China Syndrome II

20131018-083952.jpgNot the threat of meltdown. Hey we’re almost used to it now. Russia. Japan.
Not even the bizarre notion of a melted nuclear pile burying its way into the earth’s core and turning up under China.
No, now it’s the export of control over our energy supply to China. A new kind of progress, enabled by George Osborne. Requiring nuclear to be bought at a wholesale rate almost double the market rate.
It’s been bonkers today. Tackling a monopoly in energy supply by going from a big six to a big eight.
20131018-090225.jpgThe public know better. The energy market doesn’t work. 60% now believe in state control. Without any political party pushing it.
British Gas raising prices by 10% and giving the boss a £2m bonus. The Prime Minister wishing they wouldn’t. The Energy Secretary asking us to turn thermostats down. A national tv advert campaign to knit woolly hats drink bottles, to raise money for old people to keep warm indoors, voiced over by Graham Norton – apparently it’s Innocent.
In contrast, Caroline Flint defends the resources for greener energy and helping the poor, and believes two-thirds of the mark-up from wholesale prices is profiteering.
Meanwhile threats from experts of power switch off in 2016.
And mechanisms to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions labelled the problem.
There is a better way. Better than paying for expensive nuclear energy. Invest in homes. Reduce energy need. New local systems to draw from the sun, the earth’s heat, the wind and the use of waste for energy and compost.

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A very deep ditch

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A new mains for the district heating system to serve the city centre is currently being dug – 8 feet deep.

The pipe is going to have to last a long time cos other things will be built on the site, and although access will have to be possible, it won’t be cheap.

The pipe is part of a £3.5 millon capital investment programme by Enviroenergy.

P.S. When I say very deep, I recognise by the standards of the international civil engineering community, it’s not that deep; it’s just how it struck me at the time.

Lilian visits London Road Heat Station

Lilian Greenwood MP visited London Road Heat Station this morning to learn about the plant that takes steam from the waste incinerator to drive turbines to generate electricity and then mixes the exhaust steam with existing hot water to feed a district heating system serving businesses in the city centre and 5,000 homes.

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In the control room.
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Plant components in gold, green, red and taupe.

Light Night at St.Mary’s

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St.Mary’s looked great tonight, outside …
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… and inside, which was bizarre cos all the benches had been lifted, underfloor heating having just been installed and fed by hot water by Enviroenergy. The space (without the pew) is huge, and emphasised by the candles laid out in the shape of the cross.
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Meanwhile, the choir took the opportunity to entertain and impress.

EnviroEnergy Board

Looking hard at the future.
Hoping we’re through the renovations of the major plant.
So can we do more in the future?
but saw this picture about green futures, which just cracked me up.
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Part of plans for the future will hopefully embrace some principles of change and reform.
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Also received first reports of a mains leak on Milton Street.
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Works are planned for Sunday, 20th January, and will require Milton St. to be closed.