Commenting on National Grid’s announcement of incentives for businesses to volunteer to spread their energy demand away from peak times, Dr Adam Marshall, BCC’s Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs said:
“National Grid is taking sensible steps to help Britain avoid a short term energy supply crunch. Incentives for businesses who can choose to use energy more flexibly could help ease the strain at times of peak demand.
“Yet this is just a first step in dealing with the long-standing deficiencies in Britain's energy infrastructure. Radical action is now required to improve both energy generation and distribution, to deliver the energy security that British businesses rightly demand.
"For too long, the UK has failed to plan adequately to guarantee the energy supplies required for our economy, businesses and consumers. Radical improvements to our energy infrastructure must be delivered - so that the sensible, voluntary measures announced do not become compulsory or problematic for businesses in future."