Archive for ‘UK’s energy today’

“Alternative energy technologies are here to stay and will transform national and household economics.”

The irony with tying pensions to oil

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Last updated on December 12th, 2017 at 08:07 pm

“There are plenty of ways in the modern life to encounter irony at its best including people socialising on websites while sitting at home on their own. The richest people on the planet are also the biggest consumers of antidepressants, but the biggest irony of all time concerns everyone’s future and well-being.”

I shall explain.

Paying for pensions by investing in companies that won't  protect a habitable planet to retire on.

Paying for pensions by investing in companies that won’t protect a habitable planet to retire on.

One of the biggest legacies of the previous century, was, of course, the oil-based economy we all depend upon today and oil is so intertwined with our modern lives that it is also deeply entwined within our futures too.

I am talking about what may be one of the biggest ironies to befall modern man (and women). Many people don’t realise that their pension funds are reliant on us all burning more oil and gas, which in turn increases the likelihood of climate disaster in the near future.

Depending on how old you are when you read this article, the pension pot you spend most of your life contributing to is actually contributing to the likelihood of agricultural failure, flooding and water shortages within our own lifetimes. (more…)

Cutting your dependence on future energy costs

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Last updated on December 12th, 2017 at 09:32 pm

“As another energy bill falls onto your doormat and yet again you sigh with disappointment as you contemplate yet another rise in the cost of heating and powering your home, you undoubtedly think that this is not the future we were promised.”

Your future energy bills are still unwritten.

Your future energy bills are still unwritten.

Many people attempt to cushion themselves by choosing to switch energy providers and thus give themselves a short-term reprieve through a ‘fixed term’ deal that will give them a guaranteed price over a year, possibly two at best.

When Marty McFly arrived in the year October 21, 2015, energy shortcomings were not part of the future vision, but back here in the real future, our timeline will see millions crippled by fuel poverty and energy costs. (more…)

Gas rationing should be a call to action

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Last updated on December 12th, 2017 at 09:55 pm

“This week has seen a definite warning shot across the bow of HMS Great Britain.”

A warning of impending gas problems.

A warning of impending gas problems.

With the unseasonable snow leaving our already vulnerable nation with little gas supplies, we should all use this proximity of potential rationing of gas supplies as a ‘call to action’ to reduce our dependence on this most vital of modern necessities.

The additional news this week of a tanker from Qatar relieving Britain’s gas supply drought, will see most people breathing a sigh of relief. However, the energy-savvy among us will see this as an opportunity to protect our homes from future problems. (more…)

A layman’s guide to peak oil

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Last updated on December 13th, 2017 at 08:00 pm

“Looking back through human history, there has always been insights on the horizon before any major change or upheaval. The massive increase in population and industry since 1965 is arriving at a time when the amount of oil available and reduced over the same period. Another insight, almost certainly!”

Oils peak production graph.

Oils peak production graph.

Imagine, If you had to travel from John ‘O’ Groats to Lands End on half a tank of fuel. You know that once the fuel gauge hits empty, then you will have to walk the rest of the way. With this in mind, would you, ease off the accelerator and conserve your fuel for maximum efficiency or hit the throttle harder and rush to your destination without a care? (more…)

Why Richard Branson bought an island?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Last updated on December 13th, 2017 at 08:20 pm

“Most of us assumed that Sir Richard Branson was just eccentric when he treated himself to his very own island. The showman of the corporate world was obviously using his wealth to buy himself the ultimate status symbol. A paradise island trumps a villa in Spain right?”

A more civilised ending to a PV-powered civilisation.

A more civilised ending to a PV-powered civilisation.

The truth, however, is Mr Branson bought himself Necker Island in 1978 as an oil shock sanctuary where he and his family can live out the rest of their days in their paradise retreat while the rest of the world comes to terms with an oil starved civilisation.

The self-made billionaire and Virgin boss attempted to warn the world back in 2010 when he said: “that we should all prepare for an ‘energy crunch’ within the next five years.”.

Speaking with other corporate executives who also support the warning including, chief executive of Scottish and Southern Energy group, and the chief executive of transport operator Stagecoach. (more…)

Energy security yet again in jeopardy

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Last updated on December 13th, 2017 at 09:01 pm

“There doesn’t seem to be a year go by when the wider world does not threaten Britain’s energy security.”

Thousands of miles of vulnerability.

Thousands of miles of vulnerability.

This week alone, there arrived two problems which have exposed our countries’ vulnerability where energy is concerned, and as usual, when the weakness is exposed, household and commercial energy price rises follow quickly behind.

Freedom from high energy costs seems to be slipping from our countries grasp year on year, with the escalating problems of terrorism as seen in Algeria this week. Our dependence on sources from troubled geographical locations will only increase alongside our ability to keep energy costs down. (more…)

Self-generating electricity with PV solar panels

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:04 pm

“Freedom to choose, freedom to roam and freedom to choose your path is what our ancestors have fought for since the dawn of humanity, but we all now stand on the edge of a new chapter in the human story.”

Generating your own power with PV solar panels.

Generating your own power with PV solar panels.

People around the world, not just in the United Kingdom, are struggling to afford to heat and power their homes. Unfortunately for the United Kingdom, added costs of renewing an aged energy infrastructure is also an issue.

Choosing to absorb the continued rise of your annual energy bills or taking decisive action to ‘cushion’ your household from the inevitable increases in costs, must now be a real decision which homeowners must make.


A new dark age in of times

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Last updated on December 15th, 2017 at 04:23 pm

“How long would take our governments to react to the catastrophe which could wipe out millions of billions of lives and see an end to our modern civilisation.”

A new dark age in our times - A peak oil special

A new dark age in our times – A peak oil special

If the ‘global warming’ issue is anything to go by, then probably never. With 40 years of advanced scientific knowledge, the most significant problem facing humanity is still swept under the rug even today.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that we now see the world’s governments currently undertaking in public denial about peak oil too. Peak oil is the point at which high demand for oil, outstrips supply and like a ‘must have’ toy at Christmas, scarcity and substantial price hikes will be the norm. (more…)

Today’s struggle after peak oil

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Last updated on December 15th, 2017 at 04:41 pm

“As our politicians squabble about over the nuclear versus wind turbine debate, the real issue is global oil supply.”

What will life look like after oil supply has peaked, how will we know when we have reached this pinnacle moment and did Saudi Arabia know something we don’t?

The sun is setting on oil's abundance.

The sun is setting on oil’s abundance.

There comes the point in everyone’s lives when you hit an age as decline begins. After an experience so far, of unlimited quantities of youthful energy, the world is a more colourful and fun place to be, but at some point, without realising it, the scales tip and a prolonged descent into old age begin.

As depressing as this sounds, this analogy is what has occurred to our civilisations lifeblood. Oil! (more…)

The golden age of cheap oil

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Last updated on December 15th, 2017 at 06:20 pm

“Did you realise you were living in the golden before the downward turn occurred?”

The golden age of cheap oil

The golden age of cheap oil

A very deep and philosophical question, I am aware, but the need to ask that question is at the heart of the challenge of which humanity and its civilisation now faces.

Listening to our politicians in this country abroad, you’d forgive for thinking that the good times are only a belt-tightening a few years away, however, the truth of the matter is that we (western civilisations) no longer have the tools to recreate the golden age of the last century.

Our industry doesn’t have the abundance of cheap oil and energy which previous generations benefited. Our industries and our manufacturing, which puts the great into Great Britain, now belong to the Chinese people. They’re new found wealth and status is solely down to them inheriting our manufacturing industries. (more…)