The government’s green energy policy has come under fire from environmental charities and consumer advocates, who say it could lead to uncertainty and higher prices.
The new draft energy bill has proposed long-term contracts should be introduced for low-carbon energy sources, providing steady returns and thereby offering the stability required for investment. In addition, it also calls for utilities firms to provide energy-saving equipment for households.
However, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and campaigning group Consumer Focus – along with the University of Exeter and utilities supplier Scottish and Southern Energy – have warned that the legislation could both fail to cut carbon emissions and provide affordable energy.
“Whilst we are all coming at this from different perspectives, we all want the UK to succeed in developing a clean, secure and affordable power sector and are deeply concerned that current Government proposals are just not up to the job,” said Nick Molho of WWF UK.
Earlier this week, figures published by the Scottish government revealed that Scotland’s renewable energy output reached record highs in the first quarter of the year.