S-O-S: If COVID-19 Doesn’t Kill Your Granny, Energy Poverty Will

Enduring frigid weather in unheated homes is one of the biggest killers of the elderly. Thanks to an obsession with heavily subsidised, unreliable and expensive wind and solar, the poor and vulnerable drop like flies every winter.

That hundreds of thousands of households are suffering energy poverty in what was once the World Power is nothing short of shameful.

At a time when the poor and elderly are already fretting about the effects of the Coronavirus, and in a State enforced lockdown, it seems only reasonable that they receive a little respite from their crippling energy bills, providing some hope of being able to heat their homes during their incarceration.

Dr Benny Peiser from the Global Warming Policy Forum makes just such a call, on behalf of those hundreds of thousands stuck in a freezing flat and trying to make ends meet.

Give Britain A Break: Suspend £15 Billion A Year Energy Policy Costs To Help Households and Businesses
Global Warming Policy Forum
Press Release
24 March 2020

The Global Warming Policy Forum is calling on the Government to suspend all energy policy costs for the duration of the pandemic to relieve the burden for households and businesses during this unprecedented crisis.

  • A civil emergency requires firm government measures in all areas and energy is no exception.
  • Britain cannot afford high-cost gas and electricity as we defend our society and families against Covid-19.

Using data from the Office Budget Responsibility (Economic and fiscal outlook – March 2020 [1] , March 2019 [2] it can be seen that direct subsidies to renewables, as well as the Climate Change Levy, and the EU Emission Trading Scheme, together will cost consumers about £15 billion over the coming year, unless government acts without delay.

These carbon costs will be felt by households both directly and indirectly:

  • directly on their electricity bills, where prices are nearly 40% higher than they would be in the absence of policies, according to government’s own estimates [3].
  • indirectly through the general cost of living, as commercial and public sector consumers pass their own costs on to households (if supermarkets pay more for electricity to refrigerate milk, they must recover this cost at the checkout).

One leading supplier of electricity for commercial consumers estimates that low-carbon policy costs now account for about 40% of a typical bill to their customers (Haven Power, Your Guide to Third Party Costs (February 2020) [4].

Such costs can only add to the difficulties faced by businesses already struggling with collapsing demand. To these extraordinary costs should be added the additional grid costs of managing uncontrollable electricity generation.

Policy impacts on system costs are opaque, but where numbers are known they are high. The notorious “constraint payments”, mostly paid to Scottish windfarms for reduction in output, came to £130 million last year alone and this year amount to a staggering £84 million, £1m a day.

Electricity costs are of particular importance at this time since so many British people and families are confined to their homes, some of the most vulnerable dependent on electric heating.

Nearly all of the £15 billion a year cost can be saved for the duration of this emergency by the expedients of suspending the majority of renewables subsidies (Renewables Obligation, Contracts for Difference, and FiT, excepting only payments to small domestic generators) and the Climate Change Levy (CCL) and the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Further savings would arise from reduced system costs.

GWPF director, Dr Benny Peiser said,

Continuing to force consumers to stay at home and use high-cost energy in a time of unprecedented crisis will cause severe personal hardship and needless economic damage. Government must act immediately to suspend these burdens for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.”

[1] https://obr.uk/efo/economic-and-fiscal-outlook-march-2020/

[2] https://obr.uk/efo/economic-fiscal-outlook-march-2019/

[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/estimated-impacts-of-energy-and-climate-change-policies-on-energy-prices-and-bills-2014

[4] https://assets.ctfassets.net/zb2jbbsrxzqq/4ibOWMWb4syKwYoUIGYuyo/65cb8a6ca2f6b9d2c5e6d5275c656f6f/HP036_TPC_Guide.pdf
Global Warming Policy Forum

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  1. In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford has just declared that a ‘state of emergency’ will be extended for another two weeks. The financial ramifications for this province will be devastating! How will we ever be able to afford to allow the long term contracts for industrial wind turbines to continue and permit this horrendous waste of money. When these contracts were signed, no one could have ever predicted a global financial collapse as a result of a global pandemic.

    • force ma·jeure
      /ˌfôrs mäˈZHər/
      noun: force majeure
      unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract.

  2. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  3. Jacqueline Rovensky says:

    The problem is if the Government did cut all these subsidies and costs, bringing the cost of energy to the end customer down to a rational price with businesses cutting their added costs to their customers the ‘renewable’s’ industry will be hung drawn and quartered by the people as they come to realise not only what the move to unreliable energy production methods is costing them but just how much the industry has been ‘stealing’ from them as a result of all the different ways they have been sucking money from them.
    Such removal of these blood sucking subsidies etc should also be enacted by other countries – like Australia – allowing people to understand why their energy prices are currently so high for a product that is meant to be produced by ‘free’ natural sources.
    Will any Government stand out and cut these subsidies, will they stand out as being for the people and not the manipulating media reliant falsifiers who espouse the lies of how these forms of energy production can be relied on and will at sometime in the far distant future become cheaper energy producers.
    Come on Australian Federal and State Governments cut them free and let them stand up and prove they can do what they have promised for years – without any funding from Public Purses when at the present time we need all money to be poured into fighting this pandemic in areas such as Medical research, health service, food production and distribution to shops AND those isolated in their homes.
    Everyone working in these services deserves to be paid well and their health looked after – the Large Scale Wind and Solar industries need to have to cut their cloth to what they can afford – just like everyone else.

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