An extra £50 billion was spent by the UK for wholesale gas since the start of the war in Ukraine, new analysis has estimated.
The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) notes that the impact would have been less severe if the UK energy system had more renewables or if there was a wider rollout of energy efficiency measures.
Experts have said prices peaked in March and August at record levels that were at least ten times the typical prices in the years before the crisis.
The ECIU claims that the energy crisis stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had cost the equivalent of £1,000 for every adult in the UK.
Only towards the end of last year did wholesale prices begin to fall, but are still around three times their historical levels.
“The onshore wind ban has been one of the barriers to this. We’re also running behind places like Sweden, Poland and Estonia on installing electric heat pumps. As renewables and heat pumps proliferate, less imported gas is needed, which in turn benefits our balance of payments and energy security.”