Wind Energy

According to page 23 of the Carbon Neutral Strategy on gov.je suggests that most of our energy is imported from France. 70 percent of this is nuclear energy and 30 percent is from the tidal barrage at La Rance.

In conjunction with Pathway 2050 (another document on gov.je) it states that tidal energy has been studied in accordance with the energy our tides could provide. It is apparently not commercially viable. However they are still studying the wind power through Jersey Met. There has been no mention of the possibility of wind turbines recently.

Perhaps the government could outline the results of research into viability of wind turbines, in accordance with the good work already done by using French energy from La Rance.

Why the contribution is important

According to previous government research on tidal energy it has been ruled out for use in Jersey due to not being 'commercially viable'. 

We need the results of the proposed wind energy research which was being conducted at the same time and until this day.

30 percent of our imported energy is provided by tidal energy at the barrage La Rance.

Since 1990 our negative climate impact has decreased as per the graph shown on pg23 of the Carbon Neutral Strategy. It is still decreasing and we need to continue minimizing our carbon emissions. There is much work to be done.

Jersey could use (unknown if we could produce)100 percent renewable energy if the right plans are put in place. 

 

Please comment with your further knowledge! 

 

 

by Aprilf91 on February 02, 2021 at 05:50PM

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  • Posted by Aprilf91 February 02, 2021 at 17:51

    Sorry for bad grammar
  • Posted by philipjohnson February 02, 2021 at 21:44

    Wind and solar energy is ideal for Jersey. Jersey Met has provided wind energy information to both French and Jersey companies at various times of the last 30 years, and both land and sea based wind energy is viable. There is no reason not to have some wind energy turbines on Island, and its better to produce more energy than import it.
  • Posted by ozzyjon February 10, 2021 at 14:34

    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 waste 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.

    I agree that wind energy is a great idea and there may be an economic case for Jersey to produce it's own electricity in this manner, but to me it's an economic decision, and shouldn't be done to lower emissions of our already low emission electricity imports.
  • Posted by Aprilf91 February 11, 2021 at 15:59

    I understand what you are saying that nuclear energy is low carbon emission, however do we want to continue to be involved where there is nuclear waste to pollute the earth instead? Or with a nuclear power station like flamanville where their new reactor still has not opened for business (after several years of patching up the holes in it).
    Have you seen what has happened with nuclear waste disposed of from those stations decommissioned in Germany etc.? Much evidence there is STILL no safe way to store it after there have been numerous leaks of the waste into water supplies/sea or to the ground in several different situations.
  • Posted by JerseyElectricity March 12, 2021 at 12:47

    Hi Aprilf91, thanks for your comments. We listen carefully to our customers and understand there is a desire for Jersey to be more energy independent by increasing the level of on-Island renewable electricity generation.

    Jersey Electricity fully supports these ideas, and we are excited about how renewable technology will enhance Jersey’s future energy supply.

    To find out more about our beliefs on tidal power and other local renewables, and why renewable sources can't yet provide all our electricity visit: www.jec.co.uk/about-us/our-vision/tidal-power-and-renewables/
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