The Anonymous Widower

What Is A Pimby?

We all know that a Nimby (Not In My Back Yard!) doesn’t want fracking, a nuclear power station or a new railway to be built or something similar near to where they live.

But I believe, we could see the rise of a new type of protestor – the Pimby or a Please In My Back Yard!

I was reading this article on CleanTechnica, which is entitled Coal-Killing Long-Duration Energy Storage For Vermont (Vermont?!?).

The article is about Highview Power’s planned energy storage facility in Vermont, which I wrote about in Encore Joins Highview To Co-Develop Liquid Air Energy Storage System In Vermont.

This paragraph is from Highview.

“Unlike competing long-duration technologies, such as pumped hydro-power or compressed air, Highview Power’s CRYOBattery™ can be sited just about anywhere. The CRYOBattery has a small footprint, even at multiple gigawatt-levels, and does not use hazardous materials.”

You could imagine a community, , perhaps miles away from the nearest power station, where jobs and economic prospects are being held back by a dodgy power supply.

So the community might start to protest not about building perhaps a gas-fired station to satisfy their electricity needs, but in favour of a Highview Power system and some renewable wind or solar power.

Pimbys might also protest in favour of a new railway station or electrification of their branch line. Providing the power for the latter would be a good use for a Highview system.

December 24, 2019 - Posted by | Energy Storage, Transport | , , , , ,


  1. I have also seen this written as YIMBY (Yes in my back yard).

    I am aware of at least one case where nuclear power (well, the continuation of existing nuclear power) was also a YIMBY project; the proposed refurbishment of Crystal River (Gulf of Mexico, Florida, USA) Nuclear power station to extend the operating life, bringing several thousand construction/engineering jobs into a somewhat depressed rural community. The current economy of Crystal River is a mixture of limited tourism/boating/fishing, agriculture, and some long distance commuters to nearby cities like Tampa.

    The project experienced a catastrophically expensive engineering issue which occurred as the reinforced stressed concrete containment dome was being modified to allow replacement of existing steam turbines and generators (dome was built after the original equipment was installed); fixing the issue would have required complete replacement of the dome (at similar cost to a new-build site elsewhere), beyond the funds available for the project. A much smaller work crew is now engaged to decommission the plant, at significant loss of revenue to the local economy.

    (There is also a conventional thermal generation plant on the site which still operates; site not suitable for hydropower but could be a good location for storage batteries, especially as wind power and solar power develops in the area).

    Comment by MilesT | December 24, 2019 | Reply

    • Decommissioned power plants could be good places to build large energy storage systems, as they already have a good connection to the grid. Sizewell and Bradwell must be good places to build energy storage, as there are also lots of wind turbines in the sea nearby!

      Comment by AnonW | December 24, 2019 | Reply

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