Statement from Juliet Davenport following Amber Rudd 'energy reset' speech
Following today's speech from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change where she set out the future direction of the Government's energy policy, Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive of Good Energy said:
"While we welcome the phasing out of coal, the government needs to be much braver in its energy policy. A commitment to gas raises questions over our legally binding decarbonisation targets by locking us into more long-term reliance on fossil fuels.
“I’d challenge the government to offer a truly level playing field for all technologies. Before the government changed the policy goalposts, onshore wind and solar were on track to be the cheapest sources of UK power with the potential to be subsidy-free by 2020. The government’s apparent preferred options of nuclear and gas, and an old fashioned grid are not cheap and will not be subsidy free for decades.
“The government wants to be a world leader but the truth is, the UK will get left behind other countries like the United States and China if it doesn’t continue to modernise the grid, and support renewable technology which is low carbon, low cost and highly popular with the British public.”
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