Andrea Leadsom: Energy decisions should be more democratic

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said she wants energy decisions to be “more democratic”. This comes after the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, which mentioned boosting energy security and tackling climate change. The government […]

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Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said she wants energy decisions to be “more democratic”.

This comes after the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, which mentioned boosting energy security and tackling climate change.

The government has also said it would scrap subsidies for onshore windfarms.

Ms Leadsom added: “We want to make decisions on energy more democratic and are giving communities a direct say on wind farm planning decisions.

“It is right that local people have the power to decide whether they want a wind farm in their area.”

She also said the government supports the UK’s North Sea industry “by giving the Oil and Gas Authority the powers it needs to maximise the economic recovery of gas and oil from UK waters”.

“Ms Leadsom added: We will continue to need oil and gas as part of our energy mix even as we cut our carbon emissions.”

Referring to securing a climate deal in Paris, Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said: “Agreeing a global deal is a massive opportunity for us to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change and also to open up new opportunities for our low carbon industries.

“It’s not just governments who want this deal, its businesses, NGOs and campaign groups both in the UK and internationally.

“The UK is leading the way in clean technology and innovation, creating new jobs and helping to power our economic recovery.”