Statement: Government sets out UK low carbon route-map

16 July 2009

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, made a statement about the Government's long-term plans for reducing the UK's carbon emissions

Amongst the proposals are:

  • Providing £500,000 each to 15 areas of the country for people to to trial the newest technologies and be beacons for how other communities can cut their carbon emissions. From April 2010, individuals and communities will be able for the first time to generate their own renewable power and sell it back to the grid, with guaranteed feed-in tariffs
  • Investing £60 million to build wave and tidal industries to test new technologies and expand port access and deployment in key parts of the country. Making available up to £120 million to support the growth of a world-leading offshore wind industry in Britain
  • Providing the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) with tough new powers to take action where it believes that there is anti-competitive practice in the generation of electricity
  • Targeting new resources at the most vulnerable consumers, particularly older, poorer pensioners
  • Changing OFGEM's principal objective so that for the first time, reducing carbon emissions, as part of protecting the future consumer, will be explicitly set out as part of its guiding mission

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