Scottish Renewables welcomes publication of draft Energy Bill
23 May 2012
Scottish Renewables’ chief executive, Niall Stuart, welcomed the publication of the draft Energy Bill on 22nd May by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which includes proposals for Electricity Market Reform (EMR).
Mr Stuart said: “The draft Energy Bill re-states the coalition government’s commitment to our 2020 renewable energy targets, with ambitions for an increasing proportion of the country’s electricity supply coming from renewables over the next eight years.
“Greater investment in renewables will benefit the economy, employment opportunities and the environment, while also protecting consumers from future hikes in gas prices – the main driver of recent increases in household and business energy bills.
“Our sector shares the same overall ambitions for the reforms – to create greater certainty for investment in renewables and to keep bills down for consumers – but this is a deeply complex set of changes and there are still many challenges to be worked through to ensure that the Bill meets its objectives.
“Over coming months we will be working with our members and government to ensure that the changes achieve their aims, and benefit the economy, create jobs, and bring down carbon emissions.”