The UK’s great disappearing energy summit

The London Energy Security Conference was announced to great fanfare last August by former U.K. Energy Secretary Grant Shapps | Leon Neal/Getty Images LONDON — It was billed as the summit that would “rewire the global energy system” — a chance for Brexit Britain to lead the world as war raged in Europe and energy prices soared. The London Energy Security Conference was announced to great fanfare last August by former U.K. Energy Secretary Grant Shapps. Shapps pledged to bring together key global players, who would cut deals so that energy price shocks would never again catch the world unawares. There is just one problem. Less than a month before the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — the date with which the summit was meant to coincide — foreign diplomats and energy industry bosses say they’ve heard … next to nothing about it. You may like There is no confirmed venue, no clear agenda, and no invitations have gone out. “I have no idea, sorry about that,” said one energy official in a European capital when POLITICO asked if they’d received an invitation or been briefed on the event. Officials in two other European capitals also said they had received no information about the conference from British counterparts. And two U.K. energy industry figures said they, too, have heard nothing. All were granted anonymity, like others interviewed for this story, to speak candidly about the government’s plans — or lack of them. “I wouldn’t put it past them to invite everyone a few days before, if they wanted just domestic guests. But if they want anybody from abroad, it needs to be in diaries by now, for [any event] a month away,” said one of the energy industry figures. Ukraine invasion When the summit was announced, in […]

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