British Government Pledges Venezuelan Style Electricity Price Caps

“But price controls are not the solution, they are a wrecking ball which will do even more damage to an already severely dysfunctional British energy market.”


Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t John – Faced with mounting voter anger over green policy driven electricity price rises, a precarious, under-resourced energy grid, and with a national election looming June 8th, the British Conservative Government has responded by promising Venezuelan style price caps on domestic electricity bills.

UK Conservatives pledge energy price cap, hitting utility shares

By Kate Holton and Alistair Smout
Mon Apr 24, 2017 | 4:13 PM BST

Britain’s ruling Conservative Party said it would cap domestic energy prices if it retained power in an election in June, targeting an industry it accuses of not working properly and sending shares in the leading providers down sharply.

Shares in British energy suppliers Centrica and SSE fell as much as 5 percent, and were last down around 3 percent, after ministers said the Conservative’s election manifesto would include pledges on controlling energy prices.

Energy bills have doubled…

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Emily’s Not So Smart Energy

This post deserves sharing as widely as possibly, particularly with our elected MPs. At some point someone in power has to have to courage to call a stop to this incredibly expensive white elephant.


By Paul Homewood

h/t 1saveenergy


Emily Gosden writes in The Times about the wonderful new world of smart meters:

Irene Farrell gestures towards the electric fire on the wall of her living room. “I never put that on now.” The 86-year-old used to rely on the fire and a plug-in halogen heater to keep warm, because the old electric storage heaters that were supposed to heat her tenth-floor flat in Newcastle were so useless. “It was dreadful. Freezing cold all the time. My husband was an invalid and the cold affected him terribly.”

Last winter, for the first time in her 13 years here, things were different. Smart control boxes wired into the storage heaters have transformed the way they work, keeping the flat warm throughout the day and putting the octogenarian in the unlikely vanguard of a transformation in the way that Britain uses electricity.

The nation’s energy…

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Keep a Diesel in the Shed

You need a sense of humour down under these days:

You can have your solar panels
and your turbines on the hills;
You can use the warmth of sunshine
to reduce your heating bills.

You can dream you’re self-sufficient
as you weed your vegie bed;
As long as you make sure to keep
A diesel in the shed.

See original post by Viv Forbes here for more details on why this ditty is so true:

Brexit Britain on EU Green Targets: “Trade and growth are now priorities for all posts”

For this one reason alone I feel vindicated voting for Brexit. Eventually even our kids might come to appreciate this…

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Britain is preparing to ditch EU Green Targets, on the grounds they promote useless renewables at the expense of plausible solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as nuclear power.

Britain preparing to scrap EU green energy targets as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit

Steven Swinford, deputy political editor 14 APRIL 2017 • 10:00PM

Britain is preparing to scrap EU green energy targets which will add more than £100 to the average energy bill as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit.

The UK is currently committed to getting 15 per cent of all energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2020.

Ministers have long been critical of the targets because they exclude nuclear power, carbon capture or gains from energy efficiency.

The UK is currently on course to miss the target and incur millions of…

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Reply From The BBC Re Miami Complaint

Holding the BBC to account is like trying to juggle live fish.


By Paul Homewood

You will no doubt recall my report last month, Miami Beach Turning Into Modern Day Atlantis–Fake News BBC, about a BBC World at One item.

The segment discussed sea level rise at Miami, and the BBC correspondent made two outrageous claims:

1) Rising seas and flooding are turning Miami Beach into a modern day Atlantis, the city being submerged by water”

2) Sea levels at Miami are rising at ten times the global rate.

I filed a complaint, both about these two specific fallacious claims, but also about the general tenor of the programme, which failed dismally to present any actual facts.

I have just received this reply:

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Hazelwood Power Plant Closing 31st March – Currently Delivering More Power Than Every Wind Plant In Australia (With Updates)

A detailed and comprehensive analysis of the massive contribution made by Hazelwood Power Plant prior to shutting down. One knackered old coal fired power station was producing MORE power than all the Australian wind farms COMBINED. I wonder if the Ozzies will miss it?

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By Anton Lang ~

This Post is about the upcoming closure of the Hazelwood Power Plant. Each day, I will be adding the totals for power delivery from this plant with a comparison to ALL the wind power in Australia, and also the total for Wind Power in Victoria, the same State where the Hazelwood plant is situated…..TonyfromOz

53 Year old Hazelwood power plant generated and delivered almost 15% more power than EVERY wind plant in Australia in the 31 days leading up to its closure on Friday 31st March 2017, with the last of the plant’s Units shutting down on Wednesday 29th March.

UPDATE 7 – Friday 31st March 2017 – CONCLUSION

I have placed this last Update at the top of this Post to make some important observations.

The Hazelwood power plant closed operations today. In the lead up to its closure, the plant operated all eight of…

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Delingpole: Only Gullible Fools Believe that the Great Barrier Reef Is Dying

Well worth sharing!


By Paul Homewood


From Dellers:

The Great Barrier Reef is dead. It has ceased to be, expired and gone to meet its maker, kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and gone to join the bleedin’ choir invisible. It is an Ex Great Barrier Reef.

Well, at least it is if you believe the left-wing media such as the Guardian, which claims today that the reef is at “terminal stage” because of damage allegedly caused by “climate change”.

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