Green electricity: PM full of “bombast and bluster”

Green electricity: PM full of “bombast and bluster”

Parliamentary news
The Liberal Democrats have called out Boris Johnson for being full of “bombast and bluster” on green electricity, pointing to the Government’s poor record on renewables. The Prime Minister plans to use his keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference to announce that all of Britain's electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035. But a recent analysis by the Liberal Democrats found that UK renewables growth is actually at its slowest rate since 2010. The UK also recently fired up old coal power plants to meet the nation’s electricity demand, as gas prices have soared. Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Climate Emergency and Energy, said: “Yet again this Government is guilty of chasing headlines whilst failing to take the necessary action to achieve what they claim they…
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Liberal Democrat Leader’s welcome for promise of a town centre powered by Oldham’s industrial past

Liberal Democrat Leader’s welcome for promise of a town centre powered by Oldham’s industrial past

Borough news
The Leader of the Opposition and of the Liberal Democrat Group, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, has welcomed news that Oldham Council’s Towns Fund application for £41 million includes a commitment to powering the town centre with geothermal heat from former coal mines. In October 2014, Councillor Sykes first asked the then Council Leader if officers could investigate this possibility and six years on it appears, they are doing so. Councillor Sykes said:  “Anyone who has gone into Gallery Oldham and looked at Squire Knott’s photographic panorama of our historic town centre will have seen that there are coal mines scattered amongst the buildings.  In nineteenth- century Oldham, coal was the lifeblood of our textile and engineering industries, and many people lived and worked cheek-by-jowl with a pit.” Oldham’s mills and…
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This is local electricity, for local people!

Borough news
Oldham Liberal Democrat Councillors Dave Murphy and Chris Gloster are supporting the Local Electricity Bill. This is supported by over one hundred and fifty Members of Parliament.  Local authorities can play a central role in creating sustainable communities. The Local Electricity Bill would allow Councils and local community groups to work together to generate electricity from renewable sources to supply local homes, schools and businesses. Money received by Councils from the sale of local renewable electricity can be used to help fund measures to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and to help fund local services and facilities.  Councillor Murphy said: “We are calling for the Council and our local Members of Parliament to ask the UK Government to enact this legislation. If they did so, it would make the setup…
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