Diversity is the key to our future energy security. Without output from the North Sea in decline, we are now a net importer of gas, making us more vulnerable to volatile world gas prices.
Diversity of supply - agreed; we need it, as long as each component supplies its share at an affordable price.
One wonders how long we will have to wait for our new nuclear power stations.
Shale gas is in its infancy, but about 15% of gas used in the USA is from shale, and projected to grow rapidly. This needs watching carefully. It could be an important part of our future energy supply.
I am surprised that the Government has not yet abandoned plans for carbon capture and storage. Every study which has been done has shown the concept to be unworkable on the scale needed for power stations.
Revolutionising the energy efficiency of our homes - yes, all homes should be well - insulated. Some bright ideas to help those with older properties would be useful, too.
4 Mar 2012
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