Cold comfort: Leaked scripts reveal BBC response to potential blackouts this winter 

Posted: October 20, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, government, net zero, Politics
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London power failure [image credit: strangesounds.org]


Official UK policy, following the notorious 2008 Climate Change Act, of closing down power stations and gas storage in favour of part-time renewables to help ‘save the climate’ (aka ‘net zero’) has led to this state of affairs. Thanks for nothing, politicians.
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Secret scripts prepared by BBC to be broadcasted in the event of rolling blackouts this winter have been leaked, says Energy Live News.

The scripts seen by the Guardian aim to keep the public informed if a ‘major loss of power’ occurs.

Britons will allegedly be advised to stick to car radios or battery-powered receivers to get the necessary information amid a power cut.

One draft of these scripts states that a blackout could last up to two days, with hospitals and police placed under “extreme pressure”.

Another warns: “The government has said it is hoped power will be restored in the next 36 to 48 hours.”

The scripts are believed to have been produced as part of the BBC’s mission to broadcast vital health and safety communications to the public on behalf of the government in the event of national emergencies.

A few days ago, John Pettigrew, National Grid Chief said the UK might face blackouts between 4pm and 7pm on “really, really cold” winter weekdays if European countries cut gas exports to Britain.

Full article here.
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National Grid: Winter Outlook Report [Powerpoint presentation, 75 pages]

‘This document only covers the electricity outlook for the winter ahead’
[Executive Summary includes a link to the gas outlook]

Comments
  1. ivan says:

    Frack, frack, frack as fast as you can and I would advise those with with a garage attached or very near their home to get a dual fuel AC generator that can be plugged into the house supply via a changeover switch.
    Also if they got a so called ‘smart’ meter more fool them.

  2. Philip Mulholland says:

    This is what happens when you let politicians play god.

  3. pochas94 says:

    This whole episode is proof of the inability of politicians to think rationally.

  4. Gamecock says:

    Tilting at windmills:

    To waste time fighting enemies or trying to resolve issues that are imaginary, unimportant, or impossible to overcome.

    Building windmills:

    To waste time fighting enemies or trying to resolve issues that are imaginary, unimportant, or impossible to overcome.

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  6. Saighdear says:

    What Planet is this I’ve re-appeared on from my overnight visit to Planet 212? the Clmiate change act of 2008 – thatis EIGHT….? FourTEEN years ago. A change of Government ( joke) several times and Political Colour …. and we’r eSTILL in this mess. What happened to the Comedian who threw all the Balls up in the air and juggled them for a while? Nobody else knows how to juggle ( what DO they teach in school nowadays?). Oh, the Chief Juggling Minister has resigned time and again , before a new one was trained up, or ?
    WE – the PEOPLE should do as was done a few weeks ago and over past few years – SHUT DOWN. No pay de Taxes, no go to work, no can do PERIOD. No income for government ( Withold all tax payments etc ) until we get a Gov of National UNITY and REAL SENSE.

  7. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Net zero is a very stupid idea and anyone who believes in it should stop exhaling CO2, right now!
    How many dead pensioners will ‘save the planet’…

  8. Phoenix44 says:

    Then smart meters should be used to cut off first those who signed up for “100% renewable energy” and politicians.

    [reply] smart meter users will be offered bribes payments in return for reducing usage at designated peak times of power shortage.

  9. oldbrew says:

    MPs kill UK fracking prospects in huge gift to Putin
    Thursday 20th October 2022 | Net Zero Watch

    While a majority of MPs last night voted against Labour’s motion to introduce a ban on fracking, it is now clear that no company will risk investing in the development of UK shale gas projects given that the next government is almost certain to pull the plug.

    By killing the chances of exploiting Britain’s massive shale gas resources, anti-fracking MPs have caused significant economic damage while ensuring that the UK’s energy cost and supply crisis will get worse in coming years.

    https://www.netzerowatch.com/mps-kill-uk-fracking-prospects-in-huge-gift-to-putin/
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    All based on the expected result of the next general election due in ~2 years. Maybe Ukraine could help…in 5-10 years’ time?

    Ukraine’s vast untapped gas reserves lined up to supply energy to Europe
    16 October 2022

    Country in talks with American drilling companies to bring its resources to the market

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/10/16/ukraines-vast-untapped-gas-reserves-lined-supply-energy-europe/

  10. Curious George says:

    What’s wrong with having an obituary for electric power ready?

  11. Eric says:

    Reblogged this on Calculus of Decay and commented:
    Reminds me of the leaked Building Seven scripts …

  12. oldbrew says:

    Possible energy blackouts – ‘3 hours, 3 times a week’
    21 October 2022

    That’s according to a government document in preparation for Russia’s cut off of gas supplies to Europe
    . . .
    There are also three levels within the ESEC that decide how many blackouts households experience.

    Level One sees blackouts three times a week, Level Two doubles to six times a week and Level Three can see homes go without electricity for up to 27 hours in a week.

    https://www.energylivenews.com/2022/10/21/possible-energy-blackouts-3-hours-3-times-a-week/

    ESEC: Preparations for Winter ‘22: The UK’s Electricity Supply Emergency Code Explained
    https://www.smartestenergy.com/en_gb/about-us/preparations-for-winter-22-the-uk-s-electricity-supply-emergency-code-explained/
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    Battery shortages ahead?

  13. oldbrew says:

    National Grid:
    Without the Demand Flexibility Service, we would expect to see a reduction in margins. In this scenario on days when it was cold (therefore likely high demand), with low levels of wind (reduced available generation), there is the potential to need to interrupt supply to some customers for limited periods of time in a managed and controlled manner. [bold added]

    https://www.nationalgrideso.com/document/268346/download
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    The joys of wind-reliant electricity 😣

  14. Gamecock says:

    “Level One sees blackouts three times a week, Level Two doubles to six times a week and Level Three can see homes go without electricity for up to 27 hours in a week.”

    And what becomes of business?

    Move your business to South Carolina while the best sites are still available.

    https://www.sccommerce.com/buildings-sites

  15. oldbrew says:

    WHY 105?
    Many people don’t know they should contact their local electricity network operator if they have a power cut. They often mistakenly call the electricity supplier they pay their bills to.

    That’s why the electricity network operators have introduced 105 – to give you an easy-to-remember number to call that will put you through to the local people who can help.

    https://www.powercut105.com/

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