The triumph of offshore wind has shown how long-term policy and price signals can rapidly drive technology forward – and even Boris Johnson is full on behind its expansion. But can the same model work for other renewables, or is it time for a new set of energy market reforms?
Government could be set to invest more in small modular reactors as part of the green recovery plan. They could provide the natural successors to large nuclear reactors, supplying baseload in a future where intermittent energy will play an increasing part. But only if there is commitment to the necessary volume to deliver progressive cost reduction, say Julianne Antrobus and Robbie Lyons
The brooding row between Ofgem and networks over the draft price determinations would appear to strike at the very heart of energy companies’ ambitions to Build Back Better – no more so than at National Grid as executive director Nicola Shaw tells Denise Chevin
“If you don’t want to make a decision, you can always find a reason for not making it,” says John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, on the lack of energy policy coming out of BEIS. We’re risking missing net zero targets if it doesn’t make its mind up soon, he tells Denise Chevin.
As utility companies lead the charge to net zero by 2050 and look to reduce their own energy consumption, Jonathan Maxwell CEO of Sustainable Development Capital, advises how they can harness investment in their own estates to reduce carbon emissions
While the challenges of decarbonising heat are well known, a clear plan to achieve it is yet to emerge. The case for public private partnerships with local authorities has never been stronger says Jody Pittaway sector director for SSE Enterprise Heat