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Energy Security For The Uk

Press Release
27 Nov 2008

The Renewable Energy Centre.co.uk continues to warn government about risks to UK energy security.

The Renewable Energy Centre today released a statement which re-iterated its previous fears that the UK is increasingly vulnerable in terms of its energy security. The release of the Capgemini study today clearly highlights the need for the UK to take action to ensure there is enough supply for the ongoing demand. The report indicates that within 8 years the UK will experience blackouts which could cost the economy billions of pounds.

The Capgemini report focused on the closure of existing power plants as part of the energy supply problem as the government tries to meet its European Union carbon emissions directives and although new stations were being built the output may not meet the demand required.

The Renewable Energy Centre said that moving towards renewable energy sources to supply the UK’s energy demand was the only way forward for the government to increase security while meeting it’s emissions targets. It said that so much more could have been achieved during the last two years but the government had only issued future plans rather than immediate action. Had the national grid infrastructure been upgraded and planning permission timescales improved, there would be much more energy generated from renewables today and not such a widening gap in supply and demand as reported by Capgemini.

This sentiment was echoed today by Lord Smith, Chairman of the Environment Agency, who called for a “new green deal” similar to Barack Obama’s plans in the US which would pour investment into renewable energy, energy efficiency and green technologies. The newly established Department for Energy and Cimate Change head, Ed Miliband also sought to apply pressure on Alistair Darling for investment and tax initiatives for green projects.

Richard Simmons, managing Director at The Renewable Energy Centre said “Yet again we have been let down by a government too scared to take positive action. With renewable energy investors leaving the UK in favour of other countries, such as BP and Shell, this is the time when the government should be looking for ways to boost the economy and drive industry forward. There is a clear absence of any overall strategy for the UK’s energy from renewable sources. The government is still taking baby steps which will not solve half of the problems we are likely to face over the next 10 years. If the government wants to re-energise the economy and invest in products which the nation desperately needs, renewable energy is a much more purpose driven road than that of trying to simply encourage people to buy more jumpers from Marks and Spencers!”

The Renewable Energy Centre warned that the closures of both coal fired power plants and scheduled nuclear decommissioning, our reliance on gas imports and a lack of development in renewable energy projects, would cause severe energy shortages and problems for the UK in the short term as well as the long term. Lord Smith called for major investment in wind, solar, tidal and carbon capture and storage alongside incentives for home energy saving and micro generation.

The Renewable Energy Centre said that it was essential for the government to commit to the whole range of renewable technologies and implement processes to speed up projects so that the UK can meet its energy needs and the European Union targets.

More information can be found at
www.therenewableenergycentre.co.uk/press-room/

Notes for Editors
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The Renewable Energy Centre is committed to informing all online users about energy saving and renewable energy in order to:
•increase public awareness through accurate and informative resources
•create business opportunities throughout the UK through its’ local and national directories.

For more information:
Contact: Angela Gallacher (Head of Press & Marketing)
Email: [email protected]
Address: 1 Alpha House, Farmer Ward Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2ED
Telephone: 01926 865835

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Notes for Editors:

www.therenewableenergycentre.co.uk

The Renewable Energy Centre is committed to informing all online users about energy saving and renewable energy in order to:

  • increase public awareness through accurate and informative resources
  • create business opportunities throughout the UK through its’ local and national directories.


For more information contact:

Angela Gallacher (Head of Press and Marketing)
Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)1926 865 835
Address: 1 Alpha House, Farmer Ward Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2ED

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