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Letter From James Heappey

December 21, 2016

By Paul Homewood 


The Telegraph have printed this letter today from MP James Heappey, who is also a member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee:


SIR – This year’s tight electricity margin follows a similar situation last year.

National Grid has said that the situation is manageable, but it is understandable that some will want to raise concerns. From next year, the Government’s Capacity Market will provide enough power to cover us for next winter and the years ahead.

Our energy system, like that of many other countries, is in transition. By making it smarter and more flexible, we know we can save billions. By creating a market that enables a more efficient allocation of our electricity, both home owners and businesses can cash in when power is most plentiful and cheap. Businesses want this transition and many are already investing in their own generation, energy storage and flexible demand measures.

Security of supply is rightly a concern, but there is no need for home owners and businesses to worry unnecessarily. If anything, tight margins should be a call to arms for greater energy efficiency, which is good for our bills, our environment and our energy security.

James Heappey MP (Con)
London SW1


Heappey forgot to mention that he is also a member of the Advisory Board for Richard Black’s climate change propaganda outfit, the ECIU.

There are some other things he also forgot to mention.

  • The standby capacity, purchased under the Capacity Market which he mentions, includes 89% of existing generation/interconnector capacity. He does not explain what will happen when much of this is shut down.
  • He also does not explain exactly what is so smart about a system which pays power plants to stand around idle, while at the same time paying huge subsidies to renewable energy producers.
  • As for his claim about businesses, many companies have made it loud and clear that they are being made uncompetitive by high energy prices.


It is all the usual guff we are used to hearing. But the telling comment comes at the end:


If anything, tight margins should be a call to arms for greater energy efficiency,


In other words, margins will remain tight, and the government is not prepared to do anything about it. You’ll just have to get used to it, and use less energy!

  1. Roger Lynch permalink
    December 21, 2016 6:57 pm

    Interesting you don’t pick up on the commitment that “we know we can save billions” ……………………I did laugh when I read that !

    Who exactly could save billions – the consumer ?? …….ha-ha-ha-ha

    Roger Lynch

  2. martinbrumby permalink
    December 21, 2016 7:00 pm

    Hubristic twerp.
    I hope he doesn’t imagine we’ll forget!

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      December 21, 2016 9:39 pm

      Is anyone familiar with the Australian term Nong?

      HINT: It doesn’t praise the intelligence of the person it describes.

      • AlecM permalink
        December 22, 2016 10:07 am

        I always thought ir was Boong, a NSW aboriginal work for the sound that an empty skull makes when hit by the bullbars of a 4×4.

  3. Dung permalink
    December 21, 2016 7:09 pm

    In terms of what the government are prepared to do to us and what they are hiding from us, we are way past 1984 now.

  4. A C Osborn permalink
    December 21, 2016 7:10 pm

    Paul, do they allow comments on those “Letters”?

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      December 21, 2016 8:59 pm

      They used to, but now you have to be £registered.

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        December 21, 2016 10:20 pm


    • December 22, 2016 10:38 am

      Unfortunately not

  5. Svend Ferdinandsen permalink
    December 21, 2016 7:11 pm

    ” By creating a market that enables a more efficient allocation of our electricity, both home owners and businesses can cash in when power is most plentiful and cheap. ”
    And when it is not and you need electricity?
    He says in reality that it oveall should be cheaper, wich has not happened yet.
    For every new wind tubine you need to pay for the same generating capacity idling.

  6. December 21, 2016 7:16 pm

    Until these morons are booted out, the country will remain in a mess. Anybody know what he means by “By creating a market that enables a more efficient allocation of our electricity”? Allocation suggests rationing it and also implies poor people will only be able to afford it when there is too much wind or solar power. No wonder he is in favour of smart meters.

    • Hivemind permalink
      December 22, 2016 5:53 am

      It means your smart meter will turn off your hot water in the middle of the night and you have no way to complain.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      December 22, 2016 11:32 am

      Having a vested interest, as a politician he is lying. Smart meters are not intended to save us money, they are simply to ration energy. That contradicts the fact that government cannot break “elfin’safety rules, To do as he says is going to cost lives as some jobsworth cuts someones energy off. I do not expect a conservative government to fall so low as to do these things, rationing an essential service and robbing us at the same time. Our PM needs a fast rethink, or we may end up with disaster. Perhaps like Cameron she is a closet socialist, it sounds like a page from their playbook.

  7. December 21, 2016 7:25 pm

    Heappey tries to tell us we will have heaps of power but not the cost. Lets see what he says when the lights go out, probably over the next few weeks when industry goes back to work after the Christmas shutdown, the trains are back running and while the interconnector is slightly down.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 21, 2016 8:55 pm

      ‘…the trains are back running…’ I presume you are not talking about Southern then? Gosh, perhaps that is really what those nice chaps at ASLEF are doing – helping make sure there is power for all by not driving the trains for a week. Cheers guys.

  8. Joe Public permalink
    December 21, 2016 8:51 pm

    “…. businesses can cash in when power is most plentiful and cheap.”* **

    But all large (100kVA) businesses already do that, they’re on 1/2-hourly Maximum Demand charging.

    *Actually, businesses will be financially penalised when power is least plentiful and expensive.

    ** Coming to home-owners soon, when ‘smart’ meters (their raison d’être) are installed.

  9. Tony McKenna permalink
    December 21, 2016 9:00 pm

    I think it’s time to tell my (Con) MP again that there is another party which has a more sensible policy and his CAGW nonsense will cause me to vote for them.

  10. Harry Passfield permalink
    December 21, 2016 9:05 pm

    I’m so pleased you picked this up, Paul. I read it this morning in the DT and have been fuming since. Your quote from him that: “If anything, tight margins should be a call to arms for greater energy efficiency” is really a smug admission from him that when the margins are tight he gets to make a bob or thousand from selling STOR/etc to the NG at exorbitant prices. I since discovered that ‘Heappey’ is Olde Nordic for ‘weasel’.

  11. December 21, 2016 9:36 pm

    ” businesses want this transition ” …. as if. The only reason they are buying backup is because they know the market and supply is going to be unreliable. And that’s pretty much proven in Australia.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      December 21, 2016 9:55 pm

      Confirmation that Australia has its own supply of Nongs (see above at start).
      Renewables have made a mess of the electricity system with blackouts in SA and Victoria, resulting in 22% of the cheap, reliable coal fired supply in Victoria to shut down in March. One of the blackouts crippled much of Alcoa’s aluminium plant in Portland with hundreds of millions damage. This raised doubts about the future of the major employer in Portland so Federal Minister Hunt and his Vic. counterpart have offered the company a low interest loan for a new renewable-based generator.

      Words, or at least the ones fit to print, fail me.

  12. Gray permalink
    December 21, 2016 9:48 pm

    Hi Paul
    No mention yet of the NI ‘cash for ash’scheme, where farmers are going to pocket hundreds of thousands for heating empty barns?

  13. December 21, 2016 10:24 pm

    ‘If anything, tight margins should be a call to arms for greater energy efficiency’

    Is the public going to let itself be softened up to the idea that electricity is a privilege and they should be grateful to have it regardless of any future restrictions on its use, financial or otherwise?

  14. mikewaite permalink
    December 21, 2016 10:47 pm

    Before you put the gentleman in a tumbril and hasten him to the scaffold, he seems a potentially useful MP in that he had some educational and probably scary experiences in the Middle East as a soldier before entering parliament, and he has some other good points : against profligate use of wind power, against the Severn barrier and wants to see the pylons from Hinckley Point buried instead of marching across the Somerset levels .
    He is obviously at risk of falling under the influence of the renewables-obsessed civil servants , but with guidance from people such as those here he might become an asset in the search for a sensible energy system for the UK

    • roger permalink
      December 21, 2016 11:19 pm

      None of your excuses above mitigate against the crass stupidity of his economically illiterate ramblings above.
      There will be a day of reckoning shortly. It ‘s just a question of where the first blackouts occur as to how violent it will be.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      December 22, 2016 11:37 am

      That sounds like the weakest excuse ever heard. It seems that lessons such as the Referendum havce not

      • Derek Buxton permalink
        December 22, 2016 11:43 am

        Sorry, my computer must have been affected by the poor excuse. Before I could finish it posted my unfinished comment. I intended to say that the Referendum lesson has not been learned by our politicians judging by this one. What right does he have to put lives in jeopardy, not his naturally!

    • mikewaite permalink
      December 22, 2016 12:45 pm

      I was surprised by the reaction to my suggestion that this MP could be an ally in the struggle against the idiocies of the current energy policy .
      Firstly , consider that Paul daily tells us of the latest problems with renewables and smartmeters , etc . What can we do about it ? Nothing , absolutely squit- all. Why ? Because we have no power .That is in Westminster and Whitehall and to change opinion there we need allies , not make enemies unnecessarily .
      Secondly , this man is already halfway to a full fledged sceptic , as shown by his opposition to windpower, pylons , river barrage schemes ( scams) . A little more education from people like Paul could turn him into a valuable asset right at the centre of Govt.
      Thirdly, the man does not seem to be a thick coward as suggested by some. He led troops in the hell of Afghanistan and brought them and himself back alive which I suggest takes a level of both intelligence and courage which many of us could not match.
      Fourthly , in his own words , to a Telegraph reporter in 2013 he claimed that his experience of the real world would be an asset at Westminster , where most seem to go straight from a PPE degree at Oxford.
      If you discard potential and potentially powerful allies because you dont like the colour of their school tie then you deserve all the misery that the future , if unreconstructed , holds for you.

  15. Athelstan permalink
    December 21, 2016 11:54 pm

    MP talk is, a Heappey of sh*7.

    The whole tenor of that preposterous letter edict, “like it or not serfs this is what you will gratefully receive”

    besmocked and knuckling foreheads, whoi thankee sorr, eternally grateful for the masters scraps so oi is, SOOORRRR!”

    Ordained from on high!

    The MPs words drip arrogant disdain with added disrespect for the electorate [the ranks] but the dark subtext tells you much of what is proposed and the prospect is chillingly bleak.

    Have at ’em lads! So, just for that, we swing our guns in his ‘ship’s’ direction and fire, with full broadside:

    MPs and the moonbeam paradox of – green energy……………………..

    Just like rocking horse cr$p. MPs and brain cells, it’s so rare and these days never the twain do meet.

    Obviously, this numb head MP heapof…………. does not recognize, could not cognitively sense even the merest scintilla of what he is rambling on about nor, indeed, would he be able to assimilate the consequences of the precipitate financial catastrophe that the climate change clusterf00k will bring about.

    The UK CCA 2008, the insanity of it saps the mind and removes all your lung power. A unilateral suicide by green policy unequalled in history of western civilization – the Romans just got lazy and corrupt – that was stupid but to off a nation through boondoggles and bankruptcy – through purposeful idiocy that’s ocean going stupidity……………….And to which, Britain is hurtling, helter-skelter out of control. crashing into a derelict netherworld where, shovelling the proverbial, will be its only occupation.

    Only the Marxists Internationalists could have dreamt it up, and of course – they did but did you see?………………………… the so called [red] tories gleefully joined in.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      December 22, 2016 11:46 am

      All too true, regretably.

  16. Peter MacFarlane permalink
    December 22, 2016 8:47 am

    “Businesses want this transition and many are already investing in their own generation, energy storage and flexible demand measures.”


    “Businesses are wasting money on generators, plus shutting down at quieter times, in a desperate attempt to keep operating despite the state’s endless f***-ups.”


  17. Malcolm Perks permalink
    December 22, 2016 9:29 am

    In a lighter vein ….



  18. AlecM permalink
    December 22, 2016 10:09 am

    The usual Heappey Shit.

    But what do you expect from a typical, privately-educates, Tory thicko chosen to be one of our elite leaders.

  19. NeilC permalink
    December 22, 2016 2:45 pm

    It is the duty of government to provide CHEAP, RELIABLE energy.

    Wind, solar, and biomass, along with smart meters STOR, and CCS provide neither cheap nor reliable energy.

    The Climate Change Act must be repealed before it ruins the UK economy.

  20. Stonyground permalink
    December 22, 2016 3:18 pm

    This post has reminded me to make sure that my genny is fettled and fuelled up.

    • Peter MacFarlane permalink
      December 23, 2016 7:56 am

      I’ve connected the Christmas lights to my UPS. After all, ’tis the season to be jolly: shut down the servers but keep the sparkles going!

  21. Paul McClory permalink
    December 23, 2016 3:13 am

    I have just put ‘snow in the Sahara’ in the BBC website search engine. No trace of such an occurrence! Any chance of some cryptic comments from ‘Not A Lot………..’ !!


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