The Government is being urged to reinstate an annual
energy statement and a series of reforms following a
new survey by the manufacturers' organisation EEF,
which describes UK industry’s confidence in current
management of security of supply as "tepid, at best".
"The last 18 months have seen a high degree of
uncertainty in the energy market as a result of
numerous policy changes, the Brexit vote and two new
administrations in a short period of time," said
Claire Jakobsson, Head of Climate and Environment
Policy at EEF. "Decisions on new nuclear and coal
phase-out have started to steady the ship - we need a
meaningful annual statement that sets out a clear and
stable direction of travel for energy policy as part
of an overarching industrial strategy."
According to this EEF report, just one third of
companies agree that the Government has a long-term
strategy for security of supply, with almost half
disagreeing. Furthermore, just under four per cent of
companies believe that the UK energy infrastructure
has improved in the last two years whilst a quarter
felt it had worsened. You can read more about this
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