I have written how National Grid are going to try to keep the lights on HERE; with an increase in electricity produced by gas, the reduction in peak demand by the widespread introduction of smart-meters, the increasing reliance on power from abroad by the building of new interconnectors and of course, by power cuts.
But how much is this all going to cost us? The answer is one hell of a lot more than we are paying now.
Professor Michael Arthur Laughton is Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, currently the UK representative on the Energy Committee of the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering (EuroCASE), a member of the energy and environment policy advisory groups of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and the Institution of Electrical Engineers, as well as the Power Industry Division Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has acted as Specialist Adviser to UK Parliamentary Committees in both upper and lower Houses on alternative and renewable energy technologies and on energy efficiency.
It sounds to me like he has the experience and qualifications to knows what he is talking about. He wrote this memorandum for the Economic Affairs Committee. It makes chilling reading.
It’s not overly technical and is really quite readable. But what it shows is that the present course of increasing electricity supply from wind energy is going to be an incredibly expensive affair.
We are in for a bumpy ride.