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Energy

If Hong Kong really wanted to cut pollution, it would get petrol vehicles off the road

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 May, 2018, 4:53pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 May, 2018, 4:53pm

Your paper has run many stories on the way the government is helping those with solar cells installed to make money. But what about the rest of us? We will all have to pay for these so-called improvements through higher electricity costs.

Although green power seems to be free, it is not so. The equipment and the connections to the grid are very expensive. Green energy is not available 24/7, but consumers need 24/7 electricity. Big fossil-fuel power generators cannot be switched on and off like an electric fan, the turbines need to be slowly heated up. Therefore, green energy must be fully backed up by fossil-fuel electric generators and many must have heated turbines spinning 24/7, in case the wind does not blow or the sun does not shine. Thus, countries with green electricity all suffer much higher costs.

Hong Kong warms to solar power, but how many people can afford rooftop panels – or even a roof?

The members of our government know this but want to appear virtuous when they meet other movers and shakers in Davos or other places that the elites meet. Our government is not thinking of the poor people who might see their power bills go up manifold.

If our government really wanted to cut pollution, it would make everybody replace petrol cars, buses and lorries with the electric versions.

Alan Crawley, Sai Kung