Energy prices have spiked to a record high in Britain after calm weather shut down the country’s wind turbines amid a global shortage of natural gas.
Wholesale power costs surged to more than four times their normal level, forcing officials to fire up coal-based plants to handle demand.
What we should actually hope for is a nice, nice, high pressure system to park itself over the UK for a couple of weeks this winter.
Solar doesn’t really work this far north in winter. High pressure systems mean very little to no wind. There would be rolling power cuts. Which would bring home the technological vulnerability being built in. At which point someone – well, we can hope at least – will wake up. Allow fracking and we can get on with having the necessary back up power supply.