Who cares about a lack of PV in December when there is plenty of wind and more sun to come in the coming months?

I am not comforted that imbecilic energy policy is not confined to the UK, though I get the feeling that Brexit will force some harsh reality on otherwise clueless ministers. It’s a certainty of physics and engineering that wind and solar are dead ends for dispatchable power. The only question is how long it takes politicians to wake up.

Trust, yet verify

On the last day of 2017, our Minister of Energy (who is fiercely promoting solar energy) posted a tweet to thank all people who installed solar panel on their during 2017. He got a prompt reaction from someone asking how much electricity those solar panels produced in December. The Minister of Energy replied with this remarkable tweet:

Translated from Dutch:

December 2017 was indeed historically low on sunshine. But there was wind and the sun will compensate plentifully in the coming months #HappyNewYear

Basically, solar energy production sucked really bad in the previous month, but, hey, there was more wind and there is more solar energy to come in the coming months anyway.

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I would glad to laugh if it was a joke, but his guy is our Minister of Energy and I am afraid that he was serious about it.

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