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We’re following Germany down the primrose path of green energy madness – Booker

October 30, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




Booker on the ever rising cost of the Climate Change Act:


Hollow laughter greeted the warning from Ed Davey that Britain is “sleepwalking” towards electricity blackouts. In his years in charge of our energy and climate-change policy, no one did more to ensure that we are heading for blackouts than the global warming-obsessed Davey himself. But all he was alarmed about, it seems, was a threat to the astronomic subsidies we pay for all those diesel generators he wanted hooked up to the grid, to provide instant back-up to keep our lights on when his beloved windmills stop turning for lack of wind.

Sir Edward Davey, climate change secretary 2012-15

Sir Edward Davey, climate change secretary 2012-15 Credit: -/Rex Shutterstock

Ever since I first wrote in 2011 under the heading “The lights may go out in Germany even sooner than in Britain”, I have been noting that, for evidence of where our efforts to “decarbonise” our economy are taking us, we should look at Germany, which is even further down the track. An expert study there has recently caused a stir by calculating that by 2025 Germany’s “green energy transition”, such as its 26,000 windmills, will have cost £470 billion, or £22,500 for the average household.

Similar calculations based on official data here, by Paul Homewood of the Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, show that between 2014 and 2020 our rocketing bill for “green” subsidies and “carbon taxes” will have reached £90 billlon, or £3,500 per household.



Electricity prices in selected countries



Another study by Dr John Constable of the Global Warming Policy Forum shows that in the same period, the additional annual sum we pay just for “green” electricity will almost have trebled, from less than £5 billion to nearly £14 billion, made up partly of subsidies but also in “ancillary” costs. These, calculated by a senior engineer formerly a director of National Grid, include the colossal costs of connecting new windfarms to the grid, and all the different means of providing back-up  when the wind isn’t blowing.


But all these future cost-projections are only a small part of what we can expect from our own Government’s “green energy transition”. We may have smiled to read of last month’s vote by the upper house of the German parliament that by 2030 internal combustion engines in Germany should be banned, with all road vehicles powered by electricity. But by the same year, under the “Fifth Carbon Budget” nodded through by our own Parliament in July, we too are committed to 60 per cent of our vehicles being electric.

Unless we come to our senses, our bills will continue to soar and our lights will go out, because all this make-believe cannot possibly work

Even more astonishingly, in the name of eliminating fossil fuels, our MPs happily voted for the phasing out from around 2030 of all use of gas for cooking and heating, to be replaced by “zero-carbon” electricity supplied partly by thousands more windmills and other subsidised renewables, and partly by those talked of new subsidised nuclear power stations such as Hinkley Point (estimated life-cost £49 billion), which we shall only believe in when we see them.

Greg Clark: Hinkley is "important upgrade" for UK energy Play! 01:22

The trouble is that, because all these projections still seem comfortably in the future (although 2030 is just over 13 years away), only the handful of those who have looked at the hard facts have any idea of where the mad dreams of our politicians are leading us.

Unless we come to our senses, our bills will continue to soar and our lights will go out, because all this make-believe cannot possibly work. Fortunately for Ed Davey, by the time we wake up to the disaster in store, no one will remember who he was.


For details on UK costs, see my post here.

  1. October 30, 2016 12:54 pm

    Might be time for the populus to polish up their pitchforks.

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    October 30, 2016 1:40 pm

    Well, considering wind is providing less than 1% of requirement right now – and for the next few days, looking at the weather forecast – we’re being well and truly conned.

  3. October 30, 2016 1:54 pm

    Not surprised to see Germany, Denmark and Spain have expensive electricity, but is Australia really so high? I’d always regarded it as low cost.
    What chance does Europe have of competing long term with USA, China and India on these costs?

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      October 31, 2016 5:57 am

      Australia too has its share of …&….. well we have 3 State Premiers known as Dopey Dan, Palachook and Weatherdill the Premier of South Australia (with a Treasurer and Energy Minister known far and wide as Silly Koot). Chook is aussie slang for poultry e.g. headless chook.
      They, and their fellow travellers, have pushed up the australian price for electricity by 75-90% in recent years. The cost is layered and highest in times of maximum demand, which would be close to the 29c (US) above, but the usual cost is between 22-25c per kWh. The more wind farms in a State the higher the cost of electricity, so as all 3 want to go to 50% wind the cost will rocket.

  4. William Baird permalink
    October 30, 2016 1:59 pm

    Todays weather is a perfect example of the future. A high pressure area, zero wind and diesel generators trying to keep the lights on.

    I hope that people like Ed Davey will be brought to account in due course. He should be charged with wrecklessly putting the country at risk, and manslaughter if his policies lead to deaths.

    • John Palmer permalink
      October 30, 2016 2:07 pm

      +100! Oh but if only…..
      A lamp-post on The Mall should await this deluded and malevolent individual.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      October 30, 2016 7:36 pm

      “Fortunately for Ed Davey, by the time we wake up to the disaster in store, no one will remember who he was.”

      Oh yes we will !!

      For the last 24 hrs the UKs ~ 7,000 wind turbines (14GW Capacity), has produced less than 0.5GW; currently its at 0.2GW …demand is 40.3GW.

      Yet they intend to run 80% of the country’s electrical demand, 100% of all cooking & heating and 60% of all our vehicles from wind & solar.

      People will die,
      we must keep reminding the population who to look for to exact revenge.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        October 31, 2016 12:45 pm

        ‘People will die’ Could we just make sure they are the right ones?

  5. October 30, 2016 3:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolsten.

  6. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 30, 2016 6:49 pm

    And what’s the point? Will it take a seriously cooling planet to kill this nonsense? The facts are already out there. CO2 doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t!

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 31, 2016 12:47 pm

      Yes, that is why so many people wish for some brutally cold winters as the only way to ram it home to enough people that it isn’t warming due to CO2.

  7. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 30, 2016 6:55 pm

    I hope bloggers here are familiar with gridwatch Templar website. Quite right, Baird, wind is producing virtually nothing as I write. There’s a fun link to France which is worth a click – very interesting solar sinusoidal each day demonstrating that they have the weather and latitude to make solar half worthwhile, unlike this country where solar fails the energy input/output equation. But their wind, like ours, is mostly negligable.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      October 30, 2016 8:05 pm

      Also worth a look is this site:

      It show wins and solar generation across Europe, and shows that the theory that there’s enough windpower to make up local shortages from somewhere else in Europe simply isn’t true.

  8. October 30, 2016 10:23 pm

    This Ed Davey…

    ‘Mongoose Energy works with community groups, commercial project developers and investors to identify, develop, finance, build and manage community-owned renewable energy installations’

    The board of directors comprises of a non executive chairman…

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