Britain faces standstill on energy and climate policy 

Posted: June 13, 2017 by oldbrew in Energy, government, Politics
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Some day UK leaders might work out that the energy policies of recent years have cost far too much for no good reason. But nobody’s holding their breath waiting for that day. Reducing bills while driving up costs does not compute.

The U.K.’s search for 100 billion pounds ($127 billion) to maintain electricity supplies is likely to become tougher after the Conservative government lost its parliamentary majority in an election last week, says the GWPF.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who is leading a minority government, will need to focus more than ever to get consensus from lawmakers on Britain’s exit from the European Union. That leaves little time for setting new policies that could bolster the case for investing in new energy infrastructure, industry officials said.

“There’s not going to be an energy policy,” Guy Madgwick, managing director of Northern Europe for wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA, said in a phone interview. “It’s nowhere near the top of their list.”

With more than a dozen power plants due to close in the next decade, Britain’s grid is creaking under growing volumes of power from wind and solar farms. The government is also is under pressure to meet legislated targets to reduce fossil-fuel emissions. And those challenges won’t disappear during the debate over Brexit.

“We’re at a point in the U.K. where we probably need to redefine some of the targets and goals we want to achieve over the next 10 to 15 years for the whole of the energy sector,” said Keith Anderson, chief executive officer of ScottishPower Plc, a utility that’s also developing renewable-energy plants.

There’s already evidence that investment in Britain’s energy industry has slowed as the government focused on fighting three separate campaigns with voters in the past three years, including general elections this year and 2015 and the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Investment in clean energy plunged in the first quarter after falling on an annual basis for the first time in six years last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. 

Developers are seeking certainty on how their payments will be structured after the U.K. leaves the EU, a move that may allow it to drop renewable energy targets for 2020 that have served as a guide to how policy will evolve.

“Climate and energy policy has largely been on pause for the best part of a year,” said Louise Kingham, chief executive officer of the Energy Institute, a London-based institution that tracks energy policy. “There’s some catching up to do.”

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  1. tallbloke says:

    Yours truly trying to be heard on energy policy:

  2. dscott says:

    Let me sum up for you Britain’s energy policy: Senior Citizens freezing to death during the winter.

    Until you figuratively beat Green Scam supporters senseless on a daily basis, the ruling class and the elite will continue to enrich themselves on the backs of the tax payers. UKIP needs to up it’s game and start a political bomb throwing campaign to soften up the AGW lines. If you will excuse my American brassness, you need to kick them in the sweets, and once they bend over from the pain, keep kicking them until they retire from the field of battle. Put your gloves to the side and stop playing by the Marquess of Queensberry rules because the elites don’t themselves. Don’t tell me you’re better than that when defenseless Seniors die a cruel death due to the greed and apathy of the elites and their co-conspirators, the rulers/politicians.

    The Senior Citizen lobby in the US is pretty strong, so it’s hard for me as an American to comprehend old people dying of freezing to death in their own homes from government policy. Harder still is any American politician who would even dare to implement such a policy. Maybe that’s the difference between Brits and Yanks, our intolerance of incompetence and graft.

  3. tallbloke says:

    dscott. I can’t tell you how brassed off I am that Paul Nuttall led off the election campaign with his ban the burqa stuff instead of concentrating on bread and butter policies like energy and education. Thankfully, he’s retired from the battlefield. Hopefully we can get on with being the party of commonsense again now. However, we are weakened by being squeezed between the votes for the legacy parties. With such a low voteshare in this election, we won’t get the mandatory media coverage we did in the last election cycle, and the media loves to ignore sensible kippers like me if it can get away with it.

  4. oldbrew says:

    DUP 2016 manifesto is the usual dismal nonsense re energy policy. They don’t get that cheap renewables don’t exist and even if they did, are part-time power only.

    The DUP will carry out a fundamental review of energy policy to ensure that consumers and businesses have a secure energy supply that moves ever closer to the EU median price. This review will include how best to support further development of the renewable sector at least cost to consumers and businesses and better interconnection.

    DUP 2017 manifesto:

    Northern Ireland needs a secure and sustainable energy supply for both domestic and business customers. While concerns have been highlighted about the future security of supply of electricity in Northern Ireland, the DUP believes that this can be addressed by continued progress on interconnection, market integration and the development of new generation capacity. We are encouraged by recent planning applications for new power stations…[etc]. [bold added]

    ‘Sustainable’ power stations presumably 😐

  5. nuwurld says:

    Oldbrew, to illustrate your point, almost everyday we (the uk) import at a cost, energy from France, who have nuclear power but very little wind, into our wind turbine prevalent (free energy!) market.

  6. Curious George says:

    There is no mention of brexit in this thread. I’ll never understand the British.

  7. AlecM says:

    As we lurch into the new Little Ice Age, a 179 year solar cycle, it will be to some National Government politician’s advantage to say ‘Vote for me and save your granny from freezing to death in the power cuts. And by the way, the windmill and solar cell operators have been creating extra taxes based on fake science, assuming you are stupid enough to believe it’.

    He/she will then add ‘Remember, these are the people who said open up the immigration floodgates to Salafi Moslems to get multiculturalism; equally stupid’.

  8. dscott says:

    Tallbloke, maybe UKIP needs to hire some professional political bomb throwers to craft messages. UKIP would make a critical mistake in NOT beginning it’s campaign now for the next election. The ground needs to be prepared, i.e. the battlefield needs to be shaped for British Citizens to focus on what is important. I don’t know what the average British citizen responds to, jokes, sarcasm, fact telling, innuendo, provocative assertions… But a response to anything the new Labour pols babble about needs to be responded to. Anytime political pablum is uttered, some kind of deeply emotional response is necessary that paints Labour/Liberal/Socialist as unsympathetic, uncaring, disconnected from the average person. Putting these people on the defensive now inhibits them from going back to the politics as usual and getting their agenda advanced.

    I get the distinct impression that British political candidates are a side in search of a reason to represent for the sole purpose of obtaining a paid job. It’s socialism politics. IF you don’t have an issue that engages your motivation to run for office, you don’t represent anyone but yourself. Hillary Clinton in the US would be a prime example of this lack of reason to run for office other than she wanted a cushy position in government. People need leadership, a person without the proverbial fire in the belly isn’t a leader.

    But you know this, however, whatever politician UKIP settles on to run for your various government offices must be vetted: The first post to pass is “fire in the belly”. (Nigel Farage has that quality) A political operator can’t pass this test since he/she naturally shuns controversy. Controversy is thee motivation of the electorate. People don’t bother to vote unless they are motivated to “change” the paradigm that hurts their vested interests or defend their vested interest from a bad change.

    So in that theme, feel free to take my quip on British Energy Policy and test run it on the public. Pick a fight and make them defend their callousness. Make a youtube video with a senior citizen discussing their hard choices between heat and food and rent, personalize it for people to identify with.

  9. oldbrew says:

    How times change…

  10. tallbloke says:

    dscott: good ideas and correct analysis. We had a good local branch meeting last night. New members, strong ideas about fighting back against the backsliding main parties.

  11. dscott says:

    I will offer a slightly cynical view of PM May’s decision for a snap election from across the pond. As you know, here in America, we have no such thing as a snap election, terms of office are well defined time periods. As an American, I see this as a strength over the parliamentary system giving consistency. Consistency may turn out to be good or bad depending on what political party you are.

    My cynical view is that PM May being of the Tory Party did this deliberately to take advantage of UKIP’s weakened situation after the Brexit. When Nigel Farage stepped down as UKIP leader, he opened the door to political operatives, those with no fire in the belly, who are easily cowed by controversy. While I am sympathetic to his support for Trump in the American election cycle, this was a strategic mistake on his part to leave UKIP in the hands of operatives. It seems to me that UKIP and Tory may share some similar views, the fact is a person who identifies with UKIP did so because they believed the Tories didn’t have enough, they were lacking… IF you are a Tory, an opportunity to fenestrate an upstart political party like UKIP who skims people off their voting block is to be taken at almost any cost. Without UKIP, the Tory party would not have had the force of their convictions to do Brexit. Being Conservative is NOT a position, it is a conviction yielding actions based on principles.

    It appears to me that UKIP is similar to our Tea Party faction within the Republican party. We hold similar values but Republicans are lacking in the conviction to carry out most or all of them as soon as some emotional, enabling, facilitating liberal spouts virtue signaling pablum that they care and you don’t. As with the main (Tory or Republican) party, those in charge don’t like their feet to be held to the fire by those simple inflexible folk who just don’t understand. The enemy of my enemy is NOT my friend, he is potentially my enemy and I won’t naively show my back to him anymore than my enemy.

  12. dscott says:

    Now here is an example of Labour Policy in their callous application of Green Scam:

    Grenfell Tower inferno a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ as concerns are raised for safety of other buildings

    Jeremy Corbyn: Empty homes owned by rich should be ‘requisitioned’ for Grenfell Tower residents

    It is reported that the reason why the apartment building was so fully engulfed in flames is do to a Green Scam project that clad this building in insulating material. The gap between the material and the building envelop created a chimney effect that conducted the heat and flame all over the building. Curious, given the fact that Britain has an insanely meticulous permit and inspection system for any building improvement. How does an obsessive compulsive safety bureaucracy miss such an important detail??? Apparently, exceptions are made for green projects.

    Hence, Corbyn is trying to cover up a government policy of roasting it’s citizens in funeral pyres…cough, cough I mean flats by obnoxious moralizing against rich people.

    It’s apparently not enough that Green Scammers are apathetic to the plight of pensioners freezing to death in their homes in the winter due to excessive energy taxes being forced to choose between food, rent and heat; but they nonchalantly profiteered creating multistory ovens for people to live in…