• Rich ‘Eco-Sinners’ Can’t Buy Absolution Through Carbon Offsetting

    • Date: 21/08/19
    • Madeline Grant, The Daily Telegraph

    Celebrities should rein in the moralising zeal or their hypocrisy risks alienating ordinary people Sir Elton John has defended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex against accusations of hypocrisy after it emerged that the eco-conscious Royal couple had used private jets to fly to the south of France and Ibiza in two trips just days apart. He […]

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  • 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

    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, […]

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  • Blackout Fears Over National Grid Cables From Europe

    • Date: 19/08/19
    • The Times

    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 […]

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

    • Date: 18/08/19
    • Mail on Sunday

    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 […]

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  • Leaked Report Points To Wind Farm Failure Causing UK Blackout

    • Date: 17/08/19
    • Financial Times

    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 […]

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  • Lightning Strike And Wind Farm Fault Triggered UK Blackout Chaos

    • Date: 16/08/19
    • The Times

    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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  • Wind Farm Behind Massive Blackout Awarded £100,000 In Compensation Day After Powercut

    • Date: 16/08/19
    • The Daily Telegraph

    The wind farm which contributed to a massive blackout was awarded nearly £100,000 in compensation after being ordered to reduce its output the day immediately after the power cut, the Telegraph can reveal. Nearly one million homes and businesses were left without electricity last Friday when Hornsea Wind Farm and Little Barford gas-fired station went off grid […]

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  • UK To Probe World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm’s Role In Blackout

    • Date: 14/08/19
    • Recharge News

    An inquiry is underway into a huge UK power outage partly blamed on system disruption at the Hornsea 1 offshore wind project – the world’s largest – that is currently under construction off Eastern England. Lost generation from Hornsea 1, which will total 1.2GW when fully commissioned, and a gas plant were pinpointed as the […]

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