Comment on NTSA announcement of new North Sea oil and gas licenses

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on the North Sea Transition Authority announcing the offer of 27 new licenses for oil and gas, [1] Jess Ralston, Head of Energy at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

With the Government failing on insulating homes, U-turning on rules that would cut the cost of living for renters in the worst properties, this is at best a distraction. The only real way to insulate the U.K. and homeowners from volatile gas prices is to help them use less.

"If the Government wants to help people with high energy bills and make the U.K. more energy secure it would be boosting electric heat pumps further and taking the country back to a time when millions of upgrades were being made each year to homes. It also needs to make amends for costing bill payers £1 billion by failing to commission new offshore wind in the recent auction that it ran."

Notes to editors:

  1. The North Sea Transition Authority is releasing a press release with the announcement for Monday 30th October.

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