Responding to the publication of the Climate Change Committee’s report on power decarbonisation published today [9 Mar], Merlin Hyman, CEO at Regen, comments:

“The Climate Change Committee has today confirmed that decarbonising the UK’s power sector by 2035 is achievable as well as necessary. This agrees with Regen’s conclusion from our report with National Grid ESO, ‘A Day in the Life of a Net Zero Power System in 2035’. The report notes that geographical diversity of renewable generation will be key to system resilience in a net zero power system, so we are pleased that the Committee draws on analysis from our recent paper, ‘Go West’.

We also strongly support the Committee’s call for the government to now publish a clear delivery plan for net zero power. The UK has built a pioneering clean energy sector that is ready to deliver the innovative projects needed to achieve net zero. To enable investment at the scale required, we need government to put in place a clearer policy framework, which includes investment in electricity network infrastructure, reform of the Electricity Generation Levy to minimise its impact on future investment, and supporting the development of low carbon dispatchable generation technologies such as long-duration storage and green hydrogen.”

  • Read our report with National Grid ESO report, ‘A Day in the Life of 2035 Electricity System’ here.
  • Read our report, ‘Go West! An analysis of the energy system benefits and policy implications of a more geographically diverse offshore wind portfolio’ here

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