The renewables sector in Germany is significant, already providing 25% of electricity and resulting in lower market prices.
Domestic ‘leccie in German costs 0.2598 per unit. In the UK it’s 0.1547.
60% higher is an interesting definition of lower isn’t it?
Second, is there really no hope of tackling climate change without nuclear power? This is certainly what the nuclear industry wants us all to think. But analysis using the government’s figures shows that we don’t need nuclear power to meet climate goals and keep the lights on.
Renewable energies, together with combined heat and power, energy efficiency, smart grids, demand management and interconnection, are the building blocks of an alternative energy future. The path we take is a matter of political choice, not technological inevitability.
Yes, it is a political choice. That”demand management” for example. What it really means is that everyone should use 50% less ‘leccie than they do now. That really is ho9w Greenpeace gets their numbers to add up.
Whether we can power the nation on renewables isn’t the correct question though. The correct question is how can we have the highest standard of living at the least cost: without frying the planet? And, hopefully, without shivering in our yurts. At which point renewables along won’t do it, no, not with the current generation of technology.
And this is just bared faced cheek. Again.
Importantly, we also need to stop subsidising the fossil fuel industry. Coal, oil and gas have enjoyed decades of support that the renewables sector can only dream of.
“We” don’t subsidise fossil fuels. Johnny Foreigner does, yes, but we don’t. So “we” don’t need to stop doing so do we? And it’s always interesting to see that us scrubbed up and posh white folk get to tell the dusky heathen what to do again. I’d rather thought that colonialism was over these days myself.