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Why UK energy needs an ‘everything’ strategy after Russia’s war

Call it an all-in-one strategy. Britain is Working on a new energy planFollowing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising oil and gas prices, which is likely to include almost everything.

This is not a bad thing. Discussions about energy and net zero transition are crowded, even among believers: try to mediate between the evangelists of hydrogen versus heat pumps.

But the issue reaches the status of a culture war in British discourse, fueled mainly by vocal skeptics about Britain’s clean zero target struggling to maintain the relevance of their time spirits in the post-Brexit era.

There has to be some logical middle ground. Some argue that we have needed considerable amounts of gas in particular for decades and that we now care where it comes from. And some argue that the best investment in securing our future energy is in cheaper renewable energy and energy efficiency. Both are true.

There is dirty work to be done. This could mean extending the life of coal-fired power plants due to closure, simply to get through next winter. Attitude to the North Sea, where investment in 2020 Sink in the lowest real terms Level in almost 50 years, has also changed. However, new licensing does not yield quick results. The increase in the near term is limited: Norway’s plans to increase production from existing fields this year amount to one percent of annual production. But the OEUK industry group said last year that less than a third of potential investment in project plans for 2021-2025 has been fully committed by companies, money that can be opened up by changing the political climate.

It’s not just about Replaces Russian gas, Which currently accounts for 4% of UK needs. (Or actually lower prices, set in international markets).

It has to do with reference Increasing dependence on imports, Which has left the UK increasingly dependent on the expensive spot LNG market. National Grid’s various zero-scenario scenarios assume that gas has been used in electricity generation for most of this decade and in heating even thereafter, notes energy analyst Peter Atherton.

The thing that produces the most heat in an argument is unlikely to produce much in homes: discharge. The government does not tend to repeal the ban. But throwing a bone at research supporters would be irrelevant to an appropriate degree. Bullet forecasts are usually based on Outdated geological surveys: The 2019 estimate for gas in the Bowland-Hodder area cut the previous data by 90 percent. The public against freaking: these Opponents outnumbered supporters by 2.5 to 1 In a government survey. Thus, crucially, many MPs.

Political capital Can be better deployed elsewhere. To avoid a clear setback of net zero targets in the law, the green side of the strategy should be comprehensive.

The UK has a plaid History on a new nucleus, Which is generally known as expensive, dangerous but necessary. The existing target can be raised to 40 GW of marine wind, but it is ambitious and requires refurbishment of the planning process and approvals.

Faster victories come in two areas: solar and terrestrial wind, which has been frozen in England for years, and energy efficiency, Damaged by repeated policy failures in the last decade.

The government could raise the 5GW quota on solar and terrestrial wind in the upcoming auction, says Simon Evans in the Carbon Brief, with more than 600 projects with planning approval in the pipeline. After the years of desolation, a controversial push for planning agreements will still be needed to deal with local opposition to large projects – such as Like Matt Hancock’s weird proposal A West Suffock solar farm will “pump” more carbon than it has saved.

Efficiency can no longer be the wretched connection. For starters, high prices improve the economy (or savings for households) of the work done. Upgrading the efficiency of 1 million homes each year cuts Britain’s gas demand by 0.45% each year, according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, an achievable target. Add heat pump installation according to government plans and over 10 years Gas savings amount to a quarter of current household demand and a tenth of total UK use.

The everything strategy is a challenge for the Ministry of Finance, which needs funding, mainly for the purpose of promoting proper efficiency and (Necessarily) more help for low-income households Squeezed by higher energy bills. But this is the best hope for the beginning of a consensus that crosses concerns of security, climate and affordability.

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