Green Britain: Electricity bills set to rise by £30 a year and power rationed to keep lights on

Posted: December 19, 2016 by oldbrew in government, Incompetence
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Penalising coal and gas generation has led to reliance in emergency on things like diesel generators, hardly what was intended by so-called ‘green’ policies as MPs warn the UK grid system is edging ever nearer to breaking point. Words like ‘dangerous’ and ‘desperate’ are being used.
H/T GWPF / Daily Telegraph

Electricity bills could go up by £30 each year by 2020 and power “rationed” due to “mismanagement” of the UK’s electricity networks and the increasing cost of emergency supplies, MPs have warned.

The British Infrastructure Group, led by former Conservative minister Grant Shapps, warned lights could go out across the country next winter because there is not enough spare capacity in the system to cope with higher demand.

There is just 0.1 per cent spare electricity in the current system, a dangerously small amount of headroom in case of emergencies over the winter months, the report warned.

It cost the National Grid 800 times more than the standard price to buy additional power to cope with potential shortages in 2015. In total the company will spend £122.4 million on emergency power this winter and costs are expected to rise in 2016/17.

As a result, National Grid is forced to pay a premium to keep power stations which do not operate most of the time in a state of readiness in case of shortages, costing millions of pounds in emergency payments.

The grid expects to switch to a new scheme for coping with extra demand in 2018/19, but this will cost £1.1 billion by 2020 forcing bills up by £30 a year, the report warned. Hospitals and factories are also being asked to switch to back up diesel generators to ease pressure on the grid at peak times, leading to concerns about pollution.

Daniel Mahoney, head of economic research at the Centre for Policy Studies, said: “Mismanagement of energy policy – both from the European Union and the UK Government – has left the UK with desperately narrow capacity margins.”

Source: Green Britain: Electricity Bills Set To Rise By £30 A Year And Power Rationed To Keep Lights On | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. ivan says:

    There is a very simple answer to this but the politicians are not big enough or have the intestinal fortitude to do what is necessary.

    All they have to do is reverse renewable energy and conventional (fossil fuel) energy positions. All the requirements and perks (subsidies) of renewables go to conventional energy providers and pass all the uncertainties ans woes back to the renewable providers.

    Another thing to add to that, scrap the ‘smart’ meter roll-out and use the billions saved to build some gas fired power stations.

  2. Saighdear says:

    I regularly watch the ” ” site. I am surprised there are so few comments about how close we are to bursting. Compare it also with the French ( no friend, but..) we are almost on the LIMIT with Nuclear & CCGT, demand reaching ORANGE state AND Wind energy ? ….go look for yourselves. Solar ? pardon? can’t see it, Oh – forgot – it’s so cloudy, no , its dark – short days this now, – no mention of what it’s doing.
    Wasn’t it the interfering ignorant self-righteous Elite who sent us of on this track of Madness many years ago. Kwiker the Klexit , kwiker the Brexit, etc

  3. thefordprefect says:

    the French are currently over the edge until end of December – Forced to import energy from UK (even importing UK power during our peak times) etc. Their Nuclear stations are under investigation for safety reasons, Desperately trying to stop a couple of potentially unsafe safe stations from closing until march , when presumably the demand falls again.

  4. AlecM says:

    Threaten with Corporate Manslaughter charges those ministers who kill the public by allowing power cuts despite being warned by professionals of the deadly consequences.

    Do the same to NGC executives who ‘follow orders’ unless those executives announce rolling, planned power cuts a minimum of a week ahead.

    It’s the unplanned power cuts which kill. However, planned power cuts are an admission of executive failure – ‘Sorry, it was unavoidable guv’….

  5. Bryan says:

    Pity the poor people in Northern Ireland who will have to pay £500 per household more than a typical UK household because of a self inflicted stupid green scheme .

    A scheme in Northern Ireland to move industrial boilers from using oil to using wood chip pellets as being green.

    However this bill was very badly drafted and the subsidy was not limited.

    The more you burned the bigger the profit.

    There are reports of people building big empty barns heated by profit producing subsidized wood chip pellets and leaving all the doors and windows open all day and night.

    The First Minister of Northern Ireland (Arlene Foster) is heavily implicated as she was warned by a whistle-blower of the existence of this scam

    The scheme is now stopped but not before the horse bolted as the existing scheme will have to pay out nearly 500 million pounds(£) in legacy contracts.

    At first the Northern Irish ministers thought that the 500 M£ bill would land with the UK taxpayers but have now been told that it will come off the NI block grant.

    The population of Northern Ireland is 1.8 million

    Number of households around one million

    Hence £500 extra cost per household in addition to all the other costs that your article highlights

  6. oldbrew says:

    Green energy costs a fortune and has never worked

    On Monday, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) released a study showing that between 2008, when the U.K. Parliament approved a new green energy law, and 2020, the cost of “green” regulations will add nearly $1,000 a year to ordinary Britons’ home heating costs.

    During that 12-year period, government efforts to “decarbonize” the British economy will cost consumers and businesses more than $210 billion. That’s more than $3,200 for every person in Britain.