Future sources of renewable energy in the UK will need to deliver affordability, security of supply and decarbonisation. However, the crucial investment required to meet these energy needs is at risk because public opinion and policy priorities create an uncertain environment for investors.
From research into priorities for UK energy policy, current government progress on renewable energy development, and a review of best practice from the energy industry itself, this report finds that winning community consent is the only sustainable way to deliver affordable, green energy to the UK in the long term.
Innovative developers are already clearing a new pathway for transition to a low carbon economy by including local communities as partners in project design. Transition by Consent argues that government too has a role to play in facilitating a stronger focus on community consent in renewable energy infrastructure.