The impetus for the immediate concern are new anti-pollution laws that are shutting down a number of coal fired electrical plants. That Britain has been beyond the point of "peak coal" since around 1920 is not discussed.
Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis, warns regulator
Rowena Mason, The Telegraph (U.K.), 19 February 2013 (hat tip: NC)
The UK would face “the horror” of greater reliance on gas just as its cost on world markets was expected to rise, he said.
The average household energy bill is more than £1,400 following a series of increases in the past six months. Prices have risen by almost a fifth in the past four years. Mr Buchanan told the BBC that nuclear power, many wind farms and clean coal technology would not be available until after 2020.
“So we’ll lean on gas and gas will account for about 60 per cent of our power station needs instead of 30 per cent as it does today,” he said
The usual complaints center on the government waiting too long to do something. Of course, here in North Carolina, we are thinking about rolling back any incentives to alternative energy. Some delusional freshman Republicans idea of free market thinking- as if you would find a real, non-incentivized free market anywhere. That would be like free market banking. That a number of North Carolina companies are on the cutting edge of some of this technology is also apparently beside the point.
|British Peak Coal (from here)|