Ylem Energy managing director, Ian Gadsby, has written to ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to raise his concerns about the rising cost of energy, and to ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about how the government can support businesses to transition to renewable energy solutions.
It is important that as ministers in the new government take their positions, the opportunity to take decisive and clear steps to support businesses whilst also reducing the country’s carbon emissions, is not missed.
In the letter to Grant Shapps, Mr Gadsby wrote: “It is welcome news that the government is reviewing the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, and we have been pleased to see BEIS collecting the views of businesses via a public consultation. As the consultation has now closed, it is vital that the government fully understands the cliff edge which many businesses face in less than six months. If no further action is taken, it is inevitable that thousands of businesses will cease trading.”
Mr Gadsby continued: “The government must ensure that the Energy Bill Relief Scheme is extended, or a similar scheme is implemented, whilst a suitable long-term solution is formulated. Integrated on-site renewable energy solutions, such as those provided by Ylem, must form a key part of the UK’s long-term energy security strategy, helping businesses to stay afloat and supporting the transition to net zero.”
Ylem Energy specialises in delivering state-of-the-art generation and energy storage systems that fully integrate with the sites they serve. As well as being the most economically viable option for many businesses, on-site energy solutions help businesses transition to a low carbon economy and reduce pressure on the National Grid.
Writing to Thérèse Coffey, Mr Gadsby said: “There is an opportunity for DEFRA to provide advice and support to businesses for adopting energy efficiency measures and embracing environmentally friendly on-site generation solutions.
“Many of the businesses which Ylem serves, such as Denby Pottery in Derbyshire, are pillars of the rural communities in which they are based, providing employment and increasing prosperity in otherwise remote areas. If such rural businesses do not receive adequate support and advice from the government, it is likely that large numbers will cease to trade, and rural unemployment would therefore be set to rise.”
In both letters, Ylem managing director Ian Gadsby requested to meet with ministers to discuss how on-site energy generation and storage solutions can be a lifeline for businesses by cutting energy costs at a time of skyrocketing prices whilst also being one of the best ways to support the transition to net zero.
Ylem Energy looks forward to receiving responses from ministers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.