The COP26 president, Alok Sharma, declared this morning: “I do believe that the end of coal is in sight. I do believe that we are getting to a point we can consign coal power to history.”
Consumers will be better protected from fluctuating gas prices as wind and solar provide more energy, the business secretary said today.
Keep up with October 2021’s news with our digest of daily updated headlines about the business, regulation and campaigns around UK fracking, shale, and onshore oil and gas.
The former energy minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, has been appointed business secretary. He replaces Alok Sharma, who moves to work fulltime as president of the COP26 climate conference in November.
2020 was a frack free year in the UK because the shale gas industry failed to persuade ministers to lift blocks on the process.
The owner of the fracking firm Cuadrilla predicted today that England’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing would be lifted – but not before 2021.
The UK energy minister said this evening that fracking was over and the government had “moved on”.
The new Conservative MP for the Rother Valley in south Yorkshire is calling on the government to extend its moratorium on fracking to include drilling for shale gas.
Some fracking for oil and gas could still go ahead, despite the government’s moratorium, a ministerial statement has indicated.