Thursday, 13 September 2012

Solving Britain's multi-dimensional energy policy riddle with natural gas


In seeking to meet its energy needs in the future, the UK, like most other European countries, has three broad objectives: the reduction the emissions of greenhouse gases, and especially carbon dioxide, which contribute to human-caused climate change; energy security; and keeping energy prices competitive for business and affordable for households. This means deploying at scale low-carbon energy sources, especially those that produce electricity; maintaining a diversity of energy sources, in terms of both fuels and the countries from which they are derived; generating electricity efficiently, and using it and other energy sources efficiently, to reduce the quantity needed to satisfy the demand for energy services (warmth, mobility, power); and keeping energy costs as low as possible for vulnerable industries and households, while addressing the other two objectives.

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