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Labour and government lock horns over renewable energy

City AM logo City AM 06/08/2018 Catherine Neilan

Labour has locked horns with the government over claims British renewable energy companies are failing to receive the support they should.

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey today claimed the green economy was being undermined by the government's decision to scrap projects such as the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, arguing the opposition would deliver renewable power and help consumers.  

During a visit to the wind turbine manufacturer Hutchinson Engineering, in Cheshire, Long-Bailey said: "Our expensive and polluting energy system is reaching its sell-by date, with investment falling and millions in contracts going overseas.

"At every turn, the government has undermined the energy industry and our green economy, scrapping big renewable projects, and the innovative expertise and jobs that come with them.

But the government has hit back, noting that carbon emissions were 40 per cent lower than in 1990 and the UK had established itself as "one of the world leading nations in renewables and investment in low carbon technology".

"We are absolutely committed to ensuring our renewables sector continues to thrive through our Clean Growth Strategy and modern Industrial Strategy and by 2021 we'll have invested over £2.5bn in low carbon innovations," the spokesman added.

Brandon Lewis, Conservative party chairman, added: “Labour’s plans to renationalise the energy network would cost tens of billions of pounds, which would be funded by hardworking taxpayers.

“Not only would their policies lead to less choice and poorer services, there would also be nowhere to turn when things go wrong.

“In contrast, the Conservatives modern Industrial Strategy promotes renewable energy so that we can cut emissions while keeping the costs down for consumers, creating good jobs and leaving a cleaner, greener Britain for future generations.”

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