Gas from shale could create 35,000 jobs in UK – but should it?

The UK was a net exporter of gas until 8 years ago, thanks to our supplies from the North Sea. Now we are spending £5.2bn per year on imports as North Sea supplies dwindle. Obtaining gas from shale is somewhat controversial, and involves ‘fracking’, or hydraulic fracturing, which enables gas to be obtained from deep below the surface. A new … Continue reading

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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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Surge in the use of renewable energy in the EU

Between 1999 and 2009 the share of renewable energy in the EU27 rose from 5% of total gross inland energy consumption in 1999 to 9% in 2009. Renewable energy comprises hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar energy. All Member States showed increases in the share of renewable energy over this period but the largest increases were in Denmark (from 8% … Continue reading

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