New Energy Future

The Big Debate: What's the low-down on the 'Green Deal' and how will

One of your home’s basic functions is to keep you warm. Obviously. But British homes have a pretty poor track record of fulfilling that core role. As Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, pointed out recently, we use more energy to heat our homes than does Sweden, where it’s seven degrees colder in January.

Our energy choices have caused the problem and they can solve it too

Everyone’s got something to say about the environment. Hands are wrung in response to stories of melting ice shelves, rising sea levels, escalating species extinctions and imminent runaway global warming. Sighs are heaved at yet another story of corporate misdemeanour or political slithering away from a binding target. Anger is directed at China and India’s ballooning economies. Blame is laid elsewhere, and we wait for solutions from someone, somewhere. We want the Government to sort it out on our behalf, industry to invent magic bullets and, failing that, maybe our children, so reassuringly eco-savvy these days, to clean things up in our wake. After all, if things are that bad someone will rectify things, won’t they?

Power generation by fuel 2000-2030

The UK power market is currently dominated by thermal generation where gas and coal account for almost three-quarters of electricity generated.