The chairman of the UK’s Renewable Energy Association believes the country can solve its energy problems through the use of decentralized energy, rather than through large projects such as Hinkley Point C nuclear power plants.

Martin Wright told Utility Week website “The REA sees huge potential in decentralised energy and I think whether or not Hinkley goes ahead, the problem of requiring power generation needs to be solved quicker than Hinkley will be able to do because it has been delayed so long.”

Wright added that he has doubts about whether the “right technology” is there and whether nuclear is “cost effective”, saying decentralised energy will “come much more to the fore”, and that energy storage will “make a much bigger contribution” than people foresee.

Wright also told the site the government ought to incentivise renewable technologies and said that the public “must be imaginative” to the possibilities renewables could bring.