Posted on: 26/03/2019
The cancellation of three nuclear projects and the withdrawal of support for onshore wind and Swansea’s tidal lagoon have left 20 million homes “at risk” of losing their power supplies, according to the Labour party.
Shadow Energy Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said Hitachi’s decision to suspend its nuclear plans for Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire and Toshiba’s cancellation of its Moorside project in Cumbria left “severe energy gaps looming” when existing stations close in the 2020s.
Long-Bailey said the UK Government’s lack of subsidies for onshore wind meant nearly 800 shovel-ready onshore wind projects were currently “blocked”.
She also highlighted the Conservative administration’s decision to axe plans for the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.
Government ‘absorbed in its own meltdown’
Long-Bailey said: “These figures show that the Tories risk failing in one of the first duties of any Government – keeping the lights on."
“When the Wylfa plant was cancelled, Greg Clark announced an energy white paper for summer 2019 – six months down the line."
“That’s the sign of a Government absorbed in its own meltdown, not the real issues facing our country."
“Ministers should come clean to the public about the gaping hole in their plans and what that means for our energy security.”
Public nuclear projects
A lack of concrete targets or fresh investment in the offshore wind deal was also criticised.
Long-Bailey said a Labour government would buy a public stake in nuclear power projects, remove barriers to onshore wind and approve the Swansea Bay tidal project.
She also reiterated Labour’s commitment to creating 400,000 jobs through a “green industrial revolution.”