Tonight, wind energy in Ireland is at 21MW, a capacity factor of 0.8% :
England is not doing much better with 420MW, a capacity factor of 3% :
But surely, if we had an interconnector to France we could import wind from there ?
Well the problem is there is not much wind blowing there either. Interestingly, they have more wind energy than Ireland has with 1,854MW and a capacity factor of 18.5%. So much for the idea that Ireland has the best wind speeds in Europe :
But this is only 3% of electricity demand in France which means they don't have any surplus wind energy to export to anybody.
Nuclear power is providing 75% of their electricity demand so if we had an interconnector to France we would be importing mostly nuclear power (we currently import nuclear power from the UK). But oddly enough, there is still a superstitious fear of nuclear power in Ireland, although we are happy to import it from other countries.
Total wind capacity for the three countries is 25GW, at let's say, an average cost of €1 million per MW. This means that € 25 billion worth of energy infrastructure is producing just 9% of its rated output, contributing a grand total of 2% of total electricity demand (at 104GW) for these nations. This is what happens when Governments run loose with their people's money and bypass the legal assessments that could have prevented this waste of money.
The EU's single currency has failed, their Schengen Agreement has failed, and their plans for an energy union based on intermittent renewables is failing. It is time for a re-think.
There is currently a very cold body of water in the Atlantic around Ireland :
If we compare this to 2010, one of the coldest winters in recent history, the seas were much warmer back then at this time of the year :
It seems a good possibility that we are in store for a very cold winter with low winds.
Things could get interesting.