Ed Miliband – Question 8

Q:

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Many CPRE volunteers believe there is a need to bring some light to various debates raging over future energy provision and that costed analysis (capital and running) of various scenarios for energy production will help in this respect. Will the Government provide such an analysis?

A:

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Basically, yes: the Government will be setting out our approach to UK energy infrastructure as part of an energy and climate change white paper we’ll be releasing in mid July, and we will be updating our scenarios and the public costs for renewable energy. It’s not the government who runs and maintains energy production, though, but private companies, so the exact capital and running costs are for them.

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5 responses

  1. Brian Skittrall

    The costs are not restricted to the energy generation or even the indirect costs from the ROC system, but include the changes to the infrastructure in order to support different types of energy.

    We are looking for a rigorous analysis that includes, for example, the costs to wind power of having inefficient spinning reserve and stranded power stations that are inevitable in order to back up wind power.

    3 July, 2009 at 4:03 pm

  2. Dr Phillip Bratby

    I agree with Brian Skittrall. We need the full costs, including all those hidden factors, like subsidies, grid costs and knock on effects on back-up supplies.

    7 July, 2009 at 8:25 pm

  3. I post this abstract from the INDEPENDENT Aug 2nd 2009 as it hits at the heart of the way this debate on wind turbines should be conducted

    “Vibrations and low-level noise from turbines is a factor that the British Government has not, so far, taken into account in assessing whether to commission wind farms. For the sake of public reassurance, it should.

    Dr Pierpont has made an important contribution to a debate about wind turbines that should be conducted not between champions and opponents of renewable energy, but within the community of those who want this country to behave in an environmentally responsible way. That we can and should do”

    Comment There may be no noise under the turbines but noise is being experiencing 900m away from the Walkway wind farm Sedgefield, at night. Environmental Health Officers have investigated but during the day and for a week when there was no wind.
    There may be places suitable for wind farms but as the former PM said not near houses.

    2 August, 2009 at 10:39 am

  4. Tony Jarvis

    What are the current account balance costs of buying oil from the world market? The great thing about wind, tidal and solar is that the fuel is free, and no one can turn it off.

    8 August, 2009 at 10:39 am

  5. James Connors

    I’d like to know about the indirect costs of nuclear power. I’ve read that EDF (owned by the French state) want to pay the UK government to store nuclear waste for a fixed fee, thereby leaving the taxpayer with the bill if it proves more difficult or costly to store waste. No one in government seems the slightest bit concerned and the nuclear companies are already asking for further subsidy in the form of a low carbon tax on energy. If only we had such backing for wave and solar, we wouldn’t have to worry about the costs.

    10 August, 2009 at 2:37 pm

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