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Radio4 Y & Y 12:44 Smart Meter problems
" new £2Bn hub due for big opening today..been delayed for testing"

Inst of Directors guy said
"27 million meters to be installed costs £400 each £10.9bn maybe £14bn
at today's rate of installation by 2030 we'll only have 1/3 installed

"They say that their are £5.7bn cash benefits to consumer and £8.2bn cash benefits to the suppliers, only together do these benefits rise above £10.9bn+ costs we don't think they should do that"

"And the smart meter roll out team have failed to explain today';s meters don't work between different suppliers"

Sep 30, 2016 at 1:13 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

@SandyS What do you think about motorway night-time Robot Truck Trains ?
Drivers get their truck to the Luton on ramp. and then a Truck Train is formed with 20 self drive trucks following the lead vehicle. Then when the truck train arrives at Glasgow ..another set of local human drivers take over.

I think this is a more realistic than self drive cars driving down every village lane.

Sep 30, 2016 at 11:52 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

stewgreen at 12.29 & 12.34 am.

I have little doubt you're right. Although the assumption that we need to reduce CO2 emissions is questionable, even on their own assumptions, the "green" policy prescriptions shoot themselves in the foot.

I've noticed that some climate alarmists are now starting to insist onconcentrating on "the science" and indicating at blog sites that they're not up for a discussion about things like wind turbines. Now why might that be? Could reality finally be starting to dawn on them?

Sep 30, 2016 at 8:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

I worked for DHL for 5 years and have been retired for as many since so what I know is related to the old Exel side of the business and is probably out of date.

In general terms they put effort into energy saving, so that those curved trails aren't just ordinary trailers, they're M&S more aerodynamic trailers. They also developed ways of filling them without wasting space due to the curvature. The fuel savings were very small but worthwhile over millions of miles (or so they said). Spoilers on the back of trailers (top and both sides) were tested but presumably there were issues as I've never seen any on the road. We spent a lot of time eliminating empty loads, developing in-house reporting of empties passing or running very close, Then working out if re-timing could have saved money. Monday morning meeting by transport managers to investigate why and how not to repeat. One part of the UK used it's local hauliers so many lorries came back empty; solution was rail and finding a company that sent stuff one way. The former required a lot of effort, similar to curvy trailers; the latter not as eary as it sounds. A lot of the stuff going out was liquid but coming in was containers for the product. I have instilled into by boys that once you have a family your motto when packing a car should be "don't pack air", not achievable with an empty glass bottle.The economic situation helped persuade companies to share partially empty lorries. Route planning and GPS tracking also helped make things more fuel efficient, although not popular with all drivers.Getting a trailer from Harwich to Glasgow as quickly as possible and arriving during working hours tied into the empty problem, a lot of daily "what if" reporting

I'm sure things have moved on considerably since, the deliver routes were on pieces of paper I'm sure it is electronic now and updatable on the road.

Sep 30, 2016 at 8:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS


Monbiot and credibility in the same sentence - dodgy ground....

I know Baroness Worthington is / was a fan of LFTR reactor tech ...

These are politicians and not engineers and they are solely in the expectation management business and pay little actual attention to the detail of engineering beyond patting shiny things - preferably at managed photo-ops...

Sep 30, 2016 at 8:03 AM | Registered Commentertomo

TPTB are paying some attention .... The IET are running a lecture series

It's public - but booking is required

‘Small Modular Reactors’ at Bath on 4 Oct

Allow yourself 20 mins plus to navigate from transport to the lecture theatre - Bath's campus is a labyrinth and helpfully the actual theatre being used seems to only get announced the same day.... which is a big PITA

Some eco eejits will likely attend.....

Sep 30, 2016 at 7:36 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Evidence of intelligent life being discovered at The Guardian

Given the Australian chaos caused by idiots in power Down Under, George Monbiot has the chance to rescue some credibility, and take the credit.

Sep 30, 2016 at 1:38 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

stewgreen, what happened to the BBC Bus? Did the batteries go flat, due to the unexpected event called night?

Sep 30, 2016 at 12:58 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie


ROFL, I wrote/predicted on Wednesday on another forum Boston QT would not go well for greens/lefties.

The BBC QT audience bus broke-down last week too, Jacob & Julia were very popular.

Too much use of bio-diesel which is clogging the pump & injectors I guess.

Note to BBC Greens, use a robust non EU Lucas injector pump, not a touchy-feely EU Bosch one :)

Sep 30, 2016 at 12:42 AM | Registered CommenterPcar

Traffic news : Road blockage on the way into Boston : there is a broken down bus : The BBC green/lefty bus that it usually uses to provide the audiences for Question Time, and R4Any Questions
...From listening tonight it seems that normal bus didn't make it to the Boston the audience was somewhat different from normal

Sep 30, 2016 at 12:39 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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