Chris Skidmore (Opinion, May 8) is right that the UK needs a clear strategy to get to net zero by 2050. But there is no contradiction in Ofgem’s mission to build a decarbonised economy; secure energy independence; and protect consumers from volatile gas prices. They are all mutually reinforcing.

That’s why we’re setting up an independent strategic planning body for the energy system. We’ve approved an initial £20bn to accelerate wind farm infrastructure — and are now extending it across all power generation.

We’re speeding up low-carbon projects plugging into the national grid and clearing stalled projects from the waiting list. And we’re creating the dynamic, flexible market needed for the mass adoption of electric storage, transport and heating.

Akshay Kaul
Interim Director, Infrastructure and Security of Supply Group, Ofgem
London E14, UK

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