by James Delingpole 12 Aug 2019
Boris Johnson’s authorities is shuffling in the direction of a huge cliff edge which has nothing to do with Brexit. The looming catastrophe may be summed up in a single phrase: renewables.
The clue got here within the type of the widespread energy cuts that Britain skilled on the finish of final week. One million folks had been affected, with rail companies disrupted and passengers caught on trains for a lot of hours.
Shortly the Institution propaganda machine cranked into gear. This was, a Nationwide Grid spokesman advised us, a “very, very uncommon occasion”. Additionally, he reassured us — traditional distraction approach, this — there was “no malicious intent or cyberattack concerned.”
OK then. So what did trigger this blackout which, as Richard North rightly says right here, was a nationwide “shame” and “the kind of factor we anticipate in train-wreck economies equivalent to Venezuela”?
Properly the present official reply is “We don’t know, pending an inquiry.”
Unofficially, although, it’s bleeding apparent. Britain’s Nationwide Grid — and by extension the nation’s electrical energy provide — has been horribly compromised by the sprint for renewable power. The extra unreliables — wind generators, particularly — are added to the grid, the extra unstable the system will grow to be.
Friday’s energy cuts, removed from being a freak occasion, are merely a style of worse to come back.
That’s as a result of brownouts and blackouts aren’t a bug of electrical energy techniques closely depending on renewable power. They’re a function.
And it’s not as if wiser heads haven’t been saying this for years.
Christopher Booker, for instance, writing in 2009, described successive governments’ embrace of wind power as “the maddest factor that has occurred in our lifetime.”
Allow us to be clear: Britain is dealing with an unprecedented disaster. Earlier than lengthy, we are going to lose 40 per cent of our producing capability. And except we come up shortly with an alternate, the lights WILL exit.
Properly on Friday the lights did exit. And the large query now could be: will the federal government attempt to paper over the cracks or will it flip a disaster into a chance?
Maybe the perfect factor about these energy cuts is that they couldn’t have come at a extra inopportune second for the renewables business.
With Boris Johnson’s administration having foolishly dedicated itself to Theresa Could’s Internet Zero carbon emissions by 2050 coverage, Large Wind — and its many supporters within the mainstream media — had been positioning itself for a bonanza of recent contracts.
Solely the Sunday earlier than final, the Mail on Sunday (bizarrely, as a result of it’s usually fairly sceptical on environmental points) ran an enormous puff piece in its enterprise part on the “lobbying offensive” being performed by the wind business:
Power companies have launched a lobbying offensive that would end in a brand new
technology of wind generators being inbuilt rural Britain.
Executives at main energy firms are urging the Authorities to carry the
restrictions which presently block the constructing of onshore windfarms.
Their calls for may set off the development of a swathe of big generators
because the nation battles to satisfy formidable targets to slash carbon emissions
and to supply the ability for electrical autos.
If it hadn’t been for Friday’s blackout, they could have gotten away with it too. However now, if she performs her playing cards proper, Power Secretary Andrea Leadsom would possibly but have the ability to nip their nefarious scheme within the bud.
Yesterday’s energy outages prompted huge disruption – Nationwide Grid should urgently evaluate and report back to Ofgem. I can even be commissioning the federal government’s Power Emergencies Government Committee to contemplate the incident.
— Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) August 10, 2019
The important thing right here will to be make sure that the evaluate is truthful, clear and never a greenwash — one thing that appears reasonably unlikely provided that the Nationwide Grid is a parti pris organisation totally dedicated to the inexperienced agenda.
If the evaluate is performed with any rigour, I discover it onerous to think about it may attain every other conclusion than that renewables are making the grid much less and fewer steady and that the concept of incorporating nonetheless extra wind initiatives into this overloaded system ought to be an absolute no-no.
It will reasonably rely, I believe, on Leadsom’s self-control — and in addition on the assist she will get from fellow pragmatists inside the Cupboard equivalent to Priti Patel, Jacob Rees Mogg, and Liz Truss.
Up till now — in assist of the Boris Johnson administration’s inexperienced advantage signalling gestures — even local weather sceptical Cupboard members have been pressured to faux that they’re on board with the renewables suicide-by-virtue-signalling programme.
Solely the day earlier than the blackout, Leadsom herself was busily retweeting some nonsense from the Division for Enterprise, Power and Industrial Technique (BEIS), bigging up Internet Zero, COP26, and the wind business.
As one of many UK’s most sustainable cities, Glasgow is the precise place to host #COP26 if the nation’s bid is profitable, showcasing the UK’s dedication to tackling #climatechange as we transfer to #netzero 🌍https://t.co/pwqA6NewE7 https://t.co/o3pABE9G42
— Dept for BEIS (@beisgovuk) August 9, 2019
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