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Tories: massive increase in green energy

The Conservatives will begin to construct 5GW of clean coal, start planning for new nuclear, and start the National Grid extending its network out to sea for offshore wind.

In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, shadow energy minister Greg Clark said: “If we had another term of Labour, we’d have to get used to sitting in the dark.

“Because for the first time since the 1970s, the Government is expecting to resort to power cuts during the years ahead.

“So a Conservative Government would begin with a bound and with immediate action to keep Britain’s lights on, to cut greenhouse gas emissions and give Britain leadership in a low carbon world.”

They pledge:

  • 5GW of ‘clean’ carbon capture and storage coal-burning technology
  • Planning guidance for new nuclear to be built by 2017
  • Give the National Grid the authority to extend into the sea for offshore wind, tidal and marine technologies
  • Build marine ‘energy parks’ for power from the sea
  • Incentives for biodigestion plants to reduce landfill
  • Communities choosing wind turbines to keep business rates or 6 years
  • Convert National Grid to ‘Smart Grid’
  • Build electric car overnight charging points
  • Energy Bills to include guidance on the cheapest possible tariff
  • ‘Smart’ electricity and gas meters
  • Transparency for wholesale and retail energy prices so falls in prices are reflected in bills
  • Green ‘New Deal’ for households to make households greener, with costs paid by savings made to bills

Clark said green technologies are: “A market in which Britain should be extraordinarily well-placed to prosper. The skills that are needed are British strengths - marine engineering and process industries, located around our coastlines in places like Teesside.

“We also have a geographical advantage - the North Sea’s depleted gas wells are ideally suited to storing CO2.

Clark also said he wanted the deal at the coming Copenhagen climate change summit to be: “Rigorous.”

“While we in Britain dither and delay, China is literally laying the foundations of a new industrial revolution. 4,000 miles of high speed rail.

“A massive expansion of nuclear power. And solar power. And wind power. On every front they’re making progress. They have spotted the big opportunity.

“They have recognised that there is a vast new market opening up and they want to dominate it. They have booked their place in the future - have we?”

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