I made the choice of where I live. Within which house I choose to live. Within which type of construction I live. It is for me to choose which power supply I choose to use, I can buy my supply from whom I choose. We can all make decisions for ourselves. Its clear from previous post which choices I am making and I will fill in where I can if it all works or whether it doesn't. Some offers come up and whilst the options are open we can choose to take them or not.
Hopefully it may help someone sway one way or annother based upon real events.
I can only advise.
I basically agree with you. I'm not knocking anybody's choices. For each and every one of us where we are, what is appropriate, what matches and maps our personal circumstances is soooooo personal.
I was/am trying to balance and critique (at government level) where we go.
Heat pumps and solar and .... are great. That said they are not compatible with many properties. Meanwhile the country as a whole are trying to eradicate / reduce or even ban any fossil fuel energy sources. Fine, good intent/objective BUT IT IS JUST NOT POSSIBLE currently.
I can think of 100s or 1000s of more general cases where (especially older people and pensioners) where people will severly suffer because there is not government/industry linked up strategy. Ban gas, ban wood burners, ban candles, etc. That does not solve the fundamental right of every person to safe safety and warmth etc. Can't burn gas. Desperate people will just go ang kill a few cows, politicians, ..... to meet their basic needs.
This is not and arguemtn about coal vs gas vs solar vs geo vs nuclear vs heat pumps, .....
We as a society have a real problem to tackle. Solar, wind, hydro electricty is brilliant but it can not and will not supply the energy we as a society require whilst cities like London, NY, other burn lights all day long. And that is just the tip of the iceberg!.
Meanwhile we erks/punters/.... at the bottom of the chain trying to stay alive etc. are faced with not only trying to keep warm etc. but also possible bans on certain fuel/heat sources. Meanwhile those in power get it all paid for them at tax payer expense.
I looked (some years ago) at running my own CHP (combined heat power) setup. Basically a dedicated engine/generator/heating unit that extracted very high percentage levels of energy from every unit put in. They are very good etc. but more suited to an off grid location.
I think solar, heat pumps, CHP, wind, wave, .... are all excelent and need more investment. What really *isses me off is that governments look at dicatating that X Y or Z (read gas boilers, oil boilers, wood burners, ....) are to be curtailed, banned etc. but they offer no viable and affordable alternatives that address all of us. Might as well ban all human reproduction. Dieing population = dieing resource usage = targets met = extinction. Also solves all the pension and welfare problems and costs!