Remarkably, on the day thousands of schoolchildren protested in Parliament Square to demand Government action on climate change, the energy regulators, OFGEM were sharpening their knives to cut down renewable energy and boost large gas fired power plant. They are doing this by sneakily changing a couple of difficult to understand regulations governing electricity transmission and network charging. These are things that the children, OFGEM hope, won’t notice! The costs of renewable energy could be increased by up to 20 per cent in some cases as a result. For OFGEM renewables are a big problem and large gas fired power stations, evidently, are a big solution. In the conclusions to their so-called ‘Targeted Charging Review’ their proposals will end regulations that have encouraged local, that is ’embedded’ generation, and bring in different regulations that benefit large, centralised combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs). In order to understand this apparent eco-destructive atavism you have to understand how the big utility players and their friends in the Government/regulatory apparatus have been frustrated that their attempts to subsidise large gas fired power stations through their ‘capacity mechanism’ have failed to produce new CCGTs.
Dave Toke’s Blog 15th Feb 2019 read more »