Appearing on The Sunday Politics Show with Anna Soubry and Margaret Beckett.
You can see it here from about 45 minutes in/
why on earth did bbc wheel out beckett–she was useless at everything and cost UK millions in fines due to her incompetence
soubry really is out of her depth!
Anna Soubry – isn’t she the woman that thinks every man woman and child in the 27 EU member States is a customer of British Business. The Swiss interpose the word potential before customer!!!
When will the lights go out?
Stakes are high in showdown for Britain’s future energy strategy . Tony Lodge – Telegraph Business.
It is high noon for Britain’s fledgling energy policy. Years of failed interventions, arbitrary green targets and damaging subsidies will come to a head in this week’s capacity auction, when we will either see investors commit to building desperately needed new power plants or simply walk away.
The stakes could not be higher, for the Government and for those policymakers who believed they had designed a credible strategy to keep the lights on.
How have we got here and why does so much in this sector now hang on a complicated and little-known auction process?
The overriding issue remains the urgent need to replace old coal-fired power stations, which have served the UK since the 1960s, with new plants that burn natural gas to generate electricity. At this stage, we can forget Hinkley C, as it will not be ready in time.
These gas-fired power stations, known as CCGTs, can be built relatively quickly, are much cheaper than new nuclear plants, and are 50pc cleaner than coal; however, they are years behind schedule, because of a failure by government to deliver the right investment landscape.
The previous coalition government told Parliament in 2012 that it wanted to see the construction of up to 28 new CCGTs and would provide further market incentives for those already generating.
These would be delivered through a new policy tool called the capacity market, which was designed to guarantee that sufficient and reliable electricity supplies would always be available in the future. It provides payments to power stations such as those powered by gas and coal.
Electricity generators bid into a capacity auction to supply power. If they win a contract they then pledge their availability to provide electricity when needed in the future.
The auction price is designed to encourage investment in new power stations and strengthen the economic case for existing ones. The key in this auction is the price it delivers; the lower the price, the poorer the case for new investment and plant retention.
In recent auctions, the price has been too low. The price the next auction delivers, and the new build it encourages, is now critical to the survival of the Government’s energy policies. The reasons for the low price in the past can be firmly laid at the door of ministers and Whitehall.
Last year, the then Energy Secretary (who was that?) called for all of Britain’s coal-fired power stations to be gone within 10 years, but naively failed to realise this would mean many would choose to close far sooner than thought.
Since then they have fallen like dominoes, in the hope they can secure a panic subsidy from government. This tactic has worked, and thus increased the need to get replacement gas plants commissioned and built quickly.
But in a recent Commons written answer, the Government admitted that only one, relatively small, new CCGT was being built, near Manchester.
One problem the Government has now pledged to address is that CCGTs were undercut in previous auctions by existing coal plants, which it wants phased out, and by small (and hugely polluting) standby diesel generators.
But of course we have green idiots at Westminster running energy policy, if you can call it that.
Alongside propping up old coal generators stands the policy ambition to import more foreign electricity. National Grid is keen to increase flows through new undersea cables, known as interconnectors, undermining further the investment case for existing and new CCGT power stations in Britain.
A new interconnector with France or the Netherlands will not guarantee the constant flow of cheap electricity to the UK when it is always needed. Indeed, the outages suffered by French nuclear power plants in recent weeks has meant very little electricity has been available to import, and this has led to higher electricity prices at home. More interconnectors will also require surcharges to finance their build and extensive infrastructure.
The Government needs to give three clear signals to nervous investors in advance of this week’s auction.
It needs to dismiss any talk of more (SBR) subsidy for old coal plants; it must make clear its desire not to see any more small-scale diesel generation securing capacity; and it should acknowledge the limitations of interconnectors and instead come down in favour of large new power plants at home in the national interest.
Why can’t we have ENGINEERS deciding Technical Policy?
Such “engineers” were ousted/sacked long ago. We’ve moved on through de-industrialisation and onto money fiddling. The later just needs some sharp algorithms and piles of servers/storage…oh, and broadband!
Engineers have dirt under their fingernails and always say that things can’t be done because of silly reasons like mathematics or the laws of thermodynamics or some such waffle.
Far better to let real experts like politicians, social scientists, meeja studies graduates and black lesbian dwarf issues experts handle such things, or else we’d never get anything done.
Neither of those two “charmers” have industrial/business experience of significance. And they like many other remainers want to bear trap the path forward. Add in the Belgium bloke and a few others and it will certainly need too much time and expense in achieving…ummm, favourable trading conditions. If they are not favourable then go elsewhere. If you want an expensive BMW..you pay for it! Ford exports great swathes of vehicles to UK arising from S. Europe and Germany + Turkey. What costs one way also costs the other way round as Trump mentioned ….softly?
Trump may get round to some of this “tricky stuff” shortly…so we shall see. Unfortunately for us we are a big customer of the EU due to letting our industry slump (add energy costs..the EU again). Usually Customers are always right…we shall see! Its not worth listening to the blocker alarmists though.
Soubry and Beckett, I quiver at the very thought of those two old harpies but I smell a rat when I see them in agreement on anything. This was a stitch up of major proportions and obviously organised in advance with the full support of the BBC. You did well to fight so hard to be heard Roger and you spoke for all those of us who want out. This situation highlights the urgent need for UKIP to become united and strong again since the other large parties speak with one voice on the EU.
To Shieldsman and Colin I would say that you are still not recognising that it is now the Climate Change Act and not the EU that is causing us the greatest problems. The CCA is the reason fracking is not happening, the reason we have mothballed CCGT power stations and the reason more CCGT plants will not be built.
I personally don’t recognise either of them but am subjected to their sh*t. Both have to go!
Amen to that sir ^.^
Definition of Perpetual Motion:
Soubry and Sturgeon in the same discussion and trying to outshout each other.
I am fully aware that the CCA is the driving force behind our stupid energy policy and the committees run by the ‘green blob’ in the Commons and the Lords. It all started with the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive.
The fact that the CO2 reductions are not achievable never enters the heads of those appointees in Government responsible. Just look at those idiots responsible – Miliband, Huhne, Davey followed by Amber Rudd in the Government. In the Lords – Deben and the other member of Globe, with Prescott enjoying his free holidays.
Perusing Piers Corbyns site for betting odds on UK snow falls at Xmas and came across this:
2. FACT. Even if CO2 had an effect the idea that Man’s 4% of total CO2 flux rules the other natural 96% flux in and out of sea/land making it follow man’s activity is a ridiculous conspiracy theory of nature.
“It follows War should be declared on termites which emit 10x Man’s CO2 equivalent. Why has this not happened?”
Relating to Brexit:
Many people in the liberal left, most notably the horrible little Tim Farron have been pontificating about what people really voted for in the referendum. Anyone who claims to know the minds of millions who vote on any subjet is an imbecile (an apt description of Farron of course) but look at the facts. The public were asked a question by parliament, there were only two answers available; remain or leave and the voters gave a strong answer which was to leave.
For the record the legislation gave no guidance whatsoever as to the next steps whichever answer won the day.
I agree with all those who are demanding a debate about what to do next, however they are getting ahead of themselves by demanding a debate in parliament at this point because we have not yet enacted the decision of the voters. We are duty bound to leave the EU and only then to discuss the next steps.
The video is only available to UK residents so I can’t watch it unfortunately…….but Margaret Beckett? I really though she had died years ago….but seriously do these people never go away and retire quietly and grow beans on their allotment?
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