With my family out for the evening and the rain beating down outside, I decided to tune in to Guy Martin's Power Trip a 3 part series where the renowned motorcyclist looks at UK energy generation. I confess to being suspicious of all these series as in most cases, there is a dumbing down and simplification of UK energy and a slant one way or the other from the journalists and presenters. The thing is Guy is personable and enthusiastic. But enough of that, this is not a TV review from a lawyer...
What struck me was the end conclusion from Guy and sorry for the spoiler. He concluded that if people really want to tackle energy they have to take it somewhat into their own hands. Look to reduce your energy use or install your own solutions. Now I appreciate that this is easier said than done for some, but it is a refreshing and grounding message for us as individuals in a week when we have seen a number of reports published by EnergyUK, Renewable UK and Regen all pointing to actions that are desperately needed from UK Government to continue the progress we have made in renewables and to maintain the UK as a good place to invest in Net Zero projects.
The other reason for writing this blog is to highlight the pride I have in the team at Burges Salmon because as I watched the series I found myself saying "we had a hand in that" whether it was solar, offshore wind, tidal, pumped hydro, biomass or nuclear. Our lawyers don't have to go too far to find a clean energy project they have not been instrumental in bringing forward and even if I don't have the heating on that gives me a warm feeling!
Guy Martin's Power Trip, review: bringing a petrolhead's enthusiasm to the energy crisis