Britain runs coal power stations amid energy crisis

Posted: September 24, 2021 by oldbrew in Energy, government, ideology
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Drax

Drax power station, generating 7% of Britain’s needs, is partly converted to burning imported woodchips.

UK energy policy, based on hypothetical climate theories, is unravelling just as PM Boris Johnson is claiming at the UN that going green is easy. Alternatives to coal are proving to be a lot more problemmatical than expected. Running short of affordable power is an avoidable outcome of supposed climate strategy, and makes governments look incompetent.
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Britain, which faces soaring natural gas prices, has been forced to run coal-fired power stations in order to secure energy supplies, electricity generation company Drax said on Thursday.

The country is particularly exposed to Europe’s ongoing energy crisis due to its reliance on natural gas to generate electricity, says TechXplore.

The price of European gas futures has more than doubled since May.

“These facilities have fulfilled a critical role in keeping the lights on at a time when the energy system is under considerable pressure,” the group said in a statement emailed to AFP.

Drax—which owns the nation’s biggest facility in Yorkshire, northern England—had planned to switch from coal to biomass this year to help tackle climate change.

The group could now extend the use of coal, Chief Executive Will Gardiner told the Financial Times.

“We’re very aware that the country might have a significant problem and if there’s something Drax can do we will absolutely think about doing that,” Gardiner told the business-focused newspaper.

Any delay could complicate Britain’s plans to scrap coal-powered electricity generation by October 2024.

Full article here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    at a time when the energy system is under considerable pressure

    Nowhere near winter yet, and UK temperatures have been mild for late September.

  2. Phoenix44 says:

    Imagine an electricity generation system that could switch between fuels based on the relative cost at any given time, thus providing consumers with the cheapest possible energy, i.e. what consumers actually want.

  3. oldbrew says:

    China’s Power Cuts Widen Amid Shortages and Climate Push
    September 24, 2021

    Power rationing and forced cuts to factory production in China are widening amid electricity supply issues and a push to enforce environmental regulations.
    . . .
    Local governments are ordering the power cuts as they try to avoid missing targets for reducing energy and emissions intensity.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-23/china-s-power-cuts-widen-amid-shortages-and-climate-push

  4. Just think, if we could just round up the people and force them into big cities and large community camps … I mean homes, how easy it would be to provide them with heat.

    Freedoms? You don’t need freedoms. You cannot afford it anyhow. (Says the politician as they get on their private jet to fly across the Kingdom to attend meetings about more oppressive regulations under the guise of climate control)

  5. oldbrew says:

    The country is particularly exposed to Europe’s ongoing energy crisis due to its reliance on natural gas to generate electricity, says TechXplore.

    Obscuring the fact that lack of wind strength greatly increased the need for such gas. Leaders then claim more wind power is the answer, when it’s the problem.

  6. SasjaL says:

    Due to the situation in Sweden, that was caused by the pseudo greens, we have now an ‘oil burner’ running 24/7 (in Karlshamn). It burns 140 [metric] tons per hour. (eq. ~160m3/h …) That’s the consequence when shutting down fully working nuclear plants due to political delusions …

    There is one more in central Stockholm, converted some years ago to use bio fuel, but I suspect they need to go back to oil soon …

  7. Gamecock says:

    “Just think, if we could just round up the people and force them into big cities and large community camps … I mean homes, how easy it would be to provide them with heat.”

    More significantly, to be able to turn off their heat.

    For parting their hair on the wrong side.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Jo Nova: “Fossil Fuels are a strategic asset” say people watching UK and EU perfect gas storm

    It’s not even winter yet but suddenly all eyes are on the gas prices

    Thanks to fear of climate change voodoo many nations in the EU have effectively stopped exploring for gas and decided not to frack their shale deposits to get cheap gas too. (In Australia too). Vainglorious governments aimed to change the weather instead of having cheap electricity and lo, wind-towers were built everywhere.

    What could possibly go wrong? Nearly everything.

    https://joannenova.com.au/2021/09/fossil-fuels-are-a-strategic-asset-say-people-watching-uk-and-eu-perfect-gas-storm/

  9. oldbrew says:

    Evening Standard Comment: From fuel to CO2, Johnson’s government risks lurching from crisis to crisis
    Fri, 24 September 2021

    The Conservatives will be only too aware that the only time Tony Blair looked in serious trouble in his first term was during the fuel duty protests of 2000. Emmanuel Macron will also have a word or two to say about the gilet jaunes.

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/evening-standard-fuel-co2-johnson-124703841.html

  10. oldbrew says:

    *Winter forecast 2021/2022* First look at Winter reveals a shift in the jet stream due to the new La Nina, felt in North America and in Europe
    By: Andrej Flis

    Published: 25/09/2021

    Europe is generally neutral when it comes to precipitation, with a hint for more precipitation over northern Europe, where the jet stream takes storm systems.

    https://www.severe-weather.eu/long-range-2/winter-forecast-2021-2022-usa-europe-early-look-fa/
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    Analysis, and reviews of model output from the major forecasters e.g. Met Office.

  11. oldbrew says:

    What Experts Are Getting Wrong About The UK Energy Crisis
    Sep 25, 2021

    Were energy retailers skimping on their risk management? It seems so. Is their business model to file for bankruptcy at the first sign of genuine financial distress.? These entities are fragile by design. While we expect a lot of hyperventilating by regulators, their previous infatuation with so-called free markets renders them incapable, complicit, or both. The result is that either consumers or the government will be left footing the bill for these energy price spikes.

    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/What-Experts-Are-Getting-Wrong-About-The-UK-Energy-Crisis.html

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