“do as little as possible, as late as possible” – the Green Alliance’s view of the Mar 2016 budget

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Sheffield Climate Alliance joined 90 other Northern community groups in a call for the Budget to include measures to support renewable energy. Our declaration, launched by the Green Alliance, said “the 2016 Budget must enable us to develop and grow renewables for our region into the 2020s. The UK government should be celebrating clean energy as core to its economic plan. “

See http://www.green-alliance.org.uk/clean_energy_declaration (opens in new window) for the full statement and list of organisations that signed up, before it was sent to the Chancellor.

Here is the reaction to announcements that were later made in the Budget, from Amy Mount at Green Alliance:

“Osborne presented his Budget on 16 March, and it did provide some welcome clarity on the level of funding available for emerging renewable technologies, primarily offshore wind (£730m). But the future of mature renewable technologies (onshore wind and solar) remains unsettled, and decisions about the overall level and structure of support for renewables beyond 2020 have been pushed back.

These questions will most likely be resolved in the Autumn Statement in December. The delay is not ideal, in that it prolongs the period of uncertainty for investors. But the timing makes sense insofar as it ought to dovetail with the production of the government’s Emissions Reduction Plan (formerly known as the Carbon Plan) following approval of the fifth carbon budget (opens in new window) this summer.

Green Alliance’s reaction to the Budget from a renewables perspective is laid out in this blog (opens in new window) by my colleague Dustin. In brief, the Budget represents a Treasury attitude of “do as little as possible, as late as possible”. If you’re interested in our analysis of and recommendations for post-2020 renewables funding, see our latest report , Beyond subsidy (opens in new window).”