An executive with energy watchdog Ofgem has confirmed that Britain’s reliance on ‘intermittent’ renewable energy has left the country facing a supply crisis.
Senior Ofgem partner Andrew Wright has warned of a future where wealthy customers will be able to pay more for a ‘higher level of reliability’ while their poorer neighbours ‘sit in the dark’.
He stated, ‘One household may be sitting with their lights on, charging their Tesla electric car, while someone else will be sitting in the dark.’
In an unprecedented speech, Wright also blamed the closure of UK coal mines and the subsequent loss of national fuel capacity.
‘We now have much less flexibility with the loss of fossil fuel capacity. Coal has been important, but this is disappearing.’
This dire warning from one of the country’s leading energy experts comes following a statement from chancellor Philip Hammond who claimed the UK would need to spend £100bn over the next 20 years to keep the lights on.