UK energy sector backs new government’s clean power plans

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The energy sector has responded positively to Labour’s General Election victory, with industry leaders expressing their readiness to work with the new government on clean energy initiatives.

Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive of Energy UK, highlighted the sector’s eagerness to help deliver Labour’s clean energy ambitions.

Emma Pinchbeck said: “While the results – both for the new government and overall – demonstrate support for ambitious action on clean energy and climate change, the hard work starts now to deliver on this huge opportunity to bring in changes that benefit our economy and our environment and help create a brighter and fairer future for everyone.”

Scottish Renewables’ Chief Executive, Claire Mack, stressed the need for a coherent policy environment to attract investors and support the renewables supply chain, aiming to make Scotland a prime location for renewable energy projects.

Claire Mack said: “The time to secure our clean energy future is now.

“Maximising the enormous socio-economic potential of our renewable energy resources calls on the UK Government working in partnership with industry and the Scottish Government.”

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Dan McGrail, echoed these sentiments, stating that Labour’s election victory provides a clear mandate to advance their clean energy mission.

Dan McGrail said: “There are a number of actions we would encourage Labour to take in the coming weeks to make clear they intend to deliver that mission.

“Most notably, lifting the effective ban on onshore wind in England and increasing the budget for this year’s Contracts for Difference auction to enable new wind, solar and tidal clean energy projects to go ahead.

“By increasing the budget as one of its first key actions in office, the new government can make a crucial intervention to unlock billions of pounds of investment in renewable energy projects, lowering bills for consumers, enhancing our energy security, and boosting UK supply chains and high-quality jobs across the country.”

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