Approximately a quarter of the UK’s electricity generating capacity is due to close in the coming decade and the UK Government is clear that new, low carbon generation capacity is required to provide a reliable, secure and affordable electricity supply. In order to diversify and decarbonise the electricity generation, the Government is supportive of a dramatic increase in the amount of renewable energy generation capacity, which will also help the UK to meet its commitments under the EU Renewable Energy Directive.
The benefits of an increase in renewable electricity generation include:
- A reduction in dependence on fossil fuel use which will improve energy security;
- A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from traditional fossil fuel energy generation; and
- Economic opportunities as a result of the construction and operation of new facilities.