Electricity cuts and power crisis predicted for Britain’s New Year Holiday

20 December, 2016

Thanks to successive governments (Labour from 1997 to 2010 and Conservative Lib – Dem from 2010 to 2015) their gullibility in falling victim to every confidence trickster who backed up an energy subsidy scam by saying, “I’m a scientist.” and their committment to supposedly sustainable but in reality intermittent energy sources for electricity,   The National Grid is failing to meet demand and “emergency power deals have become the norm,” according to a new report by a cross-party parliamentary group chaired by Grant Shapps.

Coal power station closures and the building of renewable energy plants will leave the country struggling to generate the required power supplies to feed British infrastructure and homes.

The British Infrastructure Group (BIG) believes the government’s attempt to meet climate change targets set by the EU and United Nations led to a cut back in capacity margins and extravagant price increases. The “interventionist energy policy,” Shapps believes, has left electricity supplies “dangerously small.” Shapps carefully omits to mention that the government’s only contingency plan for providing the power needed to meet peaks of demand (a sudden cold snap for example) is to spark up the thousands of diesel generators the earth loving politicians have concealed in goods containers on compounds sited around the country. Yes you read that right, diesel generators, the billions of pounds spent on wind and solar generation schemes and the billions of pounds spent on subsidising the farmers and landowners whose land the ‘sustainable’ power generators stand on have left us dependent on the dirtiest and most inefficient method of generating power to meet peak winter demand.

The report found that in recent winters the nation’s spare electricity pool went from 17 percent in 2011-12 to just one percent this year. To restore the stock, household bills would have to increase by as much as £30 a year until 2020. Government estimates predict price increases of around half of that.

“While nobody questions the noble intentions behind these ‘green power’ policies, it is clear that the unshakeable confidence of the community who swore ‘the science is settled’ was sadly misplaced and policies  designed to reduce Britain’s carbon dioxide emissions were not only wrong headed in a world that has stubbornly refused to get any warmer for almost twenty years (accoring to the ‘settled science’ we should have been frying eggs on the concrete in mid December here in northern England by now, not wondering how we are going to kep warm through the winter) but have had the unintended effect of hollowing out the reliability of the electricity generating sector,” the former co-chair of the Conservative Party said.

So to avoid major power cuts over Christmas 2017, Shapps added, the government should “work to make it profitable for private companies to invest and innovate in our electricity markets once again.”

Last year, National Grid paid nearly £40 million ($49.7 million) for emergency power. This winter, the group was given the go-ahead by the government to shell out an estimated £122.4 million. These costs are later spread out across the network and picked up by consumers in the form of growing bills.

 
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