If the lights go out?


A BBC documentary in March considered the future of energy supplies in the UK and raised the problems we face as demand outstrips supply.

We are faced with questions surrounding energy security, exhaustion of fossil fuels, the rising costs of electricity and gas, and fuel poverty.

The UK government and the opposition parties have sought to address the size of domestic and industrial energy bills and have looked for ways of reducing these through abandoning the green levy, and the financial support for onshore wind farms and solar photovoltaics.

 At the same time the government has granted licences for the drilling of exploration wells for ‘fracking’ (hydraulic fracturing) with 40 shale gas sites expected to be developed in the next two years. Shale gas is seen as the answer to fuel shortages with a possible 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas present in the north of England alone.