UK ‘need not fear electricity blackouts’ says ex-National Grid boss–But it will cost you £3bn

Posted: January 30, 2017 by oldbrew in Accountability, Energy
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It’s OK ‘says ex-National Grid boss’. Well, let’s hear that from the current boss, and if it turns out he’s wrong he can be the next ex-boss.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38791572

Roger Harrabin, who is apparently now an energy analyst as well as an environmental one, writes:

The UK has enough energy capacity to meet demand – even on the coldest days when demand is highest, says Steve Holliday, the man who ran National Grid for a decade.

He said news stories raising fears about blackouts should stop.

His optimism is based on the government’s latest auction of capacity for power generation, which starts later today.

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Comments
  1. TinyCO2 says:

    I have mastered levitation. First I balance on one leg – renewables to cut CO2. Then I balance on the other leg – coal and gas generated reliable electricity. I dangle from a wire from the ceiling – imports of electricity. And finally I stand on a pile of poor people – it all gets subsidised by the bill payers, the poorest paying proportionately the most. See, you will believe a person can fly, so long as you ignore the fiddling details.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Don’t mention the smart meters.

    ‘Estimated cost – Estimated at £11 billion, this will ultimately be passed on to customers’
    http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/do-i-have-to-accept-a-smart-meter

  3. I can’t wait for the day they start taking these scandalous bird/bat mincers down.

  4. spetzer86 says:

    Did that cost estimate include how “free” wind/solar will be when they have to start replacing the lot about 12-15 years after they were first put in. Not only do you need 4X the name plate to start, you’ve got to replace them 4X faster than a similar fossil fuel facility.

  5. michael hart says:

    “His optimism is based on the government’s latest auction of capacity for power generation, which starts later today.”

    It reads rather more like a man who is trying to influence the prices of the power auction starting later today…

  6. TinyCO2 says:

    His optimism is based on being well gone from the job before the media seriously asking questions and blackouts happening because our infrastructure is too old. Capacity payments might keep old kit in operation but it doesn’t build new stations.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Tiny – re. ‘Capacity payments might keep old kit in operation but it doesn’t build new stations.’

    They seem to be hanging on grimly for the new nuclear plants but that could be 10-15 years away.

  8. Stephen Richards says:

    Roger Harrabin, who is apparently now an energy analyst as well as an environmental one

    And knows nothing about either. But since when has knowledge been a qualification for working at BBC news

  9. Just saw a video Harridan’s “performance” asking questions of Myron Ebell; except that it sounded more like Harridan was preaching and castigation; expounding heavily with untruths and ignorance.

    One of Harridan’s comrades jumped in asking for the juice that Ebell said he wasn’t able to provide.; but the moderator managed to diffuse the bullying.

  10. oldbrew says:

    UK to get 50 MW gas engine plants after auction

    Both projects are intended to bring balancing power to the UK grid, which is accommodating an increasing share of intermittent renewables, particularly windpower.

    Wartsila said a key reason for its engines being chosen for the plants was because they will be able to provide “electricity for approximately 100,000 homes in less than two minutes from start to full load”.
    http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2017/01/uk-to-get-50-mw-gas-engine-plants-after-auction.html

    Another hidden cost of part-time renewables?

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