It is alarming that the UK is on the verge of plunging into third world status because the political class are so set on eliminating carbon emitting electrical generation facilities and replacing them with renewable energy (read windmills) generation facilities. The Telegraph (UK newspaper) carried an article on March 2nd saying that UK electrical customers were going to have to get used to black-outs or brown-outs based on the replacement strategy just mentioned. Lets look at the article:
Here we have Steve Holliday, Chief Executive of the National Grid telling the Brits that the days of permanently available electricity may be coming to an end as wind farms become bigger suppliers of electricity. He is quoted as saying “We are going to change our own behaviour and consume it when it is available and available cheaply.” The National Grid is the electric power transmission network connecting power stations and substations and ensuring that generated electricity can be used to satisfy demand. The Grid is where the “rubber meets the road” so to speak. The grid system in the US has the same function. But many industries cannot function profitable with intermittent power. If you were a manufacturing company in the UK and you were to hear that power would become intermittent in the future, would you consider moving your business to someplace where zealots did not control the sources of electricity?
Is this the direction we want for the USA? I think not. But we have our zealots here as well. Fortunately they have not gotten the degree of “say so” that is the case in the UK.