Huppert presses government on commitment to green energy
MP Julian Huppert has pressed the Prime Minister, David Cameron, on whether the government is committed to green energy following a leading Tory minister’s controversial comments on wind farms.
Julian raised the issue in the House of Commons yesterday at Prime Minister’s Questions (Wednesday, October 31) after Energy Minister, John Hayes said that the UK had “enough onshore wind farms”.
Mr Hayes comment sparked fears that there had been a change in government policy away from renewable energy. But Ed Davey, Lib Dem Secretary of State for Environment and Climate Change said “There has been no change to Government policy on renewable energy” stressing that “Onshore wind is one of the cheapest renewables” and “has an important role to play in our energy future.”
Julian highlighted the importance of green growth to the economy, and asked: “Is the Prime Minister still committed to this being the greenest government ever, particularly in relation to its policy on renewables?”
Mr Cameron replied: “Under this government there has been more investment in green energy in the last three years than we have seen in the last 13 years from the party opposite. The green investment bank that we promised is up and running and the carbon floor price that we spoke about is in place.
“This is, indeed, a very green government and it is sticking to its promise.”
Julian said later: “This is a very important issue, and people need to be reassured that John Hayes’ comments are not the government’s position.
“With Lib Dem pressure at every step, the government has indeed achieved a great deal on green energy in a very short time and nothing must deter it from this. This reassurance is important particularly for Cambridge’s cleantech industry which is leading the way in green technology and driving the move towards a greener UK economy. This will create strong sustainable businesses and new jobs for the future.
“This industry is designed to be among the beneficiaries of our Lib Dem-led Green Investment Bank which will bring huge opportunities for businesses helping them to grow and thrive.
“We have also been able to help millions of people insulate their homes through the Green Deal and that has lifted families out of fuel poverty. When we went into coalition government, we made sure our commitment to green energy would play a key part of everything this government stands for. We set out plans to show we expected to reach our target of getting 30 per cent of all UK electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
“I am proud to represent a city which is leading the way on green technologies and I will do everything in my power to make sure this government sticks to its promises on green energy which is so vital to our future as a country and for the planet.”