Archive for ‘UK’s energy today’

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


Filling over the cracks with solar panels

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Last updated on December 17th, 2017 at 10:57 am

“As an old, neglected house with inadequate maintenance spent on it over many years, the cracks are showing in our country’s energy infrastructure, which is why a solar panel installation has become a wise investment.”

Can cheap oil be sustained?

Can cheap oil be sustained?

Living Memory and learning from it are one of the things that give human beings the edge over the rest of the animal kingdom. Using experience, and our living memories from the 1970’s blackouts, when Britain’s energy infrastructure was last updated, we can see the upcoming issue’s that will occur.

With new infrastructure updates now required in 2012 and beyond, and one-third of our countries’ power-generating capacity needing to replace, the additional costs and inevitable further rise in our energy bills, will yet again, see fuel poverty brought to the doorsteps of millions at best or blackout situations at worst. (more…)

The Chinese dragon is cunning and dangerous

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Last updated on December 17th, 2017 at 11:07 am

“A wise man once said, Leave the dragon to sleep, for once it has awoken, it will crush us all. There is a transition in progress that we in the west are only just waking up too.”

Should have let the dragon sleep.

Should have let the dragon sleep.

This transition began 15 years ago, and in such a short time, we (The UK, Europe and America) have suckered them into transferring our prosperous economies, as a gullible pensioner sweet talked into transferring their life savings in the guise of benefiting their grandchildren.

The promise of cheaper goods for our old economies was too good an opportunity. For a while, the western economies thought, we were the ones taking advantage of the new younger upstarts. (more…)

Britain’s road to ruin so God save The Queen

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Last updated on December 17th, 2017 at 11:44 pm

Whether you agree with global heating predictions or not, what is clear is that Great Britain kick-started the industrial revolution.

We, the British Isles, led civilisation out of the (so-called) dark ages, through the industrial revolution and into the lightly polluted ages of modern culture. We did that Britain. Great Britain!

A dependent nation

A dependent nation

We have, however, lost our way a bit. In the ultimate pursuit of a cheap toaster, we have sacrificed our whole manufacturing industry to China and India for that £9.99 toaster.

So getting into the spirit of the queen’s diamond jubilee year, the need for British manufacturing to return to these shores is paramount.

Manufacturing costs are now rising abroad as the living standards we have enjoyed as a nation in recent times, soon become a necessity for our Asian cousins too. The advantages of manufacturing overseas now eroded. (more…)

The business of staying in business

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Last updated on December 18th, 2017 at 04:39 pm

A car driver continues down the road, foot down to the metal until he has he ran out of fuel.

Never once stopping to gauge the tank and never easing off the accelerator to conserve or use the remaining fuel more efficiently. Not clever eh?

The dirty business of energy.

The dirty business of energy.

Well, this is precisely how our modern civilisation is burning the last of the world’s oil.

In fact, the consumption rate is increased tenfold as everyone travels into the second decade of the 21st century, alongside another disappointing year for a new oil field finds. The smooth tuned engine of commerce will soon begin to splutter as demand eventually outpaces supply. (more…)

A longer term view of energy

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Last updated on December 19th, 2017 at 09:38 am

“I would like to begin this article with a simple plea.”

Self-generation technology.

Self-generation technology

The terms alternative energy, micro-generation and green energy doesn’t inspire one or cut the mustard. A better way to describe solar panels, wind turbines and other similar technologies would be self-generation technologies.

These phrases used within our industries, are doing us a disservice because they demean, belittle and merely paint an incorrect picture of the benefits which these types of systems provide. (more…)

How Iran could cause an energy crunch

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Last updated on November 2nd, 2017 at 10:43 am

“Could Iran cause an energy crunch? It’s been said that the line between order and disorder is the thin blue line of the law. I would also like to enhance this saying by exchanging the word line for the pipeline.”

Oil dependence from Iran.

Oil dependence from Iran.

The pipeline concerned is the one carrying oil supplies from Iran, on which, over the last decade, European countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece have become very dependent.

These countries also have to deal with the fact that their ailing economies are dependent on this risky and possibly unstable state, with other European and British communities facing problems too if these countries’ economies fail.
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The golden age of civilisation

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 05:53 pm

Ask a thousand people of varying ages, and you will get a thousand different answers, but what everyone will all agree on is that the golden age was in the past.

There's nothing more powerful than when a PV's time has come.

There’s nothing more powerful than when PV’s time has come.

Watching a program from the mid-1990’s (the Adam & Joe Show), one of their comedy sketches consisted of trying to claim the free extra offers you got with food products – the 25% additional free offers which were commonplace in those days.

The significance of giving away food or products in those times, that our older people remember, but didn’t appreciate at the time, suddenly struck me. (more…)

Independence for home energy

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Last updated on December 21st, 2017 at 09:47 pm

“The coalition government’s latest ‘comprehensive energy review’ which held this week, came up with the one undoubtedly obvious conclusion.”

New home energy generation with PV solar panels.

New home energy generation with PV solar panels.

That there was nothing that the last government could do, nor that this state or even the next government can do to stop our energy bills from rising.
Mr Cameron’s assessment of energy prices only confirmed that our great nation is powerless against global issues, including the overwhelming global demand for energy as the industrialised economies of China and India continue to grow.

This predicament is overshadowed alarmingly by the continued reduction of new oil field finds and the overstretching of existing areas. New investment into looking for new oil fields has been announced this week, with BP casting their the North Sea nets out further afield. (more…)

Politicians preventing the energy crunch

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Last updated on December 27th, 2017 at 06:57 pm

“Did you know that the bankers’ bailout in 2008/9 was the direct cause of the Arab Spring protests in the Middle East? The bail-out money that the banks received during this period was sunk into the commodities markets, mainly food commodities.”

A breakdown in political confidence.

A breakdown in political confidence.

The result was higher global food prices, and Middle Eastern countries bore the brunt of these actions. The saying “every action reacts” is appropriate here, with ordinary people taking to the streets, blaming their governments for not being able to afford their basic needs.

While the Middle Eastern governments were powerless to prevent food prices and food shortages from affecting their people, so too is our government equally impotent to avert global issues from affecting citizens of the UK. (more…)

The UK’s energy bills now hit £1000

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Last updated on December 27th, 2017 at 09:16 pm

“Today in the UK, a significant milestone has reached now that the cheapest gas and electricity combination tariff for UK homes has hit £1,000 per annum, after above-inflation price rises by the big six energy suppliers.”

The golden age of cheap energy is over.

The golden age of cheap energy is over.

The highest energy bills on record come as 3 out of 10 householders admit that they are struggling to afford even their necessary energy costs. The golden age of cheap energy is over.

Unfortunately, 8 out of 10 householders will be forced to start rationing their home’s energy use by managing without adequate heating, according to a survey of 2,300 people. This situation comes at a time when this year’s winter is predicted to be harsh. (more…)