Energy UK comments on securing future energy investment
Commenting at the Scottish Renewables Conference in Edinburgh today, and ahead of the Budget on Wednesday, Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK called for the energy debate to focus on the issue at hand - securing international investment and meeting the Government's commitment to a new low carbon generation energy mix.
"The renewables industry in Scotland has done a fantastic job and there is ambition for more. However, for the UK to get the further investment it needs, two things are essential.
First, that the authorities clearly explain to consumers the impact on the household bill of energy policy. Over the next few months, people need the energy issues explained properly and politics should be taken out of the debate. This is a once in lifetime major energy investment to meet Government's decarbonisation aims and result in the industry creating tens of thousands of jobs across the country.
Second, Government, policy-makers, the regulator and industry need to collectively address the impending energy gap. We must take stock of the many and sometimes competing policies, prioritise the key issues, and create a solid transition plan for moving to a lower carbon economy in a way that does not threaten security of supply or demand, gives confidence to customers and focuses on the affordability of energy to households, and the competitiveness of British industry."