National Grid to lose Great Britain electricity role to independent operator

From NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

JULY 20, 2021

By Paul Homewood

h/t Dave Ward

The government seems determined to destroy the electricity grid:

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The government plans to strip National Grid of its role keeping Great Britain’s lights on as part of a proposed “revolution’” in the electricity network driven by smart digital technologies.

The FTSE 100 company has played a role in managing the energy system of England, Scotland and Wales for more than 30 years (Northern Ireland has its own network). It is the electricity system operator, balancing supply and demand to ensure the electricity supply. But it will lose its place at the heart of the industry after government officials put forward plans to replace it with an independent “future system operator”.

The new system controller would help steer the country towards its climate targets, at the lowest cost to energy bill payers, by providing impartial data and advice after an overhaul of the rules governing the energy system to make it “fit for the future”.

The plans are part of a string of new proposals to help connect millions of electric cars, smart appliances and other green technologies to the energy system, which government officials believe could help to save £10bn a year by 2050, and create up to 10,000 jobs for electricians, data scientists and engineers.

The new regulations aim to make it easier for electric cars to export electricity from their batteries back on to the power grid or to homes when needed. They could also help large-scale and long-duration batteries play a role in storing renewable energy, so that it is available when solar and wind power generation levels are low.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jul/20/national-grid-to-lose-great-britain-electricity-role-to-independent-operator

This has been on the cards for sometime, with I suspect OFGEM playing the leading role.

Reading between the lines, it appears that the National Grid have told the government that their decarbonisation plans are, if not impossible, highly risky and extremely expensive, as far as providing a secure and reliable electricity supply is concerned.

The new system controller will have meeting climate targets as its main objective, and all else will be of secondary importance.

Government will therefore throw out the knowledge and skills built up over many years by electrical engineers who know what they are doing. In their place, we will probably end up with the sort of eco loons who infest the Committee on Climate Change.

Heaven help us all!

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mikebartnz
July 21, 2021 2:13 am

I glad I don’t live in GB as it sounds like they are shooting themselves in both feet.

Gerald the Mole
Reply to  mikebartnz
July 21, 2021 3:50 am

Think of the following scenario: an idiot decides to make some money by selling the energy in his car’s battery. He then is surprised to find that he has no energy to run his car for an unexpected vital journey.

Redge
Reply to  Gerald the Mole
July 21, 2021 5:27 am

They’ll connect a diesel generator like the Spanish did

observa
Reply to  Gerald the Mole
July 21, 2021 6:22 am

As if EV owners having paid dearly for their mobile battery and its appropriate sizing for their transport needs are going to discharge it at the first whiff the grid’s in trouble or there’s rolling blackouts. The last thing you’d do as an EV owner with a full battery so V2G is just another delusional fantasy by the usual suspects.

Observer
Reply to  observa
July 21, 2021 12:40 pm

Hey, with the social credit scores our beloved owners have in mind, those EV owners had better pony up when the collective calls.

Ed Fix
Reply to  Gerald the Mole
July 21, 2021 6:40 am

Not even necessarily an unexpected journey. Cold morning after a calm night, get in your car to go to work, and…nothing. But you kept your neighbor’s heat on overnight.

meab
Reply to  Gerald the Mole
July 21, 2021 8:34 am

EV batteries can endure only about 600 to 800 charge/discharge cycles before they degrade significantly. If you charge once per week they will last 10 years with only a modest loss of range. If you charge once per day so you can put power on the grid or run your house overnight (when solar isn’t producing any power) the battery will last just two to three years.

The payback period for CO2 production for EVs, the period you have to run it for EV CO2 savings to overcome the CO2 cost of producing the battery, is more like 5 years. You would be better off driving a gasoline powered ICE car than an EV if you have to replace the battery every two or three years.

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JEHILL
Reply to  meab
July 22, 2021 4:59 am

That’s just CO2 on the battery.

What about all the other refined and processed materials that had to be used to make car? The polymers and plastics, metal unibody, etc? What about the electricity that was used to create and transport those materials. I will ensure the green blob that container and cargo ships will not be going either nuclear nor EV anytime soon. Furthermore, England is does not possess all the natural resources in sufficient quantity to produce all these products in-country.

At this point I do not see a way out this CO2 fantasy without the pain points. Whether this leads to a citizens’ revolt is a 50/50 possibility in my mind. The members of the species in the developed countries have on some level lost its primal evolutionary needed will to fight for its own survival.

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Note to the MODS: I have moved again so my originating IP will be different. Was offered a Director of Engineering position at a Nuclear Medicine/Radiopharmacy clinic. Not sure if I have posted anything since I began my move from Texas.

C. Earl Jantzi
Reply to  meab
July 22, 2021 5:35 pm

Not to mention, where are they going to dispose of the old batteries? Landfills won’t take them. They are a fire danger if you pile them, so where do they go?

DonM
Reply to  Gerald the Mole
July 21, 2021 9:55 am

How much does it cost to charge a EV battery? How much would the system pay for peak discharge into the system?

If I make 2$ every time I recharge and sell back, and I kill my battery after (less than) 1000 recharges, I am not a logical thinker … having no car to drive is just one of many self-made unexpected tragedies in my life.

Charles Higley
Reply to  DonM
July 21, 2021 2:30 pm

Yes, it ages the battery to cycle it and to do so when not needed is not smart. At the very least, the $2 gained by selling your charge back to the grid should go in a fund for the next battery, which will definitely be more then the $2000 gain from 1000 cycles. It’s a no win situation. AND, they could even makes regulations that you HAVE to keep your car charged so that they can drain it whenever they want.

RickWill
Reply to  DonM
July 22, 2021 3:14 am

In Australia, sinking solar energy is the big issue. The HPR battery usually charges when they get money to add load for stability reasons.

The HPR battery recovered most of its capital cost over a two week period in early 2020 when there was a fault on the SA-VIC link. In that case the battery provided stability services that was limited in SA by the lack of available inertia in the system.

skiman
Reply to  RickWill
July 22, 2021 7:55 am

Not sure I understand the logic of this so called recovery of cost.. Someone or group didnt do due diligence to ensure the link works and the battery was used to stabilize a system that shouldnt fail except through bad decisions made by ????; because they also have no inertia by design!!!! Sounds like they could have saved both costs by not being dumb in the first place. You cant say justify your economic decision by causing the problem in the first place.

Wharfplank
Reply to  skiman
July 22, 2021 8:19 am

Never been married?

MarkW2
Reply to  mikebartnz
July 21, 2021 4:54 am

The politicians don’t have a clue what they’re talking about and just base everything on so-called ‘scientific experts’. These ‘scientific experts’ don’t and never have lived in the real world and are increasingly driven by the politicisation of science. We’re already seeing this with covid where those “who know best” tell everyone else what they should be doing. The end result will be MUCH higher energy bills, blackouts and government control all justified by being “good for the planet”.

There is a glimmer of hope, however, in the fact that Joe Public isn’t as stupid as the politicians think. When they see what this is really going to cost and mean they will make their voices heard via the ballot box. UK politicians are driven by many things but the most important of all is keeping their jobs.

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if all of the net-zero targets are reined in as Joe Public fights back — and I’m sure they will. Many people in the UK don’t believe the climate change propaganda they’re being fed, despite what the establishment might like to claim; and, like taxes, everyone thinks tackling climate change is a good thing until they have to pay for it.

As the massive costs of doing this are realised so people will start to look seriously at whether the crisis is real or not. Given that the problem is nothing like as big as being claimed by “the experts” there will be a backlash against it. Ultimately, truth will win.

bill Johnston
Reply to  MarkW2
July 21, 2021 7:37 am

Yes, truth will win. But it will take many deaths and much money to be tallied before the “people” realize they have been royally screwed.

Observer
Reply to  bill Johnston
July 21, 2021 12:42 pm

Indeed, it took a very long time for truth to “win” in the USSR.

And – unlike then – there’s no voice of reason calling from “outside” to help shove the process along. The whole developed world is signed up to this lunacy.

George Daddis
Reply to  MarkW2
July 21, 2021 7:57 am

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” – Richard Feynman

Chris Nisbet
Reply to  MarkW2
July 21, 2021 9:15 am

Here in NZ, the recent climate change report that came out tries to tell us that a complete wrecking of our way of life in order to avert 0.00002’C/year of warming (their figure) won’t cost much at all. 3% of GDP I think it said.
James Shaw (climate change minister) also told us that it doesn’t matter how much it costs. His party is actually gaining support right now, according to polls.
I’m afraid the people here are going to have to learn the very hard way just what they’re doing to us.
I really hope I’m around long enough to see the backlash to all this if/when it eventually comes – it’ll be delicious to watch.

dennisambler
Reply to  MarkW2
July 22, 2021 10:29 am

“Given that the problem is nothing like as big as being claimed by “the experts” “

Or even that there is a problem….

Patrick MJD
Reply to  mikebartnz
July 21, 2021 5:15 am

If the “nz” part of your handle represents “New Zealand”, they are not too far behind in this madness.

mikebartnz
Reply to  Patrick MJD
July 21, 2021 6:22 am

If there isn’t another disaster of some sort before the next election where old horse face can show her skills in communication we may just be saved as she will have to earn a proper living.

Bill Toland
Reply to  mikebartnz
July 22, 2021 1:57 am

Britain currently has seven operating nuclear power plants. Four of them are due to close in the next three years. After that, regular power cuts will become inevitable. Because Britain’s margin of safety in power generation is already so small, there is a high chance of power cuts before then if there is a windless spell during cold winter weather.

Green plans to replace petrol cars with electric cars and gas boilers with heat pumps will simply be impossible to achieve without a gigantic increase in reliable power plants to feed the national electricity grid. However, no such plans exist.

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AleaJactaEst
July 21, 2021 2:14 am

across the many blogs I frequent, the number of times I’ve seen the rag Grauniad being quoted really makes my scat stink.

It’s a far left vassal of mistruths, lies and gaslighting. The MSM as a whole is not to be trusted, including purported “conservative (with a small c) sources like Fox, The Daily Telegraph etc…. Want to post meaningful factual reports? source the truth, go direct to the source, in this case the Govt Dept. It’s our information after all.

Ken Irwin
July 21, 2021 2:25 am

Reading between the lines – –

I once worked in a corporate environment where a new CEO hated engineers as they always told him what couldn’t be done (me included) so he fired all the old hands (me included) brought in a bunch of inexperienced yes men and got his own way.
It took two years to destroy the company.
Believing you can accomplish the impossible by political diktat has a long history of disasterous outcomes.

Reply to  Ken Irwin
July 21, 2021 3:45 am

You worked for Sir Clive as well?

July 21, 2021 2:27 am

The Grauniad is not fit to be called a newspaper. It is not even fit to be used as a fish & chip wrapper.

Gerry, England
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
July 21, 2021 3:15 am

I have even heard it said that it isn’t even useful for wiping your backside as there is already shit on both sides.

Timo V
July 21, 2021 2:29 am

My deepest condolences, you are doomed.

https://youtu.be/XvuM3DjvYf0

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Timo V
July 21, 2021 9:02 am

Nice to know that I am not the only one who is a fan of Planet of the Apes (1967) with Charlton Heston. That ending is one of the famous ones from Hollywood movie history. Rod Serling’s hand in the script is clearly evident.

My condolences to the our British allies for the pending decline and fall of your electricity grid. I fear your economy may start going down with it. My other fear is that we in the U.S. may be following in your footsteps if Biden and his far left staffers around him get their way.

Observer
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
July 21, 2021 12:47 pm

Here in the UK we’re somewhere between California and… I dunno, Texas? with this idiocy.

At least Texas is warm most of the time. Far too many Britons are already having to choose between food and heat as it is.

When power bills quintuple over the next ten years maybe the average Joe will start taking a serious interest in what “their” representatives are deciding on their behalf.

Wharfplank
Reply to  Observer
July 22, 2021 8:24 am

Here in the States there is already talk of a “Tax Credit” to give to low income residents (note I did not say citizens) to cover their increased utility costs…Marxism on parade.

Richard Gill
July 21, 2021 2:33 am

Oh, we’re buggered… let’s watch prices shoot up and supply drop in proportion…

E. Favies
July 21, 2021 2:34 am

Be positive. At least it will solve the issue of illegal immigration. After all who in their right mind would risk their lives travelling from a LEDC to a LEDV

pochas94
July 21, 2021 2:37 am

Yeah! Power to the weople!

Bill Toland
July 21, 2021 2:47 am

I advise everybody in Britain to stock up on candles before the rush. You’re going to need them.

RexAlan
July 21, 2021 2:56 am

This is nuts!

B Clarke
July 21, 2021 3:01 am

With the banning of petrol generators, chainsaws (in wales) the next step will be compulsory smart meters, there already pushing smart meters by letter and TV campaigns , so no alternative power supply ,only the chosen few will have a reliable power supply ,this is complete madness.

mikebartnz
Reply to  B Clarke
July 21, 2021 5:05 am

It is madness and you will be wanting your own solar system just so you can have some power. How ironic.

B Clarke
Reply to  mikebartnz
July 21, 2021 5:07 am

I see your point, but not me personally,

Mike NYC
Reply to  B Clarke
July 21, 2021 5:33 am

I live in CT now. We lost power last year and a few years before for 8 days during the last 2 hurricanes. I lose power for 1-2 days a few times a year; 3-7 over the last 10 years. We lose power for a few hours most months due mostly to trees / branches falling. Winter snow storms do as much damage as thunderstorms.

My home is well / septic. No power, no water.

So without a generator, I would be lost.

B Clarke
Reply to  Mike NYC
July 21, 2021 6:44 am

I don’t know if the ban will extend to your country, I’m sure the countries that are thinking/ banning gens are getting thier orders from the same source,, I don’t think rural folk will give up their gens without a fight.

TonyG
Reply to  Mike NYC
July 21, 2021 11:29 am

I’m on well/septic too, so I get it. Fortunately, I have a generator. But I’m seriously considering developing a spring I have into a backup water supply.

Paul Johnson
Reply to  Mike NYC
July 21, 2021 9:53 pm

Wait until they come for your generator in the name of air quality

Jean Parisot
Reply to  B Clarke
July 21, 2021 3:20 pm

Its not madness, its the plan. The serfs were getting too comfortable.

icisil
July 21, 2021 3:02 am

Government will therefore throw out the knowledge and skills built up over many years by electrical engineers who know what they are doing. 

I’m seeing a trend. That’s exactly what the medical system did for covid resulting in hundreds of thousands of unnecessary iatrogenic deaths. Results with this will be similar or worse.

Bill Toland
July 21, 2021 3:03 am

So 10 billion pounds will be saved by employing 10 thousand more people. Are they going to pay them negative wages?

George Daddis
Reply to  Bill Toland
July 21, 2021 8:03 am

Progressive accounting (used by the US Congress also).
Savings occur when they settle for any amount less than their originally planned increase in spending.

Richard Page
Reply to  Bill Toland
July 22, 2021 6:06 am

Govt pays for a set contract – x amount of work and y number of jobs to do it. The lowest bidding contractor employs half the people and pockets the profit. Most of the work gets done most of the time until it fails catastrophically because there is no provision for emergency backups or preventative measures. Some things are too important to leave to the lowest bidding contractor with an eye for profit not public safety.

Joao Martins
July 21, 2021 3:13 am

Privatization of the state responsibilities toward its citizens.

That is to say, the embryo of cathastrophe:

Like in the recent floods in Germany.

Van Doren
Reply to  Joao Martins
July 21, 2021 3:45 am

Usually it’s the other way around: the state is the catastrophe.

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  Van Doren
July 21, 2021 10:40 am

Just as the state IS the problem!

MarkW
Reply to  Joao Martins
July 21, 2021 5:28 am

The idea that only government can run complex things is what got us into this mess in the first place.

Joao Martins
Reply to  MarkW
July 21, 2021 6:59 am

Yes and no.

Railways in UK and France were excellent. Then, railway services were privatized in UK and it became a mess. SNCF (France) is still perfoming very well, but privatization is being discussed.

Please don’t put in my mouth words that I did not write: I talked about “state responsibilities“, not of state ownership nor of state running of companies. On the other hand, the idea that privates run better the matters that are responsibility of the state, e.g. freedom of press, has been thoroughly shaken during the last months by the owners of Facebook, Amazon, etc… The cartelization of the uniform thought and ideas has been achieved, uniting several companies that are competing with one another in the free market: there is no formal monopoly, but from the point of view of citizenry, it is as if there was a monopoly.

So the question, MarkW, does NOT boil down to the basic, shallow and naive (or ignorant) dichotomy “state or private”; it is much, much more complex that that.

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MarkW
Reply to  Joao Martins
July 21, 2021 7:19 am

I love the way socialists always harken back to some mythical age where government agencies always worked and nobody had to worry about how much they cost because there was always someone else to tax.

The only responsibility of the state is to protect you from enemies foreign and domestic.
Once you start believing that government has a responsibility to provide your day to day needs, where does it stop?
If government is responsible for electricity, why shouldn’t it be responsible for food as well?
If government is responsible for food, how about automobiles? If government alone is competent to run complex agencies, why not just turn everything over to the government?

There is nothing complex about it, unless you want things to be complex.

Here in the US, government has never provided electricity, and the system works quite well thank you.

Reply to  MarkW
July 21, 2021 8:38 am

Electricity distribution being a natural monopoly, some U S municipal governments do provide it, and on the whole it works pretty well. Cleveland, Seattle, Austin, Naperville, etc. Where private corporations provide electricity, they’re regulated by government agencies which may not be incorruptible.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  MarkW
July 21, 2021 9:02 am

There’s some misunderstanding here.

The UK ‘s electricity industry was privatised in 1990 and National Grid was formed as a company and in 1995 it was listed on the London Stock Exchange and shares were traded publicly.

It owns the high voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and is responsible for 4,481 miles (7212km) of over head electricity transmission lines and 4740miles(7630km) of high pressure gas pipelines as well as 7.8GW of interconnectors in operation or under construction. It operates but does not own the electricity transmission lines in Scotland.

It also has over 9000 miles(14,659km) of overhead transmission lines, 35,682 miles (57,425km) of gas pipelines and a small amount of wind and solar power production in the US.

The worry is, as Paul points out in the article, that National Grid has raised concerns about Government policy with regard to net zero and the response is to replace it with a “future systems operator” more amenable to net zero.

This fear is summed up well by the comments from Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the energy and climate change minister, not quoted in the article above, who said the rules would allow households to

“take control of their energy use and save money” while helping to make sure there is clean electricity “when and where it is needed.Smart technologies will help us tackle climate change while making sure that the lights stay on and bills stay low.”

(how do these people manage to keep a straight face even as they lie through their teeth?)

kzb
Reply to  Dave Andrews
July 21, 2021 5:50 pm

If National Grid is a private company how can it be “replaced” on a whim of the government?

Dave Andrews
Reply to  kzb
July 22, 2021 7:44 am

It is a regulated monopoly because of its ownership of the natural gas transmission network in the UK and is regulated by Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets). So it is involved in the provision of both gas and electricity

Ofgem says there could be a conflict of interest because “potential asset ownership conflicts could act as a barrier to the electricity and gas operations performing their net zero roles efficiently.

Read between the lines: National Grid obviously has some doubts about net zero.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Dave Andrews
July 22, 2021 3:45 pm

Actually I don’t think it’s true that National Grid have been warning the government. They are the ones who have devised the crazy Future Energy Scenarios (relied on by BEIS government department and the CCC led by the infamous Lord Deben) that are full of absurd assumptions in order to pretend that net zero can be achieved by 2050. They have been proclaiming that they will be able to operate the grid without any fossil fuels (at least when it’s windy, and ignoring any imports on interconnectors such as BritNed which has a coal fired station right next to the Dutch end at Maasvlakte, Rotterdam) by 2025.

They have understood that the grid infrastructure required to support attempts at net zero will grow like topsy, with all sorts of extra capacity to route power from distant wind and solar farms to where it is needed, and to handle lots of imports when the wind doesn’t blow because no-one built enough power stations that work. Connections to battery farms, reactive power compensation, synchronous condensers, etc. They want the freedom to invest and charge out the costs plus a handsome margin. So they are happy to divest control room functions (who wants the blame for blackouts anyway?). They bought one of the big regional electricity distribution networks that handle the lower tiers of voltage all the way down to household supply. They divested the gas operation entirely, expecting gas to be cancelled.

They are greens to their core.

Take a look through their Twitter to see

https://twitter.com/NationalGridESO

Dave Andrews
Reply to  It doesn't add up...
July 23, 2021 7:18 am

Idau,

Thanks for that. I must admit that I generally stay well clear of Twitter-Twatter

MarkW
Reply to  MarkW
July 21, 2021 10:55 am

Actually, the local distribution grid comes close to being a natural monopoly, but there are ways around it. Getting the power from the plant to your local grid is not a natural monopoly. Anyway, the maintenance of the local grid is only a small fraction of your electric bill.

The generation of electricity is not a natural monopoly, though many governments have decided to treat it as one.

That was supposed to be in response to taxpayer.

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pigs_in_space
Reply to  MarkW
July 21, 2021 11:14 am

“Once you start believing that government has a responsibility to provide your day to day needs, where does it stop?
If government is responsible for electricity, why shouldn’t it be responsible for food as well?

If government is responsible for food, how about automobiles?
If government alone is competent to run complex agencies, why not just turn everything over to the government?”

Didn’t you forget it’s all been tried in the UK before, and last year was called “furlough”, which was a new variant of the same 1960s policies which bankrupted Britain.

Once people get used to being paid for doing nothing they can’t kick the habit, which is of course why Britain no longer produces its own food (it relies on cheap foreign labour, imports) & house price increases to pay the middle classes for doing sweet FA.

It no longer makes cars in any quantity, it imports a lot of electricity and lots of it is run by the French anyhow, and can’t make its own NPPs.

The list grows longer, so being unable to run reliable electricity supplies is normal for a country in terminal decline for more than half a century.

Graemethecat
Reply to  Joao Martins
July 21, 2021 9:27 am

Railways in the UK were excellent before privatisation? Really? That’s certainly not my recollection of British Rail in the 1970’s – dirty, clapped-out trains, usually late or cancelled, crappy customer service etc, etc.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Graemethecat
July 21, 2021 11:20 am

Railways in the UK were excellent before BEECHING.

After that decapitation of lines which have had to be replaced by BUS ROUTES, the whole concept of a network of actual decent pricing and value added for the entire country collapsed in favour of bums on seats at the highest possible tarrifs the market could stand.
I still don’t understand how commuters working in the city of London actually put up with this crap, but that’s the British “stiff upper lip”, and the “put up or shut up” justice & government system that goes hand in hand with it.

Eric Harpham
Reply to  Joao Martins
July 22, 2021 4:04 am

You obviously aren’t old enough .to remember British Rail at its worst (1960s &70s). Privatization came as a blessed relief to those of us that were forced to use British Rail for travel.

Solomon Green
Reply to  Joao Martins
July 25, 2021 3:50 am

Mr. Martins is obviously too young to remember British Rail.

Railways in UK and France were excellent. Then, railway services were privatized in UK and it became a mess.”

The main failures of the current privatised rail system (which is still much better than the the Old British Rail) is due to the renationalisation of the railway infrastructure.

The public company Railtrack, having been forced into liquidation by John Prescot, had all its assets passed to the government owned Network Rail.

It is easy to blame the franchisees (rail operators) who run the trains for delays and cancellations, most of the serious problems are due to Network Rail, whose engineering failures are such that most of the franchisees cannot operate safely, efficiently and profitably.

Even so the existing system is still far less of a mess than was British Rail.

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  MarkW
July 21, 2021 10:41 am

The government can’t even pass a sensible bill into law!

Colin Sutherland
July 21, 2021 3:19 am

Agreed. The same thing has already happened in Australia. Appoint a New York Democrat as CEO as the Australian Energy Market Operator and have a state government policy body overhead, dominated by Green oriented Labor political appointees and you end up with a new focus endeavouring to deliver a ‘carbon neutral 2050’, regardless of cost and system efficacy.
The policy body avoids nuclear generated power, as the only proven technology capable of providing base load despatchable energy and reluctantly tilts towards gas in the interim, even though the Labor States don’t want to mine it.

Ed Zuiderwijk
July 21, 2021 3:40 am

Someone make a list of names of the people pushing this nonsense. Will be needed when the litigation starts. Make them personally liable.

Charles Fairbairn
July 21, 2021 3:41 am

There is a lot of difference between ‘independence’ and ‘in-dependence’.
Politicians and lawyers are the last people to trust, if ever, with ensuring consistent energy supplies at reasonable prices. If ofcom is involved in this then it seems that it it manifestly failing in its duty.
Experienced engineers are the people to trust and they MUST be listened to and their advice taken into account and implemented where possible.

Charles Fairbairn
Reply to  Charles Fairbairn
July 21, 2021 3:46 am

Add to the above: Typo: second it = is. Also heaven help us as as all sensible people think.

Reply to  Charles Fairbairn
July 21, 2021 3:46 am

OFGen…

Gavin Liddiard
July 21, 2021 3:41 am

Good thing I have a couple of Tilley Lamps in the garage……

B Clarke
Reply to  Gavin Liddiard
July 21, 2021 5:08 am

Till your paraffin supply is banned.

Ken Irwin
Reply to  B Clarke
July 21, 2021 6:24 am

Switch back to carbon neutral whale oil.

Sean
July 21, 2021 3:58 am

Fundamentally the power sector has gone from managing the grid to serve people’s needs to managing people to serve the grids need. That is the essence of a smart grid.

Sean
Reply to  Sean
July 21, 2021 6:48 am

The other bit of management mentioned is electric vehicles and using the batteries as part of grid storage. EV’s often have batteries that have a capacity similar to the daily electrical consumption for an entire house. That’s how they get 300 km range even though daily use might be only 50 km. By tapping into car batters to create a buffer, the grid operator essentially pays nothing for battery storage of electricity. Meanwhile the poor EV owner’s battery is charged and discharged repeatedly shortening its life. The only redeeming quality from this plan is that its impact will fall most heavily on wealthy virtue signalers.

MarkW
Reply to  Sean
July 21, 2021 7:22 am

When they drain your batteries, do you get a credit for it?

Sean
Reply to  MarkW
July 21, 2021 9:38 am

I presume they do. You would expect the batteries would be topped off when generation is high and wholesale electric prices are low and drained when generation is low but wholesale prices are high. In other words, you ought to be able to make money. I suspect they would structure it so you might make a little to incentivize their electric car owners but who knows.

Reply to  Sean
July 22, 2021 1:12 pm

Sean,
The EV owners will very quickly learn to unplug their car after it’s charged.
The pittance they would earn would not offset the frequent loss of range that will inevitably happen since the grid will be unstable.

I drive a 2011 Sonata hybrid [not a plug in] and IIRC the Li battery is designed for over 10,000 of charge-discharge cycles, but not to zero or to 100%. So, I am am skeptical about the claims up-thread about very limited battery cycles or needing replacement in 3 years or so. Between 10-15 years? Yes.
That is another major drawback to wind & solar: spend 100’s of billions to install it and then have to replace everything every 15 years or so. Magical thinking!

“…wealthy virtue signalers.” Agreed. Yet the wealthy always seem to find ways to have someone else pay the bill. Guess who picks up the tab?

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Reply to  Sean
July 22, 2021 4:03 pm

Up to a point. They ran a V2G trial where participants were paid 30p/kWh for power redelivered, so they were mostly able to see a cash return against the cost of charging. The trial wasn’t really long enough and probably not really intensive enough for the issue of battery degradation to show up, and indeed they tried to sell the experiment on the basis that the software would do a more sophisticated job of battery management to prolong life than the in car software (which seems a dubious proposition to me: just improve the in car software). But of course that cash return is simply dumped into electricity bills as part of the cost of operating the grid. Which is no different from paying a grid battery company to do much the same thing. So the cost falls on the average Joe however you slice it. There’s also a very large chunk of change for the fancy charger that Joe will end up paying for.

If you try asking battery people why V2G is superior to grid batteries, you tend to get blank stares.

SMC
July 21, 2021 4:00 am

Who is going to get rich off this scheme? Follow the money. Make a list.

Peta of Newark
July 21, 2021 4:13 am

Its the Lawyer Joke innit:
<in court> Lawyer ask expert (doctor/medical) witness:
If someone deid in their sleep, is it true that they’d only realise when they awoke in the morning?”

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 21, 2021 6:26 am

Witness response:

And possibly not even then — they could be practicing law somewhere.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
July 21, 2021 1:45 pm

I like the one:

Lawyer: “So how did you know the victim was dead?”

Witness: “His brain was in a jar on my bench.”

Lawyer: “But were you sure he wasn’t still alive?”

Witness: “I suppose he could have been alive and practising law somewhere.”

lee
July 21, 2021 4:15 am

“This way madness lies” 🙁

Editor
July 21, 2021 4:55 am

The Soviet Union set impossible targets, then imprisoned and/or executed the engineers who failed to deliver them (the charge was ‘wrecking’). The UK is clearly going the same way. National Grid are way better off being out rather than in. What a disgrace, though, that a ‘Conservative’ government could go down this path.

TonyG
Reply to  Mike Jonas
July 21, 2021 12:01 pm

Mike, I think “conservative” now means “a bit less crazy”

Richard Page
Reply to  TonyG
July 23, 2021 9:43 am

“Conservative” means ‘crazy but just slightly more electable than the others’.

fretslider
July 21, 2021 5:02 am

“This has been on the cards for sometime”

Precisely why I will not entertain a Smart Meter. They will be used to cut off the power supply.

It’s no secret now that Carrie (Princess Nut-Nuts) has Boris’ balls in her bag, and consequently we’ve had it.

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Carlo, Monte
Reply to  fretslider
July 21, 2021 7:34 am

The local utility here is getting ready to install smart meters without asking for permission.

Jim Gorman
July 21, 2021 5:09 am

I would start immediately designing a device that will warn when my EV is being drained of its charge to support the grid. It would allow me to manually disconnect in order to prevent having a discharged auto in the morning. An even better solution would be to automatically disconnect the charging cable.

I would also design a device to keep track of what power was sent to the grid from my EV so I could subtract that from what I owe at the end of the month. I would refuse to pay for charging power and to then return it back to the grid for free so they could resell back to me or someone else.

fretslider
Reply to  Jim Gorman
July 21, 2021 5:10 am

I will put some petrol in my tank – and just go.

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Reply to  Jim Gorman
July 22, 2021 4:08 pm

You would see a deduction off your bill for power resupplied to the grid. But probably you will give up a good chunk to a middleman when the grid is paying $9,000/MWh in a scramble to cover a shortage.

rbabcock
July 21, 2021 5:15 am

Wait until the AMO finally flips and the UK and Europe drop back to LIA temperatures. It will be an unmitigated disaster. The trend is not your friend.

DaveS
July 21, 2021 5:16 am

“The new system controller would help steer the country towards its climate targets, at the lowest cost to energy bill payers, by providing impartial data and advice”

Just how “impartial” is an organisation set up with an explicit objective (to steer the country towards its climate targets) going to be? As “impartial” as Gummer’s Committee for Climate Change?

Sweet Old Bob
Reply to  DaveS
July 21, 2021 7:50 am

the lowest cost to energy bill payers…
your bill is less this month because you got no power …

AndyHce
Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
July 21, 2021 1:31 pm

As in other utility billings , there will be an increasing fixed system accesses cost billed to offset the revenue losses due to falling consumption.

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Reply to  DaveS
July 22, 2021 4:11 pm

The only way of ensuring lowest cost to bill payers is to drop net zero climate targets entirely. It has been the law since the 2010 Energy Act sponsored by Miliband that OFGEM no longer protects consumer interests, which are redefined to be green interests. The latest hiring to head OFGEM was one of the drafters of the 2008 Climate Change Act. Brierley is fully subscribed to acting in green interests.

MarkW
July 21, 2021 5:25 am

Sounds more like they are dumping the responsibility for the grid just before the rolling black outs become a regular occurence.

That way they can blame the problems on capitalism and use it to justify state control of everything.

M Courtney
July 21, 2021 5:49 am

When Boris was elected the shocked populace were repeating the old Sun Headline, “Will the last person leaving the country turn out the lights”.
It seems that the Tories are turning the lights out themselves.
Loonies the lot of them.

Coeur de Lion
July 21, 2021 6:00 am

Have these socialists run a pilot to see how many EV owners will discharge into the grid overnight? What is the efficiency?

M Courtney
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
July 21, 2021 6:17 am

The Tories are the rabid Right. Far from Socialists.

MarkW
Reply to  M Courtney
July 21, 2021 7:23 am

I see you are still trying to push the myth that anyone to the right of the communists is a rabid rightist.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  MarkW
July 21, 2021 9:10 am

Mark,

Definitions of left and right are different in the UK and US. In the UK the Tory Government is regarded as and is right wing and it certainly has its rabid section.

MarkW
Reply to  Dave Andrews
July 21, 2021 11:01 am

That’s my point, in Europe, those who want socialism, just a little bit less of it are declared to be right wing.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  M Courtney
July 21, 2021 7:36 am

Yet they are implementing the watermelon agenda.

MarkW
Reply to  M Courtney
July 21, 2021 7:38 am

The political spectrum as dictated by European socialists.

Communists – who want government to own everything.
Socialists – who want government to control everything. (Not that there is much difference between ownership and control)
Rabid Right – Everyone else.

jtom
Reply to  M Courtney
July 21, 2021 8:12 am

The rabid right? They may be right of Labour, but they are to the left of sanity.

MarkW
Reply to  jtom
July 21, 2021 11:02 am

M Courtney still hasn’t forgiven Thatcher for standing up to the unions.

B Clarke
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
July 21, 2021 7:39 am

I can’t see that many people owning a ev particularly in the short term

AndyHce
Reply to  B Clarke
July 21, 2021 1:34 pm

The plan, openly declared, a least around here, is that a FF powered car will be illegal to use, period.

B Clarke
Reply to  AndyHce
July 21, 2021 1:36 pm

Were is “around here “?

AndyHce
Reply to  B Clarke
July 22, 2021 9:37 pm

California

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Reply to  Coeur de Lion
July 22, 2021 4:14 pm

Yes they have. Considerably rigged of course, with a handsome 30p/kWh payola for redelivery to the grid. Almost like the early days of solar panels, which got 42p/kWh.

David Bunney
July 21, 2021 6:07 am

The very big issue of skills retention in industry and broader knowledge of the capabilities and weaknesses of the underlying infrastructure that having engineers that could easily move from working on electrical assets in the field to operational complexities has had its advantages. We will see where this goes.

I would say that in the UK there is already a complete loss of balance on what is interests of economic development, the quality of life of our citizens, the impact of useful infrastructure on delivering critical services.

The climate alarmist voices have all the funding, all the media attention and all the ears of government. The government for its own sins has extended the technocracy of alarmism beyond climate propaganda; we have those that turn ridiculous RPC8.5 predictions into economic doomsday impact assessments in the Climate Change Committee, we have BEIS and OFGEM energy and industry regulators and the Bank of England changing all the financial markets and corporate financing and tax structures to throw money at green and tax and impeded any progress on anything fossil fuels based; we have the energy industry purging anyone sceptical of applying a more balanced score-card using error corrected and bias checked data out of the management and corporate communications structures… so there is no push back and everyone is talking about the future Net Zero utopia and looking at how they can get there as a group whilst getting rich as a company or individual on the way.

What is missing is the evaluation of the proposals on the security, reliability, vulnerability to weather or cyber attack, amount of infrastructure and complex control systems all factoring into the overall cost of the energy / power systems as well as the impact this has on the economy, the quality of life of citizens and the impact on land-use, the environment in general, industry development, energy, water, food security and broader national security. It is all downhill from here. No one has put together a reliable, effective, efficient or cheaper energy generation, transmission and distribution system moving away from energy dense fossil-fuels and nuclear for wind, solar, batteries and hydrogen. It just is not a viable future for our country.

I spent most of my childhood, through university and beyond studying and understanding weather, climate, atmospheric dynamics before going to work on power control systems, power system control architecture, markets and EU/GB level regulation. I am currently looking into keeping the energy transition to distributed generation and full participation of smart homes and devices in a smart grid in order to keep the lights on and our civilisation working. It is a very interesting, if not completely unnecessary, complex and costly endeavour that won’t change the weather!

What you will find is that as we have to put in place more infrastructure, more variable output wind and solar we will need more backup batteries (not viable quickly or in terms of global mineral resource needs); more other backup solutions which means green-hydrogen or carbon capture and storage. These are cutting edge technology with all its foibles and require a massive amount of infrastructure investment and extra wind and solar generation capacity to actually charge the hydrogen system enough when the wind blows to back it up for up to two weeks when it doesn’t (like currently in the UK and Ireland on July 21st 2021 only 1% of summer heatwave demand is being met by wind the majority is being met by gas turbines). The extra infrastructure will push up the unit cost of electricity considerably. The move to time of use tariffs and smart controls on electricity usage will heavily impact the poor dictating if and when they can heat their homes or run domestic appliances. Trying to offset this more by building more electricity transmission and distribution system to cope with heating and EV charging load will have to be recouped through an average uplift in electricity prices; offsetting the variable weather dependant nature of wind/solar with batteries will never be more than partially achieved and again push up the cost of electricity considerably. Trying to keep energy in a liquid hydrogen form made from green generation and hydrolysis, compression and transportation by tanker or pipeline again requires massive investment in additional wind-farms, additional hydrogen stations, adaptation and investment in the natural gas pipelines and new storage facilities. Again it will take decades to get up and running and cost hundreds of billions to trillions to achieve.

At the end of the day fossil fuels don’t have to be made and the mining and refining process is quite advanced and clean when done in the west. We know how to filter and control emissions to only release mainly CO2 and H2O with controls on soot, ash, NOx, SOx emissions using catalytic converters, condensers and traps. We have existing infrastructure and reserves of gas, oil, coal and uranium for centuries more usage and it is the most energy dense, easily stored, easily transportable, controllable and flexible form of energy we know! Nothing else can match it even for many multiples of the price and a much higher impact on the planet for the same scale of energy usage. The benefits to humanity of developing such energy intensive industry on food production, water provision, goods manufacture and service provision are enormous and enabled by cheap, flexible and reliable energy. The climate lie and all the policies flowing from these will cost us dearly and be very regressive, especially for the poorest in society.

The FSO can play an important role in making the prescribed energy transition to distributed wind, solar, batteries and hydrolysis/generation and vehicle charging with control on when people can use energy a reality… if we can help society realise that this climate scare is a fake hustle by the rich and powerful to get even more richer and more powerful and that the new world order will be even less just with those having enough money to buy EVs, carbon credits, home batteries, home solar arrays etc feeling good about themselves and getting richer whilst everyone else has to go not only without electricity, but probably have lower pay, have a tougher time getting a job in a weaker economy, have more expensive food, more trouble affording heating and being unable to travel far from home…. it’s a brave new world that they are selling to us.

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Reply to  David Bunney
July 22, 2021 4:49 pm

Interested to see your background. I do wonder whether some of the crazy ideas that are coming out have been looked at properly. I see no sign of that in the stuff coming out from BEIS, the CCC, National Grid’s scenarios, and the studies contracted out to the usual suspects among the consulting community who are trusted to come up with the “right answer” rather than the truth. Things like hydrogen seem particularly mad, with electrolysers fed off highly erratic grid surpluses (how much capcity do you build if most of it is barely going to be used?) or absurdly expensive floating offshore windfarms (Hywind’s results just recently show an implied LCOE of £225/MWh – to be used as input to electrolysis? Crazy.), with V2G not far behind. Demand side response seems to assume that you can go on making people’s homes cold if the weather snap continues. There appears to be no recognition of how much storage would really be required to cover for a bad year, or the risks of there being inadequate dispatchable generation across Europe, or the political risks of relying on the unfriendly neighbours, or those who prefer not to have high prices and blackouts themselves by keeping the UK supplied.

2021’s very low winds and interconnector problems should be a wake-up call.

Here’s one voice for some sanity that may interest you, having finally managed to bend the ears of some Parliamentarians:

https://watt-logic.com/2021/07/14/the-maths-of-net-zero/

LdB
July 21, 2021 6:25 am

ROFL this is this part of UK greatness Griff tells us all about 🙂

Never interrupt an enemy as they blow their heads off bypassing the foot all together.

John Woodcock
Reply to  LdB
July 21, 2021 7:55 am

Population reduction by an extended period of natural wastage would have serious benefits for this country (the world?) in many aspects not only energy consumption. The problems of sourcing energy, food, water, roads, housing, schools, medical are compounded by the mass importation of population majority of whom are unlikely to ever depart before death; in fact likely to bear large families in the long tradition of new arrivals into any territory.
Keeping the lights on is probably technically possible for decades to come. However the problem of paying for mass importation of energy in all forms (inc. electricity via subsea cable links), food and myriad other necessities could turn UK into Haiti-Sur-Minche if/when the Pound tanks.
I read somewhere that 30~35 millions should be a comfortable population.
It seems obvious that applying more complex patches to the problem will quickly succumb to diminishing returns vs increasing demands.

AndyHce
Reply to  John Woodcock
July 22, 2021 9:48 pm

low population, low rate of inovation

John Dueker
July 21, 2021 6:27 am

How would an EV sell it’s DC battery energy back to an AC power system without installing a new inverter?

M Courtney
Reply to  John Dueker
July 21, 2021 6:42 am

That’s a good question.
But it’s only relevant if people actually expect this scheme to work.
The fact that nobody has considered these details shows that it’s not being really being taken seriously.

AndyHce
Reply to  M Courtney
July 22, 2021 9:50 pm

I suspect it is being taken very seriously — by people who haven’t the foggiest idea what they are doing.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  John Dueker
July 21, 2021 7:41 am

The output of the battery would need to be available at the car’s charging connector as AC, sounds like extra power circuitry.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  John Dueker
July 22, 2021 4:56 pm

It doesn’t. The fancy computerised charger and inverters are a very expensive item. Much of the cost would be recharged to bill payers, because it’s hard to imagine it would pay for itself otherwise. The UK V2G trial talks of an extra £4,000 over a normal charger as a target cost. Current models are more than twice that.

Ed Fix
July 21, 2021 6:36 am

Welcome to the 21st century. It’s gonna look a lot like the 19th.

Buy a diesel generator and good luck.

AndyHce
Reply to  Ed Fix
July 22, 2021 9:51 pm

good luck on sourcing illegal diesel fuel.

Olen
July 21, 2021 7:37 am

Russians in the old USSR did that with farms and factories removing people who knew how it works and replacing them with political hacks and it didn’t work well.

Philip
July 21, 2021 7:56 am

I predict wood burning stoves will soon be the “new” must have, trending in British homes and garden. 😏

jtom
July 21, 2021 8:00 am

Well, GB will be interesting to watch, just as long as one is watching from a different country. Despite all the the money they have thrown at renewables, as I type this, coal is providing more electricity to their grid than wind.

Will the day come that cars on the grid end up charging other cars on the grid? Or perhaps, brown/black outs being created by everyone trying to recharge their cars after having their batteries drained by an earlier brown/black out? Yep, the future will be very interesting. Perhaps a new version of the dark ages.

Jan de Jong
Reply to  jtom
July 21, 2021 9:23 am

Brown, black and dark will be forbidden words. Solved.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Jan de Jong
July 21, 2021 11:40 am

Racism is already crime in the UK.
The only alternative can be “green outs”, blamed on martians..

Dan Tige
July 21, 2021 8:27 am

This may be a good change for the U.S. when the fantasy world of climate activists comes crashing down on GB’s heads.

griff
Reply to  Dan Tige
July 22, 2021 12:56 am

The UK has had decades of rolling out renewables and adapting its grid… there are no ill effects.

We are decades ahead of the US on this

Reply to  griff
July 22, 2021 5:58 am

That’s why it’s so funny (albeit inevitable) that all that National Grid know-how has just been disposed of.
In the UK having any scientific or engineering knowledge – or any kind of knowledge – makes you an enemy of the people.
Maybe that expertise will cross the Atlantic and help out in the US.
Like it did in the aerospace industry after the TSR2 airplane was cancelled.

Gary Pearse
July 21, 2021 8:39 am

This is good news for those who feel bringing this idiocy to a head earlier before they’ve had time to screw up worse at greater cost and misery for citizens will at least put common sense and professional engineering back on the list of options available to a crazed admin.

Yeah, putting the Grid reins in the hands of climate change warriors who want to be able to drain the charge on your car (and reimburse you fully?), use your car for Grid storage (and charge you for filling your car if not used when you may not want the expense ) and interrupt your washing machine and television “because climate change тм” puts the ‘climate change cuprits’ on non-court ordered service to the public.

griff
July 21, 2021 8:43 am

Reading between the lines, it appears that the National Grid have told the government that their decarbonisation plans are, if not impossible, highly risky and extremely expensive, as far as providing a secure and reliable electricity supply is concerned.

Well that’s nonsense, isn’t it? Because every year NG publish their future energy scenarios for the UK – and the latest is just out.

summary says ‘Our Future Energy Scenarios (FES) outline four different, credible pathways for the future of energy between now and 2050.’

Future Energy Scenarios 2021 | National Grid ESO

and where do you think the staff from NG operations will end up? This is a separation of commercial operations from oversight – a split of existing functions along existing staff lines.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
July 21, 2021 11:04 am

In griff’s mind, if it’s in a press release, that means it’s already happened.

griff
Reply to  MarkW
July 22, 2021 12:55 am

Go read the document, eh?

pigs_in_space
Reply to  griff
July 21, 2021 11:44 am

The staff from NG will end up in the dole queue or golden hand shakes & early retirement.
It’s clear you have never worked anywhere near the civil service.

My Dad worked in Nuclear physics.
Where do think all the excellent experts in running and building Britain’s nuclear power stations ended up?

Nice retirement pensions with nice houses paid for by idiots like you.

griff
Reply to  pigs_in_space
July 22, 2021 12:55 am

There will still be a requirement to mange the grid: whereas old nukes close. different that, isn’t it?

Gordon
Reply to  griff
July 21, 2021 6:49 pm

Good luck with the Consumer Behavior Change t make it work.
It will be forced change with their power turned off and/or burned out from a brittle Hydrogen distribution system.

Reply to  griff
July 22, 2021 6:00 am

it’s the only thing that UK governments do, create a vehicle for uber-high paying jobs that they can toss to their fox-hunting friends.

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Reply to  griff
July 22, 2021 4:59 pm

The first joke is that if you read the introduction to the scenarios you find that NG are proud of having adjusted some of the unrealistic assumptions they made last year for which they were roundly criticised. The second joke is that they have introduced some new ones so as to produce very similar results to last year. Dig a bit more, and the unicorns start popping out of the woodwork.

Chris Nisbet
July 21, 2021 9:25 am

“providing impartial data and advice”.
Hands up who believes that.
Anyone?
Btw, what is impartial data?

Philip
Reply to  Chris Nisbet
July 21, 2021 9:44 am

IIRC. The perception of the data sample (good, poor quality or quantity) before it’s used in support of whatever theory.

JChaffin
July 21, 2021 9:27 am

Sounds like what happened in Texas and ERCOT. Same Build Back Better depopulation schemes

TonyG
July 21, 2021 10:02 am

England’s going to show us how to become a third-world country?

Robert of Texas
July 21, 2021 11:07 am

Texans will send the U.K. our wonderful ERCOT. They are performing at peak performance in forcing the green agenda over all other matters including lives. Heck, will even pay the shipping costs!

Tomsa
July 21, 2021 12:27 pm

It’s a good thing that EV owners will discharge their power into the grid. Sure they will! Looks like it’ll need it. I thought they boasted that up to 33% of their power production is renewable. right now in Britain gas and coal producing 55% of needs including using OCGT which says it’s only used for emergencies in the winter. The wind has been quiet since Sunday now contributing 1.5% of needs! 14% is coming through the interconnections, as someone mentioned what happens to the price of those when the pound goes into the toilet.

These figures at 20:20 on http://gridwatch.templar.co.uk

Mike Smith
July 21, 2021 1:05 pm

This is a blunder of epic (Enron scale) proportions.

That National Grid has provided exemplary service for decades and I can’t believe they are going to throw that away for some new shiny looking toy.

I’m just relieved that I no longer live in the UK.

Geoffrey Williams
July 21, 2021 4:00 pm

The writing is on the wall. The people of Britain had better brace themselves for more expensive, less efficient, and less reliable electricity in the future. To a great extent they have brought this upon themselves by embracing the climate-change meme. Good luck folks, keep warm.

RelPerm
Reply to  Geoffrey Williams
July 21, 2021 8:04 pm

You get why you vote for.

Too bad so sad.

Brits should stop whining and just vote against insanity.

Rusty
Reply to  RelPerm
July 22, 2021 12:29 am

We don’t have much choice. Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green parties are all on the same page regarding climate change and net zero nonsense.

The only party not “on message” is the Reform Party which is the old UKIP, but they don’t have the same pull when they were a single issue party.

Gee
Reply to  RelPerm
July 24, 2021 9:44 am

We didn’t vote for it. There was nothing about the kind of changes being proposed now in Conservative or Labour manifestos at the last election. I wish we could vote against it but there currently isn’t any party that dares to speak against so called climate change.

griff
Reply to  Geoffrey Williams
July 22, 2021 12:54 am

We reduced coal power to just 3 plants and 2% of electricity supply and it had no effect at all on reliability etc.

We pushed renewable energy to 42% in 2020 and again no adverse effect.

so why would we see any problem going forward?

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Reply to  griff
July 22, 2021 5:05 pm

It’s had an enormous effect on reliability. See this list of margin notices and chart of prices over last winter from Watt-Logic:

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Reply to  Geoffrey Williams
July 22, 2021 5:01 pm

Heck, it’s already happening.

UK Day Ahead Power.png
John
July 21, 2021 9:51 pm

dont they know you cant export power from your Telsa
only Nissan leafs have that
just another UK disaster in the making
No power no energy starvation

griff
Reply to  John
July 22, 2021 12:52 am

well which brand of EV is made in the UK?

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Reply to  griff
July 22, 2021 5:07 pm

But they have tiny, range limited batteries to begin with.

https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/e1ofS/1/

July 22, 2021 5:49 am

This will be fun to watch (from a distance), I’m British but live in Belgium.
The government have set impossible targets and now will fire anyone who tells them so, hoping the bad reality will go away.
Rather like people who hide in the cupboard when their house is on fire.

Wharfplank
July 22, 2021 8:17 am

Or they could just build a couple of dozen nukes and be done with it…nope, wait, that wouldn’t really fit the agenda, would it.

Matthew Sykes
July 23, 2021 2:09 am

FFS

Pat Smith
July 23, 2021 10:10 am

Wind power in the UK – highest in 2020 was 13.3 GW. Lowest was 100 MW. Yesterday it dipped to 39 MW and was less than 100 MW pretty well all day! It is impossible to imagine anyone being allowed to build a gas or nuclear power station in the next decade here. Good luck to whoever takes on the National Grid’s job!

Pat Smith
Reply to  Pat Smith
July 23, 2021 10:12 am

Don’t look at https://gridwatch.co.uk/ if you are of a nervous disposition.

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