by James Delingpole 12 Aug 2019
Boris Johnson’s authorities is shuffling in the direction of a big cliff edge which has nothing to do with Brexit. The looming catastrophe might 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 individuals have been affected, with rail companies disrupted and passengers caught on trains for a lot of hours.
Rapidly the Institution propaganda machine cranked into gear. This was, a Nationwide Grid spokesman informed us, a “very, very uncommon occasion”. Additionally, he reassured us — basic 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 type of factor we anticipate in train-wreck economies comparable 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 change into.
Friday’s energy cuts, removed from being a freak occasion, are merely a style of worse to return.
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 characteristic.
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 going through 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 one of the best factor about these energy cuts is that they couldn’t have come at a extra inopportune second for the renewables trade.
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 trade:
Vitality corporations have launched a lobbying offensive that would lead to a brand new
era of wind generators being in-built rural Britain.
Executives at main energy firms are urging the Authorities to raise the
restrictions which presently block the constructing of onshore windfarms.
Their calls for may set off the development of a swathe of large generators
because the nation battles to fulfill formidable targets to slash carbon emissions
and to supply the ability for electrical automobiles.
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, Vitality Secretary Andrea Leadsom would possibly but be capable to nip their nefarious scheme within the bud.
Yesterday’s energy outages brought about huge disruption – Nationwide Grid should urgently assessment and report back to Ofgem. I can even be commissioning the federal government’s Vitality Emergencies Government Committee to contemplate the incident.
— Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) August 10, 2019
The important thing right here will to be be certain that the assessment is honest, clear and never a greenwash — one thing that appears moderately unlikely on condition that the Nationwide Grid is a parti pris organisation totally dedicated to the inexperienced agenda.
If the assessment is performed with any rigour, I discover it arduous to think about it may attain some other conclusion than that renewables are making the grid much less and fewer secure and that the thought of incorporating nonetheless extra wind initiatives into this overloaded system needs to be an absolute no-no.
This can moderately rely, I believe, on Leadsom’s self-control — and likewise on the assist she will get from fellow pragmatists inside the Cupboard comparable 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 fake 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, Vitality and Industrial Technique (BEIS), bigging up Internet Zero, COP26, and the wind trade.
As one of many UK’s most sustainable cities, Glasgow is the best 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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