United Kingdom, that country that refuses to implement an energy sobriety plan to spend the winter

The British have no intention of doing anything like the others. While continental Europe only has the floor “sobriety” on the lips, beginning with the French executive, the government of Liz Truss does not have a home energy reduction plan. However, the country’s energy situation promises to be as tense as that of the Old Continent, if not more so.

A report by National Grid, the operator of the British electricity network, published this Thursday revealed that the extreme scenario of a lack of imported gas and partial power cuts was anticipated. This Friday, many diaries UK companies used National Grid forecasts and published A the risk of ” blackout (or total power failure).

“Everything will be fine” this winter, according to the Secretary of State for Climate

The members of the government express their optimism for this winter. “We believe that we have a varied and strong offer in all the most likely scenarios, everything will work out, but we are preparing for everything”, justified this Friday the Secretary of State for Climate, Graham Stuart, on Sky News. The responsible “don’t send (the) message” the British to consume less energy, which would only have an effect on the domestic budget but not on the country’s energy situation.

The Secretary of State discards the idea of ​​energy rationing and does not count “not asking people to unplug things (…) when it doesn’t make a difference to our energy security”He explained. “There are good reasons why people prefer to shower than bathe because it can lower the bill (…) but it has no impact on our energy security.”

Behind the scenes, the recklessness doesn’t really seem to be in Downing Street. The English press echoes the information according to which an energy saving campaign has been drawn up, but that Prime Minister Liz Truss has finally desisted from applying it. In a logic of erasing the role of the State inspired by the liberal and conservative currents from which Liz Truss comes, the Prime Minister says that she refuses to act in “Nanny State”.

Two-thirds of households at risk of “energy poverty”

“We are in a good position compared to our other European neighbours. We are not dependent on Russian gas. Almost half of our gas consumption is produced in the UK”He even welcomed Graham Stuart to Sky News… before admitting that “This winter is riskier than previous winters.”

Beyond the supply issue, the UK is being hit by rising energy prices, unsustainable for most households without state support. Liz Truss, despite her apparent reluctance to involve the public power, has drawn up a massive plan to reduce the British energy bill by a slate close to 60,000 million pounds (about 70,000 million euros). These bills will be capped at £2,500 per year. The cost of energy for businesses will be covered in half for approximately six months. The University of York estimates that without this help, two-thirds of British households would face fuel shortages this winter.