Britons face record bill as wind farms perform poorly again – Net Zero Watch

Posted: November 26, 2021 by oldbrew in Critique, Energy, net zero, weather, wind
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The higher the dependence on renewables, the worse problems such as ‘the vagaries of wind speed’ become.
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London, 25 November – The daily cost of balancing the electricity grid rocketed to £63 million yesterday, smashing the old record of £45 million, set just three weeks ago, reports Net Zero Watch.

Wind farms were performing poorly yet again, delivering only 20% of their theoretical capacity.

The Balancing Mechanism, which ensures that supply and demand are in balance hour by hour, was forced to pay up to £4000/MWh to get the coal-fired Drax 5 unit to switch on, at the same time as paying wind farms to switch off.

Net Zero Watch’s Dr Benny Peiser said:

The tens of millions that the grid is having to throw at the growing problem of unreliable renewables on days like yesterday are astonishing. £1 million to wind farms to switch off. £5 million to get a single coal-fired unit at Drax to switch on. This is unsustainable.”

The annual cost of the so-called Balancing Mechanism has quintupled in just three years, reaching £1.8 billion in 2020/21 driven primarily by the vagaries of wind speed.

But Dr Peiser warns that figure that is likely to be comfortably surpassed in the current year.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. Curious George says:

    Specify a minimum energy delivery per month. Stiff penalties for an underperformance.

  2. […] Britons face record bill as wind farms perform poorly again – Net Zero Watch […]

  3. oldbrew says:

    Wind power is matching gas at the moment (32-33% of UK electricity) as ‘red alert’ Storm Arwen passes over Scotland and some other parts of the UK.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-scotland-59429484

    But who wants storms?

  4. Adam Gallon says:

    12Gigs of wind, but still 1Gig of coal!

  5. Gamecock says:

    “Specify a minimum energy delivery per month. Stiff penalties for an underperformance.”

    Good concept, but the granularity of demand is instantaneous. Averages, or monthly, mean nothing.

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    But any penalties simply get paid for in the end by customers. If renewables will pay penalties then they will include them in the price they bud/require.

    We have to pay the full cost of the system. That’s how it works.

  7. cognog2 says:

    Yes.
    Pre fossil -“ Ten men men went to mow a meadow. Went to mow a meadow” and wound up with a meagre life style to go with it.
    Today, with fossil-“ One man with his gas went to mow a meadow” and winds up with a comfortable life style, relatively.

    Like renewables, politicians reckon the working peoples are a source of infinite renewable wealth production. Not wise thinking; albeit attractive in the short term where their careers are concerned.
    In the long term it will be very destructive; once the ‘peoples’ tumble to the scam.
    The current price rises being just the start.

  8. oldbrew says:

  9. Gamecock says:

    Humans use way too much energy for it to be supplied by renewables.

    Any questions?

  10. Douglas Dragonfly says:

    During the storm last night lots of batteries got fully charged I assume. Plus much hydrogen was created and stored at strategic positions around the UK. Again, I assume.
    If not then people need to understand that the country is still reliant on those wonderful fossil fuels. Which incidentally I bet are in use repairing storm damage.

  11. chickenhawk says:

    Only the Dark Ages 2.0 can save us. The party of Locusts seek to destroy. Only when enough people are hurt, will there be critical mass to overcome the insanity.

  12. watersider says:

    Roger,
    We live (exist) in Carnoustie in the east of Scotlald. On Friday night out power failed at 1820. Whilst our neighbouring towns experienced a one-hour outage, our lasted until 1520 on Saturday.
    Out on the horizon we can see the first of over 100 Chinese made bird mincers being installed. This should greatly enhance the supply of Unreliables.
    I
    Being a bit of a versafier I penned to following for our local newspaper the Dundee Courier.

    Powerless
    The windmills stand idle
    As we freeze in the dark,
    The owners get Danegeld
    For each shutdown windpark:
    Out on the horizon
    Stands a diesel powered rig,
    Building a windmill
    To placate Peppa Pig.

    Our society runs
    On reliable power,
    Which the old and the poor
    Spend their whole widows dower:
    Folk pray to Saint Greta
    Or our green pontiff Frank,
    We’ll keep warm in our car
    With a full diesel tank.

  13. chickenhawk says:

    watersider
    love the poem
    question is, will it move the power brokers enough to do something positive for a change?

  14. oldbrew says:

    Donald Trump: Boris Johnson is making a ‘big mistake’ by backing wind power

    Speaking to Nigel Farage on GB News, the former US president says the energy source is only backed by environmentalists who ‘hate the world’
    30 November 2021

    The former US president said that wind farms were “horrible”, “ridiculous”, “kill all the birds” and “start to rust” after a couple of years. They were only backed by environmentalists “who hate the world”, he said.

    Mr Trump also took aim at a wind farm sited just off the coast of Aberdeen where he owns the Trump International Golf Links, describing it as a “shame” and the windmills as “monsters” in an interview with Nigel Farage on GB News on Wednesday.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/30/donald-trump-tells-boris-johnson-making-big-mistake-backing/

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