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Powering our net zero future: Ten observations on the UK Energy White Paper 2020

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21 December 2020

The market has been waiting for the Energy White Paper since June 2018 (even before the Russia World Cup saw England’s semi-final “levelling up” at the hands of Croatia and Boris Johnson’s elevation as Prime Minister). At the same time, no one needs reminding that the UK Government has been focussing on a range of emergencies other than climate change (and Brexit) in the intervening period.  

This White Paper, published on 14 December, contains 170 pages covering a broad sweep of legislative proposals to reform the UK energy market.  Its scope is vast and urgent and its publication has been well received by most. On the same day it was released, Jonathan Brearley, Chief Executive of Ofgem welcomed the “ambitious programme to build a fairer, greener energy system”. Its greenness and fairness leap from every page, as does the obvious, but implied, cost to deliver it.

This note picks out what we regard as the ten key points to note on the White Paper. 

The UK is leading from the front in the transition to clean energy, while ensuring that we leave no one behind as we build back greener.

Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for BEIS, Energy White Paper 2020