Party conferences bring new energy policies

The last month has been party conference season, with Labour’s taking place towards the end of September. They unveiled their plan for a Green Transformation”, through which they will aim for the UK to get 60% of its power from renewable sources within 12 years of Labour taking power.

Proposals included removing the barriers to onshore wind development, as well as supporting the construction of tidal lagoons, including the recently rejected Swansea tidal lagoon. The party also said it would ban fracking, which they said would “lock the UK into high-carbon energy infrastructure”.

Finally, Labour proposed a National Transformation Fund that would invest £250bn over ten years to “help place our economy on a low carbon, sustainable footing”.

The Conservatives held their party conference between 30 September and 3 October.

Prime Minister Theresa May argued in her closing speech that “broken markets” should be solved by intervention, not nationalisation.

At a fringe event on Accelerating the Transition to Electric Vehicles, hosted by the Conservative Environment Network and UK100, Conservative MP Neil Parish called for a mix of approaches to low- carbon vehicles, while Wandsworth Councillor Jonathan Cook said that the right infrastructure was essential. At a Policy Exchange event, BEIS Minister Richard Harrington said that more nuclear power stations were required to meet the UK’s targets.

Additionally, at another Policy Exchange event, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry stated on participation in the EU’s carbon market that there “doesn't seem any benefit to doing something different” more

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