Monday, March 07, 2011

So this is what (fG)Britain seems to think of as a good idea

for dealing with electricity needs:
Electricity consumers in the UK will need to get used to flicking the switch and finding the power unavailable, according to Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the country’s grid operator. Because of a six-fold increase in wind generation, which won’t be available when the wind doesn’t blow, “The grid is going to be a very different system in 2020, 2030,” he told BBC’s Radio 4. “We keep thinking that we want it to be there and provide power when we need it. It’s going to be much smarter than that.

“We are going to change our own behaviour and consume it when it is available and available cheaply.”

Translation: The government and/or the greenie dictators will allow you to have electricity when and in the amounts they think you should get it.

Under the so-called “smart grid” that the UK is developing, the government-regulated utility will be able to decide when and where power should be delivered, to ensure that it meets the highest social purpose.
And if it's decided that you can freeze or broil so what some politician deems more 'socially important' gets power, you're screwed.


Phelps said...

Don't you dare call it rationing.

Keith said...

Back in the 70s when the unions were in the ascendant, there were power cuts every year as one or other of a railway, coal mining or power generators union went on strike, for whatever reason.

Now the greens are to blame -after labour stopped coal opencasting- as a sop to unemployed deep miners.

"Renewable" generators get payed 5 times the rate the consumers pay for electric- via taxes of course. I wonder how long that will keep going on?

I advised a friend who was thinking of putting up turbines that he could be left with big debts when the subsidy collapses.

Farming friends in the fourth world dictatorship, tell me fence posts are getting expensive, as powerstations which were intended to burn stumps and baled brash, now take whole woods. - they can afford to!

The Freeholder said...

"We are going to change our own behaviour and consume it when it is available ..."

Good Lord, that sounds like something you'd hear in a third world country.

Oh..right. Great Britain. Never mind.

Jeffersonian said...

It's a conspiiiracy maannn!


It's the oil - er - windmill companies, maannn!


They gotta preserve their profits, maannn!


They're suppressing a secret Nazi WWII formula for synthetic wind, maannn!


Alan J. said...

I'm perfectly OK with them deciding that power should be delivered first to those with "the highest Social Purpose," long as they're OK with designating my house as the one that produces all the Baby Milk in the world, shelters orphans and lost puppies, and guards all the nuclear launch codes. Oh, and hosts the Queen of England for her daily afternoon visits, of course. I'm sure that Al Gore, Michael Moore, and all of their peasant Hollywood friends would gladly sit in the dark on my behalf.