Britain faces years of blackouts and soaring electricity bills because of the drive toward green power, a leading energy expert warned last night.(via CCNet (subscription only))
A growing obsession with global warming and "renewable" sources threatens the stability of our supply.
Derek Birkett, a former Grid Control Engineer who has a lifetime’s experience in electricity supply throughout Britain, warned that the cost of the crisis could match that of the recent banking collapse.
And he claimed that renewable energy expectations were now nothing more than "dangerous illusions" which would hit consumers hard in the pocket.
"We are going to pay a very heavy price for the fact there has been a catalogue of neglect by the former Government which has focused on renewable energy sources," Mr Birkett said.
"We need a mix of sources and this takes time. Renewables have the problem of being intermittent, particularly wind, and we need more back-up capacity. By having all our sources in one basket we are risking disruption.
"There is a lot of over-enthusiasm by governments to push global warming, which makes me very suspicious." Less than five per cent of our energy comes from renewable sources but the "disproportionate" cost of implementing green technology runs into many millions of pounds, he said.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
From the June 19th Daily Express (U.K.):