As the growing energy crisis threatens to overwhelm the country, Tory MP Sir John Redwood has urged the government to step up its strategy for energy independence.
Sir John Redwood warned that the UK “cannot import everything,” and encouraged the government to accelerate its energy independence ambitions. This comes as a result of the current energy crisis, which might result in home bills rising by hundreds of pounds next year.
Sir John remarked on talkRADIO that Britain has to accelerate plans to become “more self-reliant so we don’t have these chronic shortages.”
Sir John elaborated: “There is an underlying energy problem and we are too short of energy.”
“We need to put in more electricity-generated capacity in this country.”
“If you rely too much on wind and the wind doesn’t blow, there is a nasty shortage”
“Can we make sure we rely on our own domestic primary energy rather than importing it?”
“It is not green to stop using our own natural gas but import other countries’ natural gas in liquid form on big tankers coming from halfway around the world,” the Tory MP stated.
The energy crisis was a “wake-up call” for many in the UK, according to radio commentator Julia Hartley-Brewer.
“We don’t have the security of our supplies anymore,” she explained.
Sir John replied, “It is about being more self-reliant so we don’t have chronic shortages that the world market can exploit against us.”
“We were dependent on Mr Putin, who turned the taps down.”
“And we were hit by the fact that the Chinese ran out of power and they scoured the markets to buy any primary energy they could get their hands on.”
“You can’t import everything. It’s important we have domestic capacity. It’s much better to rely on domestic products and create those better-paid jobs.”
According to popular belief, the number of energy suppliers will drop from more than 70 to around 10 by the end of the winter.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, has stated repeatedly that the government “will not bail out failed companies.”
Mr Kwarteng also announced proposals to speed up the UK’s transition to renewable energy, including more frequent wind farm auctions, during an energy conference yesterday.
An energy law is likely to offer concrete suggestions for achieving net-zero electricity by 2035.