UK government must seize ‘golden opportunity’ for cheap switch to green energy, advisers urge

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Government should prepare for 100 per cent electric vehicle sales by 2030, infrastructure report says

The UK must seize a “golden opportunity” to make the move away from fossil fuels and towards greener energy without increasing consumer bills, the government’s independent advisers on infrastructure have urged.

The move to renewable energy has long been thought to be an expensive one. But a major report by the National Infrastructure Commission says if the transition begins now, changes to the energy system could tackle greenhouse gas pollution without hitting consumers’ pockets.

“Ten years ago, it seemed almost impossible that the UK would be able to be powered mainly by renewable energy in an affordable and reliable way,” the report says. “But there has been a quiet revolution going on in this area.”

The authors say 50 per cent of the UK’s power generation should come from renewable sources by 2030, up from 30 per cent today, and from accounting for just 12 per cent five years ago.

“The crucial first step is to enable an increasing deployment of renewables,” the report says.

Commission chairman Sir John Armitt said: “If we act now we have a golden opportunity to make our country greener, and protect the money in the pockets of consumers long into the future – something few of us expected to be able to do.

“Ministers can seize this chance by investing in renewables and other low-carbon technologies so they become the main players in our energy system – something that was considered a pipedream as little as a decade ago.”  The Independent

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