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Chopping down trees and transporting wood across the Atlantic Ocean to
feed power stations produces more greenhouse gases than much cheaper
coal, according to the report. It blames the rush to meet EU renewable
energy targets, which resulted in ministers making the false assumption
that burning trees was carbon-neutral.
Proving said ministers are effing idiots.
Green subsidies for wood pellets and other biomass were championed by
Chris Huhne when he was Liberal Democrat energy and climate change
secretary in the coalition government. Mr Huhne, 62, who was jailed in
2013 for perverting the course of justice, is now European chairman of
Zilkha Biomass, a US supplier of wood pellets.
As charging and discharging a home battery itself consumes energy,
feeding surplus solar power into the storage device instead of into the
grid results in higher overall electricity consumption for the
household, as well as higher emissions because the increased consumption
needs to be covered by fossil fuel-based energy. This increase is quite
substantial – up to 591KWh annually.
“I expected that storage would lead to an increase in energy
consumption,” said Robert Fares from the Cockrell School of Engineering
at the University of Texas at Austin, “but I was surprised that the
increase could be so significant – about an eight to 14 per cent
increase on average over the year.”
Europe’s bioenergy plants are burning trees felled from protected conservation areas rather than using forest waste, new report shows
Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife.
Up to 65% of Europe’s renewable output currently comes from bioenergy, involving fuels such as wood pellets and chips, rather than wind and solar power.
All in the name of Green Energy...