build, build, build for energy independence

SSE is concerned that as a country the UK is not moving fast enough to deliver sustainable energy independence.

It notes that if the UK, an acknowledged leader in renewables, doesn’t act quickly, others will, with the US and rest of Europe catching up. This matters because the competition for investment, skills and access to technology is getting “fiercer and fiercer”.

In a post it has outlined three major steps that it is seeking to create energy security and reach net-zero targets: encourage more rapid construction of homegrown renewables, an upgrade to electricity networks to meet increased in demand and the development of cleaner forms of flexible power generation technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen plants and pumped hydro storage.

Although there is now a broad political and public support for clean homegrown energy, SSE sees the issue of action rather than ambition as the problem.

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