Green opposition to fracking

The South West is leading England in both installing renewable generation capacity and in innovation in this exciting and forward-looking economic sector. To continue this leadership and create the jobs and economic opportunities our region needs, entrepreneurs need clear signals from government that they are supportive of renewable energy at the UK and European level.

Community renewables

The South West has some leading companies in this sector – including Ecotricity and Good Energy – but also some examples of communities who have set up their own generating capacity and are now benefiting from producing electricity themselves. This form of Power to the People offers great opportunities for people to escape from the exploitation of energy companies while also creating greater value for their local communities.

Renewables not nuclear

The decision by the EU Commission to give permission for new-build nuclear at Hinkley Point, and supporting the government in forcing UK citizens to pay twice the market price for their electricity for 35 years is totally scandalous. None of the arguments for nuclear stack up. It is far more expensive than renewables and creates fewer jobs. It also does nothing to fill the energy gap: Hinkley is not predicted to produce any electricity before 2023; renewable generation could be installed much more quickly.

Not fracking

Five of the six counties including the South West region have the potential to produce gas through the controversial process known as fracking. Greens are opposed to this process because it threatens local environments and because it will divert us from the course we need to be taking towards a low-carbon future.

News

As EU agree 32% target for renewables by 2030, Green MEP urges government to reject nuclear and fossil fuels and embrace a renewable energy revolution in new report - 15 June 2018

Green MEP to join Macron and Juncker at key conference on sustainable finance - 22 March 2018

Response to Theresa May's speech on the environment - 11 January 2018

Renewed challenge to South West MPs to reject ‘folly’ of Hinkley, as Commons Committee says deal fails to protect consumers - 22 November 2017

New report highlighting closures, construction delays, bankruptcies and surge in renewables a further blow to nuclear industry - 12 September 2017

Articles

Government should stop burning cash on biomass plants and waste incinerators - 23 February 2018

Theresa May's green half measures fail to reverse her government's dirty policies - 12 January 2018

The Tories’ rebranding won’t wash: being green is about more than fluffy bunnies - 13 December 2017

Wind power is cheaper than nuclear – so can we finally ditch the pro-nuclear ideology? - 13 October 2017

Westcountry welcomes mining but we should shun fracking - 27 October 2016

Reports

Energy Isolationism: How the UK is sailing into the wind on energy policy - 15 June 2018

Devonport: From Trident jobs to green employment - 16 November 2016

Renewable energy: a study of the government's recent performance - 26 February 2016

Controlling Carbon - 21 October 2015

The Power to Transform the South West - 17 April 2015

Letters

Letter to Commission: UK grid capacity - 2 July 2015

Letter to Commissioner Vestager re: Hinkley - 11 March 2015

Response to latest IPCC report - 4 November 2014

Hinkley letters - 17 October 2014

EU nuclear deal will hit renewables - 8 October 2014

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