The Times notes effects of Gas Depletion
I cannot find the article online, but yesterday's Times included a section noting that we may fact gas shortages this winter.
Chris Vernon's VitalTrivia.co.uk
site has much of the background information. He is ably assisting me to challenge the government on their (lack of) energy strategy.
The nub of the issue is that the UK has resources of about 600 bcm (billion cubic metres) and consumes about 100 bcm pa. The UK consumes a lot more gas than other comparable countries as we use it to generate electricity (the "dash for gas").
You cannot "trust the market" when it comes to resource planning. The market has a short time planning cycle and there is a need to plan in the long term.
The government should not abdicate responsibility for this.
Colin Channen's DTQ system is one mechanism for handling resource constraints and not an unreasonable market based type of system.
That light at the end of the tunnel really is a train.