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Weekly Edition - Published  04 January 2016

 

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GMB is worried about keeping the lights on!

WHEN your electricity supply has:- "Gone with the Wind" the response of the renewable energy suppliers that:- "frankly my dear we don't give a damn" is just not acceptable says GMB. Since the start of winter 2015/16; since the beginning of October to 21 December 2015; there has been 12 days when the output of the installed and connected wind turbines in the UK have produced 10% or less of the installed and connected capacity of 8,972MW.  Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary said:- "There were 12 days so far this winter when wind was supplying 10% or less of the installed and connected wind capacity to the grid. On 4 November 2015, the National Grid had to invoke special measures to keep the lights on. There can be up to eight to ten days per month when there is not a lot of output from the 8.9GW of installed and connected wind capacity in the UK. GMB will publish a regular wind watch to assist public debate. The renewables lobby has to face up to the need for a base load electricity capacity that is reliable and clean on the days that the wind does not blow and the sun doesn't shines. When your electricity supply has:- 'Gone with the Wind' the response of the renewable energy suppliers that:- 'frankly my dear we don't give a damn' is just not acceptable. 639,000 GMB members want the keep the lights on. Unless there is a scientific breakthrough on carbon capture nuclear and gas are the only shows in town. Those advocating renewable energy have to accept this."  Let us know what you think about this GMB view, via emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com and let us know what you thoughts are!

 

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