As clean energy emerges into its bright post-subsidy future, many within the industry were eagerly anticipating announcements within the Chancellor’s Budget designed to boost the sector into its next growth phase. In the event however, the topic was not mentioned, ceding further ground to other priorities. Whilst understandable that some issues must be prioritised, most notably Brexit, many will view this as a lost opportunity (and perhaps symptomatic of a growing trend). Consequently, the industry will be looking to the Government to demonstrate its commitment to the sector and prove that it has not become a secondary concern. Given the climate change imperative and the latest warnings from the IPCC, pressure to accelerate the UK’s transition into a clean energy economy is certainly mounting rapidly. To a large extent, the industry has so far risen to this challenge and delivered independently, although this has led many to speculate whether much more could have been achieved.
Energy Voice 12th Nov 2018 read more »