Yikes! But even if the CBI’s apocalyptic vision were even half true, isn’t this the kind of issue that ‘traditionally’ gets kicked around for years in the UK, and later (much later) some fudge is issued. The Stonehenge bypass is a typical example – £37 million spent on “planning”, over a decade, and there’s still no plan.
I doubt that we’re capable of making these big decisions; there’s always too much history, too many vested interests, one newt species that can’t be moved (but later is) and the environment enriched for all
The likely outcome – around 2014 – Government pushes ‘micro generation’ schemes, hard, to compensate for generating capacity lost to the planning process. There’ll be a rush to photovoltaic panels & wind turbines, led by the Daily Mail (with a jingoistic wartime theme, and competitions to win a lifetime’s power capacity) and the BBC, with power makeover programmes, showing how to cut use and make your own power. Like this and this… but in the style of Changing Rooms.
And the consequence of *not* refining the planning process for the 21st century – our economic development will be hamstrung, by a lack of consistent power supply.
“A report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) states that
power outages and problems with power quality are costing the U.S.
economy over $119 billion per year. Called “The Cost of Power
Disturbances to Industrial and Digital Economy Companies,” the study
discusses the growing need for what it calls digital-quality
electricity, which means power that is “always perfect and always on.”” & that’s from 2001 !