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Energy Update
Andrew Crook - NFFF President
July 23, 2022

British households and businesses are in the grip of an energy-price emergency unprecedented in recent years. Households saw the regulatory price cap for their electricity and natural gas rise 54% on April 1, and price hikes for commercial premises and industries have been even steeper.
What caused the energy crisis 2022?
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated the crisis as distressing global events tend to impact energy and stock markets due to the uncertainty caused. Russia threatened to switch off their gas supply; causing more market volatility and higher prices. As we set out in our briefing on the global energy crisis here, there has been a crisis around the world with record natural gas, coal and electricity prices. The causes are a combination of post-pandemic recovery, extreme weather events and fractious geopolitics, which have increased demand and compromised supply.
How long will the energy crisis last in the UK?
The boss of the UK’s largest energy supplier has said rocketing energy prices, which are adding to the soaring cost of living for British households, could last for as long as two years.
Where does the UK get its energy from in 2022?
About half of the UK’s gas comes from the North Sea, and a third is sourced from Norway. The UK hopes to have phased out its imports of Russian oil by the end of 2022. The Russian gas that the UK receives also comes in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) but these LNG supplies are very sensitive to global market prices.
Are we facing a global energy crisis?
The 2021–2022 global energy shortage is the most recent in a series of cyclical energy shortages experienced over the last fifty years. It is more acutely affecting countries such as the United Kingdom and China, among others.
Will we have an energy crisis?
We are headed for a global energy crisis. Gasoline prices in the United States are up more than 50% in the past year. Natural gas prices in Europe have risen a staggering amount, (nearly 500 %), over the same period.
Will UK energy prices fall in 2022?
Energy prices are very unlikely to go down in 2022 – in fact, they will almost definitely be going up. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is largely to blame for this.
Are energy prices likely to drop 2022?
Energy prices are unlikely to fall in 2022 or beyond – not until major importers get serious about green transition.
Will electricity prices go up in 2022?
After households saw the energy price cap rise 54% in April, experts are now warning that the October energy price cap could rise another 40% – up from the previous estimated figure of 32%.
Will the UK run out of gas?
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, owner of chemicals firm Ineos, said a prolonged winter ahead could mean demand for gas outweighs supply, leading to widespread shutdowns. The UK holds enough gas reserves to meet the demand of four to five winter days, or just one per cent of Europe’s total available storage.
Why is electricity so expensive in the UK?
The UK is a net importer, and delivery from suppliers such as Norway, Qatar and Russia is significantly more expensive due to a global demand increase over the past year.
What is the solution to the energy crisis?
The best possible solution is to reduce the world’s dependence on non-renewable resources and to improve overall conservation efforts. Much of the industrial age was created using fossil fuels, but there is also known technology that uses other types of renewable energies – such as steam, solar, and wind.
How many energy companies are left in the UK?
How many energy suppliers are in the UK market? In total there are around 22 energy suppliers remaining in the UK market.
Does Russia supply gas to UK?
Unlike other countries in Europe, the UK is in no way dependent on Russian gas supply. We meet around half of our annual gas supply through domestic production and the vast majority of imports come from reliable suppliers such as Norway. There are no gas pipelines directly linking the UK with Russia.
Does Russia supply oil to UK?
Russian imports account for 8% of total UK oil demand, but the UK is also a significant producer of both crude oil and petroleum products, in addition to imports from a diverse range of reliable suppliers beyond Russia including the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and USA.
How long will energy prices stay high?
Wholesale electricity prices are at a record high and will not drop back below the record high set in 2021 before the end of the decade, according to forecasts. Consumers will be stung by higher-than-normal electricity bills until at least 2030 if wholesale prices climb in line with new predictions.
Should I fix my energy prices now?
You do not need to fix your energy prices right now.
Fixed-rate tariffs have traditionally been popular as they protect households from energy price rises. If you’re on a fixed rate tariff, changes to wholesale gas and electricity prices won’t affect what you pay.
Will energy prices rise in 2023?
Unfortunately, electricity and gas prices are forecast to remain high throughout 2023 and 2024, according to the latest information from analysts.
Are energy companies taking on new customers?
A number of energy firms have said they are not accepting new customers from the hospitality sector while comparison and switching sites have frozen their services. It comes as a raft of smaller companies (suppliers) have ceased trading or gone bust in recent months.
What is the answer?
There is no easy answer to these ongoing problems. Adding to this are rising costs of fish and potatoes.
In 2020, the NFFF entered into a partnership with Waterworx UK. This was primarily brought about so that our members could approach a reputable brokerage to give them good advice on Water, Gas and Electricity. Quite a number of our existing members have already availed themselves of these services with very good results. At the same time, Waterworx UK have introduced some new members to the NFFF.
Please feel free to contact Waterworx UK for a completely free, no obligation quote, for any of your utilities in the future. The contracts director is Mike Campbell. He can be reached on :    mobile 07753184874  or landline 01772 595375.

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