Following the announcement of a General Election, BEAMA CEO, Yselkla Farmer sets out energy priorities for a new Government to address

22 May 2024

“The next Government has a simple decision to make. Create an environment for growth and prosperity based on a successful green economy or drive away billions of pounds of private investment and risk jobs with policy uncertainty and delay.

“Whoever wins the upcoming General Election, they will need to prioritise a stable policy environment, with clarity from Government that allows the innovative, high-impact solutions from industry that will tackle the structural challenges to building a low cost, low carbon and secure energy system.”

Representing over 200 electrical supply chain manufacturers and innovators, BEAMA is calling on the next Government to prioritise:

  1. Investing in grid capacity – The UK will need a larger electrical grid to connect the renewable generators, heat pumps, EV charge points, and other low carbon technologies needed to reach Net Zero. The next Government must instruct Ofgem to increase spending on grid infrastructure to secure greater savings in the future.
  2. Securing our energy market – The UK must disconnect electricity prices from unstable international gas markets, driving down electricity prices and providing certainty and security for UK businesses and householders.
  3. Levelling the heating technology playing field – The next Government should remove the extra VAT paid by households installing low carbon heating technologies to make Net Zero the most affordable choice.
  4. Getting Smart Metering right – To control a smarter and more dynamic low carbon electricity system, consumers need access to their real time data on energy use. The next Government needs to finish the job of smart meter rollout to ensure we don’t fall behind our international neighbours.


BEAMA is the leading UK trade association for manufacturers and providers of energy infrastructure and systems. BEAMA represents a sector currently worth £14 billion, employing 90,000, with exports worth £5 billion. BEAMA exists to support its members in ensuring that the UK has a strong electrotechnical industry which is recognised as an essential part of modern society and brings invaluable economic, social and environmental benefits. It represents directly some 200 companies in the UK electrotechnical and allied manufacturing industries advising its members on relevant technology and market developments, particularly relating to the areas of product safety and sustainability.