Britain faces power cuts as electricity begins to run everything from cars to boilers, say ‘climate change advisers’

Posted: June 16, 2021 by oldbrew in Energy, government, net zero, Uncertainty, weather
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‘What a surprise’, said no-one. Cue vague waffle about facing the issues, mainly caused by ditching reliable (compared to renewables) on-demand electricity generation from coal and gas.
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Britain faces catastrophic power cuts because of an increasing reliance on electricity to run everything from cars to home boilers, the Committee on Climate Change has warned. The Telegraph reporting.

Decarbonisation plans, which involve switching transport and heating away from petrol and gas, will mean outages in the future have a greater impact, the Government’s independent advisory committee on climate change has said, as it urged the Government to make sure the system could withstand extreme weather.

Incidents such as floods and storms, potentially made more intense by climate change, could leave thousands without power unless the Government prioritises adaptation, something it has so far failed to do, the committee said.

Electricity currently provides 15 to 20 per cent of the UK’s energy, but by 2050 this could rise to 65 per cent, a trend mostly driven by a switch from petrol and diesel-fuelled transport to electric power, and from gas boilers to electric alternatives such as heat pumps.

Power cuts such as those seen across England and Wales in August 2019 could become more frequent, and the risk of this is “not currently being managed,” the report found.

Full report here [paywalled].
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From Sky News…

  1. ilma630 says:

    And with power cuts or brown-outs, people and businesses suffer – all for want of trying to solve a conjectured problem that doesn’t exist.

  2. tom0mason says:

    Out of the 8 items on Sky’s high priority list that requires attention, item 7 holds the key. If this country’s population health, wellbeing, and productivity are neglected then you can kiss all the others good-bye.
    So bite the bullet, burn more fuel and keep people healthy, educated, and productive, giving a higher chance of a future with better trade, optimal employment, and a workforce better primed and ready to design and build useful innovations.
    Or shall it all just be left to China and India to manufacture most of everything?

  3. xmetman says:

    You really couldn’t make it up could you…

  4. oldbrew says:

    Tell us how making power more expensive and less reliable can ever be a path to greater prosperity.

  5. Kip Hansen says:

    Energy is energy — it has to be made available in ever greater quantities to met the needs ot modern society — we are not using less each year, but more.

    If we want to power all our cars and heat all our houses which now get their energy by burning petroleum and coal and replace that energy need with electricity, we need an equal (and ever increasing) dependable source for that added energy demand.

    In the United States, we are foolishly closing efficient nuclear power plants that make electricity, closing coal-fired plants that make electricity, forbidding the building of new natural gas fired power plants that would make electricity — and at the same time demanding that cars all be electric and that cooking stoves and home heating be electric.

    Infrastructure currently supplies the capacity to deiver to homes about 100-200 amps of 115 VAC power. A FAST electric car charger takes 50 amps to add 37 miles driving range per hour. You want to get your 300 miles between “fill-ups” you need a full 8 hours (your average sleep time).

    The average American home has “1.88” vehicles — let’s just say two cars. Often the second car is a pickup truck, which requires either even faster (higher amperage) charging or a longer charging period.

    A fairly modern home in the US usually has 100 amp service from the power pole. Newer homes have 200 amp service.

    My home only up-graded to 100 amp service 15 years ago! My home does not have enough electrical capacity to power two fast-car chargers even if I used no power for anything else.

    Even if my home had 200 amp service, it could not power two electric car chargers and my all-electric home — electric heat, electric air conditioning, electric water heater, electric stove and oven — not to mention eight computers, two televisions, lighting, electric toothbrushes, and on and on.

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    How exactly are we going to have “increased floods and droughts” in the next two years? A drought has to be multiple years surely? And if it floods it’s not a drought.

    These people are in positions of power so far above their intelligence and abilities it is frightening. We are being led to doom by morons.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Electric power fantasies are lining up
    By David Wojick | June 15th, 2021

    From NREL let’s start with Demand-Side Flexibility. What does this mean? It means that you serve the grid, rather than the grid serving you. I am not making this up. Their primary example is that electric vehicles will be charged during midday, when solar power is at full strength. You arrange your life around when power is available. Is this third world or what? It is the opposite of flexibility, a form of control. You are working on the grid’s schedule.

    They also have a computer model showing how wonderfully well this works. Here it gets truly hilarious, as they have a contender for the world’s greatest green understatement. The Executive Summary, which is all most people will read, features a nifty graph of a week of power generation and consumption. It shows how thanks to the miracle of Demand-Side Flexibility we can get all the juice we need from solar plus wind.

    Of course the graph is completely unrealistic.
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    The future is fantastical.

  8. hunterson7 says:

    It is a shame that Britain has leadership even more “woke” than the rest of the G7.

  9. oldbrew says:

    ‘Bitter reality’ revealed in global renewables report

    REN21 today published its Renewables 2021 Global Status Report, finding the share of fossil fuels in the global energy mix remains virtually unchanged from a decade ago, even as renewables are installed at record pace.

    JUNE 15, 2021

    “The share of fossil fuels in final energy consumption has not moved by an inch,” Rana Adib, REN21’s Executive Director, said.
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    Reality can be so annoying 🙄

  10. Gamecock says:

    ‘the Committee on Climate Change has warned’

    They are your friends. And ‘independent?’

    ‘Decarbonisation plans, which involve switching transport and heating away from petrol and gas, will mean outages in the future have a greater impact’

    Why? Increased dependence on electricity means an outage will affect more. Fair enough.

    ‘Climate change advisers urge Government* to ensure energy systems can cope with extreme weather, as future outages will have greater impact’

    Okay, this is an admission that their envisioned energy ‘systems’ are subject to failure with ‘extreme’ weather.

    It’s a trick. In a few years, they’ll declare that the systems will have to cope with normal weather. They aren’t going to say their plan won’t work. It will be Government’s failure to ‘ensure.’

    Scientists say that climate change will cause more becalmed/windy days.

    *Why are we capitalizing government?

  11. oldbrew says:

  12. oldbrew says:

    Bloomberg six months ago…
    U.K. power grid creaks at risk of blackouts

    “As the U.K. continues to rely on intermittent renewables, you need to have more and more backup capacities in place,” said Weijie Mak, project leader Aurora Energy Research Ltd. “You get into this issue where it’s harder and harder to manage the system.”
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    Try telling the numpties in charge 🙄

  13. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Mr Nut Nut PM is bonkers.

  14. tom0mason says:

    It stand repeating, so

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