– Innovator Tempus Energy successfully challenges fossil fuel bias in UK power market
– 5.6bn committed in customer-funded subsidies favouring polluting fossil fuels ruled unlawful
– Ruling paves the way for cleaner, cheaper energy market
Cleantech innovator Tempus Energy has successfully challenged a UK subsidy scheme that allows fossil fuels to dominate the market. The European Court delivered the landmark ruling today.
The ruling opens to the door to an overhaul of UK energy policy.
The UK’s National Grid caters for ‘peak demand’ scenarios via the Capacity Market established by the UK Government in 2014. Tempus Energy brought its challenge on the basis that the design of this market ensures profits for coal, gas and diesel generators, leaving cheaper, cleaner alternatives virtually unable to compete.
Using billpayers’ money to finance fossil fuels without their consent – with several billion pounds committed so far – shuts out more innovative solutions for guaranteeing supply, which are actually cheaper for customers.