STA responds to Ofgem’s decarbonisation action plan

Today the Solar Trade Association (STA) has submitted its response to Ofgem’s Decarbonisation Programme Action Plan, highlighting several major gaps in relation to decentralised renewable energy technologies such as solar and energy storage and setting out ten key recommendations to address industry concerns and deliver on Net Zero.

STA Policy Manager Cameron Witten said: “Whilst Ofgem have begun to scratch the surface of how it can support the transition to Net Zero, the action plan has several omissions relating to the renewables and energy storage sector that are mission critical to accelerating the deployment of solar.

It is essential that Ofgem carefully considers how it will evolve Britain’s power networks to ensure solar and other decentralised low-carbon technologies can fulfil their part in decarbonising the energy sector, by tackling significant barriers, including grid connection difficulties, generation constraints and disproportionate network charging.”

For months the STA has been echoing calls by the likes of the National Infrastructure Commission and the Confederation of British Industry for Ofgem’s remit to be realigned to the UK’s legally-binding Net Zero target.

In the response, the STA has highlighted that there is insufficient recognition for the challenges involved in gaining a grid connection for onshore renewables; the regulatory instability caused by reforms such as the Targeted Charging Review; and that Government must provide an updated and clear Statement of Policy and Strategy for Ofgem, in line with the UK’s legally binding net zero targets.

 

 

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