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INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS

ENERGY SECURITY DAVID SEALL CEng FRAeS MiMMM MIoD David is the Regional Chairman of IoD South. He is a former Chair of IoD Surrey and is an experienced Non-Executive Director. He is retained by DMH Stallard LLP as their Strategic Adviser Manufacturing www.davidseall.co.uk ∕ www.dmhstallard.com

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fter discussing one of his motoring reports with the Editor the other day, I followed up on his advice and decided

make its contribution. Gas and coal generation

has reduced to around one percent, hence our

was turned up to full capacity but even that

problems in November. Government policy

wasn’t enough. The energy companies were

towards renewables has not been friendly, with

to follow up on the opportunity to drive a Tesla,

forced to pay large consumers to reduce usage.

the reduction in feed in tariffs and hostility to

one of the new trend of all electric vehicles. I

By the way this wasn’t mostly heavy industrial

on shore wind. Evidently we still need to top

must say that I concurred with his view that

consumers having to stop manufacturing, it

up renewable supply, if and when weather

vehicles like this are indeed the future, having

was mostly achieved by large offices turning off

conditions are working against it.

achieved acceptable range, zero emissions and

air conditioning. Why we need that in November

extraordinary levels of performance in a four

is another question. Ironically some of the

door executive class saloon car. Indeed cars

fracking industry to address this security of

electric cars would have been powered by coal

such as this are achieving ranges of around

fuelled power stations on that day, which is not

supply issue. Not perhaps as a replacement

270 miles and can be “boost charged” with 150

an ideal solution under any circumstances.

miles of electricity within 30 minutes.

as everyday transport the pressures are now ever increasingly on the national grid that supplies our power. Indeed, if all of us had these cars now the national grid would not be

“However, the insecurity closer to home is the lack of capacity in our national grid. ”

able to cope with the peak loading that would

supply within our own borders to augment our Interestingly, Tesla seems to have taken control of this issue by producing a new product, the Tesla Powerwall. This is drawn from their battery technology by producing an independent capacity to store electricity at home. The wall charges itself from either low cost electricity at low demand periods

occur when we all plug our cars into the socket at 7 pm in the evening. Think of the days when

for carbon neutral generation but as a secure needs when the grid is stressed.

With several automotive companies developing “plug in” cars that are now useable

IoD has taken a stance in support of the

It’s interesting that the major concern of

augmented by independent supply, for example

the grid had to turn on extra capacity during

IoD members when discussing energy is

domestic photo voltaic and wind turbines. The

the half time interval in the FA Cup final when

the security of supply. This manifests itself

electricity produced isn’t fed back into the grid,

millions of kettles were switched on to make a

obviously in the geo-political context with

it is stored and used for personal consumption

cuppa. That was supported by literally burning

much of our energy in the form of gas and oil

instead. The thought of an independent supply

tons of coal.

coming from increasingly politically unstable

of electricity to the home when the supply is

or hostile regions. However, the insecurity

cut off is a very attractive one, particularly to

the national grid ran out of power. With next to

closer to home is the lack of capacity in our

those of us who remember the power cuts of

no wind, our renewable wind power couldn’t

national grid. The redundancy in the system

the seventies!

During November, on a still Autumn weekday,

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