Each year records are being broken for contributions of renewable energy sources in the UK. There are still lots of challenges in using this power when it's available. That article mentions a 10MW solar farm just a few miles from my home that has battery storage to operate through the day and night. This has been built without government subsidy, which should show this is a viable business. The boss of the company, Anesco, has the appropriate name of Steve Shine.
To make such projects more viable there needs to be more work on efficiency. So much energy is wasted by badly insulated buildings and a general lack of care. Meanwhile the government is allocating billions to new nuclear power that is very likely to go over budget and cost us all for generations. I'm not entirely anti-nuclear, but it hasn't lived up to the promise of 'electricity too cheap to meter'.
There was a piece on the radio this morning about encouraging people to use energy when it's available. I thought the example of using tumble driers when it's windy and/or sunny was not the best example.
Also in the Guardian today is a piece about threats to or food supplies. Apparently 75% of it comes from 12 crops and five animal species. New diseases could make a big dent in that and climate change may make some less viable. Luxuries (or essentials) like coffee and chocolate may get much more expensive as changing conditions make them harder to grow.
Agriculture needs to be efficient, but it's run by a few massive companies these days. Its too important to be out of our control.
Food, water and energy are essentials for life. We need countries to work together on these to avoid conflict instead of bickering over ideology.
These topics have been on my mind. Just wanted to get it down. The general news is too full of trivia when there are big issues to discuss.
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