UK Renewable trade associations are fighting for the survival of the renewable industry against an onslaught led by the Treasury. If the Treasury gets its way almost all future development for renewable energy in the UK will be stopped. Continued incentives and tax breaks for nuclear power, shale gas and conventional power stations will, however, remain in place. The Treasury is pushing for: a) An end to the policy of issuing CfDs as part of the scheduled review of electricity market reform which takes place next year. b) The ending of all incentives to solar pv, including for solar power exported to the electricity distribution system. c) The ending of the carbon price floor which makes fossil fuel more expensive and non-fossil sources relatively cheaper.
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The Government’s £300m investment in low-carbon heating is “not enough” to cut the carbon emissions fast enough to meet the UK’s tougher climate targets, according to the official infrastructure tsar. The investment unveiled by ministers this week hopes to bring forward £1bn of investment in low-carbon heat networks to take the place of carbon-heavy gas heating. But the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) chair, Sir John Armitt, has warned that the plans still fall far short of the urgent and ambitious action needed to overhaul the nation’s heating systems. “It’s not enough,” Sir John wrote for the Telegraph. “We at the National Infrastructure Commission have been clear of the need to fund research and trials into potential sources like hydrogen and heat pumps.” “Replacing natural gas for heating, and improving insulation of buildings, could have a drastic impact on emissions – we need to invest now to find the best approaches,” he added. The NIC was established in 2015 by former Chancellor George Osborne to advise Government on the looming infrastructure challenges. Sir John replaced Andrew Adonis in December 2017. The advisers have called for over £3.8bn of spending before 2030 on upgrading Britain’s drafty housing stock and developing new heating low-carbon heating systems. By 2021 the NIC has called for community scale trials of hydrogen heating and more studies into the potential use of heat pumps, as alternatives to gas. Sir John said the recommendations would ensure Britain continues to be “a world-leader in making our infrastructure greener and better” to “support economic growth”.
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SIR JOHN ARMITT: Why tackling climate change is forefront in British infrastructure. In developing our recommendations, we kept the need to tackle carbon emissions forefront in our minds, alongside the need to ensure that our proposals would deliver the infrastructure needed for continued growth and competitiveness. The biggest infrastructure challenges we face in tackling climate change will be in electricity, heat and transport, which combined contribute around two-thirds of our carbon emissions. We need to create the right conditions now that will encourage continued investment and innovation long into the future and right here in the UK. And we need to make it easier for the public to make the necessary switch that will make the impact we need on our carbon emissions. On energy, our National Infrastructure Assessment includes proposals for a clear target that by 2030 – just 12 years from now – half of our electricity needs should be met from sources like wind and solar. But as our work shows, the real challenge – and potential opportunity – is in finding alternatives to fossil fuels for heat. I was pleased that as Energy Minister Claire Perry wrote to the Committee on Climate Change for advice on achieving net zero emissions, she also announced measures to encourage the greater use of low-carbon heating. But it’s not enough. We at the National Infrastructure Commission have been clear of the need to fund research and trials into potential sources like hydrogen and heat pumps. Replacing natural gas for heating, and improving insulation of buildings, could have a drastic impact on emissions – we need to invest now to find the best approaches. A further issue we face is that while there are new models of electric car coming onto the market, drivers need to have confidence they can charge either on the way to, or at, their destination – wherever that may be.
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