In a speech to RenewableUK Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, called for a rapid expansion of renewable power during the next Parliament, and warned of the dangers of relying too much on one provider or fuel.
“We have had a salient reminder this year, from President Putin, about what can happen if you are over-reliant on any one provider and any one fuel. You can be held to ransom.
“Thankfully, the UK is not exposed to Russian energy blackmail in the way some of our partners in Europe are. But we must heed the lessons. We must make the best use of our own natural resources. Home grown renewables, as part of a diverse and flexible energy mix, have a crucial role to play in future proofing Britain’s energy security.
“The five years of the next Parliament must see a continued rapid expansion of renewable power – more onshore wind, more offshore wind, more solar. And the next Parliament must continue to map out with ever greater certainty the 2020s – and the expansion the next decade will bring for Britain’s growing renewables industry.”
During the speech Davey also announced the grant of €10 million for DemoWind from the EU. The DemoWind project is to act as a competition to encourage collaboration and demonstration in offshore wind between UK businesses and counterparts in Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands.