Protests Break Out in Europe As Electricity Prices Soar 

Posted: September 13, 2021 by oldbrew in Energy, wind
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Energy costs on the rise

Refusal to exploit their own reserves of coal and gas, strong reluctance to import any more than the bare minimum because of a professed fear of trace gases in the atmosphere, and over-reliance on costly renewables is making the countries in question look more and more foolish. No end in sight to this kind of economic pain.
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Depleted natural gas inventories and low wind speeds have led to a surge in electricity prices across Europe, putting pressure on governments as consumers protest against surging power bills ahead of the winter heating season, says OilPrice.com.

Electricity prices from the UK to Spain have jumped to all-time highs, people in Spain have taken to the streets, while prices across Europe so high could become a drag on the economic recovery from the pandemic.

In Spain, day-ahead electricity prices surged to a fresh record this week, which is “a huge political problem,” says Javier Blas, Chief Energy Correspondent at Bloomberg News.

Consumers in Spain are protesting against utilities as households now pay around double the price for electricity compared to what they paid at this time last year, the New York Times reports.

Power prices hit this week records in the UK, Germany, and France, too.

In Ireland, typically an exporter of electricity to the UK, a second amber alert “due to a generation shortfall” was issued this week alone.

The insufficient electricity supply on Thursday led to the suspension of the Moyle Interconnector, which exports electricity from Northern Ireland to Scotland across the Irish Sea.

In the UK, high natural gas prices and low wind speeds have created a perfect storm for the day-ahead power prices, which hit new records this week.

The UK, as well as the rest of Europe, are bracing for further spikes in power prices when the heating season begins.

Full article here.

Comments
  1. Climate change is normal, natural, necessary, unstoppable, self-correcting, and inside the same boundaries as the most recent ten thousand years. This is a good time to promote proper study of the internal natural self correcting responses of climate.

    Virus-free. http://www.avg.com

    On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 4:06 AM Tallbloke’s Talkshop wrote:

    > oldbrew posted: ” Refusal to exploit their own reserves of coal and gas, > strong reluctance to import any more than the bare minimum because of a > professed fear of trace gases in the atmosphere, and over-reliance on > costly renewables is making the countries in question lo” >

  2. Phoenix44 says:

    People really don’t like being made poorer. You can take their freedoms and restrict them in many ways, but inflict poverty and there will be revolt.

  3. Gamecock says:

    Captain Renault is SHOCKED!

  4. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Mr Nut Nut PM’s insanity is showing.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Why Ireland’s data centre boom is complicating climate efforts

    ‘By 2028 data centres and other large users will consume 29 per cent of Ireland’s electricity, according to EirGrid, Ireland’s transmission system operator. Worldwide data centres consume about 2 per cent of electricity, a figure set to reach 8 per cent by 2030. Few countries, if any, will match Ireland’s level.

    It is already Europe’s data centre capital, with Amazon, Google and Microsoft siting operations there.’

    https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/why-ireland-s-data-centre-boom-is-complicating-climate-efforts-1.4131768
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    Add Facebook to the list. Nobody is going to notice any benefits from Irish ‘climate efforts’ anyway, or anyone else’s either.

  6. dscott8186 says:

    Now imagine using a heatpump the government is urging you to heat your house this winter. And if the power goes out? The answer will be thermal underware and sherpa socks. Stay warm.

  7. Saighdear says:

    “thermal underware and sherpa socks” , eh? Meanwhile nobody wants the natural organic insulating clothing product known as wool: better to throw it all away. and then? wait another year for the next crop? ( not permitted to use “Plastics” based modern clothing / textiles) ‘Bring it on!’ Better get used to shivering. remember with covid around, you need to keep buildings well ventilated.

  8. oldbrew says:

    GWPF gives evidence to the House of Lords inquiry into the Costs of Net Zero
    Date: 14/09/21 Global Warming Policy Forum

    London, 14 September – The Industry and Regulators Committee of the House of Lords is currently holding an inquiry into the costs of Net Zero, the Government’s plans for total decarbonisation of the economy and the role of Ofgem, the energy regulator.
    . . .
    ‘The GWPF has repeatedly drawn attention to growing evidence that casts doubt on official estimates of the costs and feasibility of renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions to meet the targets implied in the Climate Change Act (2008) and more recently the 2050 Net Zero target that has replaced it.’

    https://www.thegwpf.com/gwpf-gives-evidence-to-the-house-of-lords-inquiry-into-the-costs-of-net-zero/

  9. oldbrew says:

    Britain’s last coal power stations to be paid huge sums to keep lights on
    Plants called on to supply electricity amid fall in wind generation and surge in price of gas

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/13/britain-last-coal-power-stations-to-be-paid-huge-sums-to-keep-lights-on-record-energy-prices
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    Huge sums – just like renewables have cost us all in recent years.

  10. Gamecock says:

    10-4 oldbrew 9:54.

    ‘The Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal plant near Nottingham is also in line to benefit from record power prices this week.’

    And Britain will ‘benefit’ from having electricity.

    One assumes the Beeb thinks coal plants should be operated as charities, bailing out their replacement renewables world.

    ‘but the remaining plants are available on standby to accept eye-watering offers from National Grid ESO in times of need’

    It won’t seem to be ‘eye-watering’ when your electricity is off.

    Beeb doesn’t get it: if you are to have backups, you will have to PAY for the backups. As a greater proportion of your electricity comes from renewables, the business case for backing them up diminishes. At some point, the backups go out of business. The Beeb is proud ‘Britain has largely been weaned off coal power in recent years.’ The impact of this folly is coming over the hill. They don’t comprehend that this is trivial compared to what is coming. Unreliable power supply will transform Britain to a Third World country. CoP26 is to beg the world to become Third World countries along with Britain. Good luck with that, Boris!

  11. oldbrew says:

    See where this is going…

    Climate Lockdowns: New CO2 monitoring credit card enables tracking of ‘carbon footprint on every purchase’ – ‘Monitors & cuts off spending when we hit our carbon max’ – Mastercard & UN join forces
    September 13, 2021

    https://www.climatedepot.com/2021/09/13/new-co2-monitoring-credit-card-enables-tracking-of-carbon-footprint-on-every-purchase-monitors-cuts-off-spending-when-we-hit-our-carbon-max-mastercard-un-join-forces/

  12. In projects I have built, wind and solar play a large role in supplemental, point of use energy production. It may be ideally suited for low-amperage home usage, but it does not appear to be yet ready for prime time. Now toss in a vehicle being plugged in for all the people who own their own cars. Yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

  13. oldbrew says:

    EU Facing Pandemonium As Green Policies Send Energy Prices Skyrocketing

    ‘Brussels has been warned of increasing discontent across the bloc over fears of EU-wide Yellow Vests protests.

    Carbon prices across the EU are reaching record-high levels as energy companies prepare to comply with the EU Commission’s new Fit for 55 green rules.

    The issue is set to spark a clash between the EU executive and the European Parliament where the legislation will be discussed on Tuesday.’

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/eu-facing-pandemonium-as-green-policies-send-energy-prices-skyrocketing/

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