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What Will New England Do Without Fossil Fuels, Joe?

February 5, 2021

By Paul Homewood

As New England struggles through its latest winter storm, let’s look at the energy situation there:

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Over the last two weeks, natural gas and coal have consistently been supplying around half of New England’s electricity, with nuclear providing most of the rest.

Wind power is currently at 0.4%, while solar power hardly appears at all.

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Natural gas is also an important part of New England’s energy mix. Excluding what is used in power generation, natural gas consumption for industry and residential has been running well over 2 bcf/day.

To put this figure into context, this equates to around 25 GW, in other words about double the energy from electricity.

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Most of the gas comes from NY’NJ, with a small amount from Canada. Gas, of course, has the huge advantage that it can be stored, and turned on and off when needed.

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Maybe Joe Biden might care to tell New Englanders how they are going to keep warm in future, when he has phased out fossil fuels?

SOURCES

All data from the US EIA:

https://www.eia.gov/dashboard/newengland/overview

46 Comments
  1. John Palmer permalink
    February 5, 2021 11:14 am

    There you go again, Paul…. you and your darned facts!
    Elon will be along soon to save the day – and the wind’s always blowing somewhere anyway.
    The energy policies of the asylum….but sadly, the inmates seem to have taken over.

  2. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    February 5, 2021 11:15 am

    That’s a lot of gore bull warming to clear, about 4 feet?

  3. February 5, 2021 11:18 am

    Surely this is misinformation ? The world is hotter and han ever?

  4. bobn permalink
    February 5, 2021 11:21 am

    Not just the USA. How will UK stay warm when the CCC and the green agenda have destroyed the energy industry. As forecast 2 weeks ago the weather next week will be quite beastly in UK and Europe. It will be interesting to see where the power shortages come. No doubt the UK BBC excuse will be that its all unprecedented to have so much snow on the lines (again).

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 5, 2021 12:08 pm

      Bobn: I think that in future I shall refer to the CCC as the ‘UCCC’ – as in, ‘unelected’.

    • ianprsy permalink
      February 5, 2021 1:06 pm

      Those mountain hares are going to be very confused.

  5. Robert Christopher permalink
    February 5, 2021 11:22 am

    That’s a lot of Carbon Dioxide to capture and store!!! 🙂

    That’s when they have a prototype that they can put into production.

    CCS = Cloud Cuckooland and ‘Sychosis

  6. February 5, 2021 11:29 am

    I am sure Joe or Queen Kamala will just apply their new divrersity and equity rules so they can ignore the plight of a large swath of the population and just focus the energy supply on their “minorities of fashion” and then pronouce “no problem here, move along”.

  7. Spencer Lee permalink
    February 5, 2021 11:36 am

    Joe will just let fossil fuel generated power identify as renewable. Simple.

  8. Spencer Lee permalink
    February 5, 2021 11:40 am

    Joe will just let fossil fuelled power supplies identify as renewable. Simple.

  9. JimW permalink
    February 5, 2021 11:44 am

    ZeroCovid = ZeroCarbon; the asylum is overrun.

  10. Cheshire Red permalink
    February 5, 2021 12:01 pm

    Nobody can say Paul Homewood and a thousand others haven’t tried to introduce sanity into this debate.

    Unfortunately Sanity and Common Sense have packed their bags and walked out, leaving the room to Lunacy and ideology. The Left have the floor and oh boy are they going to make a gigantic mess of things.

    The green-obsessed West will therefore have to learn about disastrous energy policy the hard way, via power cuts, rolling blackouts and energy price poverty.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 5, 2021 12:11 pm

      “The Left have the floor and oh boy are they going to make a gigantic mess of things.”
      Not from the POV of their masters in China.

    • February 5, 2021 1:01 pm

      It’s not left and right in my view, bearing in mind the unanimity in our parliament for this nonsense. Instead the two kinds of people we are dealing with here are those who might be some use in an actual emergency vs everyone else.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        February 5, 2021 4:11 pm

        It’s Left and Right in the sense that most of the Left couldn’t care less about Climate Change as such, they just see it as a fantastic excuse to advance Socialism and those on the Right have been hoodwinked into thinking it’s serious and that Left-wing policies will solve it.

        If somehow the conclusion had been we need more capitalism and more free markets to solve Climate Change the Left would all be Deniers.

      • dave permalink
        February 6, 2021 9:55 am

        “…those on the Right have been hoodwinked into thinking it’s serious…”

        Too true. Rather like Victorian times, when highly moral people were hoodwinked by ‘experts’ into thinking masturbation was destroying a whole generation.

        Sadistic teachers have always known the technique. Uncover a small, secret shame in someone, then shout, out of the blue, “What’s wrong with you!” and smile inwardly at the mental ruin you cause.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        February 6, 2021 1:38 pm

        Our parliament is made up of Left and Centre-left otherwise known as Red Labour and Blue Labour – hence they think the same.

  11. February 5, 2021 12:02 pm

    Is that a battery powered snow plough? And a battery powered 4×4 behind?

  12. February 5, 2021 12:03 pm

    Freeze in th dark?

    • Harry Davidson permalink
      February 5, 2021 12:39 pm

      The northern states are in their 4th hard winter running, and this is the hardest so far. You have octogenarians saying “This is what it was like when I was a kid”, and still they do not rebel against the Alarmist orthodoxy. Still, they are all Democrat states and so thinking for yourself is, well it’s a Trumpism really.

      • C Lynch permalink
        February 6, 2021 1:10 pm

        Hilariously the “experts” predicted a mild winter for the Northern United States – yet again.
        But then they are just obeying their masters’ dictates and are never held to account anyway.

      • February 9, 2021 12:00 pm

        Here in Morgantown, West Virginia just 8 miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line, we are having an average winter and not too much snow. However, we are scheduled to get 6-10″ between Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Temperatures have not dipped below the teens as yet although we are capable of below zero ones.

  13. Ben Vorlich permalink
    February 5, 2021 12:31 pm

    We’re all saved by the solar power house with electricity to spare

    Say goodbye to energy bills! £120,000 solar-powered HOUSE built in Wales makes 30% more electricity than it uses

    The £120,000 SOLCER House is a detached three-bedroom property built by the University of Cardiff
    Over 12 months the house generates a total of 1,458 kWh of energy, 31% more than it sucks from the grid
    This 346 kWh annual difference is equivalent to saving 179 kg (395lbs) of carbon emissions, researchers say

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9224391/120-000-Solar-powered-HOUSE-revealed-makes-30-electricity-uses.html

    • Gray permalink
      February 5, 2021 12:41 pm

      The problem is it takes from the grid when it isn’t producing any electricity itself and give it back later when it produces too much.
      Disconnect it from the grid so it’s standalone and see how cold it gets in winter.

  14. Penda100 permalink
    February 5, 2021 12:37 pm

    Nigel Lawson once said “consensus in Parliament creates the circumstances for huge mistakes to be made and go uncorrected” – exactly what we have in the UK regarding the (non-existent) Climate Emergency. The USA still has some dissenting voices in Congress but for how much longer?

  15. February 5, 2021 12:41 pm

    Greta’s PR team accused of organising “Indian insurrection”
    Deleted tweet scandal

    Indian twitter thread

    • February 5, 2021 12:50 pm

      https://nypost.com/2021/02/04/greta-thunberg-faces-probe-in-india-over-farm-protest-tweets/
      Greta Thunberg accidentally shared a message showing she was getting told what to write on Twitter about the ongoing violent farmers’ revolt in India — sparking a police investigation and a political firestorm, according to reports.

    • I don't believe it! permalink
      February 6, 2021 12:40 am

      Greta says and writes what she is told to say and write. Off script she can’t answer. And it is not her Asperger condition that’s the issue. She simply doesn’t understand what she is talking about.

  16. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 5, 2021 12:44 pm

    Don’t forget that 37% of households depend on heating oil in New England. With 39% on natural gas and 6% on propane that’s over 80% dependent on fossil fuels.

    https://www.mass.gov/service-details/how-massachusetts-households-heat-their-homes

    Scroll down for New England data.

  17. February 5, 2021 1:23 pm

    Canth ere be occult motivation for the seeming madness of those in charge in the Western world, while the Orient continues to generate energy reliably, virtually harmlessly cheaply?
    The Establishments of the West cannot all want insane revolution so as to allow the formation of World government, whatever that would mean, as alleged by thier severest critics?
    Nor can the Establishment be uniformly corrupt, and/or crazy, as the CCCommittee seem to be.

    • Mack permalink
      February 5, 2021 1:49 pm

      Not sure about the occult, although the ‘experts’ do seem to rely on ouija boards for their long range climate forecasts, more to do with the ‘madness of crowds’ and rabid virtue signalling methinks. A repeat of the ‘Great Frost’ of 1709 might start to get a few of them doubting the current trajectory, particularly when they have to skate to work and burn their furniture to keep warm.

  18. February 5, 2021 1:43 pm

    Slightly off topic…

    a) OFGEM announces that the domestic price cap is to rise by £100. Will there be any honesty about the reason? So far they and the BBC are merely saying that it is due to “increased costs for suppliers.”

    b) Denmark announces a green “energy island,” which looks to be a battery farm & is slated to be 50 miles offshore. To the eye of a cynic it also looks as if it will use about a million tonnes of concrete.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      February 5, 2021 3:03 pm

      I calculate that for the CFD supported generation that is actually in operation currently, the average CFD weighted by expected annual generation is about £143/MWh. Looking at the capacity that was onstream in 2016, the cost is £119/MWh, so recent capacity additions have forced the cost upwards.

    • February 5, 2021 3:36 pm

      See Benny Peiser’s take on it at the GWPF.

    • February 5, 2021 4:12 pm

      Thanks Phillip & IDAU.

      It seems as if we need bills that have a breakdown of costs, especially socialised ones. To summarise from the GWPF:

      40% relates to Renewables Obligations and Feed-In Tariffs
      33% Wholesale costs
      20% Transmission and distribution costs (obviously rising due to distributed generation)
      + a bit for system balancing costs thanks to weather-dependent generation
      + a bit more for the supplier themselves

      https://www.thegwpf.com/ofgem-condemned-for-misleading-the-public-about-energy-price-rises/

  19. Coeur de Lion permalink
    February 5, 2021 1:49 pm

    According to Boris U.K. is to become “the Saudi Arabia of wind” so we can export our electricity to New England of course.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      February 5, 2021 4:14 pm

      I think he meant a depopulated wilderness that nobody wants to visit, even for a holiday.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        February 6, 2021 1:39 pm

        And no alcohol to drown your sorrows and take you into oblivion.

  20. Broadlands permalink
    February 5, 2021 2:10 pm

    When Joe and Kamala (BS and AOC) have phased out fossil fuels there won’t be much cement, concrete or asphalt to drive on and repair. No rubber “to meet the road” while running for re-election in a new PV limo. No runways for an electric Air Force One. The grass streets and runways will be green?

  21. February 5, 2021 2:42 pm

    What Will New England Do Without Fossil Fuels, Joe?

    Is Florida full yet?

  22. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 5, 2021 2:57 pm

    China having a spat with the BBC:

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-britain/china-takes-aim-again-at-bbc-as-dispute-with-britain-intensifies-idUSKBN2A50DY

    Now imagine if they actually explained that China has no intention to honour ts climate “pledges”…

  23. Don B permalink
    February 5, 2021 3:15 pm

    “Earlier this year [2018], New England — located just a few hundred miles from the Marcellus Shale, one of the world’s largest natural gas fields — was forced to import a cargo of Russian liquefied natural gas. This was necessary because anti-energy activists have convinced local elected leaders to block new energy infrastructure, including pipelines that could bring American gas to the region. This is making households in the Northeast more dependent on imported energy, and forcing them to pay among the highest energy bills in the country.”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/why-natural-gas-from-putins-russia-has-to-be-imported-to-new-england

    • H Davis permalink
      February 5, 2021 4:52 pm

      AND… the Jones Act demands that any cargo (including LNG) *between* US ports be carried on US built and crewed ships. There aren’t many of those and probably none capable of carrying LNG. Soooo…… Russia to the rescue.

      And just to add irony to the mix. Massachusetts is possibly the most liberal state in the union, with the remaining 5 states not far behind. Pennsylvania is up to its ears in gas but it’s impossible to build a new pipeline from Pennsylvania to NY. Not least because governor Cuomo of NY will not allow it. He will also not allow drilling or fracking in NY which has substantial tight gas in the south of the state which abuts Pennsylvania.

      You reap what you sow.

  24. Geoffrey Gough permalink
    February 5, 2021 5:51 pm

    You can only ‘reason’ with reasonable
    people. The new administration are
    totally unreasonable and have their
    ‘unreasonable heads in the sand’.
    My guess would be that New Englanders
    will feel cold!

  25. Mike Leonard permalink
    February 5, 2021 8:16 pm

    I live in the people’s republic of MA and work as a consulting forester managing private forest land. The latest climate bill in the MA Legislature demands we go to “net zero” by 2050 and eliminates the sale of all gas powered cars by 2035. The state has supported the destruction of 8,000 acres of forest for toxic made in China solar “farms” at a cost of over $6 billion. But they want to pave up to 120,000 acres for solar “farms” and build massive wind farms off the coast which will be gigantic 800 foot turbines. I guess they will need mountains of batteries for storage too. Some cities are outlawing gas stoves while many think our forests should only be used for the sequestration of CO2 and want 600,000 acres of state owned land off limits to any forest management. Much of it is already off limits but the anti-forestry extremists want it all. I’m waiting for what they may demand for the 2 million acres of private forest land here in my little state but am trying to beat them to the punch by filing a bill called “A New Forestry Deal for MA Forest Landowners”. My bill will promote forestry and forest industry. I know it won’t pass – it’s more of a political statement. Meanwhile I’m doing my best to help my landowner clients and keep loggers busy improving forest land but it’s not easy in this state dealing with all the BS, the anti-forestry extremists, and the parasitic forest bureaucracy and various “nonprofits”. – Mike Leonard, Consulting Forester – http://www.northquabbinforestry.com

  26. Gerry, England permalink
    February 6, 2021 1:42 pm

    If I was a gas supply company I would be tempted to have a major supply ‘fault’ and see how they get on. It’s a Democrat state anyway…..

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