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Blame fossil fuels, not renewables, for the UK’s winter energy crisis

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People in the UK face higher energy bills this winter

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Soaring wholesale gas prices have left the UK in an energy crisis, with fears for vulnerable households as bills rise and a wave of energy firms folding.

In the 1990s, the UK made a “dash for gas”. In recent years, it has leaned on the fuel to ease the phase out of an even more polluting fossil fuel, coal. That makes the UK heavily reliant on gas for energy, with 86 per cent of homes using it for heating and more than a third of electricity supplies coming from gas power plants.

The main reason for the current crisis is a shortage of gas supplies, due in…



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