ECC report sets recommendations for reform

Commenting today on the Energy and Climate Change (ECC) Committee’s Electricity Market Reform report, RenewableUK, the country’s leading renewable energy trade association, said that in order to ‘seal the deal’ on renewables the Government needs to get two policy areas absolutely right: the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) and the 2020 delivery roadmap.

Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK Director of Policy, said: “As the ECC report has stated, the ‘one size fits all approach’ of the current EMR proposals could be benefiting other technologies more than renewables. This needs to change if the UK is to attract investment both in renewable projects and the manufacturing facilities announced in the last six months.”

Further to steady long term support for wind turbines, wave energy and tidal energy in the EMR and the ROC review, RenewableUK is asking the Government to back a strong target for offshore wind farm in the upcoming 2020 delivery roadmap.

“RenewableUK correctly predicted that the UK’s offshore sector would attract unprecedented manufacturing interest. We now need a healthy 2020 target to convert that surge of interest into jobs and factories,” concluded Edge.

RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 654 corporate members, RenewableUK is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. Wind power has been the world’s fastest growing renewable energy source for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to continue with falling costs of wind energy and the urgent international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate change.

The ECC report can be seen here: