Matt Ridley is a great debunker of false gods. I'm a little surprised
to see such an article in The Spectator though. I thought he was
exclusively a contributor to 'The Times'.
More of his regular blog here http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/
As you can see, he's fairly catholic in his tastes as to what he
discusses and debunks; renewable energy is just one of his bêtes noir.
Good description of him.
Well worth subscribing to the blog. You won't always agree with him, but
it usually leaves you with something to think about.
The Spectator often has some good reading, even for old lefties like me.
Just did another back of envelope calculation, over the entire 27 years
of operation each of the two Magnox reactors at Berkeley generated 90
MW. (As joint first of a kind with Bradwell, it did not have
particularly good availability).
The new local solar farm, which must occupy a similar area although I
havn't been able to find a figure, is rated at 30 MW peak.
Something wrong with your units there? Do you mean 90 TWh? My own back
of envelope calculation gives 65TWh (276*24*365*27), and assuming
276MW output from the two reactors combined. But that must be high
because it takes no account of capacity factor.
Either that, or I've misunderstood what you're saying.
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