Power/Energy

Serious consideration for using the natural resources around the Island to provide sustainable energy and lower running costs of power station

Why the contribution is important

Renewable energy will be the source for energy in years to come - why are we not hearing anything on this topic from gov at all? 

by JBlair on April 16, 2017 at 11:49PM

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  • Posted by Yukiyama April 17, 2017 at 10:53

    Because we are in massive debt for a gas power station.

    Green energy s great but will cost us further millions on top of the massive debts we enjoy.

    The SAVE programme is about cutting money.
  • Posted by ManxVoter April 17, 2017 at 11:40

    We must make gradual efforts to establish renewable energy resources to build at least aspects of a green economy to ensure diversity & attract businesses that do seek green hosting etc

    Perhaps the useful life of the main power station could be extended by only firing it up to the full when profitable electricity sales can be made to adjacent islands

    IOM Biosphere Supporter
  • Posted by dpfellows April 17, 2017 at 11:48

    Given the massive indebtedness of the MEA (aka MUA) and the extensive spare generating capacity installed the fundamental need is to get it exporting much more than it does now. Any incentives if they are given should be for much tougher export targets at a high market price.

    Renewables can also only be affordable if the IOM becomes a big energy exporter.

    Have posted elsewhere query as to whatever happened with the tenders given forvwind and two Tidal projects. These seem to have disappeared off the radar.
  • Posted by Maclirmanannan April 17, 2017 at 12:27

    Agree with Manxvoter about transition to renewables. Seabed is a massive resource and if managed correctly could solve much of our fiscal issues mid-long term.

    Transition option is tapping gas now and gaining energy security with option to export. Power our station & ensure we don't fall foul like the UK (seen recent increases!?). Opportunity to transition to renewables will be over the life of gas resources and power station.

    Hope this government understands the importance of engery security and potential income opportunity.
  • Posted by xt512 April 19, 2017 at 02:49

    The government issued a report on this in 2010 by AEA in which it stated it was feasible to implement renewable energy into the Manx energy grid. Suggest the government implements this fully. The cost of wind energy has reduced dramatically even since this report and solar is now approaching parity with gas and compared to future nuclear costs is cheap. Recent contracts in the middle east have solar producing power at 5-7 cents per kw. This is different climate from here but these prices make renewables work without subsidy.
    3 mid sized wind turbines would produce usable power which could be valuable exports via the interconnector as green energy can be sold at a premium. Tidal power is some years away and is still expensive but the island has a untapped resource provided it can protect the environment. Look at Orkney they have almost gone 100 percent renewable in a short period of time. Orkney is a lot smaller but the principles and resources are similar.
    It is a long term capital rich game, unfortunately there are no quick savings but it is the future and the longer we use fossil fuels and such is the higher the risk of stranded assets and having to write off huge debts in redundant power infrastructure.
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