Greens rejoice: electricity rationing returns to England

"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time",

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”,

Four-hour daily blackouts.

Emergency measures will be introduced to prevent the lights going out this winter.

Offices and factories will be offered compensation to undergo 1970s-style energy rationing and shut down for up to four hours a day to prevent households being plunged into darkness.

In addition, owners of old power stations will be asked to switch them back on to meet the country’s demands.

National Grid had not planned to use this option until next winter. But yesterday it revealed a series of fires and setbacks had knocked some of the UK’s biggest generators out of service. Two nuclear power plants are also offline, and are unlikely to be running in time for the start of the colder weather.

‘The Government has been crossing its fingers and hoping that it’s all fine. It’s blindingly obvious that if you have a tight market then you will be more vulnerable to shocks.’

An Ofgem spokesman said: ‘We are confident that National Grid has the right levers to keep the lights on.

‘However, no electricity system anywhere in the world can give a 100 per cent guarantee that the lights will stay on.’

That didn’t used to be an impossible task for industrialized countries.

But “oh joy”,says British-based “Frack off”.

Despite the conceit that mankind is somehow separate (and above) the natural world, our existence is inextricably linked to a network of systems that is buckling under an onslaught of destruction caused by resource extraction and pollution. This destruction is being driven by man-made social systems that demand never-ending growth on a finite planet.

Unless we dismantle these social systems and replace them with ones that can work with natural systems, not against them, we cannot hope to change the course we are on. Dreams of fancy technofixes and new energy sources are simply self-justifications for continuing down this path of self-destruction. We are exploiting pretty much the whole world and there are no significant new frontiers left to exploit. Trapped inside this closed system we will be forced to confront the consequences of our actions one way or another.

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16 responses to “Greens rejoice: electricity rationing returns to England

  1. Anonymous

    Good Sir….with the “hottest” September in Greenwich history where is the call to end all AC here to save us?

  2. TheBox in 'Byram'

    Ofgem sounds like one of the government moochers from Atlas Shrugged. “No one can keep the lights on all the time, so you need to shut down your business so your competition can get their fair share of power.”

  3. Publius

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite

    Ironic that the 19th century Luddite movement started in…… you guessed it….. GB!!!!

    What Nazi V-1 and V-2 rockets could not destroy, the Green movement has accomplished. Impressive….

    • The luddites at least had a point. The greens are just wreckers.

      Loved “we are exploiting all the resources” meme, reminds me of the great energy crisis of the 1600’s when “wood was running out over europe” forests cut down, etc… My god they wouldnt be able to build warships, houses, heat homes, cook food.. Disaster loomed.

      Then we started to exploit new sources of wood and discovered and exploited iron and coal ….

  4. The British are learning that if a nation treats its energy sector like a disease to be battled, the result is less energy (duh). Similarly, the Germans observed the Fukushima nuclear incident, and are now shutting down their nukes in favor of wind, which costs three times as much. This slowly erodes their industrial competitiveness, wages and employment.

    Meanwhile, in the US the fracking revolution has done more for middle class incomes than all of Obama’s policies, taken together:
    “…2.1 million jobs were supported by this energy boom in 2012, and we project that to rise to 3.3 million jobs by 2020. It meant an additional $74 billion in federal and state revenues in 2012, and, owing to lower energy costs, an increase of $1,200 in average household disposable income across the United States. With U.S. natural gas prices a third of those in Europe, it is also making the United States a much more competitive place for industry, helping to power …a “renaissance in American manufacturing”—many tens of billions of dollars of new investment going into manufacturing facilities. And the increase in domestic oil production has reduced the annual U.S. trade deficit, at current prices, by about $85 billion.” -Daniel Yergin

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/11/congratulations-america-youre-almost-energy-independent-now-what-98985.html#.VAcHoj90x9A

    The liberals ignore the measurable benefits of the fracking bonanza, while accusing the conservatives of being……anti-science!

    • Anonymous

      WOW well said…add in Fuchy…F… up was not caused by quake or Tsunami but strict adherence to “policy” that did not allow use of raw saltwater for cooling when filtered fresh was cut off…

    • Cos Cobber

      Without fracking, America’s economy today would stuck in 2008. Fracking is our only true engine; i) reduces energy costs, ii) retains energy dollars within the US economy and iii) allows for other energy intensive businesses to remain in the US rather than move overseas.

  5. Joey

    ‘However, no electricity system anywhere in the world can give a 100 per cent guarantee that the lights will stay on.’

    as we all have experienced very well in CT.

  6. quelle surprise!

    yep, those windmills’ll make things right as rain.

  7. scared of isis

    This is perfect – the Muslim terrorists are operating in Britain and now they can do it in the dark. They are out of the dark ages – or stone age – so it is quite fitting.