Hillhater wrote: ↑
Jan 08, 2018 6:30 pm
Bill, ..why do you think i said.... "modern" ?
Modern means current; state of the art. The current state of the art, on average, is fairly dirty.
....dispite Punxor shifting the goalposts from Northern climates to Aus ( trying to give solar a chance ?) ...and you choosing the dirtyest coal option
I am not choosing the "dirtyest" option. I am using the option that exists RIGHT NOW. Those numbers weren't from 1950; they were from 2016.
and introducing wind as a distraction, i still prefer to have a continuous , reliable , serious power supply, rather than an expensive, intermittent, one only as reliable as the weather.
There's a nuclear power plant just down the beach from me. Over the past five years or so, my solar power system has been far more reliable than that plant, and has produced more power.
In the future, nuclear power will be PART of a continuous, reliable, serious power supply. Nuclear cannot do so on its own. It will rely on other technologies - gas fast-ramp plants, coal plants, solar and wind, storage, geothermal and hydro - to make up for its deficiencies. Just as solar, wind, hydro, storage and natural gas will be part of the formula in the future, and will support/be supported by other forms of energy.
As we progress, the same trends we see now - increases in solar and wind, decreases in coal - will continue, until coal is phased out. Political correctness and massive subsidies may slow that process down, but it cannot stop it due to basic economics. Utilities want to pay less for power, not more.
Are you now seriously saying that NE Nuk plants are running out of fuel rods !
Nope. Re-read your own sentence to see what I was replying to.
And those gas pipes,....,( yes that are so much better than a 90 day coal stock) , maybe you begin to see some of the issues with gas ? Just when demand goes up, supply gets stressed (everybody wants it at once) and the pipes become a bottleneck at various points from the wells, with serious possibility of shortages.
An excellent point! So they build natural gas storage facilities, often right next to the plant itself. And if those aren't large enough, then solar and wind reduce the need for such storage.