Boris Johnson (hardly) bans inexpensive fuel home heating


Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h / t Breitbart; Heating bills will quadruple under Boris Johnson’s recent climate brainstorming. Many people in the UK cannot afford heating bills on this scale. Around 10% of the British can already not afford their heating costs, even with government assistance and inexpensive gas heating.

The lie of the “green industrial revolution”

Boris Johnson’s plans to ban gas boilers and rely on hydrogen are more than insane.

I am bunch
December 9, 2020

Following Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan to promote the “green industrial revolution” in the UK, the government is proposing to ban gas boilers in new homes from 2025 to 2023. The 10-point plan also provides for replacement gas boilers to be phased out by 2035.

This leaves a big question hanging over any home in the UK: how are they kept warm? The fact that this question has no answer shows the lie at the heart of Johnson’s green industrial revolution. It is an anti-industrial revolution and it will cause great trouble.

Around 84 percent of British households are connected to the gas network. It sounds obvious to say that they should just switch to electricity. However, the retail price for gas is less than a quarter of the electricity price per kWh. Heating a house with electricity is therefore currently four times more expensive than heating a house with gas. Furthermore, the move merely shifts the question of where the UK is energy will come from.

Point two of the plan is “to generate 5 GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity for industry, transport, electricity and households by 2030 and to develop the first city to be fully hydrogen-heated by the end of the decade”. In contrast to natural gas, hydrogen is not an energy source – it has to be produced. There are two ways to produce hydrogen: electrolysis and steam reforming of natural gas.

Grid-scale electrolysis is simply uneconomical – an extremely conservative estimate of the requirements and costs of replacing natural gas with hydrogen, produced by electrolysis and powered by wind, would mean the UK has 20 times the number of wind farms and the wholesale cost of electricity would need would increase tenfold.

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When my family lived in the UK, in our quaint but rather older house, we did not have gas heating because our house was too far from the nearest available gas pipe. Even with the help of our wood burner, our home electric heater bills peaked at £ 600 / month ($ 800 / month) in February.

Boris Johnson has no problem paying his energy bills. If people are complaining about the new costs, maybe he thinks that they just aren’t making enough effort to save the planet, then they just don’t go along with it and do their part. Either way, the inconvenience will be short-term, right? The MET predicts that the UK will have a warm Mediterranean climate by 2050.

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