Summer Budget: UK energy sector needs more clarity from Government to secure international investment

Summer Budget: UK energy sector needs more clarity...

Simon Virley, UK Chair of Energy and Natural Resources at KPMG, comments on the summer budget 2015 announcement.


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Simon Virley, UK Chair of Energy and Natural Resources at KPMG comments: 

“The latest forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) show a significant overspend on low carbon subsidies under the Levy Control Framework (LCF). The Government now faces some hard choices on which subsidies to cut in order to bring spending back under control. The Government has signalled its support for nuclear power and gas-fired generation, whilst ending support for new onshore wind farms.  But investors in other low carbon sectors like solar, offshore wind, tidal energy, CCS and biomass will be waiting for clearer signals before committing to any future projects.  

“Given the UK energy market relies on highly mobile international capital, investors will need greater certainty soon about the tax and funding frameworks for UK energy investments, or that capital will increasingly be diverted to opportunities elsewhere.  Any stalling on investment into the UK low carbon sector would be a difficult backdrop as the Paris Climate Change Conference comes into view.”


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