Renewable industry welcomes commitment to greener transport

James Court, Head of Policy & External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association has commented on the Autumn statement. He said:

“We welcome the Chancellor’s new funding for electric vehicles and charge point infrastructure across the UK. We urge him to remember that the development of these transport technologies are not emerging on their own but are part-and-parcel of a wider shift to a higher-tech, lower-carbon world. Decarbonising transport through electrification requires the decarbonisation of the electricity system as well.” “The renewable electricity sector was looking for certainty regarding the future of the Levy Control Framework beyond 2021. There was no further clarity on the Government’s plans for the future of the decarbonisation of the heat system. Key taxation and spending questions around the increases in business rates for solar PV and future CfD Pot 1 and 3 auctions, for renewables such as onshore wind, solar, advanced waste conversion technologies, and biomass, were also not addressed.” "We look forward to reviewing the plans for the increased infrastructure spending through the National Infrastructure Commission, who have made upgrading the power system to put flexibility and energy storage a pillar of their future work.”