In a recent blog, Jonathon Porritt opened: “I’m always rather heartened by the fact that the Prime Minister takes his holidays in Cornwall – for the simple reason that at least once a year he gets to see wind turbines in action, happily churning around (as they do most of the time in Cornwall) . . . But I wish these holidays would simultaneously stiffen his somewhat flaccid sinews in terms of sorting out the mess that is this country’s energy policy. Not just on wind, and other renewables, but on nuclear, fracked gas, energy efficiency, prices, regulation etc etc etc”.
Read about the ‘solar champions’ who wrote to the Prime Minister. His reply came on the day that the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany published a new report “Electricity production from solar and wind in Germany in 2014,” recording that Germany produced a 81 TWh of renewable electricity in the first half of 2014, generating 31% of its electricity from renewable energy sources throughout the first six months of 2014:
- The country’s solar power plants increased total production by 28%
- and wind by 19% compared with the same period in 2013.
- Consumption of coal was down 4%,
- nuclear down 2%,
- and natural gas down 25%.
“Meanwhile, as Germany so powerfully demonstrates, if you keep on consistently ramping up investment in wind, solar and biomass (all of which get cheaper every year, and require less and less government support as a result), you get greater energy security, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and (in due course) an excellent deal for the consumer . . . “.
Jonathon Porritt points out that nuclear energy companies should be required to compete in the same game, putting in their bids against solar, wind, biomass, other renewables and energy from waste”.
Read his blog for the full account, including news of the ‘Contracts for Difference’ which will replace the outgoing Renewables Obligation.