Ukraine war: London fears for energy supply and wants to expand its coal plants

We learned Monday that London is taking steps to reduce the risk of energy shortages next winter, which could affect millions of households.

Ukraine war: London fears for energy supply and wants to expand its coal plants

We learned Monday that London is taking steps to reduce the risk of energy shortages next winter, which could affect millions of households.

According to a government statement, "It's normal that we explore many options to strengthen our energy supply and security" and "even though there isn't a shortage, we might have to keep our coal-fired plants open this winter."

A source close to government stated that power outages during peak consumption in Russia could impact up to six million homes in England in the event of a further cut in its gas supply to Europe. File, confirming information from The Times.

The United Kingdom is heavily dependent on natural gas for its electricity production. However, it imports less Russian hydrocarbons from Russia than other European countries. London announced that it would stop imports of Russian oil, coal, and gas by the end the year.

Kwasi Kwarteng, Energy Minister, has requested operators of the country’s three last coal-fired power stations, due to close next September, to keep them operating, while ensuring that the country does not abandon its goal of completely eliminating coal thermal by October 2024.

Drax (Yorkshire), which is the largest coal-fired power plant in the country, indicated that it would increase its use of coal if necessary to maintain balance in the electricity network.

The government also explored other options to ensure supply. This included extending the life of Hinkley B's nuclear power station. Dismantling of this facility was scheduled to begin in the summer, Chris Philip, Secretary of State, Technology, said Monday.

The executive was assured that "the government has no problems regarding gas or electricity supply" and that it is prepared for all possible scenarios, even extreme ones.

A rising energy price and fears about supply are fueling a serious cost-of-living crisis in the country. This will get worse this winter.

London last week decided to tax the profits of oil companies to fund billions of dollars of aid for the poorest. A new strategy published by the British government has been released. It continues to promote the development of renewable energy, but also encourages investment in North Sea hydrocarbons.

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