A leaked letter from Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd, seen by The Ecologist shows that the Government’s public position that we are going to meet our legally binding renewables target – is not the truth. On the contrary the government clearly believes we will miss the target and Rudd discusses various options for making up the shortfall – none of which appear to be viable, by her own assessment. The one option not discussed is the reinstatement of support for renewable energy… instead Rudd appears to pin her hopes on the support for renewable heat not also being cut.
Rudd also makes clear that the government intended to continue to deceive the public on this issue:
“Publicly we are clear that the UK continues to make progress to meet the target”
One option Rudd discusses for making up the shortfall, to meet the target is to pay other countries to build renewables for us… there’s no indication at all that this would be cheaper than supporting them in the UK (why would it be, the UK has Europe’s best and most economic wind resource), and given the reason for the cuts was cost (we can’t afford renewable energy apparently), you’d think that cost ought to be a prominent feature of any option discussion.
We’d not just be incurring extra cost by doing this, we’d be exporting jobs and industry… It all seems a little unthought through.
Rudd acknowledges the need to meet the target and that we will fail. This has clearly been caused by the recent cuts, which are driven by the false claim that we can’t afford more renewables – the cheapest energy available to us.
It rather looks like DECC are panicking, faced with the inevitable consequences of the ideologically driven renewables cull – Plan A.
Plan B appears to be either a) pay fines or b) pay another country to do the job for us – both options are short sighted and economically illiterate.