Shops and factories will be paid to ration electricity to avoid nationwide power blackouts under a drastic government plan announced yesterday. Household energy bills would have to rise to compensate companies for turning off lighting and machinery during winter nights. It comes after the regulator Ofgen said that the risk of blackouts had doubled in less than a year because not enough new power stations were being built to replace old coal and gas plants.Schadenfreude is misplaced. Obama plans to put us in exactly the same predicament, by closing coal power stations.
RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Wind-power-driven blackouts in the UK this winter
The UK has invested heavily in reducing carbon emissions and installing wind capacity. The result...