Energy UK has urged Dieter Helm to acknowledge the cheapest forms of renewable electricity generation in his ongoing cost of energy review. Last month the government confirmed that it had asked renowned energy academic Helm to lead the review, pencilled in to be published next month. But the review has proven contentious in its scope and lead time, and this morning Energy UK chief Lawrence Slade has stressed in an open letter a number of points which he says must be addressed for the review to be successful. Addressing Helm, Slade writes that the new review provides an opportunity to consider “each aspect” of consumer energy bills and has stressed the need for the entire energy industry to be represented within it. “Ensuring transparency and honesty about the benefits of various government policies, and what these are contributing to energy bills will be essential in helping consumers understand what they are paying for and why, and where the key drivers of increased bill amounts originate from,” he writes. But in a ten-point list of priorities for the UK energy industry, Energy UK has said that any review of the costs associated with decarbonisation of the power sector and tax payer-funded support for renewables would need to acknowledge how the cheapest forms of renewable generation have found themselves locked out of competitive tenders.
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