agricultural waste, biofuel production, biofuels, DECC, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Green Energy, hydro, lying with statistics, nuclear power, Old mills, renewable energy, UK, wind power, wind turbines
This video discusses the renewal of old mills for electricity, as well as biofuel production in Somerset, England: http://youtu.be/2t3AlTpdb1Q
Inspired by the same old mills last December, we had started some research on renewable energy and concluded that the UK can quickly become all renewable with a little bit of thought. Some countries could do all solar, for instance. The UK, because of climate, must do a mix of hydro, biofuel, wind, tidal, and solar. But, what’s wrong with that? Biofuels have the bonus of dealing with agricultural wastes and they can fuel vehicles.
While we had added some corrections from either within the document (Sept. 2014) or more recent documents (Dec. 2014) on the DECC site, the result is essentially the same. For wind, natural flow hydro and solar PVs, between 2009 and 2013 there was a 142% increase, for instance, and not 33%, which is for 2012 to 2013 only. Since they put 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, this is deceptive.
To calculate percent change, subtract the 1.25 (original number) from 3.02 (new number) and divide by 1.25 (original number) and multiply by 100. You can also look at it and see that it is right, for 3.02 is over twice as much as 1.25. 3.03 is essentially the same. There is new information online, for those who have the time to look through it. Unfortunately we have no time to update it.
Because of concerns that wind turbines were ugly, we took a look on google street view (see top of post). While a big fan of the old mills, we have never found wind turbines pretty, but now have concluded that they resemble seabirds. As well, they are prettier than the so-called artwork and certainly prettier than the nuclear reactors. The image is of Blyth Offshore Wind Farm.
DECC document from Sept. 2014: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/357432/ET_Sep_14.PDF http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blyth_Offshore_Wind_Farm Offshore wind sites exported from wikipedia to google earth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_offshore_wind_farms_in_the_United_Kingdom