Central to next generation success is decentralised microgeneration, and Cameron gets itDecember 6, 2007 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Britain, California, Conservatives, Energy paper, Germany, Microgeneration, Netherlands, Renewables, UK, US | 7 Comments
Finally! A politician in Britain in addition to David Miliband and the Defra crew gives me hope on climate change—and it’s David Cameron. Party politics don’t matter any more. It should simply be a case of the best man for the job. Cameron should team up with John Ashton of the Foreign Office too, and perhaps we might get some success on the climate front. I have waited patiently to allow our Prime Minister time to ramp up his climate commitment, but it is clear now that the time for waiting has run out and Gordon Brown has lost the plot, if he ever cottoned on to it in the first place.
After what I read about the energy lobbies nobbling energy policies earlier this week, the Tory leader gave a good speech (please read it) today at Greenpeace’s offices. It shows that he understands and appreciates the seriousness of climate change, and the fundamental problem with centralised power, and is prepared to do something positive to change the way this country generates power. Good.
Cameron’s party released a new Conservative “Power to the People: The Decentralised Energy Revolution” Green paper today. This follows the enlightened approach to business opportunities—green and otherwise—taken in California for a post-bureaucratic world, as well as leadership demonstrated by Germany and the Netherlands in increasing local generation of renewables, proposing a feed-in tariff to encourage people to be paid for the energy they generate and feed back into the grid. In the meantime, while waiting for such proposals to win support and take effect, we desperately need more Brits to sign up for electricity from 100% renewables, as offered by Good Energy, to increase demand for such sources ASAP. There is no need to go for nuclear, yet if you read the US administration’s stance and that of the UK energy minister, you’d think nuclear power was a godsend. They, by contrast with Cameron, just do not get it.
Here’s the Conservative proposal:
the short story in the Guardian:
and the Independent: