Irony Alert: Britain’s Coal Power Plants Outperform Wind Power During “UK Wind Week”!

Not enough to ruffle your hair.


The British are masters of irony. Fitting then that during what was declared as ‘UK Wind Week’ its wind power output was utterly risible.

Fitting too that it follows Boris ‘Bonkers’ Johnson’s announcement that he plans to run Britain entirely on breezes by the end of the decade.

In an apparent contest of one-upmanship, Boris and his wind industry mates have been making more outlandish claims about Britain’s wind powered future, by the day.

Paul Homewood clearly relishes the chance to take the wind out of their sails.

Coal Outperforms Wind Power In UK Wind Week!
Not a Lot of People Know That
Paul Homewood
27 November 2020

With an impeccable sense of timing, some bright spark decided to make this UK Wind Week.

Perhaps they should have called it UK NO Wind Week!

Sat under an anticyclone, Britain’s contribution from wind power since yesterday has been less than 1GW, around 2% of the total electricity generated. This situation is expected to last a few more days yet.

As ever, it is fossil fuels which have come to the rescue, with gas currently supplying 60% of the nation’s power, and even coal, which has been fired up to give 7%.

Indeed, in the last day we have had more power from coal than from wind.

Thirteen years ago, the Labour government promised us that wind power could be powering every home by this year. (I wonder where I have heard that lately!) 

And we were supposed to run out of gas by now, because of disruption to supplies!

We are governed by idiots.
Not a Lot of People Know That

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We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Crispin 120 bpm says:

    The ‘weather underground’ are now coming for heritage steam engines!

    “Heritage railways – as well as traction engines, steam boats and ships, and historic static steam engines – all need coal to function.”

    The ‘Climate Cult’ are intend on killing real jobs and industry NOW, as opposed to the hypothetical jobs that MIGHT be lost in 2050! Are these people suffering from a God complex? Are they proficient in time travel? They have cried wolf on global cooling, global warming, and now climate change time and time again. They just keep moving the goal posts forward another ten years every time another failed deadline is reached. They are so punch drunk on power that they are in fact HARMING SCIENCE!

    Indeed, is it time for science to fight back? The recent SPACE X ‘post truth’ incident of an exploding landing craft being described as a ‘major success’ leaves science in a potentially precarious situation. To my mind, this incident has effectively kick started a downward PR trajectory for science. How can you describe an explosive fireball as a success, whilst preaching climate change and emission reductions at the same time? They are quite frankly taking the piss!

    Should the mantra now read…

    There is still time for greater action on… SCIENCE!

    Quote: Rail Business Daily

    Government coal mine refusal is a blow to UK heritage rail…

    9th September 2020

    An application to open a new coal mine in Northumberland has been rejected by the Government. Tuesday evening’s announcement by Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government concludes a planning battle begun almost five years ago. The decision has been described as a blow to Britain’s heritage railways, many of which may be forced to reduce or even cease operation as a result.

    Heritage railways – as well as traction engines, steam boats and ships, and historic static steam engines – all need coal to function. The kind of coal they need is different to that used by industry or power stations, but can be sourced from the same mines. England’s last mine producing washed bituminous lump coal – vital for heritage steam – ceased extraction last month (August). That spelled the end of washed steam railway coal from coal mining in England, and a bleak future for heritage railways. The planning application which has just been refused was for a new open cast mine at Highthorn, Northumberland. Promising 3m tonnes of coal over several years, the mine would have assured continuity of a coal supply for heritage steam.

    On behalf of its members, the Heritage Railway Association has been lobbying government for clarity on the future of coal for heritage steam. The government has been encouraging, stating it has no wish to see the end of heritage steam in the UK. But while it has clearly understood the huge problem facing a key player in the UK’s leisure, tourism and heritage sector, it has yet to offer a solution.

    Steve Oates, the Heritage Railway Association’s Chief Executive Officer, says the decision “makes no sense”. He said: “The UK needs five million tonnes of coal every year, for steel and cement production. The decision to end coal production in the UK is driven by CO2 reduction targets. But the CO2 generated by importing coal from countries like Russia and the USA produces ten times more emissions than producing it domestically.”

    While importing coal may be a practical, if not environmentally-friendly, solution for the nation’s coal and steel industries, the solution presents huge challenges for heritage railways according to Mr Oates.

    He said: “Steam engines need washed lump coal. It’s different to the more finely-grained coal the steel and cement industries need. Britain’s heritage railways use just 26,000 tonnes of coal a year. Such coal can be imported, but it will come at prices most railways simply won’t be able to afford.”

    UK-produced coal for famous and much-loved railways like the Bluebell Railway, the Dart Valley, the Ffestiniog, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, came by a relatively short road trip. No UK heritage railway was more than 400 miles from a dependable source of the right kind of coal. Most had coal available within 200 miles. With imported coal, those distances multiply: 5,000 miles from Russia, 4,700 miles from America, 13,500 miles from Australia.

    The heritage rail sector is mindful of the environmental impact of its work. “But UK heritage railways produce just 0.02% of the UK‘s CO2 emissions,” Mr Oates explains. “And for that very small amount, they not only preserve and promote the great enabler of Britain’s proud industrial and social heritage, they provide work for some 4000 people, attract some 13 million visitors annually, and bring an estimated £400 million to the British economy every year.” Even so, he points out, “we still take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, and work at best practice as well as offset schemes, to mitigate the impact of the very small amount of CO2 we produce.”

    2020 will have been a brutal year for all of Britain’s heritage railways. The COVID-19 pandemic forced them all to close for what would have been their best months of the year. Many are run on a shoestring – but with a full load of commercial overheads like any other business. Some may not survive the stoppage, while those that have reopened in the last few weeks are emerging financially bruised and bloodied.

    How many will be able to swallow a big increase in the price of coal is unknown. “The Highthorn refusal is massively disappointing,” Oates said. “The Heritage Railway Association is considering how to proceed. We’re already taking the lead in evaluating options for securing supplies from overseas, and ways of combining the buying power of our sector to make it happen. In their day, the railways enabled so much of Britain’s proudest history. Today they entertain and educate millions of people every year. We can’t allow them to suffer the unintended consequences of policy decisions.”

    Heritage Railway Association

    End quote.

    Heritage rail operators already have enough on their plates with COVID-19…

    ‘Swanage Railway: Survival on a Knife Edge’

    Published by Swanage Railway.

  2. ronaldsteinptsadvancecom says:

    NIMBY’s are making more noise than wind turbines. NIMBY’s around the world are rejecting those noisy monstrosities. “Clean” electricity by 2035 faces two major hurdles: 1) the cost of trillions to turbocharge the clean energy economy so that it relies solely on “clean” electricity by 2035, and 2) resistance from NIMBY’s that are successfully halting those noisy and esthetically obnoxious wind farms from generating their intermittent electricity.
    Published Dec 14, 2020 at CFACT

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