"up to four times as much electricity"

The head of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, questions the wisdom of diving head first into an all-electric future.

In January, the then [UK] secretary of state for trade, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, told Parliament that “we are going to be requiring up to four times as much electricity” to meet demand for electrified heating and transport. Yet we are not building four times as much electric generation capacity…

For example, only two years ago, the UK was running 15 operational nuclear reactors, but by 2030 it will be just three, and that’s assuming no further delays…

During our recent dunkelflaute – a period of high pressure, freezing temperatures and no wind – our onshore wind blades stood still for three weeks, consuming power, but not generating any. What wind power we got, and it wasn’t very much, all came from offshore facilities.

Dunkelflaute translates to “dark doldrums” and refers to a period when there is no sunlight and little wind for renewable energy generation


iirc, I have pointed out, before, significant reduction in GHGs, 25%, could be realized by converting the generation fleet, which would not require grid upgrades, nor reinventing transportation, which contributes 27%.