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Energy rationing is on the horizon, warns GWPF

October 20, 2021

By Paul Homewood



From GWPF:


Homes that switch to heat pumps risk being switched off for weeks at a time, according to a new paper from the Global Warming Policy Foundation. That’s because the government’s heat strategy fails to address the fundamental problem of intermittency.

According to the report’s author, Andrew Montford, without any means of storing electricity in bulk, grid managers will be forced to switch down appliances like heat pumps and EV chargers when the wind doesn’t blow. In a long wind lull, homes will have to be switched off entirely. Second-generation smart meters, currently being installed across the country, will allow the grid to control appliances remotely.

Montford explains that the technologies that are widely thought to help with intermittency are in fact only marginally useful: “We don’t have enough suitable pumped hydro sites, and batteries and hydrogen are far too expensive”, he says. “The only technology that can help us here are based around fossil fuels, and the government has ruled those out”.

Moreover, it is not just a wind lull that will mean appliances have to be switched off. The distribution grid, which moves electricity around at street level, was designed for much lower loads than will be necessary in a Net Zero world. That means when too many people require power, grid managers will again have to ration demand.

GWPF director, Dr Benny Peiser, says that the report is a warning to politicians: “Leaving families cold and in the dark will lead to some very unhappy constituents. It will not end well”.

The report, entitled Survival of the Richest: Smart Meters and Energy Rationing, can be downloaded here.

  1. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    October 20, 2021 5:14 pm

    Black market electricity from the generator mafia is on it’s way to the UK !

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      October 20, 2021 5:20 pm

      No, the well-off will have small generators burning oil (as in the third-world) while the rest suffer and factories close.

      • October 20, 2021 8:18 pm

        I have a small generator which runs on LPG. I used it the other day when we had a 6hour planned power cut.

    • Stuart Brown permalink
      October 20, 2021 6:17 pm

      Yep, surprised I’ve not seen more derision about ‘Quatar of hydrogen’ after the ‘Saudi Arabia of wind’ nonsense. Lebanon of diesel gennies sounds more likely to me too.

  2. Post BREXIT permalink
    October 20, 2021 5:17 pm

    If the politicos truly believe in the Net Zero plan surely they should set an example and be some of the first to convert to EV, Heat Pumps. less travel………. asap.
    As ever, judge these people by their actions not words!

  3. Diogenese10 permalink
    October 20, 2021 5:29 pm

    Perhaps when there are shortages government buildings should be the first to be cut off

    • Crowcatcher permalink
      October 21, 2021 7:01 am

      And the BBC!

  4. Mack permalink
    October 20, 2021 5:37 pm

    Another dose of reality from the GWPF. Not content with doing a ‘Dresden’ and carpet bombing the UK economy into oblivion, Boris won’t be satisfied until we are all shivering in our shelters paying homage to his ‘virtuous’ attempts to change the weather. And there seems to be absolutely no sign of a putsch on the horizon either. With the exception of one or two doughty individuals, the majority of our political class appear to be either bought and paid for or completely certifiable if they honestly believe that net zero policies are a solution to anything.

    • Vernon E permalink
      October 20, 2021 7:02 pm

      No Mack, our desendents will all be Mandarin speaking slaves digging coal for their Chinese masters.

    • roger permalink
      October 20, 2021 11:42 pm

      There seemed no putsch on Maggie’s horizon either when she tried to railroad through the poll tax. It did not take long after the squeals of the hoi poloi for the knives to appear in the hands of that duplicitous majority, who’s morals although flaky were saintly in comparison with the self serving cut purses inhabiting the green benches today.

  5. October 20, 2021 5:46 pm

    The last thing weedy heat pumps need is power cuts.
    – – –
    If hypocrisy took carbon dioxide from the atmosphere then “we’d be at net zero already,” says Sky News host Chris Kenny.

    • Crowcatcher permalink
      October 21, 2021 7:30 am

      And the BBC absolutely loved it!!!

  6. Penda100 permalink
    October 20, 2021 6:20 pm

    A new name for Net Zero, decarbonisation and all the rest “The Great Insanity”

  7. GeoffB permalink
    October 20, 2021 6:28 pm

    According to the report the power will be cut off by the new smart meter in the house, if you are freezing, I am sure bypassing the meter and stealing electricity will be the norm. Do they never consider the flaws in their plans. (I used to do it when I was a student, for friends in apartments with an exorbitant coin in the slot meter, good way to meet girls!)

  8. October 20, 2021 8:02 pm

    This is quite good and insightful in understanding the mind set of the Greenies:

  9. cookers52 permalink
    October 21, 2021 4:56 am

    Not sure I share the confidence that Smart meter 2 will actually do anything, smart meter 1 was going to do things but it didn’t. Do smart meters function when electricity is not there? How do you switch back on again?

    Switching supplies on and off to ration electricity comes with a host of issues not related to smart meters, the first one being “what’s the plan?”.

    • Matt Dalby permalink
      October 24, 2021 12:20 am

      All the same it’s best not to have a smart meter fitted. At best they are a waste of time and money, and at worse they could allow the government/power companies to control you. I’ve had so many letters telling me that I can have a smart meter installed in a matter of weeks that I’ve lost count. I’ve ignored them all and will continue to resist until they obtain a court injunction to get access to my home and fit one against my will.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      October 27, 2021 11:11 am

      In South Africa, with its frequent ‘load shedding’ (ours has just gone up to 6 hours a day), switching major substations on and off tends to blow them up! Apparently the ANC-run local governments don’t change the quenching oil in the circuit breakers (imagine switching thousands of Amperes at a couple of thousand volts!) often enough, and the de-natured oil catches fire!
      When this started happening about 12 years ago, a couple of towns were out of electricity for weeks!

  10. October 21, 2021 12:07 pm

    We are awash in energy. Unfortunately, we are also awash in stupidity (aka Marxism, etc.)

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