It cost 4.4p per day last year per household to pay subsidy for renewable electricity. This adds up to £16 per year. A tiny price to help preserve our eco-systems for our kids and create energy independence increasingly vital for the defence of the realm. Of course if you manage to reduce your electricity consumption, you will pay even less, the Green Deal could help.
Yet you would swear from reading the Daily Mail that renewable energy companies were worse than the banking criminals! The Daily Mail costs 55p on a weekday, 80p on a Saturday and £1.50 on a Sunday, totalling £5.05 for a week’s papers. So it costs you more than 10 times the cost of the renewable electricity subsidy, to buy a newspaper telling you how expensive the renewable electricity subsidy is.
Sadly even the ‘quality’ press seems to have been captured by the fossil fuels lobby. While wind energy has been picking up the slack during the cold spell squeeze on gas supplies, this is what the Telegraph decided to run on this weekend.
This week while gas connector faults reduced UK gas storage UK wind has been providing about 5,500 MW compared to entire nuclear fleet of 7,700. At night this wind produces more than the gas power stations, providing a steady base load and so reducing UK gas imports at crucial point.