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Support announced for new energy provision report

20 October 2016

Publication of the latest report by the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change (ECC) Committee outlines recommendations for the UK's future energy provision.

The energy revolution and future challenges for UK energy and climate change policy report includes a recommendation for increased energy storage capacity and demand side response.

Following publication, the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) has voiced its "full support" for these proposals.

It also states that £7bn of savings per annum could be achieved "if current regulatory barriers to (energy) storage were removed".

Among the various recommendations, the ECC proposes the government should:
• redesign the energy Capacity Market — the subsidy scheme designed to minimise the risk of blackouts — to incentivise innovative energy storage and demand side response (DSR) technologies;
• move quickly to address other regulatory barriers faced by energy storage and;
• set out a high-level public commitment to making the UK a world-leader in storage, with a storage procurement target for 2020 (the last two energy capacity market auctions failed to deliver any energy storage.)

ECA director of business services Paul Reeve said the UK energy challenge is now more concerned with distribution, storage and use, and much less "about how to produce 'low to no carbon' electrical energy".

"This authoritative report is aimed squarely at meeting these new challenges - and opportunities - and we greatly welcome the committee's recommendations," he said.

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