Nov 22

FITs and Sparks

This is the second instalment of a four part series.


We saw in the first post how the cost of electricity has been artificially elevated by the policies of our government. In fact we only saw the reasons for part of the increase, and this post will hopefully explain at least some of the rest.

To summarise the last post: a generator of non-carbon-based electricity will be paid an ever-increasing amount of money by generators of carbon-based electricity. This money will have come from their customers as a direct levy on their bills. So far this amounts to at least £273M and will increase rapidly as the renewables obligation becomes more onerous and inflation ramps up the buy-out price.

But these payments only cover the generation of electricity: there are further riches in store once we start to consider its consumption.


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Nov 16

Just Call Me McYezhov

The original title of this post was "Stalinism In The New Scotland". This is going to be a rant so if you're not in the mood for some bad-tempered shouting just pass on, there will be a more measured post in a day or so.

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The bastards have banned me! I've never been blocked from any site before but I've been banned from commenting at! What a bloody cheek!

There may be more bad words after the page break.

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Nov 14

ROCking All Over The Land

This is a bit of a departure for us here in the Republic. This post is the first in a series of (probably) four dealing with the daylight robbery that constitutes the UK’s renewables energy policy.The last part will accuse a Government minister of potentially committing a serious crime.

It wasn’t intended to be a series but the last instalment is going to be quite controversial and I realised that some in-depth background was required to justify the claims I will be making there. Please note that all figures relate to the UK as a whole unless otherwise stated.



Edward Davey turbine A Useless, Expensive, Article Ed Davey MP FRSA


There has been a lot of discussion – and a fair bit of anger - over the past wee while about how the cost of electricity has been increasing faster than general inflation. This is not just a vague impression, it really has been. For example, my own supplier EDF has just put our bills up by 10.1%. This is much higher than the background level of inflation (2.2% RPI) and the differential is explained by EDF as being due to the cost of meeting government obligations.

So what are these government obligations, and why are they costing us all money? We’ve covered some of the detail of how much these are adding to our power bills before here and here. It’s a lot more now. Everyone now seems to agree that “green” electricity is costing us all dearly, but how much? How has this come about? And can it be at all justified?


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Nov 6

Cnut Up A Tree

No, it's not a deliberately coy misspelling in the title. Shame on you for thinking that.


We are going to be talking about an ancient English king from Denmark and his relevance to today's troubled society. You may know him better as Canute, which is a phonetic spelling of his name. And yes, it is the one that is famous for commanding the tide to stay out and getting wet feet for his pains.

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Nov 1

Neil, Lex And The Rest Of The Family

I am a bit late with this, but it would be remiss of me to let the passing of Neil Armstrong go without any comment, although possibly not for the reasons most people have done.


Neil Armstrong

I am an engineer, as was my Dad, and as is my brother. Mr Armstrong was an engineer. He epitomised the best in engineering in that he understood the job and got it done with a minimum of fuss. The fact that he was chosen to be at the pointy end (literally) of one of the most astounding feats of engineering ever seen is testament to his personal abilities. The fact that after achieving global recognition he chose to retreat to a professorship in a relatively small university, passing on his passion for engineering to newer generations is a testament to his character.

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