|MSM Catch Up Eventually|
Well it’s nice when the MSM catch up: we started a little C@W series called ‘watching the lights go out’ way back in 2008 (when the trajectory of declining generation capacity became obvious to anyone paying attention) and have returned to it periodically.
Of course it’s all being treated as bolt-from-the-blue stuff, which it ain’t. At the same time, it is highly disingenuous for Ofgem to claim they first worked it out in 2009: show us the action-plan you put in place! Let us read the minutes of heated debates between yourselves and the mad decarbonisers of DECC, when you railed against relying on fantasy nukes and frivolous windfarms. Actually of course there was a general election just around the corner ... so you buttoned your lips.
Anyhow: for all the journo-come-lately’s, here are a few salient facts.
- There are no surprises here (see C@W passim)
- It’s fun but fatuous to blame the EC, because the Large Combustion Plant Directive has been in force since 2001 and the closures it will bring about have been locked in and known in detail for years
- The situation is much worse in Germany, which will provide a handy test-bed (possibly as soon as this winter) for assessing the consequences, electoral as well as electrical
- The lights won’t actually go out very much: but power supplies to industry will interrupted and the economy will definitely suffer
- A new round of nuke plant-life extensions will be rapidly granted
- EDF will be upping its price for the miserable new-nuke-in-2021, and the DECC-twats will be telling ministers to agree
A more certain way to ensure the doubling or trebling of (wholesale) electricity prices could not have been devised. We can only thank God that the global gas market is too big for the cretins at DECC to tamper with. Having said this, they will probably try.