Planned Failure: Wind Power Obsession Leaves Britain’s Power Supply On Brink Of Collapse

You know policymakers have lost the plot when they start waxing lyrical about battery storage and ‘green’ hydrogen; neither of which exist at any scale; neither of which are even vaguely economic, even with massive taxpayer-funded subsidies to prop them up.

English dictionary doyen, Samuel Johnson reckoned that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels, which might have been the case in 1775, but these days it’s waffle about storing wind and solar generated electricity at grid-scale, to account for total and totally predictable collapses in their daily output; aka sunset and calm weather.

While the scoundrel of today helps propagate the lie that the only thing standing between us and an all-wind and sun-powered future is a few giant Teslas, the reality back on Earth is altogether different, as this report from GB News testifies.

‘We are on the brink of disaster’ – Net Zero Watch says power from wind is unreliable
GB News
Ben Champman
16 December 2022

THE COUNTRY is on the brink of disaster because power from wind is unreliable and its expanded use depends on developing storage technology that does not currently exist, the lobby group Net-Zero Watch has said.

Deputy director Andrew Montford told GB News: “Wind is absolutely not the way forward. We’ve known for decades that the wind doesn’t blow all the time. And actually, as the Met Office reports that wind speeds have been declining for a couple of decades, as well, so it’s getting less reliable.

“Politicians have said that everything will be okay, that we’re going to develop ways to store electricity so we can make more when the wind is blowing, and then we’ll have a reserve when it isn’t. It’s just not true.

“If you look at the available technologies, there are batteries, which are preposterously expensive. We’re talking millions of pounds per household, I mean, ridiculous sums of money.”

Speaking to Philip Davies and Esther McVey, he said: “There’s hydrogen, but again this is a pipe dream because you waste two thirds of the energy along the way. So again, it just ends up ridiculously complicated.

“What we’ve done is we’ve gone into a drive for net zero, essentially crossing our fingers and hoping that somebody will invent some way to store electricity. And at the moment, they haven’t.

“Now, what’s happening now, of course, is that the wind doesn’t blow and we don’t have any other way to make electricity. Due to the fact we have closed down all our coal-fired power stations, give or take one or two, the gas is incredibly expensive so we are on the brink of disaster, essentially.”

Asked about storing surplus energy, Mr Montford said: “The best batteries that we have for grid-scale electricity storage are very expensive and are not getting any cheaper.

“Hydrogen, again, is a mature technology. We’ve made hydrogen through electrolysis for a century. So again, we shouldn’t have any expectation of any great breakthroughs there.

“I mean, it’s possible, but you can’t plan an electricity grid based on the hope that somebody’s going to come up with something that is extremely important. You should be planning your system based on technologies that you have.”
GB News

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Comments

  1. Jacqueline Rovensky says:

    Here in SA we have shown that battery storage in a ‘largescale’ or even small scale (household size) does not provide for security of supply. Such batteries here and around the world can store very little when considering what is needed to operate a modern society or even a single home.

    So what happens when its empty and the wind is not blowing and the sun isn’t shining for what ever reason – you go without unless you have another supply ‘backup’. But even Gas is being shutdown and there is no other viable source commonly available – except for those places where nuclear has been accepted as a more than valuable source of energy supply.

    Unfortunately Australia is facing the dilemma of becoming energy deprived returning us back to the days before coal fired power brought electricity to all of society.

    Our Governments Federal and State/Territory are intent of turning their back on the only viable solution, one which they are happy to sell off to other nations – that of nuclear energy production. We have the ability and resource to ensure this Nation becomes a great manufacturing base as well as a place for people to not only live but to prosper.

    Why – well that’s the question they are afraid to answer but one most in Australia can – they are focused on the bewildered minority of people who go around calling for the abandonment of modern society without a fully thought through rational for how they can achieve it without destroying not only lives but a safe, prosperous and happy future for future generations.

    They are blind to facts and willing to be used by so called ‘renewable’ energy companies and their lackies to push for their damaging and dangerous sluggish and utterly useless for purpose energy production facilities.
    What of the cost of replacing all of these facilities etc when they reach a use-by-date or fail? How much more land will be required? Then of course there is the removal/destruction of the waste costs to environment and pockets.

    It seems the companies who manufacture and install these things are onto a good thing as there will never become a day when there are sufficient erected/operating to meet needs, as there will always be ones that need to be replaced as well as an ever increasing number to meet needs.

    What a money pit our Governments have created for the people, as well as a wealth pit for those who invest in these industries.

  2. Reblogged this on whatyareckon and commented:
    A LOT of HOT air from Climate scammers!

  3. Hopium springs eternal from the depths of energy delerium. The fever will break once the patient feels the cold grip of winter.

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