#UKIPmanifesto : Keeping the lights on

Posted: April 15, 2015 by tallbloke in Accountability, Big Green, Energy, fracking
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From Page 39 of the UKIP manifesto

The three old parties collude to reinforce failing energy policies that will do nothing to reduce global emissions, but which will bring hardship to British families. Their ‘green’ agenda does not make them friends of the earth; it makes them enemies of the people.

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Roger Helmer MEP Energy Spokesman.

Britain is sleepwalking into an energy crisis. Families suffer as energy prices rise relentlessly. Millions of us are living in fuel poverty.

While our major global competitors – the USA, China, India – are switching to low-cost fossil fuels, we are forced to close perfectly good coal-fired power stations to meet unattainable targets for renewable capacity. If we carry on like this, the lights are likely to go out.

Why? Because the 2008 Climate Change Act, an Act rooted in EU folly, drives up costs, undermines competitiveness and hits jobs and growth. Dubbed ‘the most expensive piece of legislation in British history,’ the government’s own figures put the cost of the Act at £18 billion a year over 40 years, or £720 billion between 2010 and 2050.The Climate Change Act is doing untold damage. UKIP will repeal it.

We will also scrap the Large Combustion Plant Directive and stop the EU’s planned Medium Combustion Plant Directive. Both attempt to close down secure, reliable and economical electricity generation and replace it with expensive, intermittent, unreliable renewables. We will encourage the re-development of British power stations and industrial units providing on-site power generation. To deliver secure, affordable energy supplies, we support a diverse energy market based on coal, nuclear, shale gas, conventional gas, oil, solar and hydro, as well as other renewables where these can be delivered at competitive prices.

SHALE GAS: TIME TO GET ‘FRACKING’

UKIP supports the development of shale gas, provided safeguards are in place to protect local communities and the environment. Community Infrastructure Levy income from shale gas operations will be earmarked for lower Council Taxes or local community projects. No energy extraction technology is perfectly safe, but shale gas operations in the USA for instance, where tens of thousands of shale wells have been drilled and fracked over five decades, have proved remarkably unproblematic, especially so by comparison to other methods of energy extraction. What is clearly unsafe is the UK’s over-dependence on imports from politically unstable countries. In the interests of energy security alone, the prospect of home-grown shale gas is an enormous opportunity it would be irresponsible to ignore. We will levy Petroleum Revenue Tax (currently 50 per cent) on any shale profits and invest the income into a Sovereign Wealth Fund. Norway takes this approach, with great success.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

UKIP supports and will invest in renewables, where they can deliver electricity at competitive prices. At the moment, the only major renewable technology that meets this test for affordability is hydro, so we will withdraw taxpayer and consumer subsidies for new wind turbines and solar photovoltaic arrays, while respecting existing contractual arrangements. Wind power is hopelessly inefficient and wind farms rely heavily on reserve back-up from conventional power sources. They have blighted landscapes and put money into the pockets of wealthy landowners and investors, while pushing up bills for the rest of us.

INVESTING IN COAL

The British coal industry once employed one million miners. Now, all three remaining deep coal mines in Britain are set to close by 2016, at a cost of 2,000 jobs, despite having many years of productive life left and regardless of our continuing need for coal. 30 per cent of our electricity is still produced from coal and we will be dependent on fossil fuels for many more years to come. If we are to have energy security and cheap, plentiful, reliable sources of energy, coal must be part of the solution. Bearing this in mind, UKIP will:

• Set up a commission to investigate ways to assist and rejuvenate the coal industry
• Seek to secure the survival and expansion of our indigenous coal industry in the form of deep, opencast and drift mining
• Drop all subsidies for wind and solar power, to ensure a level playing field for coal
• Discontinue the carbon floor tax on the basis that production for coal fired power stations is combined with carbon capture and storage
• Halt the decline of coal power stations and seek private funding to develop new, efficient plants.

CUTTING FUEL BILLS

In 2014, the government forced energy companies to add nearly £3.2 billion onto energy bills to finance their energy and climate change policies: that will have doubled to a staggering £9.8 billion by 2020, amounting to an extra £197 going onto our average domestic fuel bills. UKIP will abolish green taxes and levies and withdraw from the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, reducing fuel bills and enhancing industrial competitiveness at a stroke. We will also make the way you pay your bill fairer, by stopping energy companies charging extra for customers who use prepayment meters, who do not pay by direct debit, or who require paper billing.

Comments
  1. I agree with it all except the last bit.

    Payment by direct debit not only cuts admin costs, it also reduces the risk of bad debts.

    I don’t see why I should share these costs

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    In a way it is a pity that the General election is this year.
    Germany is headed for real problems and the coming winter is looking even more likely to be prone to blackouts. When that happens the coalition will disintegrate as all parties try to blame each other. The energiewende will be abandoned along with other green crap, and this will spread across Europe.

    And in the UK? Much the same I would think, with support for UKIP rising enormously.

    Good luck in 2015, but retain hope for 2016.

  3. tallbloke says:

    Deputy Chair Suzanne Evans takes us through the rest of the UKIP manifesto

  4. tallbloke says:

    Graeme: Yes, and I expect we’ll be fighting a second General election next year too. With the large number of MPs and second places we’ll gain on May 7th, we’ll be in a great position to gain much larger influence in government in the next round of this fight.

  5. Prepayment customer says:

    @paul homewood – I suppose you also think it’s fair people on prepayment meters, who cannot even have gas or electric without paying for it first (ie the energy company gets its money before goods are supplied), pay extra for the privilege too?
    There are plenty of people who are supposed to pay by direct debit that rack up huge bills and don’t pay them…… Maybe the direct debit customers should pay more to compensate for that.

  6. Carol says:

    Great video. Presented with a smile as she has the college boys on the run. I liked everything, including the nonsense about paper bills. I trust paper and pay the extra cost as I can file them away. I don’t trust the internet to log my bills – especially when there is a dispute (and sometime with the energy companies there is a dispute on costing and adjustments). Give me paper every time. Not only that why should younger internet savvy people earning good salaries get their bills cheaper than old gits not on the internet.

  7. tom0mason says:

    Ukip is the party of energy sanity in the UK.

    If future is👿 Green technology then future is Medieval living😦 .

  8. suricat says:

    My concern lays in the way that the UKIP party strategy transcends a ‘party politic’.

    This isn’t about ‘energy’, or ‘any’ particular issue, it’s about the ‘representation’ of the ‘electorate’ in Parliament!

    By the absence of a ‘whip’, any UKIP parliamentarian can represent the electorate that elected them into their position without the ‘party politic’ POV to ‘tow the party line’. The guy that you elected can actually put your region’s POV in Parliament without pressure from the ‘political party’ that they are associated with. This means that you can expect your region to be represented in Parliament by the guy that you elected.

    Need I say that more than two ‘parties’ in a ‘first past the post’ electoral system belies a true election result? Perhaps not, but if you vote for an ‘individual’ that can properly represent your region, instead of a ‘party political POV’, you would expect ‘your voice’ to be better heard (‘bottom up’ and not ‘top down’ democracy).

    Best regards, Ray.

  9. gallopingcamel says:

    The UK’s energy policies rob the poor by raising electricity prices and give to the rich who own the wind, wave and solar generating facilities. Robin Hood is twisting in his grave.

  10. wolsten says:

    Seems to be the only party offering anything like a sane policy on energy.

    I tend to agree with Paul but there does need to be support for those less able to pay, removing the artificial subsidy costs will go a long way of course.

    One thing I don’t like – we do not need carbon capture and storage. Is that being offered as a sop to the Eco-maniacs?

  11. Joe Public says:

    Roger – I suspect you undersold yourselves, AND, fallen into the trap that many MSM reporters plus the occasional government spokesperson (knowingly or unknowingly) have done?

    “the government forced energy companies to add nearly £3.2 billion onto energy bills to finance their energy and climate change policies: that will have doubled to a staggering £9.8 billion by 2020, amounting to an extra £197 going onto our average domestic fuel bills.” [My bold]

    When fuel & energy prices rise, domestic consumers pay 100% of the domestic increase, PLUS about 80% of the increases in costs to Industry & Commerce. The only part of the latter they don’t pay, is the value I & C manages to pass-on to their overseas customers via higher export costs.

    [I haven’t got the exact figures, but assuming domestic uses 40% of all UK energy; there are 20m households; and, I & C export 20% of output:]
    Consequently, if the extra cost is £9.8 billion, then the cost per household is [(100% x 40% x £9.8 billion) + (60% x 80% x £9.8 billion)] / 20,000,000.

    (£3.92 billion + £4.704 billion)/20,000,000 = £8,624,000,000/20,000,000 = £431.2 per household

  12. A C Osborn says:

    • Discontinue the carbon floor tax on the basis that production for coal fired power stations is combined with carbon capture and storage

    Sorry CC&S is absolute nonsense and should not be given any consideration whatsoever.

  13. suricat says:

    A C Osborn says: April 16, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I concur wholeheartedly A C!

    ‘Carbon Capture’ involves the interment of not just ‘carbon’, but ‘oxygen’ as well!

    When atmospheric oxygen levels are slowly reducing, why would we want to lock away two atoms of oxygen with each atom of carbon that’s held in the ‘CO2 molecule’? Duh!

    The ‘molecule’ (CO2) poses minimal affectation to Earth’s systems and is best left to ‘fractionate’ (be split apart) by Earth’s flora. ‘Vegetation’ lays down ‘carbon’ in the most effective way!

    Best regards, Ray.