UK Conservative MPs say wind energy necessary for resilient economy

The publication of a new document by a group of Conservative MPs which highlights the importance of wind, wave and tidal energy is welcomed.

7 January 2013

Members of the 2020 group of Conservative MPs, made up of more than 60 Tory MPs, describe themselves as progressive and forward-looking Conservatives.

It includes several high-profile figures such as the Energy Minister Greg Barker, the Transport Secretary Justine Greening and the Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin. 

On 7 January 2013, the group published a new document “2020 Vision: An Agenda for Transformation” in which two Conservative MPs, Laura Sandys and Claire Perry, specifically highlight the growing importance of wind, wave and tidal energy in protecting consumers against future unpredictable fossil fuel price rises.

Their document states:

  • “There is a total convergence on what is good for business and what is good for the environment”
  •  It is our energy sector - the renewal and decarbonisation of our electricity generation – that will determine whether we have a resilient economy designed for the future and hedged from the volatile costs of imported fossil fuel”
  • ‘Greening the economy is not “nice to have” but a total necessity’.

This forward-looking group of Conservative MPs has clearly articulated a vision which many of us share. Opinion polls show that they’re in tune with the majority of public opinion on the growing importance of renewable energy.

We can build an escape route for consumers from the uncontrollable rise of fossil fuel prices by decarbonising our energy supply and generating clean electricity from our own natural resources.

The business case is compelling not just in terms of reducing the long term cost of energy, but also in securing economic growth, as nearly 90,000 of us will be working in the wind, wave and tidal energy industries by 2020.  

Resources:

More details of the 2020 group of Conservative MPs can be found here: http://www.2020conservatives.com/

 

“2020 Vision: An Agenda for Transformation” can be found here: http://www.2020conservatives.com/Downloads/20_20_Vision.pdf

 

The employment statistic comes from RenewableUK’s “Working for a Green Britain Vol 2”: http://www.renewableuk.com/en/publications/reports.cfm/Working-for-a-Green-Britain-Volume-2