Former minister warns Britons of risk of energy rationing

Posted: April 18, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, fracking, net zero, Politics, wind
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Lord Frost was unimpressed by the UK’s newly announced energy plan. Government bluster about hydrogen and biomass has minimal credibility. They believe the climate guff and all decisions flow from that. Expensive and risky.
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A former Cabinet Minister has warned people could face the rationing of energy as a result of the implementation of the recent Energy Security Strategy, reports Energy Live News.

Lord Frost said: “I was not massively convinced that the energy security paper really changed anything much. I think it does not deal with the problem that it’s all very well to build a lot of wind power but it needs a backup by other power for when the wind does not blow and I did not see that problem really addressed in the security paper.”

The government revealed its Energy Security Strategy last week – the new energy plan includes a target of 50GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

The former Brexit chief added: “My worry is that the government is on a plan where it is not engaging with the trade-offs, it won’t be possible to deliver net zero on the timetable they want and we will end up with rationing behavioral change.

“I think that would be an extremely bad outcome – I don’t think the British people will put up with it. If we don’t have the right amounts of power on the grid at some point in the next ten years, then obviously, that would be one of the things that could happen.”

Two months ago, Lord Frost said reversing the ban on fracking would trigger a “British energy renaissance”.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. […] Former minister warns Britons of risk of energy rationing […]

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    “If we don’t have the right amounts of power on the grid at some point in the next ten years, then obviously, that would be one of the things that could happen.”
    The other would be the people marching on Westminister with blunt and sharp implements to “discuss the matter” with politicians.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Some might say energy rationing is the plan.

    1. TEQs (Tradable Energy Quotas) is an electronic energy rationing system designed to be implemented at the national scale.
    2. There are two reasons why such a scheme may be needed:

    Climate change: to guarantee achieving national carbon reduction targets.

    Energy supply: to maintain a fair distribution of fuel and electricity during shortages.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tradable_Energy_Quotas#Overview_of_how_the_scheme_would_work
    [list has 10 entries]

  4. oldbrew says:

    Government might scrap green levy that adds £153 to average energy bill

    Tory MP calls tax a ‘millstone around people’s necks’ as government source says further cost of living pressures could force the decision

    18 April 2022

    Nearly 23 per cent of the cost of household electricity is made up of green taxes, including part-funding investment in renewable generation and paying energy companies to subsidise energy-efficiency improvement in poorer households.
    . . .
    It came as Richard Tice, leader of Reform UK, told this newspaper that net zero will be the new Brexit for the Conservatives and vowed to exploit Tory divisions over the issue at the May elections.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/04/18/government-might-scrap-green-levy-adds-153-average-energy-bill/
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    ‘part-funding investment in renewable generation’ — which is supposed to be cheap according its political supporters 🙄

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Time for rope for Carrie Antoinette. Lord Frost for PM.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Rolls-Royce expecting UK approval for mini nuclear reactor by mid-2024

    A Rolls-Royce design for a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) will likely receive UK regulatory approval by mid-2024 and be able to produce grid power by 2029, Paul Stein, chairman of Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactors, told Reuters.

    The British government asked its nuclear regulator to start the approval process in March, having backed Rolls-Royce’s $546 million funding round in November to develop the country’s first SMR reactor.

    https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/rolls-royce-expecting-uk-approval-for-mini-nuclear-reactor-by-mid-2024/

  7. Coeur de Lion says:

    It seems odd that nobody knows what Net Zero ACTUALLY IS. Much discussion about ELECTRICITY GENERATION, windmills and such, but nothing about shipping, aviation, agriculture, road snd rail transport, manufacturing. Reliance on carbon dioxide capture? Yeah. If Flybe’s headquarters moves to Madrid, does that reduce our CO2?

  8. Coeur de Lion says:

    Like it becomes an offshore airline like oooh American

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