As we’ve reported previously on the blog, the Government’s plans for Energy Market Reform (EMR) have been heavily criticised by almost everyone, except 1 out of the Big Six energy companies. It’s no wonder that The Treasury doesn’t want to talk about it!
Seen by most as a mechanism to allow financial support for new nuclear plants, could EMR in fact help boost the Energy-from-Waste (EfW) sector?
There is a growing sense that the Energy Bill must include some reference to carbon. ‘The government must set a clear “twilight” on gas-fired power generation in its forthcoming energy bill, or face a dearth of much-needed investment into the power sector,’ according to Tim Yeo in The Guardian.
Yet, there are some positive noises coming from the EfW sector, which, economists have warned, must re-invent itself and come to terms with ever increasing demand for feedstock. The suggestion came from a letter to REA members from Gaynor Hartnell, in which she said the sectors with least ROC support could trial the scheme.
However, a closer reading, together with analysis of the REA’s wider views of EMR suggest that such trials are probably hoping to show how problematic the whole regime and Contract-for-Difference FITs will be.
Oh, well, back to the drawing board.
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