As you know earlier this year we (CPI/BCC/MEUC) joined forces with major energy users, gas storage operators and employee organisations to form the Gas Security Group* (GSG). The GSG is advised and supported by Clive Moffatt and Moffatt Associates.

The GSG was formed to campaign for an urgent re-assessment by the Government of UK gas security and a review of what measures could be taken to improve flexibility of gas supplies to reduce industry’s exposure to gas supply disruptions and increased energy price volatility.

Since the arrival of the “Beast from the East”, we have been successful in winning significant media and political support and have persuaded BEIS to mount an internal review of gas security. We have argued that this review should focus particularly on assessing the need for some form of regulatory intervention to preserve the level of flexible gas supplies available to the UK market (including gas storage) and thereby reduce the risk of gas shortages and mitigate extreme volatility in both gas and electricity prices.

The GSG is now collaborating with Government on this review and officials at BEIS have asked the GSG for evidence supporting the case for increased gas supply flexibility and security. As part of the dossier of evidence that the GSG is preparing, the Group has commissioned Moffatt Associates to conduct a short online survey targeted at major energy business users. The purpose of this survey is to canvass directly the views of major energy users.

The survey is being conducted on a strictly confidential and non-attributable basis. Moffatt Associates will be aggregating responses from BCC, CPI and MEUC. To access and complete the survey please click Energy Security Survey We should be grateful if could respond before 24 September. Your view will help us enormously in our efforts to persuade Government to take action to remove the threat of gas shortages and reduce energy price volatility. Thank you for your support with this campaign.

* GSG members include the British Ceramic Confederation, Confederation of Paper Industries, Major Energy Users Council and the GMB, representing a large cross-section of major energy users and employee organisations. The companies represented by the ceramic and paper industry associations alone employ a total of 76,000 people and generate an annual turnover of £14 billion and over £600 million in exports. Altogether, the major private and public- sector energy users represented by the Gas Security Group account for 40% of all UK industrial and commercial gas demand and 35% of UK industrial and commercial electricity demand. The GMB union has 50,000 members engaged in the energy sector, covering gas. nuclear and renewable energy.”