cars.

It’s thought that date will be 2030, with 2035 for plug-in hybrids – but this has not yet been confirmed. This would help accelerate the take-up of electric vehicles (EVs).

The government would be continuing its ongoing investments in solar power and nuclear energy: “I do think nuclear has to be part of the mix,” the Prime Minister said.

Full report here.

  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    I think that should read “said some politicians have extraordinary potential for wind”.

  2. A C Osborn says:

    I think that COVID-19 fried his brain, or was it Carrie that did it.

  3. cognog2 says:

    Yes. I think it’s pillow talk wot dun it. Whatever, something has addled his brain.

  4. Curious George says:

    There must be a huge demand for wind power, somewhere.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Oil can be shipped, making wind comparisons absurd. Undersea HVDC cables are very expensive and have limited range.

  6. Gamecock says:

    South Carolina is waiting for your business.

  7. ivan says:

    Well it might be a way of getting rid of the boat loads of invaders from the continent because there will be no food or money to hand out to them since the country will be covered with the unreliable wind generators – even the cities will empty out because when the wind isn’t blowing there will be no power to sustain air circulation in the tower blocks or work the lifts – too bad, so sad. It would make an excellent dystopian SF novel ‘How they killed a country’.

    That being said the country needs to remove all the politicians, most of the civil servants and all of the ‘advisers’ and replace them with real working engineers to stop the country ending up as a forth world country.

  8. gbaikie says:

    UK could the Saudi Arabia of volcanic heat.
    Sure it have develop the technology to harvest the heat from oceanic volcanoes- it’s
    like buying existing technology {that doesn’t work- and murders birds}.
    But Great Britain once imagined it ruled the waves, so sort of in same ballpark.
    Maybe Japan could do it instead, but other country would do it?

  9. hunterson7 says:

    What is it about destroying the open spaces of beautiful countries that is so compelling to climate kooks?

  10. […] “Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to make a “big bet” on renewables, turning the UK into the “Saudi Arabia” of wind power, reports BBC News. Speaking via video link to a climate roundtable discussion at the UN in New York, Mr Johnson said the country held “extraordinary potential for wind”.” (link) […]

  11. oldbrew says:

    He said the country would also be investing in renewable hydrogen fuel technology

    Investing? Using subsidised renewables to generate electricity to produce hydrogen to generate electricity is a losing game. Imagining all trains, trucks and even planes can be supplied with it indefinitely in this way is fantasy.
    – – –
    The “New Energy Economy”: An Exercise in Magical Thinking
    March 26, 2019

    This paper highlights the physics of energy to illustrate why there is no possibility that the world is undergoing—or can undergo—a near-term transition to a “new energy economy.”
    . . .
    There are two core flaws with the thesis that the world can soon abandon hydrocarbons. The first: physics realities do not allow energy domains to undergo the kind of revolutionary change experienced on the digital frontiers. The second: no fundamentally new energy technology has been discovered or invented in nearly a century—certainly, nothing analogous to the invention of the transistor or the Internet.
    . . .
    Popular visuals of fields festooned with windmills and rooftops laden with solar cells don’t change the fact that these two energy sources today provide less than 2% of the global energy supply and 3% of the U.S. energy supply.
    [bold added]

  12. Stephen Richards says:

    OMG. Time for this bunch of numpties to go. This is beyond stupid ! Way beyond

  13. Paul Vaughan says:

    Him a Lyin’ 2 Wise Giant Look D-own

    With know doubt Johnson has a special roll in the west stern bluff-charge, telling China “bye d’un” lies in India knowing US fails top-level Asian-league course of stability weather south or east.

  14. spetzer86 says:

    I’m just waiting for great the ICE conversion to suck out from the grid what limited extra capacity the UK has during the deep dark winter.

  15. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on Boudica BPI Weblog and commented:
    H/T gds44

  16. oldbrew says:

    After 2030 fuel powered cars will just get older and older like Cuba and ’emissions’ will continue, unless or until the politicians put the boot in with punitive taxes or other strongarm tactics to get them off the road. Sales of hybrids go on until 2035, so expect them to boom near the cut-off date.
    – – –
    California discovers that depending on power imports from nearby states is not a sound policy any more…

    Did California just admit its drive to decarbonize has a problem?
    By Kerry Jackson, Fellow, Center for California Reform | 9.22.20

    California was rushing toward what it thought was a fossil-fuel-free future when reality came rolling in like a solar eclipse, forcing officials to alter their plans a bit. On Sept. 1, the State Water Resources Control Board voted 4-0 to keep four natural gas power plants open beyond their planned closing dates. Coastal plants in Huntington Beach, Alamitos, Ormond Beach, will remain open until December 31, 2023, while the Redondo Beach facility will continue to generate electricity until the end of next year, unless the city is able to convince the courts to shut it down earlier.

    Without these plants, the state’s renewable sources won’t be able to meet the demand. Their production is needed, according to the board, “to provide more energy grid stability and reliability, as additional energy and storage resources are built over the next three years.”
    . . .
    If the entire planet is overheating due to man’s carbon dioxide emissions – which we feel is a questionable proposition – or simply warms naturally, then California won’t be able to keep up with electricity demand by buying from other states. Other states will not have a surplus to sell California or anyone else.

  17. dennisambler says:

    Meanwhile Saudi Arabia continues to seek its energy underground…

    “Saudi Aramco said on Saturday that Jafurah held an estimated 200 trillion cubic feet of gas with production to begin early in 2024, reaching about 2.2 billion standard cubic feet per day by 2036. The oil giant said it had about 425 million standard cubic feet per day of ethane, and expects to generate 550,000 barrels per day of gas liquids and condensates.”

  18. tom0mason says:

    And the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is very gung-ho to get this done by 2045.
    John Gummer (aka Baron Deben) must be salivating at the prospect of making more money at public expense. UK current debt is running at £2.25 TRILLION!

  19. oldbrew says:

    Net zero fantasies…

    This daunting challenge elicits a common response: “If we can put a man on the moon, surely we can [fill in the blank with any aspirational goal].” But transforming the energy economy is not like putting a few people on the moon a few times. It is like putting all of humanity on the moon—permanently.

    And getting the wind to blow on demand and/or store the entire national demand for several days on batteries or some other ‘zero-emission’ backup options (such as?). All of which makes no difference to anybody’s climate.

  20. stpaulchuck says:

    OMG! stop this insanity!!

  21. Adam Gallon says:

    So, he’s as clueless & ill-advised over this, as he is over Brexit.

  22. Gamecock says:

    “as additional energy and storage resources are built over the next three years.”

    Uhh, sir, there will be no additional resources.

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