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

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

MEP challenges South West MPs to unite against Hinkley and embrace a new ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ - 11 September 2017

As offshore wind becomes much cheaper than nuclear, it’s time to scrap Hinkley, says Green MEP - 11 September 2017

Green win in European Parliament on tackling 'planned obsolescence' - 5 July 2017

EDF could ‘arm-twist’ higher electricity prices, warns MEP - 4 July 2017

Articles

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

Fracking is the fossil-fuel dinosaur of yesteryear: reject the bankers and go for green energy and people’s finance - 9 October 2016

Hinkley: A serious review would never have given this white elephant the go-ahead - 19 September 2016

Soft Brexit-hard Brexit: where should green business stand? - 14 September 2016

If a week is a long time in politics, let's hope several weeks is enough time for an energy revolution - 6 August 2016

Reports

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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