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UK Wind Farms Outshine Nuclear Power Output

Offbeat  (tags: Ecology, Global warming, Nuclear, Politics, SciTech, Science, UK, Weather )

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UK wind farms generated more energy than the nation's nuclear power stations on Tuesday thanks to a huge surge in gale-force winds in the wake of Hurricane Gonzalo, the National Grid has said.


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Jessica Story (198)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 11:19 am
Interesting, thank you

Roger G (148)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 12:25 pm
noted, thanks

. (0)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 12:57 pm
> UK Wind Farms Outshine Nuclear Power Output
- They probably Outshine Nuclear ten times over when we compare Output-divided-by-externalized-costs

E.g.: Sellafield (aka. Windscale - they just change the name after every major accident) has dumped - in what they call "normal operation" - more Pu into the sea than was released by Chernobyl+Fukushima combined.

David C (75)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 1:11 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 1:19 pm
That's the solution...we'll just have hurricanes every week and then wind power will really pay off! It's disingenuous to celebrate wind power during an unprecedented storm bring record winds. What is the actual average annual percentage of electricity produced by wind in the UK? That is a much better and a much more accurate way of assessing wind's contribution to energy production.

Here in the US, wind power kicks solar power's butt. Wind power generates 4.13% of electricity produced in the US. Solar, by contrast, only generates 0.23% electricity(yes, that's less than 1/4 of 1%). Nuclear is a much more successful source of electricity production generating 19% of the electricity in the US. If one considers clean energy sources only, Nuclear provides 66% whereas all the renewables put together only manage 33%.

As for nuclear fear mongering, here are the stats on energy sources and the number of deaths per terawatt hour:

"Energy Source Mortality Rate (deaths/trillionkWhr)

Coal – global average 170,000 (50% global electricity)

Coal – China 280,000 (75% China’s electricity)

Coal – U.S. 15,000 (44% U.S. electricity)

Oil 36,000 (36% of energy, 8% of electricity)

Natural Gas 4,000 (20% global electricity)

Biofuel/Biomass 24,000 (21% global energy)

Solar (rooftop) 440 (< 1% global electricity)

Wind 150 (~ 1% global electricity)

Hydro – global average 1,400 (15% global electricity)

Nuclear – global average 90 (17% global electricity w/Chern&Fukush)"
("How Deadly Is Your Kilowatt? We Rank The Killer Energy Sources": )

We need to stop the fear mongering and look rationally at a mix of low emissions energy sources including nuclear, solar, and wind power. More than that, we have got to quit fossil fuels.

Terry H (15)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 2:18 pm
And that Uranium ain't gonna last forever...

Lone F (58)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 2:40 pm
Windmills are the way to go. Thanks for sharing Ray!

Kay M (46)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 8:49 pm
Good Evening and thank you for this article - which I read and noted - Finally some news news about WIND ENERGY and all the good it can do - I hope more countries around the world take note of the clean green energy---BRAVO WIND - Sincerely Kay M.

wendy k (163)
Friday October 24, 2014, 12:31 pm
Tell your safe theory Brian re- Nuclear to the fish , -This is this 2014 - from this link:- Fukushima 'ice wall' can't get cold enough to stop radioactive water flow

Learn more:
Meanwhile, TEPCO continues with other plans designed to slow the buildup of radioactive water. The company has been pumping radioactive water out of the basements of the reactors and into giant temporary containment tanks. It has also been dumping both radioactive and non-radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean - the former pumped out of the basements, and the latter out of the ground upslope from the nuclear plants, to prevent it from reaching the reactors and becoming contaminated.

Even with all of these measures, an estimated 300 tons of water still flow into the plant and become radioactive every single day.

A complete decommissioning of the failed plant is expected to take decades, and experts have warned that some previously residential areas may have to be permanently abandoned due to persistent radioactive contamination.

Recently, Japanese environment minister Nobuteru Ishihara came under public fire after making comments that critics interpreted as downplaying the plight of people who are still unable to return their homes. The minister had suggested that most people would be willing to accept permanent storage of radioactive waste in their communities, as long as the government paid them enough money.

"It was extremely regrettable," Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato said. "The remarks rode roughshod over the feelings of residents who are longing for their hometowns."

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wendy k (163)
Friday October 24, 2014, 12:51 pm
Nuclear waste will kill the planet, that is not scare mongering, that is being realistic,
If the amount of money poured into the nuclear building schemes, had been given to solar /wind/ water/ and other clean energy resources, the clean fuel , would now be so much more advanced than it is now, have you seen the new "flexi" solar panels ?
Nuclear = big business for corperate business buddies, making the filthy rich even filthier rich.
Cameron our PM -has now ok'd the building of a nuclear plant in our beautiful Somerset, COUNTY/Region, £21 billion pounds plus, ha ha ha then has also agreed to fracking under anyones house, with or without the owners permission !!, Fracking is linked to "Earthquakes" - it was an Earthquake that sent the reactor in Fukushima into over load, and is still polluting the sea now !!!. SAY NO TO NUCLEAR ! if you can !
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