Professor Dieter Helm aptly predicted this energy shortfall–take a look at what he saidby Dieter Helm / June 28, 2013 / Leave a comment
Following the announcement by UK energy regulator Ofgem that the risk of power blackouts has increased, the National Grid–owners of the country’s electricity network–have suggested heavy consumers could be asked to lower their use between 4pm and 8pm on weekdays in the winter.
In light of this controversial proposal here are extracts from an article published in Prospect earlier this year from Dieter Helm, professor of energy policy at the University of Oxford.
His predictions on the state of UK’s energy supplies proved incredibly accurate.
Many of the problems, Professor Helm says, are grounded in our dated energy infrastructure:
“All our coal stations are pre-1980, and the first and second generations of nuclear power stations are coming to the end of their lives, if not already shut down. The renewables have made little contribution so far, and they are intermittent, so until mass storage comes along, they do not remove the need for conventional generation. More renewables means a higher total capacity is needed on the system, since when the wind doesn’t blow something else has to generate the electricity.