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Keeping the lights on

UK’s aged, inefficient and polluting by modern standards, though well-functioning, coal-fired power stations are doing a stalwart job keeping the lights on. The same applies to our nuclear power stations which were considered as “expendable” by the First Energy White Paper 2003.  During the subsequent years, a practical energy policy has steadily become more urgent, driven by events. The wasted years now mean an immediate and lasting period of unreliable electricity.  Insecure and expensive fuels of all types will damage UK’s international competitiveness and its already fragile economy; just at the time when we need free cash flow to replace that infrastructure.

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Primary resources

Once an island of coal surrounded by fish, only an organising genius could produce a shortage of both at the same time - Aneurin Bevan, 1947

And Mr Bevin knew nothing about the still to be found oil and gas!

The UK is the cradle of the industrial society. It was energy self-sufficient during most of the last 200 years. During the last three decades it has squandered nearly its whole endowment of irreplaceable hydrocarbons and now faces an uncertain future with regard to supplies of hydrocarbons. DimWatt will not grieve over this spilt milk, but will cast a cold and analytical eye on the future security of energy, and the new industrial revolution that will be necessary to revive the UK as a manufacturing power in a post-hydrocarbon age.

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Climate change

For the last twelve years, climate change “concerns” have taken precedence over anxiety about the UK’s security of energy supply. As things stand, security of energy supply in this century looks very precarious. The danger that human civilization’s emissions of CO2 will cause permanent and irreparable damage to our globe will be constantly reviewed in this column. DimWatt believes that with the economy facing serious structural problems for up to a generation, Britain must focus primarily on restoring its economic health while at the same time rebuilding its battered and ageing energy infrastructure.

Dimwatt believes that resource scarcity in the mid and long term will drive the development of an energy and transport complex that will, in any case, be less dependent on fossil fuels and will therefore cause reduced emissions of CO2. DimWatt wants to see the “energy dog” firmly wagging the “climate change” tail.

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