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Sunday, 28 February 2016

10,000,000 Miles in a Nissan Leaf?

If North Mill Avoncliff had not been defrauded out of their water impoundment and abstraction license in 2010 - electricity generating turbines would have been operational at Avoncliff from December 2011.

That's nearly 5 years of generation - using the numbers made up for The Environment Agency's hydroelectric scheme comparison at Avoncliff  taking one of the lower estimates for power from Avoncliff  weir of 422 MWh per year I've put together a table of some of what's already been lost....

Comparisons like  - how many London buses is that?  - are a bit difficult since the supposedly electric buses are having battery problems....

but the best available numbers have been thrown in... :-)  (the answer is v.roughly 15 buses a year).

So in terms of road transport / houses / tons of CO2 - here are the numbers of what's been lost through EA fraud, lies, incompetence, egregious waste plus £3 million of public money over the last 6 years:

Road Vehicles over 5 years
BatteryRechargesMiles (Manf claimed)
Tesla Roadster53 kWh398119,713,962
Tesla Model S90 kWh234446,212,778
Nissan Leaf24 kWh8791710,550,000
Boris Bus75 kWh281332,813,333
"Standard" Houses a year
Annual kWhHouses supplied
Small1650 kWh256
Medium3300 kWh128
DECC "Average"4800 kWh88
Mansion5000 kWh84
"Tons of CO2" over 5 years
DECC 2014 average0.527kg per kWh1,112

I have to say these are only guideline numbers and much could be quibbled in the detail - but the magnitude of the loss of "Green Electricity" here is hardly a national catastrophe - it is though - decidedly non trivial.

EDIT 29th Feb - "Tons of CO2" using the "Grid Carbon Intensity" figure from the previous Windmill post  would be 962 tons of CO2   

The willful intransigence and waste continues apace - the deliberate and malicious awarding of a second abstraction license (after the first was quashed) - that could not be implemented at Avoncliff shows that The Environment Agency are abusing their powers to indulge in vindictive antics to damage those who seek to challenge their mistakes and wrongdoings.

In the meantime Feb 27th 2016

  Not much going on at Greenland Mills in Bradford on Avon

If you are bored and trying to sleep I can recommend National Bus Statistics 2014 

The EA's vehicle use is getting some scrutiny from one Katya Leyendecker (whatdotheyknow.com) who obviously missed Henry's piece on insidetheenvironmentagency.com about 2.5 cars for every 3 employees and flashy bigger vehicles on rental + juvenile "rental racing" antics at regional offices.


  1. Looks like there are a lot of IDIOTS out there ?

  2. I might be one of the idiots!!

    I still find it quite extraordinary that the loss of electricity generation at Avoncliff might work out to 10 meeelion miles in a Nissan Leaf!

    Happy to be proven wrong - it simply seems bonkers!

    1. I am referring to the loss of any climate friendly scheme, over a thousand tons of carbon.

  3. At HMRC suggested rates for 2015 (£0.45/mile) that Nissan Leaf mileage would cost the taxpayer


    The EA has an extraordinary transport budget and the number of lease vehicles simply beggars belief.

    Their car rental antics need a looking at too - look at this!

    So reassuring to see bureaucrats stewarding public money so carefully eh?


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