Running out of energy

Total UK energy production was a record 13.5% lower in 2011 than it was in 2010. This meant that we had a net import dependency of 36.5%, the highest level since 1976, according to statistics just released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Oil production was 17.5% lower than in 2010 and continued a downward trend which … Continue reading

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Our infrastructure is inferior to EU rivals say UK businesses

The Government must act now to attract vital new investment into the UK’s ageing infrastructure. Swift investment across Britain’s road and rail networks, digital, waste and energy would ensure we remain internationally competitive and kick-start UK growth, the CBI said today. A major new survey of 477 businesses, conducted in partnership with KPMG, shows that 58% rate the UK’s infrastructure … Continue reading

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Secure and sustainable energy supplies now “in doubt” in the UK

“The unprecedented combination of the global financial crisis, tough environmental targets, increasing gas import dependency and the closure of ageing power stations has combined to cast reasonable doubt over whether the current energy arrangements will deliver secure and sustainable energy supplies.” So says the UK energy regulator Ofgem in a press release this morning.   After a year of analysis … Continue reading

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