UK Transport Minister Rules out Energy Rationing

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps ruled out the possibility of energy rationing in the United Kingdom (UK). 

Shapps made this response after Labour shadow business secretary Jonathan Reynolds said in a separate interview that the government should be preparing for this energy rationing. 

In an interview with BBC’s Sunday morning program, Shapps said the UK has more wind farms compared to other countries that they can use in its energy requirement. 

“This is an immense invisible national resource that we can exploit. Much more I’ve been out to see these wind farms on the sea and they are incredible, sizeable,” Shapps explained. 

Shapps also mentioned the government’s plans of increasing the amount generated by nuclear power. 

Last month, Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy announced the phase-out of imports of Russian oil in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “illegal invasion” of Ukraine. 

The UK joined key allies, including the United States, in halting the import of Russian oil, which makes up 44% of Russian exports and 17% of the government revenue through taxation. 


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