United Kingdom (UK) Solar and Wind Energy, Renewable Energy Concept with Windmills – Renewable Energy Against Global Warming – Industrial Illustration, 3D Illustration + Joe Biden Looking Angry
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to The Guardian, Boris Johnson has pledged just £ 4 billion a year out of an estimated £ 33 billion a year needed to fund the UK's conversion of zero-carbon to renewable energy. However, the Guardian is confident that Joe Biden will be interested in Boris Johnson's apparently lack of engagement.
Global experts question the UK's commitment to tackling the climate crisis
Boris Johnson promised to put the environment at the center of the post-Covid strategy, but the report says there is an urgent lack of funding
Toby Helm and Robin McKie
Sun 8 Nov 2020 21.00 AEDT
Boris Johnson's government is investing only 12% of the funds needed to address the climate emergency and growing threats to nature, according to a new report that raises new international concerns about Britain's commitment to the green agenda.
The study – released ahead of an expected big speech on the environment by Johnson – says Ministers are required to dedicate £ 33 billion each year to environmental protection. So far only £ 4 billion a year has been committed.
The IPPR think tank report comes as follows Johnson is facing increasing global pressure to act, especially from the next US President Joe Bidenwho works for green purposes. Donald Trump took the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, but Biden has promised to rejoin on January 20, the day he takes power.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/08/global-experts-question-uks-commitment-to-tackle-climate-crisis
Britain plans to become "Saudi Arabia of Wind Power". But every two years the UK seems to be experiencing a persistent wind drought for at least the last few years – 9 days in 2018, at least two weeks in July of this year.
I think if they build a really huge battery that can meet the UK's six terawatt hours of daily energy use and keep that electricity going for a couple of weeks, the UK will be able to weather the wind droughts.
The large South Australian battery, which costs AU $ 161 million, has a capacity of 129 MWh. So the UK needs about 6 trillion / 129 million = 46,500 batteries the size of South Australia for each day that the grid is to be supplied with power when the wind is off.
14 days x 46,500 batteries x AU $ 150 million = AU $ 97 trillion (approx. GBP 53 trillion / USD 70 trillion) should almost cover this. Go on, bojo.