UK faces a "rollercoaster" energy market says Ofgem (Energy Global)

CPS Director Tim Knox was quoted in Energy Global on Wednesday 20th February 2013, discussing the energy crisis affecting the UK.

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Alistair Buchanan, the outgoing head of the UK’s energy regulator, Ofgem, has warned that the country faces escalating electricity prices and a dependency on imported gas for up to 60 – 70% of its electricity needs by 2020.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, Buchanan highlighted the fact that National Grid would find it increasingly difficult to meet the UK’s energy needs as older coal- and oil-fired power plants close: “On Wednesday January 16, due to unplanned outages and cold weather, National Grid had to find power to supply roughly a million homes to keep the lights on. Fawley, an oil-fired plant in Hampshire, was one of the power plants that responded. Next winter Fawley will not be there. Indeed, about 10% of our current generation stock goes next month as coal and oil-fired power stations close earlier than expected to meet environmental targets.”


The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), a conservative thinktank, also called for an “emergency power reserve” made up of older coal- and oil-fired power plants. It also highlighted the potential political impact: “For the first time since the 1970s, energy policy could influence the outcome of the next general election,” the CPS said in a statement.

“Politicians have kicked the energy can down the road for too long. That can is now going to blow up: households will end up paying the price in higher energy bills and maybe even energy outages. This was both predictable and unnecessary. We now urgently need a clear policy designed to meet the twin aims of lower energy costs and greater security of supply,” added Tim Knox, director of the CPS.”

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Date Added: Wednesday 20th February 2013