Huppert pushes green energy as Britain’s investment doubles

Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert has quizzed the government on how it plans to drive forward its investment in low carbon electricity as it is revealed that Britain now has the largest number of offshore wind farms in the world.

Julian asked Energy and Climate Change Minister, Michael Fallon what the government is doing to extend the success of its programme after figures show that investment in green energy has doubled since 2010.

His question in the Commons today (Thursday, June 19) came after East Anglia’s new 325 wind turbine farm off the Suffolk coast is given approval.

“According to Bloomberg, there was a 59 per cent increase in finance for new renewables in the last year, making a total of £7.3 billion,” said Julian. “Just in the last couple of days the East Anglia ONE scheme was approved, which will power 820,000 homes using clean energy. What will the Government and Minister do to extend this success and to tell people about our great success in renewables?”

Mr Fallon said: “We estimate that nearly £29 billion has been invested in renewable electricity generation projects in Britain since 2010, and the Energy Act 2013 provides the framework for an increase in that investment.

“Last month, we signed investment contracts for eight projects, five offshore wind farms, two coal to biomass conversions and one dedicated biomass plant.”

And he added that investment increased by 20 per cent last year at a time when it was falling in Germany.

“We now have the largest amount of offshore wind installed anywhere in the world. Two of the biggest wind farms opened last year.”

Julian said later: “We are becoming world leaders in green energy and that is something of which I am extremely proud. There is a real determination now to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels and find alternative sources of energy that will help to combat climate change.

“This is at the heart of Lib Dem policies and we are in a position to push this forward and make a real difference and the results are clear. And the Energy Act which we pushed through puts a legal requirement on future governments to continue this work.”