As the current bill to fight against fuel poverty seems lacking in imagination.
Rightly so, it favors areas most exposed to cold and windy conditions – the Scottish Isles, Highlands and exposed coasts. However, even fractional state aid does not get to the heart of the problem, which remains the excessive profits and ownership of the shrinking energy retailers, where cartel-like conditions now exist to make fun of the concept. of a competitive energy “market”.
This proposal will be nothing more than a vehicle to pour more public money into the few pockets of shareholders of Big 6 suppliers, and this to producers, where they avoid taxation, usually through registration. offshore and a banking mechanism (as private shareholders do).
For the deputy Alistair Carmichael to affirm on Radio Shetland that if there was a simple and fast solution to fight against fuel poverty, it would have already been done. Not so!
There is one path, if not several, but no political will, even within the SNP / Greens government in Holyrood which, to give them leeway, has its hands largely tied to the energy policy set at Westminster.
If there is no localized public ownership of energy production and consumption through non-profit enterprises, taking into account the local circumstances of the city / town or countryside , then a cap on profits with energy charges set accordingly to get a good understanding of local weather conditions – temperature and wind – conditions from the extensive historical data from the Met Office.
The fixation on an economic model – neoliberal monetarism – by Conservative, Liberal, Labor and SNP parties, at various times in government over the past 15 years, shows a complete lack of creativity, imagination and ultimately concern for the most. poor in our environment – the elderly, the self-employed, the young and the disabled.
Beatrice [Wishart] and Alistair have been talking about fuel poverty in our local media for almost two years that I have been at home. Their representations to Ofgem of course came to naught, as it became very clear that it is not for Ofgem to regulate in favor of the client, but given that it is made up of curators and buddies. With the market having vested interests, they allowed companies to raise prices and profitability so that the government could get more taxes on them to spend on contracts that benefit the bank accounts of Conservative MPs.
England’s future energy needs will be covered by a very heterogeneous set, including a new generation of mini nuclear reactors (such as nuclear submarines) with EdF, Electricité de France, at the forefront, with China, in this technology.
Despite recent rumors about fish and refugees, how ironic that the British public subsidizes France’s energy supply, given that EdF is still partly owned by the French government.
You really can’t make it up.
Jeemy Twa Ganzies
AKA James J Paton