UK Faces Big Energy Problems Says Nick Clegg
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
The Deputy Prime Minister has said that the UK needs to take a good hard look at the way in which energy is generated and consumed and he has called for a huge reinvention of the energy market into the future. Speaking at a west London event, he stated that a programme of major investment must be embarked upon if the lights are to be kept burning in the UK. Nick Clegg pointed out that the country has some very major problems looming ahead, with not enough being done by previous governments to secure investment in much needed infrastructure upgrades for energy supplies. He went on to add that a diversity of energy resources is necessary as well as a supply of sustainable energy to ensure a supply of electricity for the country.
It is known that a massive replacement of old energy generating facilities is needed and Nick Clegg says that a huge upgrade and investment regimen needs to be brought into being as well as a re-think on the way that energy is currently being utilised in the UK. He estimates that around £110 billion needs to be sunk into power and a way needs to be found to finance it. The end of the coal age has been brought one step closer with new stricter limitations on the amount of coal used to generate electricity. If this reform can make it through the House of Commons then progress could be imminent.
Energy and Climate secretary Ed Davey has come out strongly against the Big Six Energy Companies for laying the blame for price increases on heating and electricity solely on the doorstep of government and green levies. He has also said that he will fight against the attempt to cut gas and electricity levies and he will not broach conversation on removal of subsidies for renewable forms of energy or those that are living in fuel poverty. Furthermore he has pledged that the target of 30% set for renewable green sources of energy generation would be beaten by the 2020 deadline. He has stated emphatically that he will not give up the fight for renewable energy. Ed Davey has said that he is open to suggestion if anyone has a better way to finance funding and alleviate the plight of the needy. His views are backed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
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