Submitted Letters

Here you will find letters from DimWatt published in the press. In some cases, there are also responses from other parties.

"Scrap the Climate Change Act to keep the lights on" says DimWatt
Written by Hugh Sharman   
Thursday, 17 March 2011
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After its own "in-house" consultation, DimWatt submitted the following critique to the Department of Energy and Climate Change on Monday morning

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National Grid’s message to Britain – ‘Prepare to become a Third World country’
Written by Paul McClory   
Tuesday, 08 March 2011

What DimWatt has long been predicting – the coming collapse of a hundred years of dependable electricity supply in Britain – has now been confirmed by the National Grid.


In an extraordinary  interview some days ago on the BBC’s ‘Today’ programme, Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the company charged with the duty to secure and supply dependable electricity to the whole of Britain, has just issued a warning to the country that the days of dependable electricity supply are likely to be coming to an end.

In the future, it seems, we should expect to live in a late 19th century Britain instead of the 21st century version. On BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme Mr Holliday stated “that people will have to get used to having electricity only when it is available”. He continued, “We are all going to have to change our behaviour and consume electricity when it is available and available cheaply” [my italics]. Cheaper electricity in the future? In a ‘Low Carbon Economy’?. Mr Holliday and I are obviously not living in the same country!

What effect does Mr. Holliday think his statement will have on the fast diminishing manufacturing sector of our economy? I would be very surprised if any UK manufacturer, on hearing Mr Holliday’s comments, did not immediately think of looking for a country where electricity supply can be guaranteed.

You would not have to look far – every single country on the planet, except Britain, it seems, is striving to ensure that all the electrical power needs of its people are met today and tomorrow.

Only Britain, unique among the nations of the world, is telling its people to prepare for the day ‘when you pull the switch, don’t expect the lights to go on’.

The truth is that our country is in no danger of not being able to supply all its electrical needs in the future – IF we start building new Nuclear power stations now (and buy them from China and Korea, not France), IF we start to build new super-efficient coal burning power stations (without carbon capture – because nobody else in the world is going to build these), IF we build new Gas burning power stations now and, simultaneously, institute a national high priority exploration programme to discover and extract shale gas and oil – using new technologies that have made gas supplies in America secure for the next 100 years.

Above all, we must immediately suspend the technologically impossible and bankruptingly expensive dream of trying to create a ‘Low Carbon Economy’.

This is the message that anyone with a scintilla of knowledge of the perilous situation facing the energy sector of the UK economy should be espousing. The fact that Steve Holliday, the head of the National Grid, the sole supplier of electricity to domestic consumers and industry across the United Kingdom, is not loudly and regularly promoting this message, to a seemingly deaf government, is a disgrace.  Instead, he goes on national radio and makes utterances that come straight from the Counsel of Despair.

Quite apart from its responsibilities to the people of Britain, National Grid also has a significant operation in the United States; it supplies over 3 million people in New York, Massachusetts and Long Island with electricity. Can you imagine the effect on his audience if Mr Holliday told his American customers that, in the future, ‘not to expect the lights to go on when you pull the switch’? He would be lucky to escape with his life!

Sadly, Mr Holliday is not alone in the views he holds. They are not uncommon among senior management in the energy industry; it would be a career destroying move to publicly contradict the Coalition’s ‘Low Carbon’ policies, leading as they are to the slow deindustrialising of the United Kingdom.


In total contrast, the Chinese Government evidently "gets it".  "Keeping the lights on" is a higher priority for the Chinese than the UK Government

Paul McClory is a co-founder of DimWatt