Will Labour’s Great British Energy Company plans carry weight for hydrogen?

Labour leader Keir Starmer wants a state-owned Great British Energy company to drive renewable policy but will he be able to turn the hydrogen soundbites into energy deliverables?

On and off the political stage, hydrogen and renewable energy were firmly in the UK spotlight yesterday.

From Starmer’s rousing conference speech, whose centrepiece was the prospect of a new state-run Great Britain Energy Company, to the Hydrogen Zone, visible not only to passing delegates but also Newsnight audiences (it will also be on show at the Conservative conference in Birmingham in October), the momentum in hydrogen is building.

Energy security, rising prices, supply pressures, economic uncertainty and decarbonisation targets present a worrying backdrop like never before, and Starmer senses this is a moment, politically and strategically, for a country reset.

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