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NAO report examines challenges DESNZ faces in decarbonising power

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The National Audit Office (NAO) issued a report on Wednesday 1 March in which it examines the main challenges that the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) faces to decarbonise power. As part of an assessment of the progress DESNZ has made since it set the ambition to decarbonise power by 2035, the NAO report highlights that the department has made less progress establishing a long-term delivery plan in recent years due to a need to focus on short-term challenges on energy supply and the cost of consumer bills.

Among the key findings of the report, the NAO states that the transition to a secure, affordable, and decarbonised supply of power by 2035 requires an increase in both private investment and the pace at which new generating capacity is built and that decarbonising power requires government to increase its planning and coordination of the power system. It is also highlighted that the current lack of a delivery plan leaves DESNZ susceptible to additional challenges that may risk its ambition to decarbonise power by 2035.

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