Close our Power Stations

Close our power Station(s) and import our electricity from the UK and/or Ireland. If the exisiting undersea cables aren't big enough to cope then lay some that are. Pulrose could then be kept as a standby as they do in Jersey.

Why the contribution is important

Big savings to be made by closing them and they aren't really necessary.

by Denzil on April 11, 2017 at 01:31PM

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  • Posted by ntaverner April 11, 2017 at 13:42

    Would be better to replace them with renewable energy from local tidal and wind power - we should be able to generate enough to sell surplus TO the UK. Neither solution is unfortunately going to happen given the massive loans the MUA have to pay off, which need to be serviced by sales of electricity generated by the existing infrastructure.
  • Posted by dpfellows April 11, 2017 at 14:22

    Given the massive abdvrapidly growing debt outstanding on the MEA loans would this end up adding to our fiscal problems. The decision to build Pulrose and to include such massive excess capacity (stated in one report to be 40% excess at maximum peak load) has committed us to gas powered electricity generation for many years to come.

    Could the answer be the reverse of what you suggest? That is, as the UK's power generation gets increasingly stretched export as much energy to the UK as possible including from Pulrose and renewables.

    To support that strategic goal set management bonuses in the MEA on volumes and unit prices achieved for power exported into the more competitive UK market not for selling into the local captive one!
  • Posted by CastletownIOM April 11, 2017 at 15:35

    If energy can be generated and supplied to the UK at a profit, focus on doing that.
    We have the asset here, so rather than it becoming a white elephant use it to earn money !
  • Posted by Yukiyama April 11, 2017 at 19:49

    Yeah right close down what we have spent trillions building and get zero income.
  • Posted by x April 11, 2017 at 21:50

    its running with a loss , which was clear from the beginning. It is obvious that there was corruption going on and someone got money for making sure this pointless power station got built.
    Its better to cut our losses and close it down IF it is replaced with wind and solar power (which should be able to get enough of to sustain the island).
    Making us dependent on UK or Ireland would be a VERY bad decision.
  • Posted by commonsense April 12, 2017 at 07:22

    renewable energy, theoretical capacity against actual output
    solar energy 29%
    hydroelectric 45%
    wind 47%
    nuclear 90%

    renewable energy sources simply do not provide the necessary power, or power when it is most needed. it can not cope with extra demand when needed.

    wind turbines have recently been refused planning permission in Port Erin.

    a wind farm has recently been planned to cover the boat route to Liverpool etc, meaning a longer sailing time for all crossings.
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