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Conservative Party plans to scale back green levies and boost nuclear

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has revealed the Conservative Party's General Election Manifesto, outlining plans to reduce green levies, expedite nuclear power projects and ensure future net zero decisions are voted on in Parliament

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has unveiled the Conservative Party’s General Election Manifesto, detailing plans to fast-track next-generation nuclear power and subject the next phase of the UK’s net zero transition to a Parliamentary vote.

The measures announced in the manifesto aim to cut the costs of tackling climate change for households and businesses while ensuring the UK reaches net zero by 2050.

Key measures include a realistic approach to easing burdens on working people and allowing families time to adapt to changes, such as replacing boilers with heat pumps.

A vote in the next Parliament will be guaranteed on the next stage of the net zero pathway.

This will include proper consideration of the plans and policies required to meet new targets to maintain democratic consent for significant decisions.

The manifesto also includes plans to reduce green levies on household bills, leveraging the falling costs of renewable energy sources like wind and solar.

Green levies will be lower each year of the next Parliament compared to 2023, the Conservative Party has said.

The party rules out creating additional green levies and introducing road pricing schemes or a frequent flyer levy.

The Climate Change Committee will be reformed with a mandate to consider the cost to households and UK energy security in its future advice.

Energy bills, which have fallen by 63% since their peak, are targeted for further reductions.

The manifesto outlines the maintenance of the energy price cap to protect households from being overcharged and a review of standing charges to keep them low.

The Pumpwatch scheme will be implemented to ensure petrol retailers share live price information, helping drivers secure fair prices.

Households will be offered smart energy tariffs, potentially saving £900 annually.

Recommendations from the Winser Review will be implemented to enhance network buying confidence and cut waiting times for grid connections, saving households an estimated £15-£25 annually by 2035.

A rapid review into alternative network technologies, such as undergrounding versus overhead pylons, will be undertaken.

The aim is to favour undergrounding where it is cost-competitive.

The party pledges to invest £6 billion in energy efficiency over the next three years, targeting around a million homes, and fund a voucher scheme for energy efficiency measures and solar panels to help families lower bills.

The manifesto promises democratic consent for onshore wind projects, balancing energy security with local community views.

The updated National Planning Policy Framework aims to ensure local areas benefit directly from hosting onshore wind projects, potentially through energy bill discounts.

Support for solar energy will focus on suitable locations, avoiding the best agricultural land and facilitating installations on brownfield sites and rooftops.

New planning rules will prevent multiple solar farms from clustering in one area to protect rural landscapes.

The current moratorium on fracking will be retained, the manifesto has confirmed.

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