Chris Huhne highlights “folly” of reducing renewables support ahead of ADBA National Confe
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As the debate around new renewables and the cost of energy hots up, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, will speak on “Perspectives on renewable energies and the cost of energy” at the ADBA National Conference, Westminster, 3 December, two days before the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget Statement [5 Dec].
Speaking ahead of the conference, Chris Huhne,said:
The Chancellor’s autumn statement is an important moment for the future of the UK’s energy policy, and the ADBA National Conference offers a timely opportunity for this important sector to debate the real interaction between the cost of renewable incentives and energy consumers.
Support for low-carbon electricity makes up just 4% of an average household bill – nowhere near a significant enough percentage to be the root cause of the sharp price rises of gas and electricity. Renewables are the best way to insulate ourselves against the long run trend of rising gas prices. It would be folly to stop diversifying away from the commodity that is causing consumers’ pain.
Anaerobic digestion has a particular role to play in supporting this diversification of supply as the only form of domestically generated renewable gas, and one of the few renewables that has the flexibility to meet our energy needs whenever they arise, and not just when the wind blows and the sun shines.
Asif Rehmanwala, Director of Wholesale, Ecotricity, who will be speaking in the same session at the conference, said:
We believe it is important for customers to receive electricity from renewable sources and Ecotricity’s 100% green electricity tariff – currently priced below most of the ‘Big Six’ suppliers – proves this can be done. Our renewable generation insulates us from fossil fuel prices.
It is very clear that most consumers like renewable energy. Ecotricity can see that from its recent increase in customer growth, particularly after moving to a 100% green electricity tariff and currently freezing prices until 1 January 2014.
More information on the ADBA National Conference – including the full conference programme – is available here.
Any press interested in attending the event please contact Rosaline Hulse T: 020 3176 5441