Archive for ‘UK’s energy today’

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


The challenge of keeping our civilisation

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 10:53 am

“In 2004, Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Power My Home, first uttered these words and from that moment, the Power My Home website was born.”

The fight for civilisation is won.

The fight for civilisation is won.

Civilisations throughout history have come and gone, so today’s modern, more industrialised cultures will, like others, inevitably have a limited lifespan. How long they will last is anyone’s guess, but with additional strains now being put on our vital lifeblood (oil), we must learn, from past mistakes, to keep ourselves from failing, as other civilisations did.

The most successful and most influential civilisations of the past have to be the Roman Empire, which conquered or influenced a quarter of the world at its most potent. Stretching from western Europe to the Middle East and beyond, the Romans undoubtedly contributed the most towards our modern lifestyles today. (more…)

A well-oiled civilisation

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 10:05 am

“Power My Home has always encouraged people to think differently when home energy is concerned.”

Keeping the oil flowing.

Recent decisions by our government are beginning to help us do that on a national level, so now maybe it’s time for us all to replicate this thinking individually. The following story is fictional and written designed as food for thought”, says the author Stuart Lovatt, founder of Power My Home.

In our hypothetical story, you are the main character, the government have issued warnings to conserve supplies, but cannot start when regular supplies will resume again, we ask what you would do with your last tank of fuel? (more…)

Keeping the lights on

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 10:06 am

“From fuel poverty to keeping our lighting on, in five short years -the overall outlook for both power supplies and global energy costs is not looking good.”

Reducing dependence and keeping the lights on.

Reducing dependence and keeping the lights on.

Speaking this week, Mr Geoff Huhne, our Energy and Climate secretary, said there had been “far too much dithering for far too long.”

That was necessary to replace older power stations and invest in alternative technologies such as solar panels, to “keep the lights on”.

Now nobody is suggesting that solar panels and other green technologies can fully replace our need for energy, but looking at a mix of different ways to reduce our dependence on the unpredictable Middle East and Russian energy supplies can only be beneficial in the longer term. (more…)

Slow build-up to energy shortages

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 05:47 pm

“Fossil fuels are no longer going to be a viable option for our children’s and grand children’s future use, and their eventual demise is already pushing present energy prices up higher and higher.”

The golden age of cheap oil is over.

The golden age of cheap oil is over

Ofgem is predicting that there may be 20% electricity price hikes by 2020, and also that future supplies are in jeopardy.

Stuart Lovatt from Power My Home says, “I see our current energy predicament similar to the 1930’s when people sensed the build-up to war, but nobody wanted to admit it, not even the Prime Minister.”

Understanding that the government’s energy policies have been planned to take place over a period of around 50 years or more, we are leaving the last policy timescale with North Sea resources depleting after only 30 years. (more…)

Energy shortages and unsustainable prices

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 11:29 am

“The energy crunch cannot be ignored any longer. The world’s governments do not have a plan B for the economic crisis, and the same applies to the death of cheap oil.”

New thinking for UK energy with solar panel power.

New thinking for UK energy with solar panel power.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the black stuff is being consumed rather quickly these days, and the price is a steadily rising year on year. The cost of oil in ten years will make current petrol prices seem tame.

Failure to look ahead to the future will be much maligned when, in many of our lifetimes, we will begin to face widespread global energy shortages and unaffordable prices.

Significant investment needs to be made by everyone over the coming years. This issue is not going to go away and will likely be one of the most critical problems we will face this century. (more…)

Solar panels for global unrest

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 05:57 pm

Learning that current levels of oil production and use are not going to bring down civilisation with the ongoing crisis in the Middle East does not fill me with relief and satisfaction, which everyone seems to think it should do.

Power My Home Solar Panels in the UK.

Power My Home Solar Panels in the UK.

I would have thought that irrespective of present Middle Eastern problems, ideas for renewable energy sources taken seriously.

Governments must invest in right policies for manufacturing industries now because oil supplies are indeed finite. They should become experts in finding innovative and efficient alternatives to oil.

Competition for oil and gas in the Arctic regions are now going to increase, especially since last year, Scottish oil producer Cairn Energy confirmed it had found oil off Greenland, and one of NATO’s senior commanders warned the race for resources will lead to conflict. (more…)

Planning for future energy wars

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 05:37 pm

“An admittance by Ministry of Defence staff on Jeremy Vine afternoon talk show today came as a shock to many people in the United Kingdom.”

Brexit. My Arse.

Brexit. My Arse.

An anonymous caller into to the show admitted that the Ministry of Defence is already planning for future wars over energy which prompts the question, what plans do the new coalition government have to reduce our countries dependence on insecure resources.

The show broadcast with the main topic of discussion being, possible Ministry of Defence cuts. (more…)