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The buffoon delivering a permanent energy crisis

October 4, 2022

By Paul Homewood


Andrew Montford slams John Armitt’s latest intervention in the energy market:



IN 2017 it was announced that windfarms had agreed to sell power to the grid at just £57 per megawatt hour. It heralded, said the cutters-and-pasters of press releases in the mainstream media, a new era of cheap renewable power. A few stubborn souls pointed out that there was no sign that windfarms were getting any cheaper to build and run, but such naysayers were shunned and insulted, and the establishment carried on as if nothing had happened.

Five years on, and the windfarms concerned are busily selling power into the open market at anything between four and ten times the prices they had agreed. Their agreements have gone unfulfilled. The extra cost to consumers is running into billions of pounds every year.

We were tricked, big time. But we live and learn by our errors. You’d have to be pretty slow on the uptake to fall for a multi-billion-pound trick like that a second time, wouldn’t you?

Full story here.

  1. October 4, 2022 9:57 am

    “Pretty slow on the uptake” is a perfect description for those idiouts who are screwing up the economics of the country they are supposed to be running.

    • Robert Christopher permalink
      October 4, 2022 11:19 am

      They are are not idiots.

      Just follow the money.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        October 4, 2022 5:55 pm

        They’re not even useful…

  2. Orde Solomons permalink
    October 4, 2022 10:01 am

    Strange though they seem to have been remarkably quick on the uptake with regard to the latest ideas linked to their ideological fantasy worlds?

  3. John Smith permalink
    October 4, 2022 10:06 am

    yae cannae change the lawz of fissiks

  4. October 4, 2022 10:52 am

    £57 per megawatt hour was always a marketing stunt, maybe £100 would be closer to the true cost, which is what it would be today under a cost-plus state ownership (with private construction and operation) model … just saying.

    • October 4, 2022 11:06 am

      That would not account for the bolt-on machinery for grid stabilisation, energy storage and extra grid cabling…

    • Martin Brumby permalink
      October 4, 2022 11:08 am

      Compare and contrast with cost of Selby coal burned at Drax…

  5. October 4, 2022 10:58 am

    There seems to be no way for the public to get rid of the buffoons and all these QANGOs.

  6. avro607 permalink
    October 4, 2022 11:48 am

    And the cost is exactly what Martin?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      October 5, 2022 8:19 am

      Who do you think you are talking to?

      The cost of what?

      You seem to be one of those Greens who believe themselves to be super-clever whilst actually being rather dim?

  7. October 4, 2022 11:57 am

    Brave Sir John has already put on record his opinion that gas boilers will need to be banned to improve the uptake of heat pumps. He thinks nothing of flicking on an extra 3kW resistive heater when he gets too cold. This man does not live in the real world.

  8. October 4, 2022 11:57 am

    Strange that. Armitt was quite effective when he worked in the railway industry.
    Maybe he is now cashing in..

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      October 4, 2022 12:36 pm

      Was he? We are now building a rail white elephant and the railway companies are effectively nationalised and completely dependent on subsidy. It almost seems like he was practising.

  9. October 4, 2022 1:40 pm

    So, where would you rather invest your money? In a country self sufficient in energy, whose energy prices are several magnitudes cheaper than ours and who have a ‘reserve’ currency that prospers in times of conflict?

    Without a sharp upwards hike in exchange rates the pound, Euro and yen will continue to languish. Or we could start to produce cheap energy ourselves. Sorry. Don’t know what came over me with that last statement as I realise we need to save the planet

    • October 4, 2022 2:31 pm

      Self-sufficiency in energy sounds good but if that requires power stations, they’re an endangered species in the UK.

      • October 4, 2022 4:59 pm

        We need a new word . How about ‘energy farms’.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        October 5, 2022 9:20 am

        Self-sufficiency in anything is anti-economics, as Ricardo showed some time ago. It means higher prices and lower wages. Nor is it actually possible in energy – we might have the gas and maybe the oil, but the oil is not terribly sweet and extracting both requires all sorts of things in terns of equipment and technology. So we rely on a global market.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 4, 2022 6:01 pm

      Nah. I figure the planet managed to save itself through 20th c conflicts (which didn’t do a lot for the planet). It will outlive me and mine and it won’t notice I was here.

  10. avro607 permalink
    October 4, 2022 5:52 pm

    Do you have an answer Martin(above)?

  11. Phoenix44 permalink
    October 5, 2022 9:15 am

    We need to be clear – you don’t get to advise the government by saying things that disagree with what the government wants to do. All government advisers agree with the government. Either the government seeks put those who already agree with them or it seeks out people who will agree with them if given a high enough paying job. It is this that explains the vitriol of ex-advisors when they are fired because the government changes its mind. Politicians don’t go in to politics to solve a problem. They go in to politics to.apply their solutions. As we see particularly with the Left, those “solutions” (tax the rich, nationalise) magically solve every problem.

  12. avro607 permalink
    October 5, 2022 12:14 pm

    Does any one know the cost of the coal that is burned at Drax,Is it British coal?

  13. Matt Dalby permalink
    October 5, 2022 10:59 pm

    Does anyone else have trouble accessing TCW website?
    I used to enjoy reading it, but now whenever I to access it (either directly or by clicking on a link) I just get a message that the site sent an invalid response.
    Anybody got any suggestions what I could do?

    • GeoffB permalink
      October 11, 2022 1:31 pm

      TCW they are aware of problems i think it might be on a list, for going against the flow, In my case AOL designated from October all emails from Paul as spam, it did the same with drill or drop, both of which use wordspace. Big brother is watching us!!! Where has electroverse gone?

      • Matt Dalby permalink
        October 11, 2022 10:10 pm

        It wouldn’t suprise me if TCW was on a blacklist, but it seems odd that no one else seems to be having problems. If they were being restricted and it was widely known I’m suprised that a site such as they daily sceptic hasn’t reported it. had problems with hackers or spam and is now if you were an email subscriber you should’ve been informed of the change but maybe your server blocked it or treated it as spam.

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