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UK to pursue affordable energy, clean growth in industrial strategy

North Hoyle offshore wind farm in UK. Author: Ingy The Wingy. License: Creative Commons.

Jan 23 (Renewables Now) - The UK government today released a green paper on building a modern industrial strategy, with delivering affordable energy and clean growth being one of its 10 pillars.

Trade body RenewableUK said that the renewables industry can take the lead in the government's strategy.

RenewableUK's executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: "The Prime Minster has taken a bold step by focussing specifically on innovative new industries where the UK is leading the world, and which are challenging the old order. That's exactly what our wind, wave and tidal energy industries are doing by delivering affordable energy and clean growth – key pillars which Theresa May has set out in her bold vision for modern Britain."

A consultation on the green paper will run till April 17.

The document includes plans by the government to set out this year a long-term road map to minimise business energy costs. In order to do that, the government will first commission a review of the opportunities to reduce the cost of achieving decarbonisation goals in the power and industrial sectors.

The government further said it will publish its Emissions Reduction Plan during 2017 to provide long-term certainty for investors. It will also review the case for a new research institution to act as a focal point for work on battery technology, energy storage and grid technology.

On Sunday, Scotland's Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, called on the UK government to ensure that renewable energy investment is a key priority in its forthcoming industrial strategy.

"Our record on supporting renewables is strong – and further evidence of our commitment will come in the draft Energy Strategy that I will publish next week," the minister said. "Scotland’s renewable sector, and all who work in it or who supply the sector, need the same level of commitment from the UK Government which, despite our repeated calls, has failed to match our level of ambition and indeed since the 2015 general election they have cut support dramatically for hydro and wind energy projects," he added.

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