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Ofgem executive warns UK could face two-tier energy market

An executive with energy watchdog Ofgem has confirmed that Britain’s reliance on ‘intermittent’ renewable energy has left the country facing a supply crisis.

Senior Ofgem partner Andrew Wright has warned of a future where wealthy customers will be able to pay more for a ‘higher level of reliability’ while their poorer neighbours ‘sit in the dark’.

He stated, ‘One household may be sitting with their lights on, charging their Tesla electric car, while someone else will be sitting in the dark.’

In an unprecedented speech, Wright also blamed the closure of UK coal mines and the subsequent loss of national fuel capacity.

‘We now have much less flexibility with the loss of fossil fuel capacity. Coal has been important, but this is disappearing.’

This dire warning from one of the country’s leading energy experts comes following a statement from chancellor Philip Hammond who claimed the UK would need to spend £100bn over the next 20 years to keep the lights on.

 

 

17 Comments

  1. Our emissions from perfectly good coal fired stations were the excuse to close them forced by know nothing g politicians and unelected EU
    Meddlers in Brussels . Our emissions were but a drop in the ocean compared with China . Now it is no wind and no power. Stupidity of the highest order.

    • Yes, our tiny consumer industry can boss China around, unlike the EU, which has 27x the negotiating power.
      You elected an MEP didn’t you? They decided this – like forage did nothing as chairman to the fishing committee, because he was off shagging his German wife and taxpayer-paid secretary in a taxpayer paid 5* hotel.
      And you voted for him…..

  2. Why are the Government pushing Electric cars when we are short of capacity for essentials. Bring back Coal fired Power stations otherwise many will die.

  3. What poppycock, the issue is that we are not spending enough and do not have enough renewable capacity and storage. The rest of Northern Europe seem to be doing ok.

    • Depends. The only reliable method we have in the UK is to go hydro, but environmentalists keep blocking it. In a country the size of Germany, the odds are good that the wind is blowing somewhere. That isn’t true in the UK.

    • Northern Europe all have backup Nuclear power stations to power the country. Renewable energy does not provide a stable Base load to supply the energy that is needed around the clock.
      We need to find ways of storing energy, but within the UK there will also be a need for fossil fuels until there is a break through in the generation and harness of power.
      Plonking wind turbines all over the countryside contributes nothing on a windy day, and just eats up government funding.

      The government needs a major rethink for it’s current energy strategy.

  4. This is the price we are paying for decades of under-investment in the energy supply, which has been warned about for most of those decades.

    Rather than adopting a crude wealth-based demand management strategy, it would be better to use smart meters and Internet of Things tech to support variable pricing in energy retail. Each device would determine the price from the smart meter and would have its own max price configured. It would switch itself off if the price exceeded its configured price. Things like fridges would be able to over-ride their max price if they were off too long. Overall, it would operate like an automatic dynamic energy market. Variable pricing is already used in energy wholesale, so the concept is not completely alien.

  5. No surprise here. We sensible people have been warning of this for decades. It is impossible to rely on wind. The UK needs a stable baseline of energy, provided by coal or nuclear. Other forms of production can be developed over the next few years.
    There is a British firm that has developed safe, mini reactors to spread out over the country. Perhaps scrapping Hinckley C and spending on these mini reactors might solve the problem….if there’s a political desire to address the problem rather than continuing to kick the can down the road.

  6. josephine suddery

    they shouldnt have sold of the power stations then we would have reliable power

  7. Think that most of us knew this. It make me wonder if people actually know where the power comes from.

  8. Terry Dunster

    And with disgraceful companies such as Scottish power we will be powered (or not!) by idiots!

  9. These comments are absurd, we live in an area of the world where renewables are an ideal source of power. The issue is we also live in a part of the world where planning permission, backward views and lack of investment prevent us from making the most of it. Fossil fuels, emissions and greed are the root cause of the death everyone talks about. Not the shutting of old power plants.

  10. That’s very clever. energy for the rich, while the poor go without. And then you can blame the hated renewable energy and push for more pollution as well! Remember kids, pollution=profit, renewables are Commie and poorscum will always do what they’re told (as long as the super-rich and the government own all the media). Hurrah!

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  12. Portugal has gone 100%+ renewable, and sells energy. But the oil companies want to frack under our homes to get giant profits – which is what this website is all about….
    Funny how the same corrupt ‘Energy Experts’ let fracking companies pay ZERO TAX !!!!!
    Stinks.

  13. Steve Oxtoby

    I fully agree with the folly of relying so heavily on intermittent sources and principally of closing coal before other low carbon sources, ie nuclear are available to replace them. But supplies on the basis of ability to pay? How will that work last time I checked whilst we can all select a supplier and be billed accordingly the electricity is distributed in common. So unless it is on the basis that toffs in Surrey are paying more than dole scroungers in the grim north and so get power I can’t see it. Next door will be supplied or not in common with you regardless of who you choose as a supplier.

  14. Aaron Cocker

    Dominic M’Benga you are right, numerous other countries in Europe have managed renewable energy just fine. The solution is to build storage and select the correct renewable for the region. Over the last few days we’ve been at a consistent 15+% wind power in the UK.

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