‘UK Government not taking energy seriously’

  The UK Government is not taking energy as seriously as it should be in the lead up to leaving the EU. That’s according to Former Energy Secretary Sir Ed […]

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By Jonny Bairstow
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The UK Government is not taking energy as seriously as it should be in the lead up to leaving the EU.

That’s according to Former Energy Secretary Sir Ed Davey, who spoke to ELN at the Energy Storage and Connected Systems conference in London yesterday.

He said the fact the government has “no real sense of direction” combined with its lack of clarity on policies was not promising in the lead-up to Brexit.

He added: “Brexit is a disaster on so many levels. We won’t be at the table, we will be second choice for other countries to connect to. We’re going to lose massive influence and that’s bad news for our security and our energy.

“I’m hoping the government will get their act together and really give us a sense that we are still committed to going green at the cheapest cost to the consumer.”


 
He added energy storage could become more important if connections to European power weaken but said the technology would be vital either way: “Energy storage with renewables is the way we’ll tackle climate change and the way that we’ll have more secure, cheaper energy in the future.

“It’s a massive step forward for the UK, it will really dramatically change our markets and happen faster than people think.”