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Re: Scottish politics « Reply #1995 on: July 29, 2014, 10:05 PM »
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If he is, he better start investing in grid scale energy storage solutions. The problem with wind and solar is that they are inherently peaky supplies of energy. Wind provides power when... the wind is blowing. Solar, when the sun is shining.

The same applies to power demand - the amount of energy being drawn from the grid depends on a bunch of factors, including the time of day and the weather. In the UK, where air conditioning is a relatively unusual amenity, power demand tends to be lowest during summer days, and highest during winter evenings.

The peak in supply rarely coincides with the peak in demand in this country. To support this, you typically need a different energy source to provide base load - something that isn't dependent on the weather. In the UK, this is from nuclear, gas and, during the winter, coal (coal is restricted as it's highly polluting, so the energy companies prefer to use it during the winter when prices are highest)

What this all boils down to is that, while Scotland (and the UK as a whole) has huge potential reserves of wind energy, without grid storage solutions it's not necessarily going to make a huge amount of money.
Thank you for that explanation.  It would seem though that Salmond has every intention of pursuing his cherished idea of wind farms -

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/10760835/Scotland-has-more-than-half-the-UKs-wind-turbines.html

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/wind-farm-extension-plans-approved.1406131387
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Re: Scottish politics « Reply #1996 on: July 29, 2014, 10:11 PM »
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Oh, and the most likely outcome: turning a blind eye and business as usual. Europe needs the energy, Russia needs the cash. Neither really give a crap about the Ukraine, sadly.
  Agree with you there, but thankfully that also means that Ukraine is unlikely to progress beyond low-level (relatively) strife.
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Re: Scottish politics « Reply #1997 on: Yesterday at 10:06 AM »
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Yes it's okay to do fracking in Scotland but those down south want it nowhere near them god save them if it happens. As usual the Scots will be the one's to try it out on without it going through the Scottish Parliament. We have know for years that the oil reserve figures have been untrue with the British Government lowering the amount of oil still in the North Sea. Do the British Government think the Scots are daft they seem to treat us as if we were. Nothing will change if there is a NO vote. Caz I'd give you my vote if I could.
Margaret, you've got the wrong end of the stick entirely! This isn't just about Scotland......This will affect the whole country, in fact, I think it's been going on in England [on a very small scale] for years now!
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Re: Scottish politics « Reply #1998 on: Today at 02:49 AM »
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Yes it's okay to do fracking in Scotland but those down south want it nowhere near them god save them if it happens. As usual the Scots will be the one's to try it out on without it going through the Scottish Parliament. We have know for years that the oil reserve figures have been untrue with the British Government lowering the amount of oil still in the North Sea. Do the British Government think the Scots are daft they seem to treat us as if we were. Nothing will change if there is a NO vote. Caz I'd give you my vote if I could.
Margaret, you've got the wrong end of the stick entirely! This isn't just about Scotland......This will affect the whole country, in fact, I think it's been going on in England [on a very small scale] for years now!
I agree with Caz, Margaret.  I don't know about what's gone on before in England, but people there are wising up to what could be about to happen now and in the future - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/fracking/10991102/All-fracked-out-before-weve-begun.html
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Re: Scottish politics « Reply #1999 on: Today at 09:45 AM »
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I agree with Caz, Margaret.  I don't know about what's gone on before in England, but people there are wising up to what could be about to happen now and in the future - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/fracking/10991102/All-fracked-out-before-weve-begun.html
   While Caz is right of course, I can see where Lb's coming from. The truth is that money and influential articulated opposition will always have an advantage over the less well off.That usually benefits the South  over the rest of Britain.  People scoff at the ambitions of renewable energy and decarbonising the economy, fair enough, and there is an environmental price to be paid there also; but people demand energy, so they have to decide and accept the price they want to pay for it.
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