By Alan Thomson
To bring clarity to the wider energy legislation picture, Arup has extracted the salient features, selected key policy and created a timeline going up to 2050, allowing businesses to build their own long term sustainable energy strategy.
The draft Energy Bill, published by DECC last Tuesday, has generated a vast amount of discussion around its advantages and disadvantages. In reality, it’s simply another iteration in the long process of developing policy, to achieve a sensible balance of low carbon, affordable and secure energy, without being overtly prescriptive.
It’s great to see the draft Bill being challenged. The more it’s questioned now, the stronger it will eventually become, bringing certainty to the market. It makes sense to do this sooner, rather than later, as the primary concern for developers and businesses alike is policy volatility.
However, the development of a robust and responsive electricity supply market policy is only one aspect of the UK energy machine. In order for the whole of the energy market to work smoothly, efficiently and in synchrony, it’s needed to examine how each aspect of it interacts with and drives the mechanism.
The UK energy legislation can be opaque and difficult to interpret with salient detail and intent often lost in a sea of text. The development of an overall integrated and cohesive energy approach requires careful, considered evaluation, based on strong knowledge of the existing energy landscape. Therefore, different branches of the UK energy policy must be developed visibly to the rest of the business and not in narrow silos.
An effective energy policy is not just about electricity generation, or more broadly energy generation for that matter, but it must also work seamlessly alongside policy which is driving energy efficiency in construction, optimisation of industrial processes, compliance with European emissions restrictions and high level greenhouse gas reduction targets among others.
To bring clarity to the wider energy legislation picture, Arup has extracted the salient features, selected key policy and created a timeline going up to 2050.This is a firm foundation on which businesses and the wider energy community can build their own policies to ensure they are is integrated with the long term sustainable energy strategy.
Download a copy of Arup's UK energy policy timeline or read more on the impact of UK climate change policy on energy bills.
Alan Thomson is Director of UKMEA Energy at Arup.