Guardian sustainable business have published an article looking at the challenges in securing future energy sources that are reliable, affordable and clean.
The UK’s energy sector has not faced such an extraordinary combination of dire problems since the crises of the 1970s – and even then help was on the horizon in the form of North Sea oil and gas. Policy interventions by government will be vital to solving the multiple looming difficulties and encouraging the massive investment needed from the private sector. But time is running out. The UK’s remaining coal-fired power stations are having to reduce their hours of operation – under European Union regulations on pollution – so replacing that capacity is a matter of urgency.