Clean, green electricity.

The Island needs to have a green and clean energy source, mostly from renewable sources.  It's no good picking on the car, van and lorries, if the energy provider is not producing electricity from renewable  sources. There should be a target set of say 75% renewable home produced energy by 2030. Thus will nean a combination of domestic and industrial solar panels, domestic and commercial onshore wind energy, EFW, offshore wind generation, tidal or current generation. 

Why the contribution is important

The government, as the major shareholders in the JEC, needs to move towards green energy production. Nuclear should not be an option, as its pollutants last for many generations, and their effects can be far worse than carbon. The Islands requirements fir electricity will increase, as fossil  fuel use decreases, and this gap and more should be replaced with home produced clean energy. 

by philipjohnson on February 09, 2021 at 03:43PM

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  • Posted by DavidP February 09, 2021 at 20:01

    I agree that low carbon electricity is the major enabler to a greener future; but we cannot simply rely on importing nuclear and hydro energy from France; we need to have a government energy policy that supports innovation and flexibility in the way we generate renewable energy on island at a micro and utility level. We need legislation to enable home owners and businesses to invest in renewable energy generation and smart technology to support and manage their energy requirements. There is simple not enough choice at the moment in Jersey for energy customers to embrace and invest in renewable opportunities. We need competition and flexiblity in electricity supply and generation, to support those prepared to invest in a greener future.
  • Posted by ozzyjon February 10, 2021 at 14:26

    Spending huge amounts of money replacing our already low/no carbon nuclear energy imported from France is not an efficient way to spend government funds.
    Considering we are in a climate emergency, available funds would be much better spent on other initiatives with will actually lower carbon emissions. If we were in a nuclear waster emergency then your argument would stand.
    Germany has retired many of it's nuclear plants, the result is they've spend huge amounts of money and their emissions are considerably higher.
  • Posted by ozzyjon February 10, 2021 at 14:35

    I will add to my comment above that there may well be an economic reason to build renewable energy for the island if it would provide cheaper electricity than our imported electricity. But it's an economic argument, not a 'lower emissions' argument.
  • Posted by DavidP February 10, 2021 at 15:14

    I recognise the economic argument raised by ozzyjon needs to be considered in any business case. But land based renewable energy can be very economic provided significant costs are not incurred in land purchase/lease. Most micro/mini renewables projects would achieve a positive business case but current regulatory regulations and utility tariffs do not help at all. Luckily building regulations do offer some support, but these could also be improved significantly.
  • Posted by philipjohnson February 10, 2021 at 17:44

    Have households doing their part is important, and seeing home produced green energy is part of producing a better world. Remember Jersey maintains a high carbon backup system to the French link, that uses a gas turbine and oil fired boilers. These are kept running at a lot output, to enable fast run up times, they are also periodically run at full power, and at times full time. Having a local renewable source could be either as a replacement fir the backup or main supply.
  • Posted by ozzyjon February 11, 2021 at 10:54

    Good point philipjohnson.

    A strategy to replace the high carbon backup power system is a great idea. I'm not personally aware of a viable technical solution to this. Some places like South Australia are using large battery banks but these really only supply backup supply in terms of 'hours' of backup.

    It would be great to know how often and how long our backup system runs per annum. (Is hours of backup power sufficient for Jersey?)
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