Earlier today Mr Donald Trunk, EU Commissioner for Social Adjustments, launched an initiative that will see two new time zones introduced before the end of 2017. Mr Trunk explained that spreading electricity demand more evenly across the continent will help integrate the new electricity market and reduce peak demand. What better way to achieve integration than to divide the continent into 5 time zones?
Mr Trunk went on to explain that importantly this simple measure will mean that the wind will now blow and the Sun will shine at different times across the continent and this will help resolve the intermittency problem. The press release details are below the fold.
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The problem is illustrated in Figure 1. Europe currently has 3 time zones, the UK, Ireland and Portugal in the West. Finland, Baltic states, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece in the East with the remaining countries sprawling from Spain to Poland in a single, unmanageable zone. This massive central zone has 380 million people, 381 million counting refugees, and that is 76% of the total population. The situation at present is absurd with everyone getting up for breakfast, travelling to work and getting home for tea at the same time creating a peak demand for electricity that is much higher than is necessary (Figure 2). This is a situation that clearly must be adjusted.
Figure 1 EU time zones as they are today. The elephant in the room is the central time zone that needs to be divided to achieve a unified energy policy.
Figure 2 Peak demand in the EU today is dominated by the vast central time zone that will be broken up.
The new time zones THAT WILL BE INTRODUCED are shown in Figure 3. The EU will not consult on this issue since it is anticipated that countries like Britain will oppose these measures. It is time for Europeans to become accustomed to simply doing what they are ordered to do. This is in the best interests of everyone.
Figure 3 The new time zones that will be introduced in October 2017.
The time zones have been adjusted to try and have the same number of people in each zone which is a difficult task without breaking up countries, which was considered but rejected for the time being. A future plan is to move people from one zone to another in order to achieve a more uniform spread. Resettling most refugees in the Balticbalkan zone, that needs more people, will be a first step in this direction. This may mean sending many refugees back to Greece.
The result of these adjustments on peak electricity demand may at first appear small but at 9.2 GW they are indeed substantial (Figure 4). This will allow countries like Germany to close down its nuclear power stations AND reduce CO2 emissions removing two of the greatest threats to humanity, namely nuclear armageddon and climatic melt down.
Figure 4 EU electricity demand model for the EU. Maritime = Greenwich – 2 hrs; Western = Greenwich – 1 hr; Greenwich = Greenwich – 0 hrs; Eastern = Greenwich + 1 hr; Balticbalkan = Greenwich + 2 hrs. The reduced peak demand will allow for the closure of 10 large power stations and will contribute to the UN and EU goal of saving planet Earth.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was delighted with the proposals.
At last we have a European solution to the migrant crisis. And I’m particularly pleased to see that the Greenwich meridian will be moved to Berlin. It is only right that this should lie in the heart of Europe and not at the heart of a now defunct empire.
David Cameron said he was dismayed at the proposals and insensitive timing weeks ahead of the Brexit vote. He also pointed out how the two hour difference between London and Frankfurt would now place The City at a disadvantage. London is now closer to New York than Athens.
I think I may join Boris in the Exit campaign. We are sick and fed up of being ruled from
When asked if he was going to fly to Brussels to meet Mr Trunk, Mr Cameron said there was no way he was getting on a plane to Brussels. Mr Trunk can fly to London.
Professor Jurgen Tick, president of the Swiss Watch Maker’s association said he could see only benefits from the new scheme. Switzerland now lies at the focus of three time zones and he would be encouraging the Swiss government to introduce three time zones to Switzerland to show solidarity with the European neighbours.
The timing could not have been better as we will shortly launch the sWitchswatch to compete with the iWatch. The sWitchswatch will use satellites and the cell phone network to automatically keep the right time as people move from one zone to the next.
This location information will also be automatically relayed to our headquarters in
Image credit: The photograph of Donald Trunk was taken by Roger Andrews on Mr Trunk’s recent visit to the Mexican border where he was on a fact finding mission about the use of walls to adjust social behaviour. On this visit Mr Trunk observed:
China once led the world in social adjustment walls technology. Europe then took the lead before letting it collapse. Now it seems the USA is going to overtake China AND Europe. Europe needs to regain the lead. Building
bridges fenceswalls fits perfectly with our population resettlement program.
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