A renewables chief has blamed the current energy crisis on the UK’s reliance on gas, arguing its left consumers “exposed” to market fluctuations. Dan McGrail, head of trade body RenewableUK, said the events of the last few days demonstrates the importance of “home grown” clean energy. Gas prices have surged in recent weeks, driven by several factors, including a decline in European stocks and increased demand from Asia. That has coincided with unusually low levels of wind, leading to a decrease in the amount of energy being produced by turbines. Moreover, the price of Brent crude hit a three year high this week as easing of lockdowns causes global demand for the fuel to increase. In the UK there have been shortages at the petrol pumps due to a lack of HGV drivers.
Energy Voice 29th Sept 2021 read more »
In the new era of warfare made possible by dramatic advances in technology, modern state-on-state conflicts are far more likely to be conducted by attacking an enemy’s critical infrastructure than mounting a traditional battlefield assault. Knocking out a country’s electricity and water supply, or crippling its financial services, could inflict infinitely more damage than a conventional military attack, and is much easier to undertake. If a media report that simply raises the possibility of fuel supply shortages can provoke the scenes of panic-buying that have been witnessed throughout Britain this past week, it almost defies imagination how the public might react to real shortages caused by an enemy attack on our national infrastructure.
Telegraph 30th Sept 2021 read more »