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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Ballasted

“Its Hywind turbine, mounted on a ballasted vertical steel cylinder that floats upright and is anchored to the seabed, has a unique navigation system developed by Statoil to keep it in the position.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/07/us-statoil-windpower-floating-idUKKCN0PH1ST20150707)

That would be the anchor.

Gaseass

“Twelve supporters from the Reclaim the Power group bared their bottoms on the steps of the Department of Energy and Climate Change in Whitehall, in protest at new climate secretary Amber Rudd supporting gas power and capping on onshore wind power subsidies. The group’s message read ‘wind not gas’.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/01/seven-activists-arrested-during-protests-against-fossil-fuels-across-the-uk)

You have to admire their cheek.

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.

Towerbine

“One of the world’s most iconic sites has become the latest high profile venue to embrace renewable energy, after the installation of two vertical axis wind turbines as part of the Eiffel tower’s high profile renovation project.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/25/eiffel-tower-embraces-wind-power)

Vive la revolution.

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.

Billionding Obvious

“Europe could have saved itself $100 billion by installing solar power panels in sunnier countries and wind turbines in windier places,” reported the World Economic Forum. (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/20/us-utilities-europe-davos-idUKKBN0KT2BC20150120)

How much did the report cost?