Dudley is one recent example of how inadequate and poorly prepared the UK is
for transition to the age of electricity.
Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin demonstrated the ineptitude.
Most households do not have back-up generators. Hence, the vulnerable and elderly are put at risk.
When, as a matter of fact the energy supply networks have known for over forty years that this situation was coming.
But, what have they done about it. Apart from whine and increase the price of electricity.
Could it be that our policies are deficient.
And who makes the policies?
That's right. Our politicians. This is not limited to the UK, it is an international problem.
In our view, they really need to get on top of things. Worry about their functions as MPs, and leave their second jobs at home. Although. We advocate a ban on consultancy sidelines, because of the obvious conflict of interest. Probably one reason our energy suppliers have been allowed to doze for the last forty years - with the Red Flag flying at full mast.
The worst case scenario is that people will die as a result of negligent forward planning on the part of those enfranchised to look after us. Industry watchdogs are only as good as the policies they operate under. They are not there to upgrade a dysfunctional system.
Policies must be put in place to prevent unnecessary deaths - resulting from power cuts.
OF UK STORMS 2021 - 2022:
SMARTER BACK UP POWER - The SmartNet™ system is at the moment just a 1:20 scale model. Governments have known about this system for years. It was presented to the Dti for a Smart Award in 1998. The Department for Trade and Industry replied, that there was no future for a system based on energy storage. They wanted hydrogen solutions. Indeed. It seemed to pass them by that this system included hydrogen, and made provision for ammonia and methanol - by way of future proofing.
The real problem was the coal and oil lobbyists and policy makers personal investments in fossil fuels. This kept the Red Flag flying all the time climate deniers were given house room.
We cannot cease the use of fossil fuels overnight, that would be irresponsible, where civilization needs energy for life. But we can transition without causing undue hardship to existing stakeholders, provided that they take steps to reinvest in new technology in a changing world.
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