My word

A sensible environmentalist.

Now Ofgem says that a range of government interventions, even renationalisation, are needed if new investment is to be secured. I think everyone accepts that the market needs reform to incentivise investment but what we need is a better designed market, not state direction. That is a recipe for electricity that is more expensive, less reliable and not very green when the wind doesn’t blow. There is a case, dare I say it, for defaulting on the EU’s doctrinaire insistence that we invest in renewables and set in place incentives to save carbon instead, by whatever means energy companies find it cheapest to do so. What the past 30 years show us is that the move to low carbon technologies would be better left to thousands of competing companies with different expertise, than centralised in the hands of a few civil servants. Which would you trust more to keep the lights on, the vacillating boobies at Ofgem, or a free energy market?

Whatever next? Discovery of ursine pooh in the forests?

3 thoughts on “My word”

  1. The state should decide what infrastructure in wants built in Britain and issue competitive tenders.

    It should not be for utilities to decide, as they will invariably build gas because its cheap, and they can pass on higher fuel costs onto the consumer.

    The state should offer assistance to build nuclear power stations, which have high upfront costs but once they operational they are very, very profitable, with minimal fuel costs.

    A benevolent free market fairy cannot deliver energy policy on its own. It needs the state.

  2. For the sake of arguement, let us assume that a reliable electricty supply is essential.

    The sources of electricity which are proven, over 50 to 100 years to be reliable, are coal fired, nuclear and gas fired large power stations.

    The existing coal fired power stations are old and getting older. Even if construction of replacement power stations (say, 4 x 500MW unit stations) started this year it is likely that the first of such power stations would be in full operation just as the last of the old power stations is being retired. From beaking ground it takes a minimum of 5 years to get the first 500MW unit on line with the other three units coming on line at about 6 monthly intervals . Thus a massive gap in coal fired capacity is unavoidable. In any case, the coal for these power stations would have to be imported because, although there are large reserves of coal in the UK, it is unlikely that sufficient numbers out of the current crop of of poorly educated, largley unfit males could be found to train as miners (again assuming that trainers are still available). So, the UK would be beholden to importing coal, hardly a secure prospect.

    Gas fired power stations are a dreadful waste of a valuable natural recource – remember that until about 1990 (from memory), it was illegal to burn natural gas to generate electricity.

    The existing nuclear power stations are old and getting older. Even if orders were placed this year, there is a queue at the few manufacturers now in business and any UK order will necessarily be joining at the back of the queue. Remember that the UK used to have one of those few, until G. Brown allowed it to be sold off (to Toshiba?). Thus it is likely that there will be no overlapping of replacement nuclear power stations consquently a massive gap in nuclear capacity is unavoidable.

    Remember that during the construction of a single 2,000MW coal fired or nuclear power station a skilled workforce of up to 3,000 strong at peak is required – at the moment the UK seems to be breeding a generation of useless, unemployable consumers, so where are these skilled workers to be found? Not from abroad, because other countries with effective governments have their own replacement projects underway so there is no surplus anywhere.

    Wind generated power is a disaster. It appears that Germany and the Czech Rebublic are in the process of banning wind powered generation from their electrical distribution networks because of the problems caused by the unpredicable on/off characteristics of these ludicrous windmills. Meanwhile, G. Brown continues headlong into expanding this nightmare.

    All this was foreseen in the Journals of the Institution of Electrical Engineers during the mid-nineties, but, when the UK has a government comprised of failed lawyers, failed solicitors, social workers, insane wimmin and deadbeat cronies, what can you expect.

    Hands up all those who think that home solar water heaters, home solar electrical generators, home batteries and home windmills is the solution to the upcoming economic disaster caused by the 50 percent (60 percent?) shortfall of reliable electricity generation in, say, 8 years?

  3. I forget to mention the HVDC links to France and Ireland.

    Today, for example, we are EXPORTING the equivalent of the max output of a UK 2,000MW power station on its last legs, probably at a loss.

    Of course this allows the French in Northern France to mollycoddle their power stations on lower outputs whilst the UK flogs its own to death.

    At the same time consumers in the UK are having to pay a premium to absorb the output of 50 or so windmills, that is a paltry 150 MW.

    Can anyone explain this madness?

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