He has recently been to Vaasa, Finland, with the European Energy Forum.
Wärtsilä has made a rational commercial decision to market these machines as back-up for wind, given the commitment of European governments to renewables. But the message I took away was that wind, as a significant contributor to power generation, absolutely requires back-up.
Otherwise, when the wind drops, the lights go out.
We were shown a series of graphs clearly demonstrating the need for additional conventional back-up capacity in the mix, given the typical pattern of wind speeds. (We also saw a graph that destroyed the myth of the Greens, that intermittency can be solved with a European super-grid because “over such a big area, the wind is always blowing somewhere”. No it isn’t.Roger is critical about remarks made by David Cameron
I mean no disrespect to our Prime Minister, but the level of ignorance and complacency shown by his remarks is truly frightening.Roger then makes a statement that hits the bullseye: