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Westminster in Wonderland

November 28, 2022

By Paul Homewood





Tweedle Boris and Tweedle Truss (not to matter the Mad Hatter Militwat) would like to spend billions on more onshore wind farms.


In the book, Alice woke up from her nightmare.

  1. Thomas Carr permalink
    November 28, 2022 9:46 pm

    All that capital cost that needs servicing and 1% output to show for it. Must be one of the most perverse business propositions short of mobilising the defence forces.

  2. GeoffB permalink
    November 28, 2022 9:52 pm

    “I am not crazy; my reality is just different from yours.”
    Cheshire Cat

  3. Pancho Plail permalink
    November 28, 2022 9:57 pm

    Today’s wind generation (1%) should open some eyes and it looks like it might continue for some days.

  4. Jordan permalink
    November 28, 2022 10:17 pm

    It’s coming home
    It’s coming home
    It’s coming
    Reality is coming home.

  5. Mr Robert Christopher permalink
    November 28, 2022 10:30 pm

    At least Truss restarted fraccing.

    And it highlighted just how desperate the alien forces are to stop it.

  6. liardetg permalink
    November 28, 2022 11:04 pm

    Had a NASTY FRIGHT. stepped outside to pot the dog and noticed we were down to one degree C and then looked at gridwatch.templar and there was NO WIND. South Hampshire UK, lights still on

  7. liardetg permalink
    November 28, 2022 11:04 pm

    Had a NASTY FRIGHT. stepped outside to pot the dog and noticed we were down to one degree C and then looked at gridwatch.templar and there was NO WIND. South Hampshire UK, lights still on

  8. HotScot permalink
    November 29, 2022 12:06 am

    According to the ONS, in 2015 (the latest date I can find) electricity was 9% of the UK’s total energy needs.

    According to the gridwatch report Paul has posted the amount of electricity provided by wind and solar at 21:05 GMT was 1% of that 9% (when I checked earlier today it was 7%).

    Correct me if I’m wrong but does that represent 0.009% of the nations total energy demand?*

    And wind and solar is expected to replace the remaining 99.991% over what time period?

    *Of that figure 27% represented imported petroleum products and 33% imported crude oil. Petroleum is to be replaced by electric cars (they won’t as the only viable option are hybrids) and we presumably still refine some petroleum from the crude we import. The balance of crude will probably be spread over innumerable vital products we manufacture in the UK.

  9. November 29, 2022 7:39 am

    There is no doubt that the UK is doomed, thanks to idiotic policies started by Bliar and Militwat, continued by dozens of ignorant politicians and encouraged by corrupt bureaucrats, the Greenblob, the UN and the WEF.

  10. November 29, 2022 7:42 am

    How much will landowners receive for turbines to be built on their land?

  11. November 29, 2022 7:48 am

    When the watermelons spout all their rubbish about the wonderful economics of the unreliables I remind myself of the prophetic words of Humpty Dumpty – “When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

  12. November 29, 2022 7:59 am

    Paul, IDAU – anyone – can you write up merit order pricing again? I have been watching

    for a week and you often get two wildly different prices when demand, share of gas, wind, transfers is much the same. Why?

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      November 30, 2022 4:11 am

      The market trades anything up to years ahead (but perhaps as much as 40% is traded on a day ahead basis), all cleared via the same mechanism run by Elexon up until Gate Closure, which is an hour prior to the start of the half hour live settlement period. After Gate Closure, all further trades are instigated by National Grid under the Balancing Mechanism. That can have wildly oscillating System Prices depending on what is needed to balance the market. Firing up a CCGT (only some will indicate they are ready to do that at short notice) can be very expensive) while telling a CCGT plant to ease off saves it fuel: less efficient competing plants, or those with higher fuel bills, will be keener to save fuel and bid more aggressively to do so. Some of the oscillations reveal the very different prices at which fuel has been bought. Sometimes it is wind curtailment that sets prices.

      This is a bit technical, but it doesn’t cover the market absurdities that arise with renewables. I’m thinking of writing a simpler, yet perhaps more informative explainer. It does go into some detail on how the balancing mechanism works.

      Click to access Appendix_5.1_Wholesale_electricity_market_rules.pdf

  13. Shalewatcher permalink
    November 29, 2022 8:39 am

    Today ,29th November on the day ahead electricity market there 3 periods (around teatime) when there is a loss of load probability of about 0.8.because of contract shortfall. I’m no expert but presumably that shortage will be made up on the spot market. Given that one contract on the day ahead was £1400 per megawatt hour, God knows what the spot price will be. During these periods it looks like we are using every ounce of U.K. capacity ncluding coal, pumped hydro and open cycle gas turbines but it’s not enough, we are completely dependent on imported interconnector electricity from Europe.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    November 29, 2022 9:53 am

    People demonstrably and deliberately making life worse for ordinary people and patting themselves on the back for doing do.

  15. November 29, 2022 2:16 pm

    I sent a similar screenshot to my MP today!

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