We are yet again we are plagued by dithering ministers and weak civil servants but are they really were risking the lights going out in Britain. will it happen?
To be honest 'No'
Tim Yeo, the chairman of the Commons energy committee, said there could be no further delays on taking vital decisions needed to build windfarms and nuclear stations.
His comments at the UK Energy Summit organised by the Economist in London came amid speculation that a vital piece of industry legislation, the electrical market reform, will not be passed in the forthcoming parliament. - so Tim got his headline, but what is the truth???
we have a weak DECC (the Department of Energy and Climate Change) fighting the big boys in the tresury who dont wanna be green if its going to cost them any money
energy policy is sadly lacking
We (the royal we, or the royals We's government) do need approx £200bn worth of investment needed to upgrade old energy infrastructure. this would also help to meet climate change objectives.
there are still a raft of uncertainties in British energy policy that raised the risk, but looking at it in the cold light of day (sorry for the pun!) current policy uncertainty will trigger a series of short-term decision making that would be less efficient (as governments always are!) that would not help the country longterm but we know the lights are "not going to go out".
its all media hype
despite that we are being ripped off by the Big 6 energy companies who dont even seem to have noticed there is a recesion and increased fuel poverty
so you can ignore the alarmist headlines - gas is a relatively quick and cheap alternative to coal-fired power stations.
offshore wind power was double the cost of gas. A target of trying to decarbonise electricity by 2030 rather than 2050 as originally planned is as they say, a tad optomistic
on the other side of the coin - wildlife charity, WWF, said a recent rise on fuel poverty in the UK was a result of rising gas prices and that the country was already "over-reliant" on the fuel source.
so there you have it, makes sense to reduce the power supply's reliance on carbon-based fuels sooner rather than later. but for now Gas will do as long as the market doesnt run away...