Jacob Rees-Mogg fails to use imperial measures in business energy cap announcement

The government said those on default, deemed or variable tariffs will receive a per-unit discount on energy costs, up to a maximum of the difference between the supported price and the average expected wholesale price over the period of the scheme. The amount of this discount is likely to be about £405 a MWh for electricity and £115 a MWh for gas. Repeated by Rees-Mogg in interviews.

What’s all this nonsense about Megawatt hours?

Surely, with his convictions, he should have insisted on British thermal units!

To refresh his memory, a British thermal unit is the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of liquid water by 1 degree Fahrenheit at the temperature that water has its greatest density (approximately 39 degrees Fahrenheit). 

[1 megawatt hour = 3,412,956.34070 British thermal units so had the discounts been announced as £ per Btu they would have looked rather small, vanishingly small.]

He must really try harder to be consistent. – Owl

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