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Electricity powers debate, well, renewables do…

There are a lot of phrases that crop up, and stick around for a while before being consigned to the recycling bin for worn out cliches. Remember “quantum leap”? I haven’t heard that in ages: it’s been replaced by “step change”, or maybe “paradigm shift”.

Anyway, one phrase I never expected to hear was this one: “windfarm nimbyism“. It’s an amusing phrase, conjuring up, of course, a picture of a backyard with a gigantic windmill planted in it, while an angry red-faced old man with rolled up shirt sleeves and a combover shakes his fist at it and shouts obscenities in its direction. Thereby, probably, just making the blades spin all the faster.

But I’m not sure ‘nimbyism’ is quite the right word – wind farms are generally (for obvious reasons) far away from built up areas and therefore it’s stretching the metaphor a bit too much to call their loci ‘yards’?

The Scottish electric experience is looking renewables shaped and while it’s great that the Guardian sets both sides of the argument, I can’t help but see what I see – very little in the way of any kind of nimbyism regarding wind farms.

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Debunking Green Power Myths

Ten Technologies to Save the Planet‘ author Chris Goodall posted an excellent article in his Guardian Blog last week. Titled ‘The 10 big energy myths‘, Goodall tackles each ‘myth’ with his usual degree of insight and provides compelling reasons to debunk each. The ten myths that he focussed on are:

  1. Solar power is too expensive to be of much use
  2. Wind power is too unreliable
  3. Marine energy is a dead-end
  4. Nuclear power is cheaper than other low-carbon sources of electricity
  5. Electric cars are slow and ugly
  6. Biofuels are always destructive to the environment
  7. Climate change means we need more organic agriculture
  8. Zero carbon homes are the best way of dealing with greenhouse gas emissions from buildings
  9. The most efficient power stations are big
  10. All proposed solutions to climate change need to be hi-tech

The article is a very refreshing read. It is great to have someone as eloquent as Goodall fighting for the green energy cause. Enjoy.

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Going green makes good business sense

Renewable electricity is not just a fashion trend it’s here to stay. Business are encouraged to go green by government.

Governments across the world have been urging businesses to lead the way in the green revolution, so far the larger companies particularly ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury etc., have been slightly more proactive in this step than smaller business this is because it is perceived that ‘going green’ means costing money. Experts are starting to show this is not true and that is can actually be cost effective to go green.

Dr Martin Gibson, director of Envirowise states that companies “who take action for the first time can identify savings of up to £250 per employee in office-based companies – or as much as £1,000 per employee for manufacturers.”(BBC, 2007). This makes renewable energy and green electricity an affordable and cost effective way to run a business.

There are a few energy companies that offer green electricity scottishpower.co.uk being one; however Scottish Southern Electric offering a fix rate tariff on green electricity. In the current market conditions this is another great example of how a business can cost effectively stay green, by using green electricity.

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