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The UK would be vulnerable to gas supply shortages and price hikes after Brexit, an industry leader has warned. Marco Alvera, head of European industry body GasNaturally, told the BBC that EU nations could restrict gas exports to the UK during winter cold snaps in order to prioritise their own citizens. “We’ve spoken to several ministers and civil servants over the last two years. Energy has not been discussed enough.” The UK imports almost half the gas it consumes via pipelines from Europe. Some 39% of the UK’s electricity supply was generated from natural gas last year, according to official government statistics.

BBC 28th June 2019 read more »

It was hailed as a “watershed moment” by National Grid: Britain’s first 24 hours without burning coal for electricity since the Victorian era. However, The Times can reveal that managers at the company had to delay a coal plant from being fired up to achieve the headline-grabbing feat. The decision was disclosed by a whistleblower, who alleged that National Grid may have broken its licence conditions by discriminating against coal and potentially by reducing security of supply. National Grid denies wrongdoing. The feat was achieved on April 21, 2017, after National Grid’s control room tweeted: “It looks likely that today will be the first ever working day in Britain without coal since the industrial revolution!” Advisers at the company later recommended instructing a coal plant to start up that evening, but managers decided not to in order to achieve the milestone. A leaked email reads: “Please ensure that no coal runs before 00:00 on 22nd April.” The company said it had conducted a “full and thorough investigation” after being confronted with the allegations and “found no breaches of our licence”. It also informed Ofgem, the regulator.

Times 29th June 2019 read more »

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