Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire. (Getty via Zero Hedge)
The UK government is putting plans together for days of organised blackouts this winter, in what they call a "reasonable worst-case scenario" for energy shortages, according to reports in manstream media. Naturally they are blaming this on the embargo on importing gas from Russia but in reality Britain has never imported any more than a small amout of its gas from Russia. The real reason politicians and energy company CEOs are panicking is entirely due to their obession with obtaining all our energy from intermittent sources like wind and sunshine. The logic is so simple even a retard coiuld follow it (but not highly qualified and highly paid 'climate scientists' it seems,) on days when the wind does not blow a wind turbine generates no current and for on average 12 hours a day (more in summer, less in winter,) solar panels generate nothing.
Thanks to the elite's infantile devotion to Sain Greta Thunberg, The Madonna of Stockholm, the new chourch of Net Zero Cult has warped its members brains.
Households and businesses could be subjected to planned power outages if cold temperatures combine with reduced imports from Europe. No mention of the dismal underperformance of the massively hyped 'green transition' of course to mention it would only draw attention to how little electricity we get from oue massive investment in useless wind turbines and solar farms.Asccording to Bloomberg UK.
the government has an emergency plan for a shortfall of around a sixth of peak energy demand, which could see supplies turned off for four days in January.
Bombarded with requests to comfirm of deny this, the department for business, energy and industrial strategy has so far declimed to comment. Hmmmm
This new reveelation regarding how the true severity of the crisis comes amid turmoil in energy markets after Russia reduced gas flows to Europe in response to sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine in February.
The Nord Stream 1 pipeline that brings Russian gas to Europe is currently running at 20% of its maximum capacity.
While the UK imports very little of its gas from Russia, the reduction is putting vast pressure on supplies across Europe including from Norway where the UK sources roughly a third of its gas. The irony here is that like Norway, Britain has plenty of gas in its North Sea gas fields but many wells have been decommissioned as both Labour and Conservative governments have put virtue signalling ahead ofenergy security and the interests of British taxpayers, preferring to pander to the weirdie - beardies of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, the aforementioned Greta Thunberg and the increasingly hysterical screeching coming from the unwashed crusties of Exstinktion Rebellion
The energy crisis has led to a forecast that fuel bills will reach £4,266 a year from next January.
Analysts Cornwall Insight forecast that average household bills will reach £3,582 per year for the average household from October, up from £1,971 today, and then rise further to £4,266 from January and £4,427 from next April.
Earlier this year, the government refused to promise there would not be power cuts this winter, after reports it was considering plans to ration electricity.
A Number 10 spokesperson said: "I think you would expect government to look at a range of scenarios to ensure plans are robust, no matter how unlikely they are to pass. Neither the government or National Grid expect power cuts this winter.
"You will know that we are in a fortunate position, we are not dependent on Russian energy imports and have one of the most reliable and diverse energy systems."
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen is pressuring member states to reduce natural gas consumption by at least 15% until spring in order to deal with reduced Russian supplies. She said: “Russia is blackmailing us. Russia is using energy as a weapon. And therefore in any event, whether a partial major cutoff of Russian gas or a total cutoff of Russian gas, Europe needs to be ready.” Strangely the de facto leader of the 27 member EU failed to mention that the community's reliance on Russia, ever a potentially hostile power, has emerged because the EU pressured member states to reduce dependence on coal and gas either locally produced or imported from friendly nations and nuclear generation plants sited in their own terittory for power.
The dire predictions of further energy price increases have increased pressure on Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, the competitors in the race to be announced as the new Conservative Party leader and prime minister on 5 September.
Both have been attacked over the vagueness of their proposals to tackle the UK's current cost of living crisis.