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Energy Security Bill will speed up transition to UK’s energy independence

Responding to the publication today of the Energy Security Bill, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Melanie Onn said:

“The measures set out in the Bill will accelerate the UK’s transition to energy independence by enabling us to deploy innovative home-grown renewable technologies at scale. These proposals will help consumers by cutting expensive gas imports and replacing them with locally-generated clean power which we control.

“These include the development of a new green hydrogen industry which will enable us to decarbonise sectors which have been hard to tackle so far such as transport. A wide range of flexible storage technologies, including batteries, have a key role to play in strengthening the UK’s energy security, so it’s great to see a strong commitment to ramp these up, as this will boost confidence among investors. We have a golden opportunity to export worldwide, as we’re a global leader in these cutting-edge technologies.

“We also welcome the commitment to reduce the number of cables and substations needed to connect new offshore wind projects. The industry is already working closely with a wide range of stakeholders to enable this key measure. Doing so will help us to attract £155bn in private investment and create 100,000 jobs in offshore wind by 2030. 

“But to speed up this transition, we need a new approach to how the market is regulated and that should start with a net zero duty on Ofgem so that all decisions on the future of the market are aligned with our decarbonisation targets”. 

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