Kwarteng needs to be confident that the company’s electric plan for Ellesmere Port looks credible before committing taxpayer money.
Even post-Covid transport patterns will not change the need for this infrastructure.
It’s critical for it to consult with consumers and industry experts before making big decisions.
Whilst I find the present curtailment of my personal right to roam frustrating, I reluctantly sympathise.
It may deliver better value than other mega-projects – more ‘levelling up’ across the UK and perhaps even help preserve the union itself.
The Rolls-Royce concept has the potential to plug a gap in the UK’s low-carbon power requirements.
With Westminster, Holyrood, and City Hall all setting overlapping rules, confusion and expense are sure to follow.
The Scottish Nationalists’ electoral performance is at risk of coming to resemble the Scottish football team’s. Might there be a rebellion?
Do X per cent of voters really switch once they’ve read Y leaflets, resulting in Z per cent more wins in key marginals?
Whatever else unfolds in the coming years, we need to look near and far for learnings and solutions to our emissions challenges.
The gaps it potentially addresses and the interest shown abroad suggests it at least merits consideration here ias a complement to renewable power generation and electric vehicles.
The typical annual utility bill equates to around £3.50 a day. Even the right policy approach is unlikely to reduce this to much below £3 a day.
The tie-up may appeal to the French company more from the perspective of neutralising a rival and preventing it falling into, say, Chinese hands than any wider synergy.
Since it bought British Steel ten years ago it has faced challenge after challenge.
The plant’s success holds valuable lessons for the future.