That statistic, that insignificant percentage, is one which will become very, very important in all our lives this winter.
Consider our island nation and its needs. We depend upon just one thing, one commodity, to survive, to live, to keep warm, to run our industries, to power the millions of computers which chart our lives, to cook our foods, to clean and distribute the very water without which we could not survive: we need Electricity. True, gas, oil, petrol, diesel, are all necessary for modern life, but without the ‘spark’ of electricity: nothing else will sustain our very civilisation. Without mains and Grid electricity, we couldn’t even charge the electric cars the ‘greenies’ are so fond of. Over the years, we have built a Grid, a distribution system which was second to none, and then the POLITICIANS began to bring it down. They believed THE GARBAGE which is the Carbon Threat and Climate Change, they brought in the Climate Change Act, which brings billions in extra costs onto the backs of consumers with absolutely no effect on the real atmosphere at all, they signed up without demur to the ludicrous European Union dictats on so-called damaging emissions; and what, we must ask ourselves, has been the result?
Coal-fired power stations have been systematically starved of maintenance and money, and because they now cost a lot to refurbish, the shareholders don’t want to throw good money after bad, and they will be closing faster than the EU wishes. The Teeside Power Station, which my own daughter helped complete and commission less than twenty years ago was demolished a year ago by the French GDF Suez people on the grounds it could not compete. BOLLOCKS! I knew that station, it was bright and shiny and super efficient, but because it had been sold to a bunch of foreigners, they decided that a perfectly good station should be demolished! Due to the scheming and duplicitous behaviour of British politicians of all hues, we have not commenced the necessary build of ordinary thermal power stations, burning either gas or oil, never mind nuclear ones, instead going for the GREEN Garbage of so-called renewables, which: if wind turbine, can only generate when the wind is blowing, but not too strongly, otherwise they cut out or, if solar, only generate during daylight hours, or hydro; of which there are very few large plants anywhere, as we don’t have a huge supply of mountains and valleys with rivers running down which to dam for power.
So, with a huge subsidy firmly in sight and on target, the so-called Green suppliers, the wind-farmers with their huge whining wind turbines, are fitting hundreds of small (2 MW Megawatt) diesel-powered generators, as Short Term Operating Reserve, and the National Grid is able to use these mini-power stations easily as they are able to switch on, commence running and contribute to the Grid reserve in minutes if required. I know how these things work, I have commissioned and run dozens of diesel generators over the years, they are tricky to build, but once commissioned and maintained correctly, will give good service for years. But the truly ludicrous thing about these STOR stations is that they completely go against the whole ethos of the allegedly ‘Renewables’ idea, in that the STOR generators burn lots of diesel, which produces lots of Carbon Dioxide, which is allegedly so very bad for the planet, but so very, very good for the shareholders of the huge companies installing them, because of the huge £400 millions subsidy FROM THE TAXPAYER to have these mini stations available, JUST IN CASE!
But back, as we should go, to that 1.2% of actual spinning reserve. This is the smallest amount ever reported by the National Grid to be able to overcome extra demands, such as that made by a long cold winter. I and my wife are both pensioners, and as we like our home warmed; we know it is expensive, but that is what this Tory Government, along with the Labour bunch of thieving clowns have lumbered the taxpayer with, due to the Climate Change bills, the huge subsidies paid for wind turbines which do not generate any power, the solar panels which switch off as the sun goes down, and all the other ‘renewables’ rubbish which clogs the landscape. We do not have any reserves to speak of, and when the lights and heaters commence ‘black-out’, we all know who exactly to blame!
p.s. I write the Posts the way I wish, I will colour the texts any way I wish for either link or emphasis, inclusive of Sky-blue Pink; and if the reader does not like it, he needn’t bother reading it!