Obama Adopting The UK Energy Strategy

As Coal Plants Shut Down, United Kingdom Faces a Power Crunch

Thomas K. Grose in London
For National Geographic
Published August 29, 2013

British authorities have been issuing some dire-sounding warnings. In February, the man then in charge of Ofgem, Britain’s industry regulator, warned of an impending “near-crisis” of energy supply, calling the situation “horrendous” and likening it to being on a roller coaster headed “downhill—fast.” Deputy Minister Nick Clegg was quoted saying that he was working to “keep the lights on.” (See related quiz: “What You Don’t Know About Electricity.”)

In June, Ofgem released a capacity assessment warning that “risks to electricity security of supply over the next six winters have increased since our last report in October 2012.” The report warned that Britain’s ability to provide spare electric power capacity could plunge to between 2 to 5 percent, about half what it is now.

The main reason for the possible crunch: Britain is closing a number of aging coal-fired plants—as well as some oil and nuclear ones—to meet European Union environmental laws. One fifth of the existing power stations are scheduled to close over the next ten years. According to Reuters, the U.K. is set to lose more than 12 gigawatts of generating capacity in the next two years. Currently, the country operates 13 coal plants, but nearly half are slated to close by 2015, and all of them could be shut down by 2023, according to government figures.

Higher Prices and Supply Pinches

As Coal Plants Shut Down, the United Kingdom Faces a Power Crunch

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5 Responses to Obama Adopting The UK Energy Strategy

  1. Well, he couldn’t get their health care system implemented, so he’ll “settle” for this, which will actually cause more problems.

  2. Bill says:

    How stupid do you have to be to repeat someone else’s mistakes?

  3. Eric Simpson says:

    The Telegraph has an ok article on windmills. An interesting comment suggests the pro-skeptic UKIP party could actually gain popularity and win: “Do not believe the Opinion Polls, they are owned by the MSM. Study the evidence yourself – UKIP comes out polling 8-18%, but in Council By Elections their average is more like 24% and growing.”

  4. tom0mason says:

    So the USA by mimicking Britain will become the industrial powerhouse of the world, just as Britain is in Europe.

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