Bath MP Wera Hobhouse reaffirmed her commitment to renewable energy in a debate on nuclear energy yesterday. The debate was on the Government’s Nuclear Energy Financing Bill which seeks a regulated asset base model for nuclear energy generation projects, along with other measures such as revenue collection and administration for licensees subject to that model.
Nationally, the Lib Dems believe that the Bill fails to remove barriers to investment in renewables, fails to account for the cost of decommissioning and waste disposal, and fails to bring forward any meaningful reforms to accelerate the roll-out of renewable power in the UK.
Commenting afterwards, Wera Hobhouse, who is a lifelong anti-nuclear power campaigner, said:
“Renewable energy is the future and we are ideally placed to take advantage of the wind and wave power all around us. This whole Bill is a complete failure. A permanent base-load for energy supply is outdated thinking.
“We need to get to net zero by 2050 at the very latest. We have the capacity to be a world leader in renewable energy. Britain is surrounded by the sea, and there is a lot of wind! Projects such as floating wind are there and could play an important role in making Britain a global leader in renewables. But this requires political will from this Government.”