The consequences of decades of environmentalist scaremongering over sources of generating electricity are starting to come home to roost now, and the results are not going to be pretty. A report from the independent price comparison group, Uswitch finds that electricity in the UK will become unaffordable for most within 3 years, and so expensive as to be effectively rationed within a mere six years.
The report paints an alarming picture of exactly what under-investment and stalling on building electricity generation capacity now means in the near future for ordinary families living in one of the most advanced economies in the world: unheated and unlit homes as people are reduced to rationing their own electricity use as electricity prices skyrocket:
An annual energy bill of £1,500 is the tipping point at which energy bills will become unaffordable in the UK, says the research. When this point is reached, 77% will be forced to ration their energy use, 59% will go without adequate heating and 36% will be forced to turn their heating off entirely.
If bills then hit £2,000 a year – which the uSwitch.com forecast suggests could happen in 2016 – almost nine in 10 households (88%) will be rationing their energy use, 75% will be going without adequate heating and over half (55%) will turn their heating off entirely
What’s even worse is that this is the result of what’s already happened: of allowing environmental naysayers, cowardly governments, and profiteering utility companies to put off building new generating capacity. As the report stresses, these figures do not even factor in the large increases in costs that government mandated carbon-reduction in electricity generation would mean:
Worryingly, the forecast does not take into account the impact of the government’s ambitious plans to cut carbon and switch to renewable generation, the cost of which will be added to household bills. uSwitch.com says consumers have a right to know by how much the government’s energy policy will increase their bills.
In the ultimate irony, then, the increasingly bitterly cold winters we are experiencing will see more and more families with children, the poor, and the elderly switching off their heating and lighting, as electricity prices skyrocket because of concerns over global warming. And all of this, remember, all of this is entirely unnecessary. If sufficient power stations using reliable fuels had been built, plentiful cheap energy for all would not even be an issue.