Well, as The Telegraph explains...
It was hailed as Britain’s first “green” island and a glimpse of the what the future could hold for the rest of the country.
And it seems that Eigg has indeed given us "a glimpse of what the future could hold for the rest of the country"—and it's not pretty.
But when the inhabitants of the remote Scottish island of Eigg put their faith in the wind and rain to provide all their electricity they did not reckon for one thing – mild weather.
Now the 95 residents are being asked not to use kettles, toasters or other kitchen appliances after uncharacteristically mild weather caused a critical shortage of power.
Weeks of what passes for heatwave conditions in the Inner Hebrides have caused water levels on the island’s three main burns to drop uncharacteristically low, cutting off the island’s hydroelectricity supply.
The normally powerful Atlantic gusts in the tiny island south of Skye have also reduced to a pleasant breeze leaving the island’s wind turbines idle for hours on end.
As a result, the community owned power company has placed the island on “red alert” and issued notices effectively rationing electricity.
It has had to revert to using old-fashioned diesel power to run a backup generator to keep the lights on.
Eigg is a tiny island, with a population of 95 people.
Britain is a large island with a population of nearer 65 million people.
Unlike the last time that we had severe electricity shortages—during the Three Day Week—almost all businesses rely heavily on computers.
If the lights go off for any sustained amount of time, the economy will collapse. If there is no electricity—especially in winter—people will die: after all, even hospitals with back-up generators can only run them for so long.
Now, this is probably seen as a bonus by the idiots who subscribe to the utterly discredited prognostications of Malthus or Ehrlich but most of the rest of us would view it as a very bad thing.
Eigg is indeed "a glimpse of what the future could hold for the rest of the country" except that its population consists of many thousand of times fewer people than would die if these insane policies are allowed to pertain across Britain.