London – Most of the world is suffering from a power crisis.
Homes and factories all over China are covered in darkness. Indian coal-fired power plants are running in order. Dozens of British utilities have collapsed. Spain has declared a state of emergency after more than a third of domestic consumption was killed in a year. And there are fears that a severe winter in the United States could lead to more expensive heating costs in the United States over the years.
Even before the worst of the winter, the Northern Hemisphere is running out of energy, and officials and experts point out that many of the issues behind it will be difficult to resolve.
The reason for this cocktail is a mixture of bad weather, China trying to turn addiction into dirty coal and even Russia throwing the natural gas market for political gain. But most experts agree that the central driving force is the return of the CV-19. With the awakening of the locks, people can easily go to work and use energy more quickly than they could in a year.
“It’s like a car that has been off the road for some time and now we want to restart it quickly – it will take time,” said Professor Gianzung Wu, who specializes in energy infrastructure at the University of Cardiff in Wales.
Not only did BP-19 kill more than 4.5 million people, but last year saw global energy consumption drop by 4.5 percent: the biggest decline since World War II, according to BP World Statistics. For the first time in history, oil prices in April 2020 were negative because of that nose.
“As a result, many manufacturers have stopped production,” says Keith Bell, a professor of engineering at Stratchide University in the United States. This is not an easy task as you need to secure these offline oil and gas facilities.
But vaccines have encouraged governments to ease restrictions and energy demand has returned to life. “Re-production is a time-consuming process,” says Bell.
This outcry comes after millions of people gathered in gas-fired homes after the cold winter, when the world’s reserves were already depleted.
Net zero is definitely an important direction of travel. But to get there, we must have a well-planned and well-coordinated approach.
OPEC rejected calls this week to increase supply. Gas prices have risen sharply in Europe and Asia, with higher daily rates.
The United States is better able to cope with this global crisis because it is the world’s largest producer of natural gas. But here, too, prices have risen 180 percent in the last 12 months, the highest since 2014.
According to experts, early frosts or deep snow in some parts of the country can be seen as a challenge for consumers.
‘A set of problems’
Most experts agree that the subsequent collapse of VV-19 is squeezing the world like an overdose. But many unrelated environmental factors are also hitting each country at the same time.
The European Union (EU) is investigating allegations that Russia, which supplies more than 40 percent of the EU’s natural gas, is restricting its flow. Lawmakers, mostly from the Baltic and Polish, said Moscow wanted to use the crisis to approve the controversial Nordic 2 pipeline.
The state-owned giant Kremlin and Gazprom deny this. And one of Europe’s biggest gas companies, Gazprom, has told Reuters it is fulfilling its obligations. Gas prices fell on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin said Tin Gazprom could increase supplies to ease the situation.
Asked if Russia was blocking power as a major supplier of natural gas to Europe, National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan told reporters: “Russia has a history of using force as a political tool.”
China has been in danger of extinction in more than a dozen provinces in weeks. Some are related to VV-19: Factory demand has increased as the world increases demand for Chinese-made goods. But there are other reasons.
As the world’s largest producer of CO2 and starving coal, China has promised carbon neutrality by 2060. In a short period of time, Chinese authorities have conducted strict security checks on the most dangerous coal sanctions in history.
Beijing has also banned the importation of Australian coal.
And all of this will happen when most of the world is trying to break free from fossil fuels and renewable energy. But in this time of transition, countries still have to rely on oil, gas and coal – especially if the weather is not cooperative.
Europe is often hit by Atlantic hurricanes, but in recent weeks many of their turbines have been weakened by lower winds than expected. Although China suffered from heavy flooding this summer, it experienced a drought at the Jonah Electric Power Station.
Climate change has affected traditional fossil fuels.
Nicholas and Ida were thrown into the Gulf of Mexico, producing 26 million barrels of offshore oil. Earlier, during the glowing summer, many Americans raised their shining AC parts.
In India, the monsoon floods have halted coal production in central and eastern states. This is one of the reasons why Indian coal-fired power plants now have an average of only four days in storage.
Wu, who sits on a committee of experts advising the British government, said it was “a collection of problems.” “Net zero is definitely the direction of travel. But to get there, we must have a well-planned and well-coordinated approach — or what we are experiencing will happen again. ”