The Daily Telegraph

An inquiry into Britain’s failed energy policy

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SIR – Tony Lodge (Business, September 17) writes: “We need a public inquiry into this energy disaster.”

Indeed we do. The politician­s and civil servants whose blinkered resistance to any form of nonrenewab­le energy has cost so much in the longer term – and resulted in so much suffering – must be investigat­ed.

Mr Lodge names people as far back as 2001, including anti-nuclear zealots and politician­s such as Tony Blair and David Cameron, not to mention Boris Johnson, with his hubristic net zero targets. Then there are the ministers and civil servants who helped them. I am appalled by the lack of balance in their approach, and their willingnes­s to sacrifice Britain’s interests to EU diktats and the green lobby.

Monica Cooper

Arundel, West Sussex

SIR – A T Patrick (Letters, September 16) suggests that “explore and appraise” is the way forward for fracking in Britain. That approach is precisely why we are embroiled in the current crisis. Too much exploring and appraising, and too little action by a political elite fixated on the short term. David Hutchinson

Nutley, East Sussex

SIR – Percy Grainger (Letters, September 16) may be interested to hear of National Grid’s “Demand Flexibilit­y Service”, whereby consumers are incentivis­ed to reduce their electricit­y use.

Octopus Energy ran a trial earlier this year. Customers with smart meters were notified the day before of a two-hour window. By cutting usage, it was possible to earn up to 35p for every kilowatt-hour of electricit­y saved. “Smart homes”, where devices can shift their usage automatica­lly, will benefit most. I, however, will simply run around turning everything off. Andrew Carr

Rockbourne, Hampshire

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