The British are not going to do anything like the others. While continental Europe only has the floor “sobriety” on the lips, starting with the French executive, the government for Liz Truss does not have an energy reduction plan in the household. However, the country’s energy situation looks set to become just as tense as on the old continent, if not more so.
A report by National Grid, the UK’s electricity grid operator, published on Thursday revealed that the extreme scenario of a shortage of imported gas and partial blackouts was foreseen. This Friday, many dailies UK businesses used the National Grid forecasts and posted ONE the risk of” blackout (or total power failure).
“Everything will be fine” this winter, according to the Secretary of State for Climate
Members of the government express their optimism for this winter. “We believe that we have a varied and strong offer in all the most likely scenarios, everything will be fine, but we prepare for everything”, Secretary of State for Climate Graham Stuart reasoned on Sky News on Friday. Person in charge “don’t send (that) message” the British to consume less energy, which would only have an effect on the household budget, but not the country’s energy situation.
The Secretary of State rejects the idea of energy rationing and does not count “not asking people to pull the plug (…) when it doesn’t make a difference to our energy security”he explained. “There are good reasons why people prefer to take a shower than a bath, because it can lower their bill (…), but it has no impact on our energy security”.
Behind the scenes, ruthlessness doesn’t really seem to be in Downing Street. The English press repeats the information that an energy saving campaign has indeed been drawn up, but that Prime Minister Liz Truss has finally given up on using it. In a logic of erasing the role of the state inspired by the liberal and conservative currents from which Liz Truss comes, the Prime Minister says she refuses to act in “Nanny State”.
Two-thirds of homes are at risk of “energy poverty”
“We are in a good position compared to our other European neighbours. We are not dependent on Russian gas. Almost half of our gas consumption is produced in the UK”even welcomed Graham Stuart on Sky News … before admitting it “this winter is more risky than previous winters”.
In addition to the issue of supply, the UK is plagued by sky-high energy prices which are unsustainable for most households without government support. Liz Truss, despite her apparent reluctance to involve public power, has drawn up a massive plan to cut Britons’ energy bills by a record close to £60 billion (about €70 billion). These bills will be capped at £2,500 a year. The costs of energy for companies will be covered by half for approximately six months. The University of York estimates that without this help, two-thirds of UK households would be in fuel poverty this winter.