The British do not intend to do anything like the others. While continental Europe has only the word “sobriety” on the lips, starting with the French executive, the government of Liz Truss doesn’t have a home power reduction plan. However, the country’s energy situation promises to be as tense as that of the Old Continent, if not more so.
A report by National Grid, the UK electricity grid operator, released Thursday revealed the extreme scenario of shortage of imported gas and partial power outages was expected. This Friday, many newspapers British companies used National Grid forecasts and published them A the risk of ” darkening (or total power failure).
“It will be all right” this winter, according to the Secretary of State for the Climate
Government members express their optimism for this winter. “We believe we have a varied and strong offer in all the most likely scenarios, everything will be fine, but we are preparing for everything”Secretary of State for Climate Graham Stuart justified on Sky News this Friday. Manager “do not send (the) message” the British to consume less energy, which would only have an effect on the family budget but not on the country’s energy situation.
The Secretariat of State rejects the idea of energy rationing and does not count “don’t ask people to switch off (…) when it makes no difference to our energy security”He explained. “There are good reasons why people prefer to take a shower rather than a bath because it can lower their bills (…) but it has no impact on our energy security.”
Behind the scenes, unconsciousness doesn’t really seem to be in Downing Street. The British press echoes the information that an energy saving campaign has in fact been drawn up, but that Prime Minister Liz Truss has finally given up on applying it. In a logic of cancellation of the role of the State inspired by the liberal and conservative currents from which Liz Truss comes, the Prime Minister affirms that he refuses to act “Nanny state”.
Two thirds of homes at risk of “energy poverty”
“We are in a good position compared to our other European neighbors. We are not dependent on Russian gas. Almost half of our gas consumption is produced in the UK “he even greeted Graham Stuart on Sky News… before admitting it “This winter is riskier than previous winters”.
Beyond the supply issue, the UK is hit by the surge in energy prices, which is unsustainable for most households without state support. Liz Truss, despite her apparent reluctance to involve public power, has come up with a massive plan to reduce British energy bills by close to £ 60 billion (about € 70 billion). These bills will be limited to £ 2,500 per year. The cost of energy for companies will be covered by half for about six months. The University of York estimates that without this help, two thirds of British households would be in energy poverty this winter.