As a confirmed naysayer on all things renewable, I would like to address some of Dirk Campbell’s, a director of Ovesco, statements.
Industrial renewable systems do not receive income through FiTs but get an ROC for every MWhr. These are tradable (sold) to businesses with medium to heavy electricity demands.
The current value is just below £50. However, his assertion that this places no levy on householders is incorrect as the following Government UK figures show:- average househould 3.4% (cost effect 2011), 8.8% (cost effect 2020 forecast); medium businesses 3.75% (cost effect 2011), 7.4% (cost effect 2020 forecast); large businesses 0 to 4.6% (cost effect 2011), 0 to 10% (cost effect 2020 forecast).
Businesses have to recoup these ROC costs in their product selling cost, so the public will be levied indirectly.
The main objection from the increasing number of naysayers is that all renewable systems are ineffective due to intermittency which means they cannot guarantee adequate electricity when required and they are only viable to their owners through the large subsidies they receive.
It is not rocket science to understand no wind, no sunshine, no tide about four times a day and no waves means no electricity.
Let’s look at the Vogt 15MWp PV Farm. Sunny Eastbourne’s annual sunshine record shows an annual average of 4.8 hours per day, 20% of a 24-hour day. Sunshine hours vary with the seasons, but in winter the output will be minimal. Vogt state that the farm will provide electricity for 4,500 homes. This isn’t correct. They should say is “equivalent to the needs of 4,500 average homes” quite a different thing.
Dirk Campbell makes the assumption that our main objection is visual and his examples of rape fields and plastic sheeting aren’t permanent features throughout an agricultural year.
Climate change – why use this term when he means human caused global warming. Is it to confuse the issue?
The scenario that sea levels will rise to a level that “Britain will become an archipelago” needs testing and he needs to specify just what the rise will be and the source of his information.
In 2006, Al Gore forecast that sea levels would rise between 18 to 20 feet. He was supported by the IPCC, and governments worldwide accepted the theory largely based on computer models. The IPCC now report best case rise 7” to 15” and worst case 10” to 23”by the end of the 21st century. Britain an archipelago?
Here are some officially published facts to dwell on, 1998 has the highest average global temperature recorded when the CO2 level was 360 ppm (parts per million), in 2012, 14 years later, the CO2 level 400 ppm but no temperature increase confirmed by the Met Office.
As for the old insult nimbyism, I wonder if Sussex Frack Off who peddle ancient scare stories qualify for the title. The Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering reported that fracking was safe providing best practice and strong control were applied. From my experience I know the UK Health and Safety Executive will make sure of that.
So to answer Dirk’s question what do I want. The removal of all subsidies on all power generating facilities and let them compete in a level playing field as successful businesses do and that there would be enough technically qualified politicians to make this happen.