Greg Hands, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth tweeted“Energy is another way to help Ukraine. “As a panelist at [the Council on Geostrategy] meeting on energy, Ukraine and Europe this evening, I underlined the UK’s support for Ukraine. This, he continued, included “850 free generators”, “advice on nuclear energy” and “filling 15% of European gas storage this summer”.
The UK began sending mobile generators to Ukraine at the start of the Russian invasion, with 563 sent by mid-March and a further 287 delivered by early May.
At the time, Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Putin’s atrocities have continued to escalate, and so we are strengthening our support for the people of Ukraine in this difficult time.
The units, he added, “will ensure that more essential services in Ukraine can continue to operate.”
The generators have been supplied to aid operations in critical facilities such as hospitals, rescue centers and water pumping stations.
It remains to be seen whether Mr Hands’ claim about the UK’s role in filling 15% of Europe’s strategic gas storage this summer will come to fruition.
During the summer month, Britain tends to have gas in reserve thanks to lower demand – and very little storage in which to hold the resource until it is needed.
As a result, the National Grid reported yesterday that the UK currently sends around 75 million cubic meters of gas to Europe every day.
If that flow continues into September, they added, the UK will account for 15% of Europe’s gas storage capacity.
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However, not everyone was thrilled to read Mr Hands’ message about how the UK is supporting Ukraine on energy.
Twitter user @VoterWandering replied: “Seriously get the hell out of here now, you’re taking the f*** away from us now.
“The UK is experiencing a cost of living crisis alongside an energy crisis.
“And you keep sending everything to Ukraine.”
It comes as the UK faces its own energy crisis.
Regulator Ofgem has warned it will raise the cap on household bills to around £2,800, with some experts putting that figure closer to £3,000.
Jonathan Brearley, the CEO of Ofgem, has previously said such a rise could see the number of households in “fuel poverty” almost double, from 6.5 million to 12 million.