Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h/t Breitbart – A senior OFGEN official has warned that Britain faces a looming energy crisis, caused by excessive reliance on intermittent renewables.
Britain facing energy crisis that could see families pay extra to keep the lights on while neighbours ‘sit in the dark’
Britain’s increasing reliance on “intermittent” renewable energy means that the country is facing an unprecedented supply crisis, a senior Ofgem executive has warned.
Andrew Wright, a senior partner at Ofgem and former interim chief executive, warned that households could be forced to pay extra to keep their lights on while their neighbours “sit in the dark” because “not everyone will be able to use as much as electricity as they want”.
He warned that in future richer customers will be able to “pay for a higher level of reliability” while other households are left without electricity.
In a stark warning about the future of energy supply in Britain, Mr Wright said that consumers could be forced to pay more if they want to ensure they always have power.
“At the moment everyone has the same network – with some difference between rural and urban – but this is changing and these changes will produce some choices for society,” he told a recent conference.
“We are currently all paying broadly the same price but we could be moving away from that and there will be some new features in the market which may see some choose to pay for a higher level of reliability.
Fuel poverty is already a major problem in Britain, with one estimate suggesting 15,000 people died last winter because they couldn’t afford to heat their homes.
To some extent Britain has been shielded to date from the consequences of their renewable policy excesses, through a combination of sourcing reliable nuclear power from France, and very expensive deals with private owners of small diesel backup generators, to pump up the grid when supply falters. But France is facing rising problems with their ageing nuclear systems, and many owners of private generators – hospitals, businesses, and other owners of diesel generators – will likely choose to isolate themselves from the grid in the event of a prolonged brownout or winter interruptions to fuel supply, to maintain power to their own facilities.
When I lived in Britain, there were two occasions I remember when fuel supplies became unavailable, once because of industrial action, the other time because severe winter weather interrupted supply. It could happen again. Next time the consequences might be worse than some people not being able to use their cars.
Britain has been very lucky so far, but with the current policy choice of gambling on luck instead of embracing reliable energy, sooner or later that luck will run out.