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More Fake News From Jillian Ambrose

February 11, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Jillian Ambrose has written yet another biased and inaccurate piece in today’s Telegraph.

As usual, it is behind a paywall, and I am banned from recopying it.

For those who can see it, it is here.


The basis of the story is actually relevant. Apparently Tory backbenchers are getting worked about attempts by our fragrant climate minister, Claire Perry, to drop the 2015 manifesto promise to stop subsidising onshore wind farms.

It was actually suspected a couple of years ago that this might happen, when Andrea Leadsom was in charge.

Edward Malnick, the political reporter covers this part of the story. However, Ambrose fills out the article with her usual pro-renewable bias and inaccuracy.

Along the way, she gives a free soundbite to Emma Pinchbeck, her buddy at Renewable UK, the lobbyists for renewables.


The very first paragraph claims that the 2015 Tory  manifesto pledge was to “block” onshore wind farms.

As I have pointed out before, what the manifesto clearly promised was that “new subsidies for onshore wind farms would be ended”.

There has been no attempt to “block” anything. If investors want to build onshore wind farms, they can do, subject of course to normal planning approval.


Then a graph appears, purporting to show the enormous strides made by renewable energy, with output over 60 Mtoe in 2015:




Although it is claimed to be based on ONS data, it bears no resemblance whatever to the real data, which shows renewable energy production at 14.07 Mtoe for 2015.

This is a mere 7% of total energy consumption.





Why has Jillian got her numbers so badly wrong? It may be that she has confused Mtoe with Twh. Notice that wind power comes to 40 Twh on the BEIS table below for renewable electricity generation.

Her graph coincidentally claims about 40 Mtoe.



If she really can’t tell the difference between Mtoe and Twh, as the Energy Editor she should be sacked now!


But it gets worse!

Her next graph claims that renewable energy production has now eclipsed that of oil and gas:




This is totally nonsensical.

Again going back to the official govt figures, we see that oil and gas add up to 89.2 Mtoe for 2015, compared to 14.07 Mtoe for renewables.



And as far as value is concerned, oil and gas accounted for 43% of energy production in 2015.

Electricity also accounted for an extra 42%, of which the largest part would have been from gas as well. As renewables only accounted for about a quarter of electricity generation in that year, that means that their contribution to overall energy output would have been about 10%.



Quite simply, the Telegraph graph is completely fake.

Which leads us to the question of just where it came from.

It is clear that Jillian Ambrose does not know the first thing about accessing this data, so it is unlikely to have come from her.

Which leads us to the natural conclusion that the graph originated from her chum Emma Pinchbeck, of Renewable UK.

Renewable UK is a lobby group for renewable interests, previously known as the British Wind Energy Association. Its whole existence is based on promoting the interests of its members, and any information it published would normally be treated with excessive suspicion by any proper journalist.

Yet Jillian Ambrose invariably gives space to Emma Pinchbeck in just about every article she writes to propagate the latter’s biased views. One wonders why?


Renewable UK offer this rundown of Pinchbeck’s CV:

Emma joined RenewableUK in 2016. She sets the overal strategy for RenewableUK’s communications and policy teams. Before joining RenewableUK, Emma headed up Climate Change & Energy at the NGO WWF-UK, where she worked on issues like the international UN Paris Agreement on climate change, and a successful campaign to secure a phase out coal-fired power generation in the UK


The idea that we can rely on anything young Emma has to say is manifestly laughable.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    February 11, 2018 10:43 pm

    She’s absolutely slated by the commenters!

  2. BLACK PEARL permalink
    February 12, 2018 1:10 am

    Maybe its payed for commissioned report much like all the climate change docs we’ve all seen on the box over the years.

  3. February 12, 2018 6:51 am

    In the report I produced in November 2016 entitled ‘The Disastrous Impact of Renewable Energy in Devon’ I concluded with regard to renewable energy that in England “the reduction in subsidies in 2015 and 2016 together with more stringent planning rules has led to a virtual standstill in planning applications and a reduction in deployment rates”. The report was based on the annual progress reports produced by another renewable energy lobby group RegenSW. I intended to update my report in 2017 when the RegenSW progress report for the year to end March 2017 was issued (the normal date of issue being August). However, RegenSW has still not issued the 2017 report, i.e. it is 6months overdue. The only reason I can think of is that they are too embarrassed to admit that there has been a minuscule amount of progress, solely because of the removal of the subsidies and the tightening of the planning rules.

    That Emma and Silly Jilly are prepared to put out gross lies and propaganda are symptomatic of the renewable energy industry, which has been riven with greed and corruption since first I took an interest in it over 10 years ago.

  4. Athelstan permalink
    February 12, 2018 6:54 am

    If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to drift ever so slightly O/T PH.

    Someone tell me, this UK energy policy in toto, isn’t be design, it is a total cluster**** but we knew it and way back when.

    The figures are buried deep in the Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy paper produced last month.

    According to the document, while the expected cost will total around £4bn a year over the next 20 years, amounting to £57bn to £70bn, the eventual benefit in terms of the reduced carbon dioxide emissions will be only £4bn to £5bn over that entire period.

    The figures make up part of the Government’s impact assessment of the policies, which include plans to raise the proportion of British electricity produced by renewable sources from 5.5pc today to 30pc.

    Oh yes indeed and still the Tories not only went full steam ahead, they’ve caused even more damage than did the miliband’s dross – its less famous half.

    back to the top and no sign of any brain activity……………………

    Miss Gillian Ambrose is, just another DT Loulou (Louise Gray – remember her?) and like her, is a fish out of water totally out of her medium, range and imagination and don’t do techie stuff. Jejune ladies? Ah but then, so too is Ms. Pinchbeck of the UK windbags promoters.

    All of this is just dandy but.

    When, compared to what is and by far the bigger problem. Her name is Claire Perry and if it isn’t her stated ambition then, the tacit strategy is clear – claire. Thus, if UK manufacturing isn’t already ****ed it will be when Claire Perry is finished with it and the same applies to the UK energy sector and policy – if ‘policy’ isn’t quite the correct term (see above – reference second para;’).
    Over the weekend, HMG interference in the energy market goes on and on. The latest initiative is along similar lines – ie giving energy companies access to data on welfare claimants in order to offer the poorest households a special ‘cheaper tariff’. – sigh.

    If “cheaper tariffs” are available why can’t we all access them, I wonder?

    Why is there such a myriad of valley’s and mountains in the various ‘tariffs’ of energy companies, indeed aren’t the ‘tariffs’ actually biased not pro the small domestic user but upside down indeed, the more you use the cheaper is your ‘tariff’, it’s all becoming like the UK tax system – fubar and regressive.
    The cliched BS the tory politicians not least its boss, one mother Theresa, her ambition to help the JAMs (just about managing) – how is strapping them with bigger energy bills to subsidize the rich and ‘benefit claimants’? and NB, some claimants able to claim a bigger annual income than some JAMs………..”equality” is the Zeitgeist and cri de couer is it not?.

    Balance, equality, fairness………..puhleeze don’t make me laugh and meddling in, selection of special cases, splicing and dicing the market – well doncha know, surely, surely: that’s what the labour party does – is it not?

    Finally, Claire Perry b>is a tory……………like McDonnell understands Fiscal and Monetary Financial discipline, Yes maybe it is a big joke but a joke that, specifically is done on us and the country.
    Plus someone tell me that, the misandrists aren’t running the show and therein any sort of modicum, the merest hint, a sliver of grasp about the wider significance, the ruination and long term damage being wrought on the UK economy is lost in the local dust devil I can’t name it a tornado – of gender politics, green green, green at whatever the cost, showboating virtue signalling and gals doin’ it because – well, they can..

    • Paddy permalink
      February 12, 2018 7:23 am

      One of the problems is these token wimmin who are only there for decorative purposes and virtue signalling. The “Civil Servants” who are the power behind the scam find it easy to pull the wool over their eyes.

      • Athelstan permalink
        February 12, 2018 7:53 am

        Oh indeed that is the truth.

        Though, what doesn’t help is a supine press playing the clarion, all the time not asking the real questions.

        It is, a circus of ignorance and egregious malpractice abused, preyed upon by the corporate blob, banksters and in a cozy relationship some might say unhealthily close relationship with the administration – from civil servants all the way, right to and in the heart of No10, No11 and inclusive of, the executive in Westminster. All encouraged and bolstered from afar, by such as Qatar the KSA and Berlin.

      • February 12, 2018 2:19 pm

        Amen. They make the “real” women look bad.

      • Athelstan permalink
        February 12, 2018 11:23 pm

        Claire Perry is a zealot, in other words a nutcase, a watermelon and very, very green, but crimson red inside.

    • mikewaite permalink
      February 12, 2018 5:29 pm

      Do not underestimate Clair Perry. She is very intelligent and hard working . You don’t get to Oxford if you are not . She is ambitious and looking to occupy No 10 in the not too distant future and probably will.
      What will propel her there is her realisation that the former relationship between parliament and the Civil service has been turned upside down .
      Time was when MPS and Ministers decided policy , raised legislation and employed the Civil service to carry out the legislation.
      Now, in many areas, certainly including energy, the senior managers in the Civil service have an agenda, and basically pass it on to the technically challenged Ministers who assume that the instructions are in the best interests of the nation and its tax payers and place on the statute book the legislation that those mangers want.
      The route to advancement for Perry is therefore via the Civil service and not through the electorate or her fellow ministers, whom she can, with no disadvantage at all, treat with contempt especially the vanishing group of male ministers .
      Make no mistake, Perry is a dangerous and probably unstoppable woman if you have a traditional respect for the English countryside and what remains of its wildlife..

      • Nigel S permalink
        February 12, 2018 6:44 pm

        Oxford Geography degree although no grade given in her Wiki CV so probably not a 1st like wot Cathy Newman got! George Monibot (sic) described her thus at Oxford ‘a firebrand who wanted to nationalise the banks and overthrow capitalism.’

      • February 12, 2018 8:00 pm

        Conservatives who stand up for low taxes and small government? – blimey! use a few seconds to listen to Claire Perry raving about “𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗯𝗲𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗼𝘂𝗿” (1:30) – and polishing her Green credentials to boot – I’m a local and she didn’t appear to do much environmental campaigning in this neck of the woods.


        She’s so arrogant, pushy and ignorant – that she actually reminds me of David Miliband. She definitely does not react well to being challenged.

        If you can stomach it read her speech at the opening of the UK’s first subsidy free solar farm ….

      • dave permalink
        February 13, 2018 10:21 am

        It is almost irrelevant whether Perry is academically clever or not.
        As Sir William Stewart, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government 1990-95, said: “Many clever people spend their days inventing cleverer ways to be stupid.”

        The sort of clever you need to be was exemplified by (I think it was) one of Thatcher’s early Ministers. On the first day of trying to break him, the civil service gave him a very large “box” to take home. He summoned his entire Department and spoke to them: “I seem to have a lot of work to do. So I am not going home tonight – and nor are you!”

  5. Bitter@twisted permalink
    February 12, 2018 8:18 am

    Like most scams “follow the money”.
    I suspect Ms Ambrose has a better lifestyle than her pay as a “journalist” could support.

  6. Phoenix44 permalink
    February 12, 2018 8:35 am

    I think the graph of “UK energy production value” must relate to UK production of oil and gas. Thus we see the rise in “value” as the oil prices rises and then the drop as the price falls.

    The graph is therefore utterly misleading – it suggests that high energy prices are somehow “good” and falling energy prices “bad”.

    And the fact that renewables are very expensive makes it look as if they are “better” than cheap energy, a gross distortion of what matters to anybody but the producers of the energy.

  7. Mark Hodgson permalink
    February 12, 2018 8:35 am


    May I ask if you’re writing to the Telegraph about this? And will Mr Booker be asking for space for an article to counter this nonsense?

  8. Keith permalink
    February 12, 2018 11:15 am

    Yes well with that dam Perry in control of energy it won’t be too long before we go the same way as Australia.

  9. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 12, 2018 11:17 am

    A flavour of the nonsense from Pinchbeck comes in her appearance before the Select Committee looking at the Helm report on energy:

    Helm duly rubbishes her and her co-conspirators when it comes to his turn.

  10. Vernon E permalink
    February 12, 2018 11:20 am

    Paul Hodgson is on the money. Like other followers (I expect) I am actually paying to read this nonsense in the used-to-be newspaper. Writing to the editor achieves nothing – the editorial selections are equally biased. How can one exert pressure other than cancelling (perhaps its reached that point now)?

    • February 12, 2018 11:56 am

      I would suggest someone makes an official complaint.

      The link is here:

      They are obliged to respond.

      I would, but don’t want to embarrass Booker

    • Curious George permalink
      February 12, 2018 3:58 pm

      You don’t have to read it. Just keep paying.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      February 13, 2018 8:40 am

      I didn’t renew my subscription a couple of years ago. The DT has turned into a broadsheet Daily Mail.

  11. Green Sand permalink
    February 12, 2018 11:56 am

    I wonder if the once a newspaper DT is starting to see the light?

    Jillian Ambrose is described by the DT as – “a Business Reporter covering oil, gas and utilities for The Telegraph business desk”

    Yet today 12th Feb 18 she is found penning the following:-

    ‘Retailers endure gloomy start to year as families rein in spending ‘

    Ho hum….. maybe it will sink in, increasing the cost of energy increases the cost of everything, and at the same time it reduces consumer spending power! Or maybe that is just too complicated for one of the DTs finest.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      February 12, 2018 1:49 pm

      Crosscheck that with the land of the insane, Australia, and lo and behold they have a retail slowdown as well. With electricity costs in SA and Victoria doubling in a year it would be a surprise if there wasn’t.

  12. February 12, 2018 12:02 pm

    I have just sent the following letter to the DT. Perhaps too mild; but hopefully a nudge in the right direction.

    FTAO: The Editor only.

    As a long term reader of your paper I am concerned that where matters of energy and climate are concerned your standards have markedly dropped.

    The current “SatanicCO2 Disaster Meme” now so prevalent provides easy pickings for the media. However as a responsible paper I would expect a higher standard, yet note that your current science correspondents dealing with these matters appear both biased and devoid of ability to comprehend the often false claims made by the the proponents of this Meme.

    May I suggest you call these correspondents to task and require them to turn their attention to the investigative area, where there is a great deal of rich information available on the more sceptical sites on the internet, whereby they could learn a great deal.

    This is a serious matter as the dire straits of our current energy policies reveal and I would like to see your paper addressing this issue in a more responsible manner.

    My regards “

  13. Gamecock permalink
    February 12, 2018 2:44 pm

    Production of grid-scale electricity with wind/solar must displace other production, due to W/S intermittency. Grid operators are compelled to take the W/S sourced electricity first. Due to the lack of reliability of W/S, they would actually choose them last. This, as well as other government interference with the marketplace, is why grid-scale W/S even exist.

    A business reporter would know this. It seems then that she is incompetent is TWO DIFFERENT fields.

  14. Roy Hartwell permalink
    February 12, 2018 3:52 pm

    And only today, the government announces a new initiative….replacement of all diesel railway motive power with…wait for it….electric ! With the likes of Andy Burnham trumpeting how this will reduce co2 emissions I’m presuming they expect all that lovely electricical will come from renewables. So if you’re travelling on the vanity project HS2 and it comes to a halt half way from London to Birmingham, don’t worry the wind will probably start up again or the sun will shine (well, tomorrow morning !). or maybe it’ll all be done with Unicorn Fa**s

    • dave permalink
      February 12, 2018 4:06 pm

      “…and it come to a halt…”


      And is forgotten.

      Double good!!

  15. Nigel S permalink
    February 12, 2018 6:50 pm

    First graph is captioned ‘No sound but the wind’ a contemptible lie that probably came from her PR chum.

  16. February 12, 2018 8:31 pm

    Meanwhile onshore wind farms are forging ahead in Scotland, where much of the serious high ground and strong wind is anyway.

  17. CheshireRed permalink
    February 13, 2018 10:03 am

    O/T Speaking of fake news…yet more sea level hysteria. ‘2 feet rise by the end of the century’. Will their lying ever stop?

    • dave permalink
      February 13, 2018 10:27 am

      “Will their lying ever stop?”

      No! Just think how long it has been going on.

      “Waterworld” was shown again on TV last night – “The polar ice caps have melted and the whole world is under water!”. Made in 1995!

      • Athelstan permalink
        February 13, 2018 1:30 pm

        It dived at the box office!

        dived, sunk without trace!

        oh dear, must be something in the water………….

        Costner’s ‘waterworld’ cost him a fortune – I laughed so much, until I nearly s7at.

        Oh and

        and they only repeat it again and again because Amazon, Sky pay per view channels, BT, Netflix snaffle all the new stuff.

        OK, if it be new stuff you require to watch.

        I’ve and long ago given up on tinsel town’s sanctimonious green, politically correct ‘superman was a woman’ batman changed sex during his sojourn hanging – yeah sorry – about in his cave. It is just so much celluloid social engineering, thus, arrant BS repeats factory.

      • dave permalink
        February 13, 2018 2:18 pm

        I had to take my children to see this in 1995. In my mind, I changed the location to an imaginary lost planet, which has suffered a NATURAL disaster, and where the surviving colonists have regressed. Then I found it to be O.K.

      • Athelstan permalink
        February 13, 2018 3:53 pm

        A good way of imagining it, I think and I have watched it and thought apart from laughing at Costner, the film wasn’t a complete turkey, it’s just overly drawn out.

  18. February 13, 2018 7:13 pm

    Just remember that she is known as “Jillian the Silly’un”!

  19. February 14, 2018 9:57 am

    I sent a copy of the supposed ONS “No sound but the wind” graph to the ONS and asked if it was theirs.
    You will not be surprised by this reply that I got from them : –

    “Unfortunately, the Office for National Statistics does not produce the chart you have provided. I would suggest you contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) who may be able to help with your enquiry. The link to their website is below:

    This rather puts in doubt the integrity of the lady reporter in question. She appears to be prepared to produce spurious graphs, and attempts to authenticate them with annotations such as “Data from ONS”.

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