Solihull/London (13/12/17) – UK Power Reserve welcomes the Government’s ongoing commitment to secure a reliable, low carbon electricity system that delivers the best outcome for the consumer. As the leading flexibility provider to the UK’s energy system, we recognise that a low carbon energy future must protect the health of the public and the environment as well as powering economic growth.
We support the legislation proposed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that targets emissions from the most polluting power plants. Many of these small-scale – and predominantly diesel – plants have been built to provide back up power and can profit from various commercial agreements despite their damaging effect on air quality.
The Medium Combustion Plant Directive, or MCPD, will ensure that small-scale diesel generation complies with strict limits on the emissions of harmful air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter, either by reducing annual operational hours or investing in abatement technology to reduce these emissions.
The driving force behind the legislation is to improve air quality and protect public health. Air pollution has been linked to an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year. The air quality crisis is increasing the burden on our overstretched National Health Service with 37 out of 43 areas across the UK currently exceeding legal EU limits of nitrogen dioxide, much of which comes from diesel engines.
UK Power Reserve believes that while security of energy supply is critical, this should never be at the expense of the health of the most vulnerable members of our society.
The Government’s proposed legislation is a common-sense approach ensuring that highly-polluting generators can continue to access commercial agreements, provided they adhere to air quality rules that protect the health of the public. The legislation recognises that the polluter should pay, and not profit.
We firmly believe that placing security of energy supply at odds with protecting public health is a false dichotomy. UK Power Reserve is investing heavily in the best available natural gas and battery storage technology to secure a reliable, low carbon energy future that works for our economy, our environment and our society.
Tim Emrich, CEO and co-founder, said: “Poor air quality is creating a public health crisis but we already have the tools at our disposal to make huge improvements. What is more, energy technology is developing in leaps and bounds, delivering energy that is cleaner and more efficient than ever before. We at UK Power Reserve have made a commitment to low carbon energy generation and we will continue to invest in a clean energy future to support our industries and vital public services.”
About UK Power Reserve
UK Power Reserve is the leading provider of flexibility to the UK energy system. Our 813MW portfolio of low carbon, decentralised assets include 120MW of battery storage, one of the biggest in Europe. With rapid response, low cost assets located close to centres of demand, we are improving competition and delivering value to consumers. An innovative, disruptive voice in energy, UK Power Reserve is advancing its ambitious growth plans in the UK and beyond.
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