The UK needs to switch to renewable energy to protect itself from energy crises like the current one, politicians and experts have said.
The country has been urged to switch to “incredibly cheap” and green energy sources as household bills soar once again.
The current energy crisis behind the rising cost of living has been caused by rising gas prices, shedding light on the UK’s dependence on this fossil fuel.
MPs and pundits have said renewables are the answer to making the UK less vulnerable to such a volatile market.
Adam Corlett, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation think tank, said the independent The current energy crisis “highlights our over-reliance on fossil fuels and how we should have done more to ensure that all homes are well-insulated.”
He said: “Britain’s energy bill crisis is far from over, and it should serve as a warning to accelerate our transition to a net-zero economy.”
A new increase in the energy price cap was confirmed on Thursday, paving the way for millions of people to see household bills rise by more than 50 percent.
Following this, Sam Hall, president of the Conservative Environment Network, said: “We will be exposed to similar crises as long as we are so dependent on gas.”
He added: “The government must now implement its net-zero strategy so that UK households are less exposed to global gas markets.”
a report on The Telegraph He suggested that cabinet ministers are questioning whether the move to net-zero emissions, which the government has pledged to achieve by 2050, was the right thing to do amid the energy crisis and skyrocketing bills.
But Ed Miliband, shadow climate change and net zero secretary, said the independent a “failure to transition to zero carbon” has made the UK “more vulnerable as a country”.
“Climate delay will make us more dependent on fossil fuels, leaving us more exposed to unstable global gas prices, which will mean higher bills and undermine our energy security,” he said.
Jamie Peters of the environmental group Friends of the Earth said The Independent: “Renewable energy is incredibly cheap and there is a lot of it at our fingertips. Knowing this, everything must be done to increase our supply, and attempts to discredit the net zero agenda should not be taken seriously.”
On the same day that the UK energy price cap was raised, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he wanted to encourage more investment in drilling for oil and gas in the North Sea.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said the UK would not emerge from the energy crisis through a “rapid U-turn into the age of fossil fuels”.
writing inthe independentsaid the solution lay in “rapidly accelerating the transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy so that we address the climate emergency and make ourselves less vulnerable to global price increases.”
Greg Hands, the energy minister, also said the UK needs to generate “cleaner, safer and more affordable energy” to protect itself from volatile gas prices, and “debunked” some “myths” around energy.
The experts have said the independent that the crisis has been fueled by the UK’s lag in renewable energy, which faced a blow when a previous Tory government scrapped subsidies for onshore wind farms for several years.
A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “Since 2010, we have achieved a 500% increase in the amount of grid-connected renewable energy capacity, more than any other government in British history.
“We remain committed to going even further and faster to build a homegrown renewable energy sector and reduce our reliance on volatile fossil fuels, and last month we launched the largest-ever renewable energy auction to accelerate deployment.”