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« Crisis over? | Main | David MacKay live »
Thursday
Mar032011

The third-world ambition of the UK

Thanks to Phillip Bratby for this clipping from the Telegraph, which seems to encapsulate the UK's third world ambition (in Nicholas Hallam's memorable turn of phrase).

The talk of dwindling gas supplies is strange. Has Mr Holliday not heard of shale gas? Or does he know something we don't? It would be interesting if someone could get David MacKay's opinion on continuity of supply later today.

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@Buffy:
"I personally don't think smart meters are a worry - just general dearth of electricity supply."

- I do. I worry about them a lot. TerryS has already outlined above how these devices could easily be networked with your home appliances via the power supply.

We could be facing a nightmare scenario of both an inadequate power supply grid and networked devices that look to me like a hacking playground.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/12/smart_grid_security_risks/

Mar 5, 2011 at 12:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterKatabasi

Transcript of Tuesday's interview with Steve Holliday on the Today Programme here (for after it disappears from iPlayer):
https://sites.google.com/site/mytranscriptbox/home/20110301_r4

Mar 6, 2011 at 8:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

I think you are misjudging Mr Holliday.He is constrained by lack of approvals for new coal stations, and a requirement to purchase low grade unreliable wind power. He is telling you what will happen unless you change your politicians. I bet it took courage to say it. Thank him, change your vote.

Mar 7, 2011 at 3:26 AM | Unregistered Commentergeorge lanham

@George Lanham,

You are spot on.

Mar 7, 2011 at 6:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterRob Schneider

George, yes, I see your point, and maybe we should be cutting Mr Holliday some slack. But he should be battering the door down of 10 Downing Street, to impress upon the Dave&Nick the urgent requirement to start laying the concrete for at least 10GW on new gas stations to enable us to keep the lights on until we have 20-30GW of new nuclear up and running. As far as we know he hasn't been doing that, instead he has given a speech which suggests he and the industry have all but given up on proving affordable 24/7 electricity for the masses. In which case he should be calling a press conference to cite the government's flawed energy policy as the reason for his resignation. (I still hope that he and other electrical industry CEOs are at least be threatening to to this privately, but fear that the ROCs cash is clouding their better judgement. Mind you, aside from some in SSE - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-12610901 - I don't think many of them have got a clue as to the real cost of constructing and maintaining off-shore wind.

Sadly it doesn't matter much who we vote for, all the mainstream parties are signed up to the AGW mantra and renewables madness. (Although it was good to see UKIP doing well in Barnsley - hopefully they can build on that and become a main player, at least in England. Does anyone know if they were vocal on climate bollocks in their campaign, or did they just focus on their key issue (the incompetents and crooks in Brussels?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWSYMpuCFaQ&feature=related

(Nigel Farage on who's who in the EU commission - highly recommended)

Mar 7, 2011 at 7:07 AM | Unregistered Commenterlapogus

Here is the link to the original interview, in audio, with Steve Holliday, head of the UK National Grid on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme 1st March 2011, the relevant questioning begins at 1:54:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9410000/9410485.stm

Here is a link to that days programme schedule, which shows the interview aired at 8:46AM GMT:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9410000/9410170.stm

Mar 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterTQS

Mr. Holliday seems unaware of current events. It is slightly unreasonable but let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

Mar 9, 2011 at 9:45 AM | Unregistered Commentercicero storage units

Time for an opt out

Let those who want green electricity, pay for its full cost, and accept power cuts. They can sit in cold, dark houses, eating raw vegetables, whilst knitting free range, tofu ponchos, with a feeling of absolute selfrighteousness.

Meanwhile, those of us who live in the real world, can get on with living, real lives.

The inevitability of regular power cuts may be sufficient to shake some sense into the gullible

Mar 3, 2011 at 9:55 AM | golf charley

golf charley-then apply your logic to fossil fuel subsidies and nuclear power subsidies/ £80 billion since the 50's. our energy requirements require governments to prop them all up not just the green stuff. If we were made to pay the full costs of our energy needs then we would be all be skint.

Mar 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM | Unregistered Commenterwales news cold

wales;
You are, you maroon. Unless someone else pays your taxes that cover the subsidies?

golf;
Nope, they're not having any of THAT! They refoos to let you roon "their childrens' air" by putting nasty CO2 into it. So you must SUBMIT!

They know where you live ...

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