The Solar Trade Association (STA) has submitted its response to the Decarbonisation Programme Action Plan published by UK energy and gas regulator Ofgem, highlighting several major gaps in relation to decentralised renewable energy technologies such as solar and energy storage. The STA also set out ten key recommendations to address industry concerns and deliver on Net Zero, as follows: Government must provide an updated and clear Statement of Policy and Strategy for Ofgem, in line with the UK’s legally binding net zero targets. An 18-month framework is insufficient to provide the overarching, holistic approach toward decarbonisation that is needed. Ofgem must outline a clear, long-term strategy towards their role in achieving net zero 2050 with further detail on implementation. Ofgem must outline how the progress of the Decarbonisation Programme will be tracked and monitored, with opportunity for stakeholder feedback. For months the STA has been echoing calls by the likes of the National Infrastructure Commission and the Confederation of British Industry for Ofgem’s remit to be realigned to the UK’s legally-binding Net Zero target. In its response, the STA has highlighted that there is insufficient recognition for the challenges involved in gaining a grid connection for onshore renewables; the regulatory instability caused by reforms such as the Targeted Charging Review; and that Government must provide an updated and clear Statement of Policy and Strategy for Ofgem, in line with the UK’s legally binding net zero targets.
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