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Government should support the development of a portfolio of renewables to 2030

By Emily Towers, Communications Manager

We published our Renewable Energy Review this week. This outlined a range of scenarios for contributions from renewables to meeting carbon budgets over the next two decades.

We concluded that:

  • A range of promising options exists for delivering decarbonisation of the power sector by 2030 at reasonable cost. This includes renewables, nuclear and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  • None of these options can be relied upon alone. It is appropriate that a portfolio approach is taken, whereby renewables, nuclear and CCS are all developed to support decarbonisation
  • Government should now commit to support for offshore wind and marine generation through the 2020’s and should implement this as part of their reform of the electricity market.
  • Our scenarios for renewable energy penetration in 2030 include a share of 30% (460TWh) in a central case, rising to a maximum of 45% (680TWh) in 2030.
  • Further funding will be required to support renewable heat, and the Green Deal and Renewable Heat Incentive policies should be integrated.
  • A cautious approach to the use of biofuels in surface transport is appropriate until and unless sustainability concerns are resolved.

These were only partially reflected in media coverage, much of which focussed on the analysis of nuclear costs, and possible moderating of offshore wind ambition in 2020.

The chart below illustrates the contribution renewables might make to our energy mix in 2030.