CCC: ‘RE helps reduce bills’
UK government advisory body report calls onshore wind ‘cost-effective’
Renewables help to drive down energy bills by providing more competition, according to a report by the UK government’s advisory body the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
The report – Energy Prices and Bills 2017: impacts of meeting carbon budgets – said that onshore wind offers a cost-effective way to keep bills down and is one of the technologies that can provide new generation in the 2020s.
It added that offshore wind costs have fallen dramatically and will continue to do so.
Renewable UK executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “This report highlights the fact that the UK’s low-carbon sector is growing faster than the rest of the economy, already employing hundreds of thousands of people and contributing 2–3% of GDP, which is comparable in size to energy-intensive manufacturing.
“With government looking to invest in industries of the future through the Industrial Strategy, the CCC’s findings clearly demonstrate that wind and marine energy should be priorities.”
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