COMING CLEAN ABOUT UK ELECTRICITY PRICES — Iowa Climate Science Education

Here’s another abridged extract from John Constable’s booklet “brink of Darkness” (GWPF)Britain’s electricity suppliers are reported to be considering further increases in prices to consumers. Climate policies are largely responsible for such price increases, yet government is more than content to let private energy companies and their shareholders take the blame. Intoxicated with subsidies, the electricity […]

COMING CLEAN ABOUT UK ELECTRICITY PRICES — Iowa Climate Science Education

Here’s another abridged extract from John Constable’s booklet “brink of Darkness” (GWPF)

Britain’s electricity suppliers are reported to be considering further increases in prices to consumers. Climate policies are largely responsible for such price increases, yet government is more than content to let private energy companies and their shareholders take the blame. 

Intoxicated with subsidies, the electricity sector has hitherto colluded in this obfuscation of causes, but the introduction of the domestic electricity price cap may change this situation, encouraging energy suppliers and indeed all businesses, to name government as the guilty party. History provides very few clear lessons, but the records are tolerably clear that revenue collectors and tax farmers are always and everywhere loathed without reservation. This may be unfair, but it is a fact, a human universal. 

Why then did Britain’s energy supply companies willingly accept the task of raising the necessary subsidies for renewable energy directly from their customers’ bills? This in effect made these private companies covert revenue agents for the state, and so allowed government to hide the costs of energy and climate policies. Anyone familiar with the industry will know there is no doubt that energy and climate policies 
are and have been for some time to blame for rising electricity prices.  

In the absence of policies, electricity prices would have been stable to 2020, rising from about 14p/kWh in 2014 to about 14.1p/kWh. In actual fact, prices stood at 16.4p/kWh in 2014 because of policies, and were expected to rise to about 19.4p/kWh in 2020. We appear to be on track.

 A very large part of the public perception that energy companies are greedy and ruthless results from the industry’s short-sighted decision to allow itself to be used as the cat’s-paw of climate policy. The hazards of this situation must have been obvious to the main board directors concerned, but the temptation to collude was certainly extreme. 

The express-service renewables-target timetable required subsidies so large that the increased turnover and de-risked profit made the danger of bad public relations seem tolerable. The industry may well come to regret this lack of caution. 

A market sector debauched by subsidies, and already held in contempt by the public, will be in a very weak position to resist nationalisation by a radical socialist government. No one will step forward to protect a persecuted tax farmer, and the expropriators could be expropriated without any resistance, with the only public outcry being one of approval.  

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June 16, 2020 at 01:30AM

Author: uwe.roland.gross

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