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National Infrastructure Commission’s increased ambition on renewables could go even further

11 August 2020  
Posted by: Rob Norris
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Commenting on today’s report by the National Infrastructure Commission which recommends increasing the UK’s renewable electricity target from 50% to 65% by 2030, RenewableUK’s Head of Policy and Regulation Rebecca Williams said:

"The NIC is right to raise its ambition on renewables but we can go even further and even faster. Wind alone can generate more than 50% of the UK's electricity by 2030, so their new 65% target for renewables overall could go even higher.

“We welcome the NIC's call for annual auctions for contracts to generate renewable power, but the most important step that Government could take would be to lift the cap on the amount of new renewable energy capacity we can procure in each auction.  This would allow us to maximise the benefits of cheap renewable power for consumers, cutting bills.

“The NIC is also urging the Government to remove barriers to growth - this has to include a new visionary cross-departmental plan for Ministries to work more closely together, to put the goal of net zero emissions at the heart of everything they do when formulating new policies. We also need to see better resourcing for bodies like nature conservation organisations which are involved in the planning process, so that they're properly resourced to make the right decisions more swiftly".       

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  1. More on the NIC’s report is available here.

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