Tony Lodge: We must radically rethink Britain’s energy policy. Relying on patchy renewables and importing more electricity from the EU is simply not sustainable. There are 11,000 onshore and offshore wind turbines in the UK, which together should deliver over 20% of electricity supplies. The wind free weather last week meant they averaged approximately 3%. Indeed, for a period last Monday, wind power supplied a pitiful 1.9% of electricity supply nationwide. Since 2006, EU rules have demanded the closure of a third of Britain’s power stations. This reduction ran in tandem with the closure of older nuclear power stations. In Britain, power supplies from these coal, oil and nuclear plants have not been replaced like for like with cleaner equivalent capacity, and ministers have instead largely opted to rely on more renewables and importing electricity from the EU. A post-Brexit Conservative energy policy must prioritise energy security and lower power bills in the national interest. Anything less represents a fundamental breach of both responsibility, trust and judgement.
Telegraph 12th Sept 2021 read more »