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Contrary to what George Monbiot suggests (“Nuclear scare stories are a gift to the truly lethal coal industry <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/16/nuclear-sca\re-stories-coal-industry> ”, 16 December 2013) the alternative to nuclear power is renewables (including conservation of energy), not coal.

There are now many reports showing how to decarbonise the world’s economies without nuclear power, or coal (see bit.ly/1fiYcs8 <http://bit.ly/1fiYcs8&gt; ).

There is very good evidence for a superabundance of renewable sources of power, far more than we are ever likely to need (see bit.ly/18SZjha <http://bit.ly/18SZjha&gt; ). And renewables are quick to build.

Stripping out all overt and hidden subsidies, most renewables are, almost certainly, cheaper than nuclear power or coal-fired power (see bit.ly/1bbS6F <http://bit.ly/1bbS6FM&gt; ), and they are getting cheaper.

George Monbiot should direct his fire at the very large subsidies enjoyed by nuclear power and coal, especially gross under-charging for the environmental costs of burning coal.

Sincerely,

Dr Gerry Wolff PhD CEng
Coordinator, Energy Fair
http://www.energyfair.org.uk <http://www.energyfair.org.uk&gt; ,
18 Penlon, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5LR, UK.

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Wind Turbine TopHighest Amount of Green Electricity Ever Generated By Wind – More Than 6 Gigawatts

National Grid has confirmed that a record-breaking amount of clean electricity was generated by wind power in the UK today – achieving more than 6 gigawatts (over 6,000 megawatts) for the first time.

From 2.30 till 3pm, wind power produced an average of 6,004 megawatts (MW), which accounted for 13.5% of the UK’s total electricity demand at that time – enough to power more than 3,410,000 British homes. National Grid measures electricity generation in half-hour periods.

The previous record, set on 15th September this year, was 5,739MW. That particular record for a half-hour period was shattered several times today (see Notes below), with wind regularly generating more than 13% of the UK’s total electricity demand, demonstrating a high consistency of supply.

RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Webber said: “Wind energy is consistently setting new records and providing an ever-increasing amount of clean electricity for British homes and businesses. We’re generating from a home-grown source which gives us a secure supply of power at cost we can control, rather than leaving ourselves exposed to the global fluctuation in fossil fuel prices which have driven bills up. Wind gives us a way to make a smooth transition from old-fashioned fuels to a new low-carbon economy.
We’re also generating tens of thousands of green-collar jobs for people now working in the fast-growing British wind energy industry”.

Source – RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with nearly 600 corporate members, RenewableUK is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. http://www.renewableuk.com/