13 Sep, 2021

Wind power blows… or doesn’t as the case may be

I stand on the opinion that the best source of “carbon neutral” energy is nuclear. It’s reliable always-on energy that is safer than ever before with modern reactors that don’t produce much nuclear waste.

The sudden slowdown in wind-driven electricity production off the coast of the U.K. in recent weeks whipsawed through regional energy markets. Gas and coal-fired electricity plants were called in to make up the shortfall from wind.

Natural-gas prices, already boosted by the pandemic recovery and a lack of fuel in storage caverns and tanks, hit all-time highs. Thermal coal, long shunned for its carbon emissions, has emerged from a long price slump as utilities are forced to turn on backup power sources.

The episode underscored the precarious state the region’s energy markets face heading into the long European winter. The electricity price shock was most acute in the U.K., which has leaned on wind farms to eradicate net carbon emissions by 2050. Prices for carbon credits, which electricity producers need to burn fossil fuels, are at records, too.

Energy Prices in Europe Hit Records After Wind Stops Blowing – WSJ
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