Carboff

“The Chancellor has just effectively put a carbon tax on carbon free electricity, which will mean fewer renewables and more uncertainty for the industry.” (http://www.foe.co.uk/blog/like-making-apple-juice-pay-alcohol-tax-clean-energy-faces-carbon-tax)

Snappy name: car-bon, like ‘good car’. Have I stumbled upon the fossils fuelling this oxymoron? Or am I just another fool who’ll be paying it?

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Lunar Power

“If the weather is clear on Friday morning the European grid will suddenly lose the equivalent generation of eight to ten very large coal power plants as the moon passes between solar panels and the sun. … In the UK, more than half of the solar generation could be lost. But this will be largely offset by the drop in demand caused by people stopping what they are doing.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/18/solar-eclipse-unprecedented-test-european-power-grid)

In Scotland, Stratus Power and productivity will continue entirely unabated.

Target

If the Australian renewable energy target is cut, “it’s the type of jolt to industry that basically would create such an upheaval that you would have a mass exodus.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/09/us-australia-windfarms-idUKKBN0LC00C20150209)

Perhaps the target fixers need an electrical jolt up the mass exodus.

Needless

“British and other European competitors of imported Asian [vacuum cleaning] appliances that were marketed for their high wattage, said power consumption did not improve cleaning and so needlessly added to buyers’ fuel bills.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/15/us-eu-regulations-dilemma-idUKKBN0JT0RW20141215)

At this time of year, it’s hard to avoid needles added to your vacuum bill.

Subsilly

“The decision to give the green light to Hinkley [Point C nuclear plant] surprised many, as in January the European competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, who retires on 1 November, had earlier overseen a heavily critical report on the subsidy arrangements proposed by DECC [Department of Energy and Climate Change]. But he said he had changed his minds after making some changes to the original proposal.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/12/ecotrcity-legal-challenge-eu-hinkley-point-c-subsidy-nuclear)

The both of them that he was in?

Fizzics

“Prof Stuart Haszeldine, director of Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, said: “Boundary Dam [in Saskatchewan, Canada] is working proof for naysayers, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that full-scale CCS on power generation now exists and works commercially to deliver electricity, with no subsidy.” He claimed the plant’s opening would “create ripples worldwide.”” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/01/canada-switches-on-worlds-first-carbon-capture-power-plant)

A dam holding gigagallons of tonic water would create a few ripples.

Plastink

“‘Solar ink’ … is designed to capture sunlight and turn it into electricity. A fine layer of this ink is then deposited onto a material, such as plastic. … Silicon is falling in price, but think about how cheap plastic is.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/10/solar-energy-cells-you-can-print-out-catching-commercial-eye-says-csiro)

Cheap? Plastic? Haven’t you heard that cheesy old record, ‘Please renew me’ by Engelbert Solarink?