UK energy developers face ‘four main challenges’

Energy developers face four main challenges in building new infrastructure in the UK. That’s according to Angus Walker, Chair of the National Infrastructure Planning Association. He told ELN the first is […]

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Energy developers face four main challenges in building new infrastructure in the UK.

That’s according to Angus Walker, Chair of the National Infrastructure Planning Association.

He told ELN the first is “getting projects consented quickly whilst not ignoring the local people’s views and the impacts on the environment”.

Mr Walker added: “So they need to be the best projects, not just any projects.”

He said the second issue is whether the government should have policies on where new projects are built – which is currently up to the developers.

He added: “It makes sense for some things – like transport projects to be in particular places – but perhaps if you constrain things too much you’re stifling innovation.”

Mr Walker’s third point was regarding energy and electricity generation policy. He said it remains “uncertain” or keeps “changing too much” and the government’s Autumn Statement will probably make further changes.

The final problem is funding as getting it for projects “early enough” is a challenge, he concluded.