The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has today launched its vision for the new government’s first 100 days in office. The next administration will decide whether the UK meets its net zero targets, and the REA is calling for clarity, ambition, and action to hit the ground running.

The trade body’s First 100 Days ask list is organised across its five strategic pillars of power and flexibility; circular bioresources; heating & cooling; transport; and other cross topic objectives.

It sets out a comprehensive policy platform, delivering long-term assurances to the clean energy participants, ensuing the UK is once more positioned as a global leader in the energy transition.

Each Strategic Pillar document outlines an overarching objective for the upcoming government, and details a series of steps and policy actions intended for swift implementation and for immediate impact.

In power & flexibility, the REA calls for complete establishment of the National Energy System Operator (NESO), to provide independent advice on delivering an energy system fit for the future.

The incoming government must “turbocharge work streams to overcome constraints on grid capacity”, to be backed by an annual report to Parliament.

Next, D-ESNZ’s long-running Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA) must be concluded imminently to identify practical workable options for change. Earlier this year generators & distributors were options due for publication this year.  Market participants must be re-assured with on a sensible timetable for implementation, says the REA.

Ministers must establish too, says the REA, a rolling timetable & budget for Contract for Difference (CfD) auction rounds (ARs) to secure new renewable investment at scale. AR6 due later this year follows last year’s doubling to yearly of the process’s frequency.

Targeted tax breaks for utility-scale solar, wind and thermal must be included in the new Chancellor’s first Budget. Long duration storage needs too a cap-and-floor auction mechanism, replicating new clean generation capacity.

Easier pathways to market for bio-energy CCUS and stronger planning directives from D-HLU favouring clean energy add to the REA list of demands

REA head Dr Nina Skorupska CBE observed: “Our action plan is a comprehensive vision, able to galvanise the sector across multiple technologies. It is no secret the UK’s status as global leader in Net Zero has been called into question.

“We strongly urge the next government to implement the policy steps outlined in the plan, if it is serious about putting the energy transition front and centre of its legislative programme”.

Read the REA’s full list of demands here.


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