• Former National Grid Director Says Britain Should Impose Limits On New Wind And Solar Farms To Avoid Blackouts

    • Date: 19/08/19
    • The Sunday Telegraph
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    Ministers should impose limits on the construction of new wind and solar farms to help avoid a nationwide blackout, according to a former director of National Grid. Colin Gibson, who was power network director of Britain’s electricity system, claimed that some existing turbines and solar panels may have to be disconnected, and new developments restricted, […]

  • Blackout Fears Over National Grid Cables From Europe

    • Date: 19/08/19
    • The Times
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    Britain’s National Grid is routinely restricting the use of its own power cables from the Continent because of the risk of blackouts if they failed. Britain’s electricity system is sufficiently fragile at certain times of day that if one of the subsea “interconnectors” tripped while importing at full capacity, it could trigger power cuts like those of […]

  • Renewable Energy Is A Blackout Risk, Warns Britain’s National Grid

    • Date: 18/08/19
    • Mail on Sunday
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    National Grid had evidence that the shift to renewable energy was putting Britain’s electricity supply at risk months before the biggest blackout in a decade, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The company, which is responsible for keeping the lights on, has downplayed the role of wind energy in the power cut that caused widespread chaos earlier […]

  • WSJ: A Kamikaze Climate Suit

    • Date: 18/08/19
    • Editorial, The Wall Street Journal
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    Democratic states challenging the Trump Administration’s redo of the Obama CO2 emissions regulations should be careful what they sue for. Their lawsuit could backfire and undermine the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate carbon emissions. Twenty-two Democratic state Attorneys General and seven cities this week asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate the […]

  • False Alarm: Monsoon Rebound Prepares Ground For Record Harvest In India

    • Date: 18/08/19
    • The Economic Times of India
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    NEW DELHI: The rebound in monsoon rainfall has created ideal conditions for agriculture for the rest of the year with accelerated planting and much more water in reservoirs, which officials said would lead to record food production this year.  Rainfall in August has been 35% above normal so far, which has further improved crop planting […]

  • Post-Modern Witch Hunt: Nature Publishes Blacklist Of Critical Scientists & Writers

    • Date: 18/08/19
    • Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science
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    The clear intention of this paper is to try and put an even tighter lid on the scientific literature and mainstream media so that any individuals with views that run counter to a message-of-climate-doom are excluded.  Along with hundreds of other people – 385 to be exact – I have been blacklisted [#181] by the […]

  • Leaked Report Points To Wind Farm Failure Causing UK Blackout

    • Date: 17/08/19
    • Financial Times
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    National Grid’s preliminary investigation into the blackout that caused widespread disruption in England and Wales last week has raised the possibility that it was caused by the world’s largest offshore wind farm accidentally going offline. The provisional report, which was submitted to regulators on Friday, suggests for the first time that the Hornsea offshore wind […]

  • Britain’s New Government Authorises Resumption Of Fracking In Lancashire

    • Date: 16/08/19
    • Power Technology
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    The UK government under recently-appointed Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out its position on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and allowed Cuadrilla Resources to resume fracking at its site in Preston New Road, Lancashire, where it has been operating tentatively since 2011. A Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spokesperson said: “Shale […]

  • East German State Elections Pose Litmus Test For German Climate Policy

    • Date: 16/08/19
    • Clean Energy Wire
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    Voters in the eastern German states of Saxony and Brandenburg head to the polls on 1 September for crucial state elections. The results could have an outsized impact on German climate policy for three reasons. First, these states are home to many of the coal communities most affected by Germany’s coal phase-out and are therefore […]

  • Lightning Strike And Wind Farm Fault Triggered UK Blackout Chaos

    • Date: 16/08/19
    • The Times
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    A technical fault at the world’s largest offshore wind farm was among a series of failures that resulted in Britain’s worst blackouts in a decade, according to initial analysis by National Grid. Hornsea One wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire and Little Barford gas-fired power plant in Cambridgeshire both suddenly reduced their electricity output shortly before […]

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