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DECC proposals for electricity market reform welcomed

BEAMA has issued a statement supporting the Government’s recently released electricity market report, on condition that there is partnership between the coalition and industry.

The Government’s consultation focuses on affordability, low carbon and security of supply, and BEAMA says it goes a long way to reaching the 2050 Pathways aspirations from earlier in 2010, pointing the UK towards an electric future.

However, Dr Howard Porter, BEAMA’s CEO, says: “BEAMA is committed though to ensure that the Government does not see upstream generation as the only solution to an electric future.

“Through these reforms, the infrastructure development strategy, and the smart meter rollout there are some important policy platforms in place. But, there is still a lot of work to be done on the building side to support the energy shift.”

Dr Porter summarises these as:

All energy saving opportunities from existing technologies need to be exploited by removing existing barriers to market, reducing the peak load and overall energy demand, while making it easier to achieve security of supply.

A clear strategy must be set-out through a partnership of Government and industry for the deployment of best available building services technologies (eg heating, lighting, hot water) through to 2050.

This must reflect the planned decarbonisation of electricity and allow UK industry to ensure that sufficient manufacturing and installation capacity is in place.