The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has welcomed the UK government’s industrial strategy green paper, in particular, its support for energy storage.
REA head of policy & external affairs James Court said the association also hoped the focus on reducing energy costs would mean more supportive policies for onshore wind and solar.
“Onshore wind and solar are now the cheapest forms of energy generation, yet are facing a block to market through current government policy,” he said.
Court added that many elements of the green paper are “encouraging” and he welcomed the interest in setting up an energy storage research institution.
He also supported plans to strengthen links between industry and academia so that products that are researched in the UK are commercialized in the country.
“We also welcome a more coordinated cross-governmental effort to reduce barriers to clean energy deployment, and to encourage businesses to decarbonize their own electricity, heat and transport would be a positive step forward,” he added.