Comment on fracking and energy price cap freeze

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on the Government’s plans to lift the moratorium on fracking in the UK and to freeze the energy price cap [1], Jess Ralston, Senior Analyst with the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“The PM’s plan delivers on emergency bill help this winter, but lacks any kind of plan for dealing with the root cause that expensive gas and poor quality homes are costing bill and tax payers billions. Every pound spent by Treasury on insulation this winter could pay back by the next election by cutting the £150bn energy price freeze bill landing on the exchequer. It’s simple, using less gas improves our security and lowers our bills.

“All the experts and even the industry agree more UK gas won’t bring down British bills. To bring down bills we need to use less gas by investing in insulating homes, a measure which could be cost neutral to the Treasury given it will spend billions on the price cap freeze. [2]

“There is a real danger of the Government serving up a red herring with local communities likely to oppose fracking rigs while focus is diverted from efficiency and renewables which can be quick to introduce and are popular, rather than unpopular, with the public."

Notes to editors:

1. Energy announcement Govt:

2. ECIU: Treasury could break even on insulating millions of homes before next election:

For more information:

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, Tel: 07894 571 153, email:

Jess Ralston, Senior Analyst, ECIU, Tel: 07972 548503, email: