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Blackout Britain: EU environmental directive puts millions at risk of power cuts

ONE million homes narrowly escaped a power cut last month as bitterly cold weather placed a massive strain on Britain’s creaking electricity network.

Shutdown was only avoided because a gas-fired station due to close by next winter came to the rescue. Last night experts warned that life-threatening blackouts are increasingly likely as “we head downhill – fast
Fawley is one of a number of coal and oil power stations being forced into retirement to comply with EU environmental targets.

The EU “large combustion plant directive”, aimed at cutting airborne pollution, will force ageing power stations to close by 2015. But they will be shut down before that if they use their allocated generating time earlier.

This comes at a time when almost all the country’s nuclear power stations are due to shut down because they have reached the end of their working lives.

But although the Government has made a commitment to building new nuclear stations there are no agreements in place to construct them and even the start of building work is some years away”

Comment: Is this anything to do with the Didcot 'A' Power Station closure? :)

Feb 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Next month, another one bites the dust:

Didcot 'A' Power Station to close on 31st March 2013

"Following closure, decommissioning of the station will commence immediately and proceed to complete demolition within a few years. Part of the site is likely to be retained for future power generation and, of course, the existing 1.4GW gas-fired Didcot 'B' station will remain. It is unlikely that a new coal-fired station will ever be built there, and, as the site is totally unsuitable for nuclear, the only option in the near term would be gas. Modern gas fired stations have a very small footprint, which means that much of the site will become available for redevelopment, though no decisions on what this should be have been taken."

Feb 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Also in the Telegraph, more about BBC bias.

Feb 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Previous post is about wind farms on non-degraded peats.

Feb 23, 2013 at 9:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Christopher

Old news, but The Telegraph is catching up:

Wind farms will create more carbon dioxide, say scientists
Thousands of Britain’s wind turbines will create more greenhouse gases than they save, according to potentially devastating scientific research to be published later this year.

Feb 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Christopher

Apparently Polar Bears were starving in 1974 due to the cold, poor things starve when it's too cold starve when it's too warm. Makes you wonder how they lasted this long.

Feb 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

I think ANthony Watts posted something about being away for last weekend (16th/17th) and I had assumed that this had taken longer than expected

Feb 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Am I missing something but why does this not happen to Wind ?

Feb 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM | Registered Commenterretireddave

UNEP's Global Environment Outlook-5

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said

"Heads of State at Rio+20 grasped the sobering science, laid out in reports like UNEP's Global Environment Outlook-5, and put in the foundations for new pathways and new directions to achieve a sustainable century - here ministers and delegations from over 150 nations have been the architects and designers of an evolved UNEP with greater authority, impact and pathways to deliver the Future We Want," he added.

UNDER STRICT EMBARGO: 6 June 2012, 15:30 CET
On the Eve of Rio+20
World Remains on Unsustainable Track Despite Hundreds of Internationally Agreed Goals and Objectives
Ambitious Set of Sustainability Targets Can be Met, But Only with Renewed Commitment and Rapid Scaling-Up of Successful Policies.

Climate Change
Under current models, greenhouse gas emissions could double over the next 50 years, leading to rise in global temperature of 3°C or more by the end of the century.
Four independent analyses show that 2000-2009 was the warmest decade on record and in 2010, the rate of emissions from fossil fuel burning and cement production was the highest ever recorded.
The annual economic damage from climate change is estimated at 1-2 per cent of world GDP by 2100, if temperatures increase by 2.5C

Feb 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

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