Fading History: Britain’s Renewables Obsession Renders Reliable & Affordable Power Distant Memory

Posted: November 9, 2019 by oldbrew in Critique, Energy
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Taking the expensive and unreliable route to power generation regardless of economics is not likely to end well.


Back in August, Brits had their first taste of the kind of grid chaos inevitably delivered when you pin your hopes on the weather. Mass blackouts are the inevitable consequence of the notion that a modern economy can power itself on sunshine and breezes.

As Brits are learning to their cost and consternation, electricity generation and distribution is a finely balanced proposition. The product of considered engineering and careful design, the electricity grid was never designed for the massive surges and collapses in wind and solar output, delivered on a daily basis.

As Dr John Constable outlines below, thanks to chaotically intermittent wind and solar, the expectation Brits once held of having reliable and/or affordable power has gone the way of the dodo.

The fading dream of reliable power
The Global Warming Policy Forum
John Constable
21 October 2019

Back in August, a major power cut blacked out something like…

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  1. Stephen Richards says:

    This may be the winter that test ruinables to their limits. Current weather pattern is very similar to 1962. October and November were cold with freezing fog in places which produced sleet and snow inlondon as the high pressure system departed to eastern scandinavia. The high then forced it’s way back to produce the boxing day blizzard. The rest is history, as they say.

  2. Gamecock says:

    Government is destroying centralized power production. With all its cost, efficiency, and environmental benefits.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Among the first to suffer if power went off for any length of time in the UK would be electric car owners. Apart from those with a fuel-powered alternative at hand that is.

  4. ican says:

    I can’t help wondering who is paying the civil servants to propose this stupidity to the politicians since we know that politicians can’t think for themselves.

    Maybe it is just virtue signalling by the politicians to show how ‘good’ they are to people like ER rather than considering the general public because if they did consider the public they would scrap the subsidies, that are paid for by the public with higher power costs, and remove the climate change act 2008.

  5. Gamecock says:

    Ican, the public is too comfortable to get involved. It’s why decadence destroys great civilizations.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Gamecock says: November 10, 2019 at 1:35 pm
    Ican, the public is too comfortable to get involved
    – – –
    Let’s Talk About “Boiling Frog Syndrome”

    what killed the frog was his own inability to decide when to jump