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The cancellation of several energy infrastrure projects risk leaving as many as 20 million UK homes in the dark, equal to around three-quarters of British households, the Labour Party has warned.

New figures obtained by Labour show that energy infrastructure projects cancelled or blocked under the Tories would have generated enough energy each year to power more than 20 million homes.

In the last six months alone, the Government has reneged on plans to build three new nuclear power plants which would have powered 17 million homes each year.

In June 2018 the Government axed plans for the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant in Swansea Bay – enough to power nearly 150,000 homes each year.

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And the Government’s ban on onshore wind, introduced in 2015, is blocking nearly 800 shovel-ready onshore wind projects – enough to power more than three million homes each year.

Most of Britain’s remaining nuclear power stations are set to be closed in the 2020s, with Labour warning of an imminent energy gap if the Government does not secure further investment in energy infrastructure.

The government’s recent sector deal set out an ambition for offshore wind to deliver “up to” 30 gigawatts of energy by 2030, but failed to establish concrete targets or bring forward substantial new investment.

Labour has pledged to approve the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, remove barriers to onshore wind, and support new nuclear as part of a sustainable and secure energy mix.

The party also say that, when in Government, it would create 400,000 new jobs through a ‘green industrial revolution’.

Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary, said: “These figures show that the Tories risk failing in one of the first duties of any Government – keeping the lights on.

“When the Wylfa plant was cancelled Greg Clark announced an energy white paper for summer 2019 – six months down the line. That’s the sign of a Government absorbed in its own meltdown, not the real issues facing our country.

“Ministers should come clean to the public about the gaping hole in their plans and what that means for our energy security.

“Labour has been consistent in its support for nuclear as part of our energy mix, calling on the government to take a public stake in new nuclear projects.

“We would end the short-sighted and ideological Tory ban on onshore wind and mobilise huge investments in renewable energy.”


Disclaimer: This article is based on an official press release from the Labour Party.

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