Originally posted by: jarathoon
Exactly how the grid operates in terms of supply side vs demand side controls, whether it is a distributed market system or a centralised state controlled system will effect the overall cost to consumers and the profit levels of the generators and so I think bill payers should ultimately have a say on this as well power guru's.
How are 30 million bill payers going to have a say and what will you do if they ask for different things which go in opposite directions? Bill payers already have a say through their government or their MP's and through the choices they make in their lifestyles.
Please don't encourage people to build a system that depends on any one individual or organisation "knowing what they are doing", especially in regard to predicting the future. This is a route to a centally controlled state (on communist or fascist lines) and eventual economic disaster.
Here someone makes a link between communism and fascism as if they are somehow similar. There is no evidence to suggest that a communist states are at anymore risk of eventual economic disaster than democratic states and if we look to recent events it was the democratic states which fostered the greed and over consumption which caused significant economic issues. Let's take a look at Greece who fiddled their books, and were allowed to, in order to join the Euro.....hardly a communist state and yet have an economic disaster.
It is the government who are tasked with trying to predict and plan for the future and they take advice from professional and authoritive sources and it is the same government who then give permissions for building of significant systems and who also put in place controls to oversee them.
When the world economy picks up and the demand for energy increases those who overreacted to Japan's significant nuclear issue will have to backtrack and try to save political face. Fortunately this will not be the British Government who managed to maintain a reasonable perspective all along.
Those who go on about the cost of energy need to start considering the cost of not having enough energy and which can be relied upon to be available when needed.....because those costs will be far greater to our way of life.