To be honest, when you look under the hood of the mindless regurgitation of press releases that the media seem to have adopted as a journalistic standard you'll find many of the claims made in this sphere don't stand up to anything approaching scrutiny or common sense.So, i keep reading about how wonderful the U.K. is, for making records, for not using coal, to generate power for the national grid. last week is was something like 19 hours. This is such good news, but after some research; I find that there is a catch. That is the time, it takes to go from cold, to producing electricity. A minimum of 8 hours and the station in question, takes approximately, 27 hours. It turns out that in most of the cases, where the U.K. has been setting these records; yes that have not been using coal to generate electric; but they have been using coal, just to keep the boilers hot.
For example, the dash for intermittent renewable energy supply has led to a vast increase in heavily subsidised diesel power generation to cover peak demand. This was not only predicted but warned against - but the drive to "do something about CO2 emissions" overrode "actually doing something about CO2 emissions", and the taxpayer picks up a ~ £500m bill in the UK every year because of it.
A few other examples; pretty much every green organisation opposes fracking and yet not using it drives up CO2 emissions and pollution. Biomass power gen is classed as renewable but actually involves chopping down vast swathes of forest and then ultimately emitting more CO2 in the generation process than coal. Again, subsidised directly by the taxpayer (~ £1bn a year).
The problem is that people don't actually look at this stuff in a systematic context, or are just happy to take someone else's word for it and then advocate for something they actually know nothing about.