"Amber Rudd is our 13th energy secretary since 1997, a role boosted by 16 ministers — a bit of number-crunching just produced by Tony Lodge from the Centre for Policy Studies. And just look what they’ve achieved: average dual-fuel bills, on his figures, up by a real 131 per cent over the past ten years, partly due to what David Cameron calls “green crap”; and so little investment in reliable generating kit that, to avoid blackouts, National Grid is now paying big users to switch off. Its capacity margin — the difference between forecast peak demand and available supply — is down to a pitiful 1.2 per cent. Next winter will probably be worse: three coal-fired plants are set to close in 2016."
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