Slamming shut the doors of the UK’s coal-fired power stations within a decade will doubtless please the environmentally-correct brigade but that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.
I understand the desire for new gas-fired and nuclear replacements but until they are functioning we should not be arranging to close down these existing power stations, which provide approximately a quarter of all the UK’s electricity.
It’s all very well the National Grid claiming that we don’t need to worry about the lights going out but I do worry about it. And I also worry about the tens of thousands living in fuel poverty, particularly pensioners.
We are all aware that winter has definitely arrived now and for many elderly folk that is literally a chilling thought, having to choose between eating or heating. And a major reason is the high cost of energy because of green levies on our energy bills resulting from the impossible carbon emission targets demanded by the EU.
Wind farms and solar panels have been a success - however not for us common or garden householders, but for already wealthy landowners such as David Cameron’s father-in-law. He is reported to earn a staggering £350,000 a year from an eight turbine wind farm with another £250,000 expected from a second one being built on his estate.
This country’s energy needs have been badly neglected for decades and a coherent, comprehensive and long term solution is needed. One that will assure supplies and cheap prices, not one cobbled together aimed at appeasing the EU and climate summit meetings.
Energy minister Amber Rudd is proposing the coal-fired station closures under the banner of energy security but it doesn’t seem very secure to me if she means ever more dependence on politically unstable sources like Russia.
Meanwhile Germany is currently building or refurbishing a couple of dozen coal-fired plants. Why is the UK planning to close ours when other EU countries are building them and Poland is refusing to give theirs up?