British energy policy is out-of-date. It was designed almost thirty years ago for a world very different to today.
Securing our energy supplies presents a growing threat and five more years of Gordon Brown would only make an already precarious situation worse. We need change and in this Green Paper we set out plans for the biggest overhaul of British energy policy in a generation.
That is why we launched our energy policy paper, Rebuilding Security, today. It is a comprehensive programme for the long-overdue reform of British energy policy. In it we set out plans to create security guarantees for electricity and for gas – ensuring that the lights stay on and our homes stay warm.
We will also take decisive action to promote nuclear and renewable power, through streamlined planning, a floor price for carbon and improved infrastructure. Finally we will make Britain more energy efficient, through our Green Deal and a new ‘energy internet’, that puts consumers in control of their energy usage.
These policies will deliver secure, sustainable and affordable energy for the years ahead, while boosting investment and creating jobs. Ours is a plan to turn a threat into an opportunity, demonstrating the energy leadership and values needed to get Britain back on track.