Power for the People

The energy policy of the United Kingdom has been in a mess for at least two decades. Ofgem has indicated that it expects power cuts to be frequent from 2015 onwards as the plant load factor – the amount of spare capacity at the electricity generating stations – reduces to very dangerously low levels. For successive governments energy has been an afterthought, and addressed in words rather than deeds and coherent policies, and the government is in denial about the risk of blackouts.

There is no instant solution to addressing the problems of supplying the nation with the energy it needs, but there are some policies that can be effected quickly which will not cost the earth.

  1. The pricing structure of gas and electricity can be inverted, so that the more energy that is used in a household or plant, the higher the unit cost becomes. That would encourage people and businesses to use less energy, and using less energy is the simplest way to reduce the risk of future power outages.
  2. The nation can make more use of microgeneration, particularly solar water heating, which will reduce demand on power in off gas grid areas for half of the year, when the solar water heating system will provide most, if not all, of the hot water required for a household.
  3. Instead of wasting time and money planning and negotiating massive subsidies for nuclear power plants which will not come into operation for at least ten years, the money and effort could be spent in bring power plants that have been mothballed into operation, updating their technology to burn gas, with proper exhaust air filtration systems.
  4. The wasted heat from existing power stations could be harnessed to provide heat for homes in district heating systems.

These proposals would significantly reduce the risk of power blackouts. They do not represent a coherent energy policy – that would take much longer to develop – but they would represent a start in the right direction to providing the nation with secure energy that it needs.  they would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and particulate emissions.

2 Responses

  1. The title of this essay inadvertently smacks of a kind of sequestration, which the venerable Mr Adrian Vance has already shared with us, as one part of an ongoing sollution to the use of energy and a viable and highly valuable by products and plant food, something that TPTB want to charge us all for but be released into the atmosphere to their benefit, one that is currently designed to destroy the western world trying to clean up its act of indirect violence to its immediate enviornment. See the UN’s Agenda 21 policy and learn what is happening.

    Furthermore, power cuts is yet another science upon society that is designed to gain control of the mind, what good is it trying to punish society for its wsy of doing things, when across the globe it is being encouraged, do we live in the hope they might follow the green code within the next 20 years, where Bob and No hope can be expected.

    What we are seeing if one looks hard enough is the old school devide and rule, isolation starvation and an off shore smorgers board of true pollution and corruption to the highest and dirtiest bidder, to the cost of the rest.

    Anything solar is free on the conservation angle and being controlled by the big lie, there will be no fair competition on the game board Rob and we both know it, because to install the green option would be to loose the advantaged and highly but dirty profitable option.

    Our poloticians are bread out for cash gain and bribery, there are a few decent contributers left amongst them who might learn some lessons fast and learn them well.

    You mentioned particulate pollution, at what levels to an inert and beneficial gas to life/Co2 and the inorganic soup and poison is there, do you know.

    Perhaps the latter would be a far better preventative exchange for solar heating than the one we cannot see, taste or feel.

    The truth will out one day Rob, hopefully sooner than later.

  2. Really cool post, highly informative and professionally written..Good Job

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