UK faces electric shock: Reliance on Europe for power could land Britain in big trouble

Posted: May 9, 2021 by oldbrew in Energy, Politics
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Offshore wind farm [image credit: Wikipedia]

Please Monsieur, can we have some extra power today? ‘Non! – unless you agree to my latest terms and conditions’. Replacing power stations with intermittent renewables has exposed weaknesses others are already showing a willingness to exploit.
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The fishing row which saw France threaten to cut off Jersey’s power has exposed the ‘very dangerous’ threat of being too reliant on a foreign supplier for electricity, says The GWPF / Daily Mail.

Britain risks becoming an ‘import junkie’ by depending too heavily on the Continent for its electricity needs, it was claimed.

Tony Lodge, a research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank, said the UK is setting itself up for ‘almighty trouble’ by the end of the decade.

He warned that Britain is offshoring its energy security and emissions to Europe, leaving it vulnerable if the Continent’s surplus of power is reduced.

The fishing row which saw France threaten to cut off Jersey’s power has exposed the ‘very dangerous’ threat of being too reliant on a foreign supplier for electricity, Tony Lodge, a research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies has claimed

On Tuesday French maritime minister Annick Girardin said Paris would cut off electricity to Jersey – which gets 95 per cent of its power supply from France – if the dispute was not resolved.

Mr Lodge yesterday said this had ‘inadvertently exposed’ the ‘very dangerous’ threat of being too reliant on a foreign supplier.

He said: ‘We have slowly offshored our ability to generate all of the electricity we need… We followed European Union diktat when we were in the EU to close a lot of coal and oil power stations early, and we haven’t replaced them at home.

‘What we have done is set up interconnectors – undersea cables import power when we need it from the EU.’ He warned: ‘We are going to become import junkies.’

Full article here.

Comments
  1. saighdear says:

    All this hot air, … -a guid time to buld mair ween mulls, then?

  2. Gamecock says:

    “said the UK is setting itself up for ‘almighty trouble’ by the end of the decade”

    Nah. You won’t have to wait nearly that long.

    BWTM: How’s that switch to heat pumps going? And electric cars?

  3. pochas94 says:

    Doo De Doo De Doo….. Merkel: Intermittency is no problem. We can always get gas from Russia.

  4. Chaswarnertoo says:

    As I predicted, before they scrapped our power supply industry and sold the turbines to the Hun. I have rope….

  5. oldbrew says:

    import power when we need it from the EU

    Unless the EU happens to need all its available power at that time 🤔

  6. Gamecock says:

    The message is clear: you cannot rely on centralized power production. Government has mucked it up. Production must be dispersed. Or you must move (I still recommend South Carolina).

    Generac stock is doing GREAT!

  7. Roger,

    The US just had a major pipeline shutdown by ransomware.

    The power grids are getting more and more complicated and expanding to connect every region and country. A hacker could close down a whole country, The hacker hooks are most likely already in place. We cannot even protect a major pipeline and they allege our elections could not be hacked, it is even easier when it is needed and wanted by the party most in charge of the questionable cities.

    Alex Pope

    On Sun, May 9, 2021 at 3:43 AM Tallbloke’s Talkshop wrote:

    > oldbrew posted: ” Please Monsieur, can we have some extra power today? > ‘Non! – unless you agree to my latest terms and conditions’. Replacing > power stations with intermittent renewables has exposed weaknesses others > are already showing a willingness to exploit.- – -The fi” >

  8. pochas94 says:

    If the Brits don’t want to go with coal then nuclear/hydrogen looks like a good option. Quit wasting money on windmills.

  9. Gamecock says:

    Nah. They’ve botched nuclear, too.

  10. Stephen Wilde says:

    A couple of modern, small, clean nuclear plants would have spared our environment from all those ugly harmful wasteful windmills.

  11. pochas94 says:

    @Steven Wilde: Encantando!

  12. Stuart Brown says:

    Stephen, when we can get through all the bureaucratic hurdles to actually connect one to a grid, then yes. Until then, in the UK, we have Hinckley Point 2. Which is way too big really at 3.2GW, but certainly shames a LOT of wind fans. And cheaper. The CFD subsidy for Hinckley is outrageously expensive but still lower than nearly all wind farms.

    Pochas, we have 9GW of nuclear still. We had 14GW at one point, but those reactors are all really old. We’re talking Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. We’ve closed more reactors than Japan. The UK is still the number 10 or so country for nuclear and gets nearly the same proportion of electricity as the US – about 18%. We get more of our leccie from gas than anything else – >40% over the last year.

    Fun fact – the UK had the first reactor connected to the grid – in 1956, opened by the Queen a year before Shippingport.

  13. pochas94 says:

    “47% of our country’s gas is pumped in across the European continent through long-distance pipelines. Over half comes from Norway and Russia.”

    https://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy/guides/energy-sources.html

  14. Gamecock says:

    Thanks for the heads up, popesclimatetheory. I topped up my tank this afternoon. Gamecock is very dependent on the Colonial Pipeline. There’s about a 3 day lag between a pipeline outage and stations running out of fuel. According to news reports, Colonial still hasn’t gotten the main lines back up, so trouble could hit the southeast tomorrow.

  15. oldbrew says:

    Another electricity headache for the UK…

    Chinese stranglehold on rare earths forces UK into secret talks with allies
    2 May 2021

    Britain is grappling to secure supplies of the minerals, used in motors of electric cars and in wind turbines, to power green revolution
    . . .
    “If we want a renewable future, we need to have those metals and minerals,” said Alexander Stafford MP, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Critical Minerals.

    “China could literally turn off the taps which means we couldn’t build or maintain our new energy supply.”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/environment/2021/05/02/chinese-stranglehold-rare-earths-forces-uk-secret-talks-allies/

  16. Phoenix44 says:

    Maybe but if they are generating spare power why wouldn’t they want to sell it? Not selling it and not being able to store it just wastes the costs of generation. Producers need consumers just as much as consumers need producers. That’s why markets work.

  17. oldbrew says:

    Phoenix – the EU is looking at producing hydrogen from electricity, which could soak up a lot of any ‘spare’ capacity.

  18. Adam Gallon says:

    We’re relying on the French nuclear power., The French are looking at moving away fro nuclear power.

  19. Stuart Brown says:

    Thanks for the link, Pochas. Imported gas is no more secure than imported electricity, for sure, but personally I’m in favour of imported US LNG over wood pellets. If we have to buy gas from Russia as well I’d favour that over Chinese wind turbines all day long. Some head scratching stuff in there – British Gas get 24% of the electricity they sell from nuclear (How? They have no reactors – all owned by competitor EDF, Electricite De France), all the rest from renewables and nothing, 0%, from natural gas. So now we know they are bending the truth, when British Gas customers are still watching tellie of an evening, on a cold, still night. We really should be fracking.

    Hmm – our reactors are owned by the French. ‘Bonsoir, M. Macron, BoJo here. You’ve cut off the interconnectors I’m told. I’ve just issued an order to the army to seize our nuclear reactors and I’m nationalising them without compensation. Trust that’s OK with you?’

  20. pochas94 says:

    Anything to secure your British nation against economic warfare, Stuart. The really scary thing is that political tomfoolery has gripped the US, and the politics of destruction is upon us.

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