A monumental point in history

My last communication on this topic did meet with some scepticism about the future of renewable technologies from Mr Jones, through my history of discussions I’ve never concluded with the feeling that I have changed someone else’s views so was not going to respond, however this is important!

It appears that with the Paris COP21 summit other people think it is important too.

The popular press seemed to have missed the point on the significance of the summit in that it was not the outcome but that fact that for the FIRST time in human history every living person on the planet (supposedly) had a representation at the summit!

This has to be a monumental turning point in history and must surely bode well for the future of mankind.

It sets a precedence that it is possible to unite all the people of the world in discussions that effect every living human on this planet.

Although the outcome may not be as conclusive as it could have been it is surely the first step on a path to a brighter future and, going back to Mr Jones’ point of renewables being a futile technology one has to consider the developing nations, is it fair to deprive them of access to the energy supplied that made your lives so comfortable (by comparison) so if we do not wish them to utilise the fossil fuel we grew on what choice is there?

Would Mr Jones feel happy to let them all go nuclear?

We had the opportunity to become world leaders in solar technology and develop storage solutions that would have massive export potential to developing nations boosting our economy at the same time, a sort of win-win situation which solves their energy requirements without destroying the climate!

But no, instead George Osborne has gone completely the opposite direction leaving our industries to struggle on with oil and gas.

Embarrassingly enough even the Americans are moving to renewables, presumably so they can ‘clean up’ on the lucrative export market to the developing nations.

Ever wondered why Germany is the powerhouse of Europe?

Could it be that a proportional representation government will always end in a coalition, hence politicians are more likely to vote for the best policies rather than along the party line!

People tend to be quite welded to their political allegiance so a coalition government may see a 10 per cent swing at a general election (enough for a complete swing in our political system) however a policy that has a more than 10 per cent majority is likely to survive an election so big infrastructure projects are much longer term.

Somewhat unlike the UK governments indecision over additional runway requirements (let’s just leave it shall we, it could be someone else’s thorny issue after the next election).

The Solar Feed In Tarrif encourages investment, people who have already invested in PV panels are much more likely to take the next step in energy storage.

The R & D proceeds an order of magnitude faster if the numbers are there and individuals are much more likely to test out newer technologies at a lower risk than relying on big infrastructure gambles!

Supporting renewables may look expensive to a short-term government worried only by the short term to the next election but German wholesale electricity prices have fallen by 37 per cent since they chose to invest in renewables.

Have a great new year.

Duncan Lee

Technical director

www.solaruk.com

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