Plans unveiled to decarbonise UK power system by 2035. The plans will focus on building a secure, home-grown energy sector that reduces reliance on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile global wholesale energy prices. Plans to ensure that Britain’s homes and businesses are powered by affordable, clean and secure electricity by 2035 have been unveiled by the government. A landmark commitment to decarbonise the UK’s electricity system by 2035, was confirmed this week by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, to help boost the country’s efforts in achieving its net zero ambitions. This will focus on building a secure, home-grown energy sector that reduces reliance on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile global wholesale energy prices. It brings forward by 15 years the government’s commitment to a fully decarbonised power system by 2050, set out in the Energy White Paper, and builds on the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution to secure a future clean electricity supply, that’s generated in the UK, for the UK. To ensure this ambition becomes a reality, the government will double down on efforts to deploy a new generation of home-grown technologies – from offshore wind, hydrogen and solar, to nuclear, onshore wind and Carbon Capture and Storage.
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Target to fully decarbonise electricity system by 2035 confirmed as Energy UK calls for end to new unabated gas power in UK. The government has promised to “double-down” on wind, solar, hydrogen, nuclear and carbon capture and storage over the next 15 years, as it today confirmed it is targeting a fully decarbonised electricity system across the UK by 2035. Meeting the 2035 target will require the UK to ramp up capacity for a host of clean power sources, in addition to flexible technologies to help balance the grid, according to the government, which insisted the move would help bolster security of supply against global volatile energy prices. However, it also signalled that gas generation, if teamed up with CCS, would continue to play a “critical role” in the UK power system, while adding that the development of clean energy technologies “means it will be used less frequently in the future”.
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