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REPORT: U.K. needs to spend additional $73 BILLION on power grid to meet net-zero targets for 2035
By Laura Harris // Mar 25, 2024

A newly released report reveals that the United Kingdom needs an additional 58 billion British pounds ($73 billion) of investment into the electric grid to meet the country's net-zero targets for 2035.

This report comes from the National Grid Electricity System Operator, the main electricity transmission network operator for Britain. It states that the "current electricity grid is reaching its capacity and is unable to transport much more electricity without reinforcing the network." Therefore, the government needs "swift and coordinated action" to meet the Sixth Carbon Budget target. (Related: Texas electricity grid BARELY produced enough energy to meet demand during Winter Storm Heather in January.)

The Sixth Carbon Budget is the sixth in a series of carbon budget reports from the U.K. Climate Change Committee, which provides the British government with advice on the volume of greenhouse gases that the country can emit from 2033 to 2037.

"Investment in renewable energy generation has exceeded investment in transmission capacity over the past decade, resulting in bottlenecks. With little over a decade to 2035, progress must be swift and coordinated if we are to meet our Sixth Carbon Budget target," the ESO warned.

The advised investment into the grid will play a crucial role in ensuring that the grid can adequately supply power to homes and businesses nationwide. The investment would facilitate the integration of an additional 21 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power and other forms of low-carbon energy generation into the electricity grid as households and businesses transition to electricity for heating and transportation.

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Notably, the report projects a threefold increase in undersea cabling compared to onshore infrastructure by 2035. The report also claims that electricity demand in 2035 will escalate to 64 percent due to the increasing digitalization of daily life and the transition towards electrified heating and transportation options.

However, the U.K. Wind Curtailment Monitor – which tracks how often the output of wind farms is reduced to a level below maximum generation and storage capacities and how much this costs British taxpayers – stated that curtailment cost the British grid 569.7 million pounds ($717.88 million) in 2023 alone.

Promising a "net zero" target would only cause power grid blackouts

In 2023, computer modeling work done by analyst John Brown using 2022 energy generation data shows that the plan of the British left-wing to "decarbonize" all power generation throughout the country by the year 2030 will surely trigger widespread blackouts and grid failure.

The plan, announced by British lawmaker Ed Miliband of the Labor Party in a 2022 press conference, seeks to ban all use of earth-based fossil fuels in the U.K. and transition to offshore wind and onshore solar farms. However, critics argue that the scale of such a transition is simply unfeasible and could have catastrophic consequences for the country's economy and energy stability.

"We have assumed that, on top of wind and solar, the U.K. has 10 GW of dispatchable capacity, such as nuclear, biomass and hydro," reported climate journalist Paul Homewood about the model's findings.

"There is no electricity generated from hydrogen – there seems to be no way that bulk hydrogen infrastructure – electrolyzers, steam reformers, distribution networks and a 50GW fleet of new hydrogen burning power stations – could be ready by 2030," he said. "Equally there is no carbon capture power generation available … There are no electricity imports … There is no major expansion of battery storage to the scale needed."

The modeling also discussed the potential for power deficits, with peaks reaching 41 GW during times of high demand while generation remains at 15 GW. Even with attempts to smooth these peaks using demand-side response and battery storage, the data indicates a significant shortfall in electricity supply, particularly during periods of low renewable generation.

The Labor Party's plan also fails to account for weather in the U.K., where it is often cloudy and a lot of the time the wind is not blowing. Meaning, solar panels and wind farms won't generate as much energy as needed.

"It is of course possible to smooth the peaks to a small extent with the help of demand side response and battery storage. But more critical is the fact that there was a 19-day period last December when there was a rising cumulative power deficit of about seven terawatt-hours, at an average of 15.7 GW," warned Homewood.

"Although within this period there were short spells when generation exceeded demand, the net balance remained negative. Put simply, even with smoothing and storage there would not have been enough electricity to go round."

Watch the Energy Commissioner admitting a POWER GRID COLLAPSE in the following video.

This video is from the Alex Hammer channel on Brighteon.com.

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