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17 Sep 2009 12:09:09

Underinvestment in UK power



Underinvestment in UK power
Britain is playing 'catch up' when it comes to renewable energy due to a lack of investment, according to the Cumbria Green Business Forum.

The organisation has called for new initiatives to be launched in the UK power sector in order to get the country on a par with other countries' environmental programmes.

John Barwise, chairman of the Cumbria Green Business Forum, has welcomed comments from the Energy & Utility Skills council demanding specialist skills training within the power industry.

He believes the government needs to show more support to the sector to halt the "significant underinvestment" of the past decades.

Mr Barwise said: "Most of our renewable technology and even nuclear power plants now come from overseas along with the skilled engineers needed to install them.

"We desperately need to rebuild the UK's power industry and to invest now in training and skills, especially in new technologies, to ensure a sustainable power resource in the UK for future generations."

The Energy & Utility Skills council has claimed a 700 percent rise in trainees within the power sector is necessary in the next 15 years.

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25 Sep 2009

Well if the only engineers who came actually be trusted ? to do the job, come from overseas - who is going to "train" the trainees ?. I was lucky-enuf to get a first class training from SERC, and the UKAEA - but that was back in the 60's !! I spent most of my working life 80's to '06 "unemployed".
During some of that time - about '86 t0 '06 - I researched and built a prototype wind Turbine-Alternator device - TAD. This turned-out - eventually ! - to work about as well as is physically possible, readily returning - as it does - around 5% p.a. of its cost. This is about 40 times the return from current government investment. There are two simple (but not to find !) reasons for this disparity, all of which I have informed DECC, DtI etc. Etc. There has been no comment - but to send me on a i'net chase around their joke websites looking for "funding" - from any of it.
"Modern windfarms" - as they like to think of them - are in fact a whole new "industry". It's the Energy Laundering industry, and so long as Fossil and Nuclear power sprouts bountifully - and Joe Public knows no better - it' will do very well.











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