Ministers seeking a green recovery from the pandemic should not become “distracted” by technologies such as carbon capture and hydrogen that are years from general use, Scottish Power has warned. Keith Anderson, the energy group’s chief executive, said that instead the government should “electrify the hell out of everything right now”, with an accelerated push for electric vehicles and wind farms that could create jobs and investment immediately. Scottish Power, which is owned by Iberdrola, of Spain, and is based in Glasgow, builds onshore and offshore wind farms, runs electricity networks and operates one of Britain’s biggest household energy suppliers. Mr Anderson, 55, is one of the business leaders advising the government on its “recovery roundtables”. The Times reported this month that the Treasury’s green recovery plans involved carbon capture and storage and the use of hydrogen, as well as home insulation, but that Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s chief adviser, was worried that the plans were “not enough about the future”. Mr Anderson said that carbon capture and storage and hydrogen technologies were too far into the future. “If you’re trying to re-kick-start the economy and start delivering toward net zero today, CCS and hydrogen aren’t going to give you that answer today because they’re not ready,” he said. “What’s going to start giving you the answer today is build more wind farms, more offshore, more solar.
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