A few news articles that caught my attention…
As reported in The Independent:
“Britain is still paying for nuclear-generated electricity consumed a generation ago because of the hidden costs of an industry reared on the expectation of public subsidies, the Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said yesterday.” (my bold)
Hmm, no mention in the article of that other heavily subsidised form of energy we seem to hear so much about these days.
Clive James on TV reviewing The Secret Life of the National Grid (BBC Four) asks:
“Is it just my impression or is the Beeb screening more and more shows about our energy sources that take it for granted they won’t be replaced by “renewables”? How odd. Does that mean we won’t be seeing any more shows about wind farms and solar panels?”
The Grauniad reports Electric car infrastructure begins to roll out across the UK.
“Chargemaster’s new network, Polar, should go some way to reduce that fear [of running out of charge]. It says it’ll have 4,000 points by the end of next year, built at the rate of around 300 a month with its partners, Waitrose, NCP and others.
What doesn’t look so good – and is often used as a selling point for electric cars – is the money side. Membership of Polar works out at £24.50 a month, and you pay 90p per charge. That seems steep in comparison to Boris Johnson’s Source London network, which while limited to the capital for now, costs just £8.33 a month and comes with free charging.”
They’re missing a trick though – they could relate the cost of a charge to the weather: encourage charging with low-cost when it is windy and make it expensive when there’s no wind blowing. Then the country wouldn’t have to pay operators to switch off turbines. Perhaps it would make pious Prius owners see the reality of renewables from wind.
Of course we’ll have new pylons to deliver the juice.
Personally I liked some of the weirder ones (#23 for example – see gallery) even if they did look somewhat postapocalyptic, left over from some remake of War-of-the-Worlds. Still I suppose we must brave the new 😉
And we’ve so thoroughly embraced the digital age that now Britons leave internet passwords in wills (Telegraph):
“We have started to advise clients on the topic of digital inheritance as it is something people should be thinking, and doing something about as part of the provisions in their will.
“Making provisions for digital inheritance in a will or codicil is relatively straightforward.”
The European Union is currently working on enshrining a “right to be forgotten online”.