In our heart of hearts I think that all of us expected something like this. With there being more and more demand for all kinds of energy but less and less supply it is no surprise that fuel costs more and will continue to do so for the future.
The gas price problem is down to the fact that Gas & Oil prices are linked, so when the price of oil goes up, so does the price of gas.
Declan Curry explained the reasoning behind this on BBC Breakfast, it's all down to when industry used to use Gas & Oil for heating and power. There is no need to keep this price parity going, so the sooner it's dropped the better.
energy costs, let us not forget that many UK industries use very high volumes of gas and electricity. They may be able to buy this energy in at a preferential rate at the moment but as their costs rise this will inevitably mean higher prices to the consumers. It's a no win situation for any of us as it stands, and the sooner they break this historic link between crude oil and gas, so much the better. TC.
Half the problem with gas supplies is the lack of storage and we are buying gas and then having to send it out abroad to be stored and bringing it back again when there is a surge in demand. This increases the cost.
The storage problem was supposed to be soon (from 2006) sorted out but it is difficult to find info as to how far the problem is being resolved.