With only weeks to go to a recently called General Election, and a month after the triggering of Article 50, advocates of green energy sources could be in for a tough time. In a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill, set to be published today [20 April], Britain’s implementation of the EU Renewable Energy Directive is subject to review.
The EU Renewable Energy Directive states that 15% of electricity should come from renewable sources by 2020. Since its implementation in 2009, the use of renewable energy sources have risen from 3% to four times that figure. It will be one of 19,000 European Union Directives subject to review, abolition, or incorporation into our statute books.
Post-Brexit, it is claimed the EU’s green energy targets will be abolished rather than reviewed or incorporated. In The Daily Telegraph, it is claimed their abolition will cut red tape. Furthermore, it is stated that adhering to EU green energy targets add £100 to our utility bills.
For our industry, the uncertainty isn’t good; any progress made over a decade could be undone in April 2019. Will the people of Hull still be wanting solar panels on their roof by then? Only time will tell.
Mertech Electrical, 20 April 2017.