GB energy policy is dissolving into a muddled, mire of siloed, non-joined-up policy statements and calls for evidence. GB has to decide on the necessary institutional arrangements to deliver its GHG reduction targets, cost-effective, smart, flexible, secure energy system before it makes even more costly and time-consuming mistakes. We do not want to halt (or hinder) progress towards a sustainable energy system by undertaking a big review of GB energy policy, but we do want a clearer Government agreed institutional framework, and timeline, for taking GB’s energy policy forward – analogous to (but not necessarily the same as) the IGov Fit-for-Purpose GB Energy Governance Framework.
IGov 14th March 2017 read more »
Ministers have been accused by the SNP of “stacking the deck” against renewable energy and in favour of nuclear power. Callum McCaig, the party’s energy spokesman, suggested the Government was guilty of “inflating” the cost of greener energies such as onshore wind. But Industry Minister Nick Hurd said it was important to secure “diversity of supply” in the energy market to ensure the UK maintains energy security. Mr McCaig compared the strike price – the amount the Government has guaranteed to pay per unit of electricity generated – set for the new Hinkley nuclear power station with the price set for renewables. He said: “Our concern on Hinkley is that the Government appears to be stacking the deck in favour of nuclear power over much cheaper renewable energy. “The strike price for Hinkley was £92.50 in 2012 compared to a much lower £82.50 for offshore wind in 2015.
Aberdeen Evening Express 14th March 2017 read more »