Government launches long-awaited Energy White Paper 

Posted: December 17, 2020 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, government, net zero, Subsidies
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One of its claims is: ‘we will make the UK the home of green ships and planes’. Easy – just ban their engines from being started. Publishing wish lists doesn’t guarantee engineering feasibility. These policies will cost a fortune but energy bills will be ‘affordable’, they claim. Who’s paying for all the subsidies – Father Christmas?
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The government has launched its long-awaited Energy White Paper to clean up the nation’s energy systems and ensure the journey to net zero by 2050 is achievable and affordable, says Energy Live News.

The white paper expands on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recently announced Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and sets out the steps needed to cut emissions from industry, transport and buildings by 230 million metric tonnes.

Green jobs

The Energy White Paper commits to supporting up to 220,000 jobs in the new, greener economy over the next decade, with positions ranging from employment in major power generation, carbon capture storage and hydrogen projects, in addition to a nationwide programme to retrofit homes and buildings with energy efficiency and clean heat technologies.

Shifting from fossil fuels to a net zero system

The plan promises to overhaul the entire energy system and aims to retrofit millions of homes, electrify transport with renewables, double electricity use instead of oil and gas and bolster renewable energy supply.

Keep bills affordable

The government has promised to make the energy retail market “truly competitive” by offering customers more simple methods of switching to cheaper energy tariffs, and tackling “loyalty penalties” by automatically switching consumers to fairer, cheaper deals – this system will be trialled to test its effectiveness in the market.

Emission-free electricity by 2050

The Energy White Paper commits to all electricity being emission-free by 2050 and sets the country on target for an “overwhelmingly decarbonised” energy system by 2030 to ensure it remains on the right trajectory for the final goal.

It states low carbon power is a “key enabler” of the more sustainable economy of the future and notes demand for clean electricity is forecast to double in order to decarbonise the transport and heating sectors.

Full article here.

Government White Paper here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Smart tariffs include: tariffs where costs
    vary by the time of use, based on the
    cost of electricity; export tariffs, for
    those with generation technology such
    as solar panels; load control tariffs that
    can manage when appliances are used
    to ensure consumers use the cheapest
    energy; and tariffs designed for
    consumers with low-carbon technology,
    for example, electric vehicles, to ensure
    they can charge at the cheapest times.

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    Smart tariffs are largely an attempt to compensate for unpredictable power generation from wind and solar, plus avoidance of overloads caused by EV owners charging up en masse.

  2. A C Osborn says:

    Where are the people to call them all out?

  3. Gamecock says:

    Lead author, Lewis Carroll, said that . . . .

  4. oldbrew says:

    Ensuring that costs are fairly allocated
    between all consumers will be a central
    challenge for government. We need to
    strike the right balance between different
    households, between domestic consumers
    and businesses, including the big energy
    users in industry

    Aka energy taxes.

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Our ‘leaders’ have gone insane.

  6. ivan says:

    I have a much more affordable plan.
    1) disband the government department responsible for this,
    2) remove ALL subsidies for the generation of ‘green’ electricity,
    3) build 5 new high efficiency coal fired power stations and bring them on line as soon as possible,
    4) start deploying small modular nuclear power plants,
    5) put the purchase of reliable energy before all others,
    6) repeal the Climate Change Act 2008 and ALL its dependencies,
    7) purge this green stupidity from all places of learning in the country,
    8) allow anyone that wants to generate ‘green’ electricity to do so and sell it at competing market prices,
    9) dump the UN Paris commitments.

    Following this plan would put the UK so far ahead of the EU that most of the EU manufacturing would move to the UK.

  7. Gamecock says:

    ‘It states low carbon power is a “key enabler” of the more sustainable economy of the future’

    There will be no economy in the future.

    Move now while you still can:

    ‘notes demand for clean electricity is forecast to double in order to decarbonise the transport and heating sectors.’

    It is breathtaking how this is off by orders of magnitude. They really have no clue. Clean (sic) electricity provides 5% of your electricity. Some days. For it to provide 100% of your electricity, PLUS power transport and heating, you need a 5000% increase, and it be available ALL THE TIME.

    ‘Our leadership is based on taking practical domestic action, which in turn creates business opportunities for the UK to export clean technology, skills and know-how.’

    Buying windmills from someone else doesn’t enable you to ‘export clean technology, skills and know-how.’ You are marketing for other countries. Guinea pigs, actually.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Patricia Adams: Western greens are China’s useful idiots
    Environmentalists have become the highest-profile cheerleaders for the CCP, helping divert attention from the regime’s worrisome pursuits

    Special to Financial Post
    Publishing date:Dec 16, 2020

    Most now recognize that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cheats and threatens to get its way and is hostile to rules-based institutions.

    The big exceptions to those who have had their eyes opened are Western environmentalists and their funders who, rather than becoming more cautious about China’s role in the world, continue to lavish its environmental efforts with superlatives such as “herculean” and “momentous.”
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    Western greens were Russia’s useful idiots in the fracking ‘debate’, such as it was or wasn’t.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Rupert Darwall writes:

    Offshoring your manufacturing is one way to make yourself look like a climate hero. In 1990, the UN’s baseline year, the UK’s territorial emissions were 594.1 million metric tons. Its consumption emissions were 656.0 million metric tons – a gap of 61.9 million metric tons. After 1990, the two figures diverged, territorial emissions continuing a downward trend that had persisted for the previous two decades, while consumption emissions rose by 30.7%, peaking at 857.4 million metric tons in 2007 – opening up a colossal 316.6 million metric-ton gap. Since 2007, consumption emissions have started to fall and the gap has narrowed, though by 2015, they had only fallen back to their 1990 level, at 656.6 million metric tons, making Britain one of the world’s highest per capita importers of carbon dioxide emissions. If the UN’s targets were based on consumption emissions, the UK would have recorded a zero percent reduction to 2015. [bold added]
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    Since 2007, consumption emissions have started to fall and the gap has narrowed
    – i.e. after the great banking crash of 2008 dented the economy.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Green economy: $580 million wind farm off Fukushima to be dismantled
    Date: 19/12/20 The Japan Times

    FUKUSHIMA – The government said Thursday it will remove the two remaining wind power turbines it installed off Fukushima Prefecture citing lack of profit in the project, which cost ¥60 billion ($580 million).
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    No-one told them the profit comes from the subsidies?

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