Liz Truss renews attacks on solar farms, vowing to free fields from ‘paraphernalia’

Liz Truss has doubled down on her criticism of solar developments in the UK, vowing that she would stop people from “filling fields with paraphernalia like solar farms” and ensure farmland is instead used for crops and livestock. Speaking at a hustings event in Darlington yesterday, the favorite to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister … Read more

Targets are not enough: Truss and Sunak must outline their plans to get to net zero

Establishing stability and delivering the legislation needed to deliver net zero should be top of the next PM’s to-do list, writes the REA’s Amy MacConnachie Boris Johnson’s government retained a commitment to reaching net zero. While I share the frustration of many in our industry that more progress was not made during his time in … Read more

Are Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak on a climate collision course with the public?

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‘Our fields shouldn’t be full of solar panels’: Truss vows to crackdown on renewables development

Conservative leadership candidate Liz Truss has fueled concerns the UK’s onshore renewables sector could face further barriers to development in the coming weeks, after the frontrunner to become the next Prime Minister promised to “change the rules” to ensure farming is prioritised over new solar projects. Speaking at a Conservative leadership husting held yesterday in … Read more

The next PM must move fast to unlock investment in long duration energy storage

Long duration energy storage is vital for Britain’s energy security, and the next Tory leader must urgently respond to industry proposals to grow the market, writes Drax’s Will Gardiner For many years energy security was an issue resolved by complex, continent-wide gas pipelines which stretched from Russia into the heart of Europe. We now know … Read more

Poll: Strong net zero leadership critical for Conservatives at next election

Ditching the UK’s net zero target could risk costing the new Conservative leader the next general election, new polling data released today suggests. A sample survey of 6,500 adults carried out by pollster Public First found that both current Tory voters and possible defectors to the party remain strongly in favor of the UK’s legally … Read more