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Ministers say the plans will promote clean and affordable energy – but also support fossil fuel drilling in the North Sea

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Labor has called the UK’s plans for energy independence “ridiculous” and claimed it will “do nothing” to help with the cost of living or climate crisis.

The government is facing criticism for not doing more to cut demand and instead focusing on longer-term energy projects – including drilling more fossil fuels. in the North Sea.

This relaunch will not cut bills, bring energy independence and will not solve the climate crisis,” said Ed Milliband, shadow secretary for climate change. The Independent .

Ministers have vowed to promote “cleaner and affordable energy” through sources such as nuclear and solar as part of much-anticipated plans to boost energy independence quantity.

The new energy security strategy will be released in full today. It comes as soaring international gas prices spike household bills in the UK and the country is ditching Russian oil in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.

Kwasi Kwarteng, UK business secretary, admits that nothing will be done to ease the current soaring fuel bills, saying the strategy looks like an “answer for three, four or five five”.

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Prime Minister’s Preface: more clean energy and more fossil fuel drilling

If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, I’ll provide a breakdown of the key points here.

Starting with the prime minister’s opening remarks:

  • “If we’re going to lower prices and keep them there for the long term, we need a stream of energy that’s affordable, clean and, above all, safe.”
  • “We need a power supply that is made in the UK, for the UK – and that’s what this plan is about.”

He vowed to take advantage of renewable energy sources, such as wind and sunshine, while embracing hydrogen and nuclear power. But he also said:

  • “We will make better use of the oil and gas in our own backyard by giving the energy fields of the North Sea a new life.”

Zoe TidmanApril 7, 2022 13:51

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Energy Security Strategy Released

The full strategy is finally out:

Zoe TidmanApril 7, 2022 13:45

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‘Westminster takes too long to provide net-less solutions’ – Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts, MP, has criticized the UK Government for “taking too long to come up with absolutely zero solutions to our energy and climate crises. ” while households are grappling with “crippling energy bills”.

Ms Roberts said: “Today is a missed opportunity for the UK Government to support Wales by strengthening our capital investment right so we can make long-term investments that are realistic. unconditional.

Worse still, a glaring failure of the strategy was to address the main barrier that Westminster delivered to renewable energy development in Wales – grid capacity.

“Westminster’s glossy announcements about energy delivery mean nothing when the basic energy infrastructure to connect renewable energy projects to homes and businesses simply fails. exist.

“Net-zero requires fewer Westminster spins and works harder to deliver the dramatic and costly upgrade of our national grid to make it compliant with 21st Century.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainApril 7, 2022 13:40

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In response to the energy strategy, Simon McWhirter of the UK Green Building Council said in a statement:

“Today is an opportunity to insulate the nation’s homes, protect us against future price increases and address the painful effects of rising energy costs on households. families across the UK.

“This should have been the time to show leadership and devise a comprehensive strategy to reduce energy demand. But although the construction industry is ready to take up the challenge, the Government has unfortunately missed its opportunity.

“In the week that climate scientists around the world called energy efficiency one of the most significantly lower cost solutions to the climate crisis, the Prime Minister didn’t even have a plan to prevent it. blocking heat leaks from the windows, walls and roofs of 29 million UK homes. ”

Maryam Zakir-HussainApril 7, 2022 13:24

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‘Major failure of public policy’

Bridget Woodman, deputy director of the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter, said the energy strategy has failed on all three of the typical energy policy goals of “ensuring a safe, secure supply of energy.” rationalize and reduce our carbon dioxide emissions in the face of climate change”.

“Exploiting new sources of fossil fuels, whether in the North Sea or from fracturing, is environmental folly if we are to meet our 2050 net zero emissions pledge,” she said.

“The failure to validate wind on land overlooks the cheapest form of renewable energy and neglects to make sound decisions about how to deliver low-cost, zero-carbon energy at a time when bills are rising. rapidly and fuel poverty is increasing.

“Moreover, the new emphasis on nuclear power will boost the bills as we continue to subsidize an industry that has benefited from billions of pounds in public and consumer subsidies. for more than 70 years.

“The cheapest way to deliver lower emissions, while also ensuring a reduction in bills and carbon footprint, is to invest in energy efficiency. The continued failure to put in place meaningful measures to help people reduce their energy needs and bills is a major public policy failure.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainApril 7, 2022 13:14

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Experts warn ‘Putin will be happy’: Government energy plan will keep UK hooked on fossil fuels

The Prime Minister is accused of being “completely dependent on his supporters” after the government abandoned plans to massively expand land-based wind farms and ignored calls to focus on energy efficiency. quantity to cut waste and reduce costs.

The environment reporter writes: The strategy, set out by ministers on Wednesday night and due to be rolled out in its entirety on Thursday, would instead revive nuclear power in the UK, ramping up oil and gas drilling and promote new hydrogen production. Harry Cockburn.

Maryam Zakir-HussainApril 7, 2022 13:05

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Government has ‘fundamentally misunderstood the immediate climate challenge’

Pollination director Luke Fletcher said the government was “fundamentally misinterpreting the immediate climate challenge” by focusing on solutions that take years to implement and even longer to have an impact.

“The government needs to focus on solutions that can be implemented now,” he said. “The strategy does not detail demand-side opportunities, including measures for energy efficiency and indoor insulation.

“There is clear public support for more renewables to help ensure the UK’s energy security, but more guidance will be needed on exactly what this will look like.”

Mr Fletcher added that the strategy was lacking onshore wind, which he called a “major absence” citing recent research by the European Climate Organization, which found that almost 70% of people in the UK would support new wind projects onshore near where they live.

“Delaying implementation of onshore wind solutions is another nail in the coffin of the climate crisis and the lack of urgency shown simply shows a lack of understanding of the challenges,” he said. knowledge and risks we face.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainApril 7, 2022 12:55

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What will happen in the energy security strategy?

Lots of responses to energy security strategies. Here’s a reminder of what it’s all about:

  • Licensing round for new oil and gas projects in the North Sea is scheduled to start in the fall
  • Invest to boost UK heat pump production

We are still waiting for the full strategy to be announced. But Rob Merrick there’s a preview of what we can expect:

Zoe TidmanApril 7, 2022 12:45

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Boris Johnsons says nuclear power is ‘reliable and safe’

The Prime Minister took to Twitter to reassure the public that nuclear energy is a “reliable, safe and stable source of clean energy”.

Maryam Zakir-HussainApril 7, 2022 12:34

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Industry support

However, the government has been praised by members of the energy industry.

Examples – shared in a government press release – include:

Sam Laidlaw from Neptune Energy: “The Energy Security Strategy breathes new life into the North Sea, giving investors the confidence to allocate substantial capital to the diverse energy supplies we will need through through energy conversion.”

Clare Jackson from Hydrogen UK: “We are delighted that the government has doubled its hydrogen by increasing its production target to 10GW, acknowledging that hydrogen is an important part of the net zero transition” .

Ben van Beurden, Shell chief executive: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure an orderly transition to zero while strengthening the UK’s energy security and Shell ready to willing to play our role.

Zoe TidmanApril 7, 2022 12:17

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