Shutdown was only avoided because a gas-fired station due to close by next winter came to the rescue. Last night experts warned that life-threatening blackouts are increasingly likely as “we head downhill--fast”. Alistair Buchanan, the outgoing head of energy regulator Ofgem said: “On Wednesday, January 16, due to unplanned outages and cold weather, National Grid had to find power to supply roughly a million homes to keep the lights on. “Fawley, an oil-fired plant in Hampshire, was one of the power stations that responded. Next winter Fawley will not be there.” And as a spell of bitter cold once
Comments: This is what will be happening here anon. South Carolina E&G has closed six aging coal-fired plants since October because they did not meet Obama´s new regulations. To replace them? Church fans in a southern summer? Layer upon layer of clothing rendering us Michelin family lookalikes in the winter? How many trees for the fireplace can you cut down on your property before you run out?
Do a search on your local newspaper site, see if you can find out if vital plants have quietly shut down.
The worst part of this whole scheme is they think if they starve the market of conventional energy,people will simply flip to green alternatives.Obviously the green alternative don´t produce any where near the energy dense conventionals.
There´s absolutely no reason for gas prices being as high as they are. The crude supplies are as high as ever,especially new production in the US.My guess is the high prices are intended to stimulate people into gas sipping battery cars or hybrids. The funny part about that is auto makers make a ton of profit on huge gas guzzling trucks and SUV´s.
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lil dotty, 2/24/2013 8:02:18 AM (No. 9193202)
Global Warming and charging those many, many electric cars being sold will certainly cause failure to US and our power supply. That goobermint can be so ignorant....there´s an app for that.
The question is, when to get deep phase batteries for home use. Variable energy costs (smart power) encourage lower usage during peak demand. Storing power (lead acid) evens out the overall cost. Trade-offs need to be calculated before investing in batteries.
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