UK commits to decarbonise electricity system by 2035

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)has outlined plans for “home-grown, green technologies” to provide the energy to support the UK’s transition away from fossil fuels.

Coming ahead of the publication of the Government’s net-zero strategy the plans could ensure that Britain’s homes and businesses are powered by affordable, clean and secure electricity by 2035. This commitment to decarbonise the UK’s electricity system by 2035 was confirmed this week by the Prime Minister and Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

Current volatile global wholesale energy prices and potential threats to energy supply for political reasons have put a sharp emphasis on the need for a diverse and secure supply, and comes at a time when transition to green power is an imperative.

The announcement brings forward by 15 years the Government’s commitment to a fully decarbonised power system by 2050, set out in the Energy White Paper, and builds on the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution to secure a future clean electricity supply, that’s generated in the UK.

Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Recent volatile gas prices have also demonstrated how the way to strengthen Britain’s energy security, ensure greater energy independence and protect household energy budgets in the long-term is through clean power that is generated in this country for the people of this country.”

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