And whose fault is that?

Here we go, the UK ‘must’ be prepared to face a massive hike in energy prices because we’re about to run out of power in the next couple of years. I mean you have to aske yourself just why we’re running out and why all those nice shiny and expensive toys the government and enviroloons have been conning us into sticking up all over the place aren’t going to make up the shortfall. After all, wind and solar are free once you get past the initial setup costs and the environmental disaster that is the huge concrete block a bird mincer stands on. After all weren’t we promised by the now sacked and arch criminal Huhne that in the long run power would get cheaper etc…


Households must prepare for a sharp rise in energy bills within two years as Britain comes “dangerously” close to power shortages, the chief executive of Ofgem has warned.
The country would become more reliant on foreign gas to generate electricity as European Union pollution laws meant the dirtiest coal-fired stations had to shut, said Alistair Buchanan, the regulator’s outgoing head.
He pointed out that gas was already 60 per cent more expensive in countries such as Japan that relied on imports. It was impossible to predict how high bills could go for British households, he said.
Ministers admitted that Britain faced a “looming energy gap” but blamed the previous government for agreeing to shut coal plants too quickly.
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, admitted that consumers could feel a “pinch” starting within two years. The Government was fighting to “keep the lights on”, he insisted.
Mr Buchanan warned that the “near-crisis” would occur between 2015 and 2018, pushing up bills. Blackouts were “not likely” but there would be a “double squeeze” on energy prices.

So, the blame game starts, though admittedly in this case pointing the finger at the previous government is quite easy, they did start the green cash cow rollng by insisting on closing down coal fired (cheap reliable) power stations and filling their pockets full of taxpayers cash by building and subsidising useless solar and windpower schemes.

In the end though it always comes down to the taxpayer getting it in the neck as we pay the price for politicians putting greed and dogma ahead of common sense and an incredible lack of foresight. The fact that it’s EU laws driving the lunacy is also a factor, though such laws don’t apparently seem to be bothering the Germans as they build a massive series of coal fired plants to back up their birdmincers.

Still a solution has been found…

Mr Buchanan warned that it was very important for the Government to persuade people to use less energy.

A masterful solution is it not? Why do I suspect though that when it comes to people, Mr Buchanan means you and I and not the government or the powers that be?

I suspect when we’re all sitting in our houses freezing in the dark in a few years time as we don’t dare use the heating or electricity too much that our MP’s will still be cosy and warm and telling us that ‘we’re’ all in this together…

12 comments for “And whose fault is that?

  1. Pansy Potter
    February 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Mr Buchanan is a frackin genius,lets all lie in bed all day.

  2. Greg Tingey
    February 20, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Given that we are shutting perfectly good power-stations, that could be kept open for a year or two to tide us over {My favourite example is the big one @ Didcot) something desn’t seem quite right, you know?

    • February 20, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      While the rest of the world is opening new coal fired power stations.

      Vattenfall have begun operations at its new coal fired power station in Saxony, Germany in October 2012 and the state governor is heralding the plant as important in guaranteeing Saxony’s energy security.
      The 675 MW Boxberg R plant will be fuelled with local brown coal from an adjacent eastern German mining area and cost $1.29bn to build.

      Saxony state premier Stanislaw Tillich said the brown coal would complement renewables, such as solar and windpower, whose output varies depending on weather patterns, reports Reuters.
      “Our domestic brown coal is an important partner for renewable energy because it guarantees security of supply,” he said in a statement.

      This new plant follows the commissioning in August of an even bigger, 2200MW coal power plant in Neurath, and is the second such power station on the list of 16 due to be built in Germany by 2020.

      As the Saxony governor points out, the new plant will not only help to guarantee their energy security, but will have the added benefit of protecting jobs in the local mining areas. Common sense, you would have thought!

      In other news :-

      Saudi Arabia has awarded a $3.2bn contract to Hyundai to build a 2640MW coal plant.
      Contracts have been awarded for two turbines at the 320MW coal fired generator in Paco, Panama.
      Kolin Insaat have announced plans to invest $1bn in building a 450MW lignite fired power plant in Turkey’s Aegean region.
      The UAE are to invest $408 million in a 270MW coal fired plant, due for completion in 2015.
      Poland is to go ahead with building a 1800MW coal power plant, after a court lifted a ban, following legal challenges by green groups.
      Alstom will supply two turbines as part of a $128 million deal to equip the 1200MW Dongbu Green coal power station being built in Korea.
      The Japanese government is seeking to relax procedures on environmental impact, in order to make it easier to build more coal power stations.

      None of these are being fitted with “Carbon Capture & Sequestration”, which remains a pipedream, but which, nevertheless, must, by law, be fitted to all new UK coal power stations.

      Again the UK media seems to remain totally silent about these developments. One wonders why?

  3. February 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

    It’s obviously deliberate – we have the power stations, all we need to do is not close them down!

  4. wiggiatlarge
    February 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    People are getting very angry (look at the Telegraph comments)with successive incompetents in government, Cleeg “people will feel the pinch in the next couple of years we are fighting to keep the lights on” not that it will effect this clown who backs the EU directives that are shutting our coal fired stations that we need to back up his pet party project of wind farms when they are not producing ,which is most of the time, still as long as there are lots of public subsidies going to the right people thats ok.

  5. DaveK
    February 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    This is all part of the EU plan. Instead of making energy more available you are told to use less under the guise of efficiency. All efficiency will achieve would actually mean less units used and therefore less profit for the utilities. It is therefore obvious that the unit price would increase to maintain the profits. A fine example of this was the situation last year with water. We had a drought and hosepipe bans coupled with suggestions for water meters and for people to reduce usage. What wasn’t mentioned much was that 5 reservoir projects had been stalled or cancelled. In my opinion the providers wish is to have us all on water meters and smart meters and have the ability to charge us more for using less because their product is supposed to be rare. That’s a scam in anyone’s book. Few people know that on average the entire wind electricity production is equal to 1 gas fired power station, so I say build 5 of these and get the gas from somewhere reasonably priced (close to home maybe).

    • Greg Tingey
      February 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

      I don’t think it’s part of a “plan”
      It is “just” total, gross incompetence – after all, we’ve seen that enough timnes, already, haven’t we?

  6. Monty
    February 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Maybe the establishment of a regime of daily rolling blackouts, is not a bug, but a feature? Successive governments have committed the UK to totally unfeasible shares of the EUs total carbon reduction, while immigration swells our population, and they did it for the glory and the brownie points. But it strikes me, the only way of meeting that is to literally turn off the electricity. Daily rolling blackouts would fit the bill. As soon as the mains electricity goes off, your gas or oil central heating will also shut down, because the pumps will be disabled. A regime of rolling blackouts lasting one hour per day, could force a cut in our energy consumption of up to 4%. I suspect that is what they are actually counting on.
    What to do? If you have a gas cooker, or a gas fire, you can light it and at least have some warmth. Industry would have to adapt by installing generators. But in the short term, mitigation measures would be limited. City dwellers in blocks of flats would have nothing but the emergency lighting and fire alarm systems, which have to be backed up by batteries.
    But some folks would die. From the cold, from house fires caused by candles, and paraffin stoves, from carbon monoxide after they stopped up all the draughts and air bricks to try to keep warm. Does your house have a chimney?

  7. Dave_G
    February 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    The only thing that can save us is the disaster itself. The sooner the blackouts happen the sooner sense will prevail and order will be restored. The public anger will be unstoppable.

    Thing is we won’t get that far – the ‘plan’ will be to always keep us ‘on the edge’ as far as energy supplies are concerned. So close in fact that they will have a perpetual reason to increase the cost indefinitely.

    THAT is their plan.

    • Greg Tingey
      February 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Ah, so it’s an evil capitalist plot to take all our money, then?

      • David A. Evans
        February 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        No it’s an evil STATIST plan.
        Control is what it’s about.

  8. amfortas
    February 23, 2013 at 2:53 am!

    It is not only Britain that faces high-cost Hot-Air Generated Taxes that push up energy prices. But Britain has always been very good at it.

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