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Jul 07, 2022 Energy

UK Energy Bill introduced to Parliament

The UK government states it is most significant piece of energy legislation in a decade, with 26 measures.

The UK’s Energy Security Bill, which was introduced into Parliament on Wednesday by Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, will speed up the country’s transition to energy independence, according to RenewableUK.

R-UK deputy chief executive Melanie Onn said: “The measures set out in the Bill will accelerate the UK’s transition to energy independence by enabling us to deploy innovative home-grown renewable technologies at scale. These proposals will help consumers by cutting expensive gas imports and replacing them with locally-generated clean power which we control. These include the development of a new green hydrogen industry which will enable us to decarbonise sectors which have been hard to tackle so far such as transport.

“A wide range of flexible storage technologies, including batteries, have a key role to play in strengthening the UK’s energy security, so it’s great to see a strong commitment to ramp these up, as this will boost confidence among investors. We have a golden opportunity to export worldwide, as we’re a global leader in these cutting-edge technologies.

“We also welcome the commitment to reduce the number of cables and substations needed to connect new offshore wind projects. The industry is already working closely with a wide range of stakeholders to enable this key measure. Doing so will help us to attract £155bn in private investment and create 100,000 jobs in offshore wind by 2030.

“But to speed up this transition, we need a new approach to how the market is regulated and that should start with a net zero duty on Ofgem so that all decisions on the future of the market are aligned with our decarbonisation targets.”

The government said the Energy Bill is most significant piece of energy legislation in a decade, with 26 measures. The Bill will help drive an unprecedented £100bn of private sector investment by 2030 into new British industries that are built to last and help diversify our domestic energy supply, including hydrogen and offshore wind, and support around 480,000 green jobs by the end of the decade.

Kwarteng said: “To ensure we are no longer held hostage by rogue states and volatile markets, we must accelerate plans to build a truly clean, affordable, home-grown energy system in Britain.

“This is the biggest reform of our energy system in a decade. We’re going to slash red tape, get investment into the UK, and grab as much global market share as possible in new technologies to make this plan a reality. The measures in the Energy Security Bill will allow us to stand on our own two feet again, reindustrialise our economy and protect the British people from eye-watering fossil fuel prices into the future.”

Measures set to be introduced include those to support the deployment of low carbon technologies at scale such as carbon, capture, usage and storage and hydrogen, helping drive investment by giving businesses the certainty they need.

Other measures included in the Bill, such as those encouraging the deployment of heat networks and driving down the cost of ultra-efficient electric heat pumps, will help scale up the installation of key clean technologies for the future.

Other new powers will enable the extension of the energy price cap beyond 2023, shielding millions of customers across the country from being overcharged. The price cap limits the amount suppliers can charge for each unit of gas and electricity and for the daily standing charge.

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