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Keeping the lights on in 2030: 8 days left to decide how

May 26th, 2013 by

In 2030, what will be keeping our lights on? Our energy future is a £25bn question – and on June 4th, MPs will vote on the answer.

The choice facing the UK is clear. Either we choose clean energy sources over dirty ones – or we don’t. Either we stop 550 million extra tonnes of carbon belching into our atmosphere – or we don’t. Either we commit to cleaning up our energy sector, to meeting our climate change targets, and to creating tens of thousands of new jobs – or we don’t.

The government’s draft energy laws are back in parliament on June 4th. If we’re going to make sure that MPs make the right choice on our energy future, we have 8 days to convince them.

And over the past few months, 38 Degrees members have been pretty convincing. Together, we’ve seen 15 of our target MPs switch sides. Here’s how:

Energy Bill: the campaign so far

Parliament’s taking a break, so MPs are back in their constituency for the next week. They’ll be reading their local papers – so together, 38 Degrees members are making sure that our message gets through. So far, nearly 1000 of us have written letters to our local newspaper editors to let MPs know that on June 4th, they’ll be under scrutiny.

If your MP is Conservative or Lib Dem (and especially if they’re a Lib Dem, seeing as a 2030 target is Lib Dem party policy), write to your local paper quickly and easily by clicking here.

We have 10 days to persuade enough MPs to make the right choice. Are you in?

If you are, and you want to do more - like leaflet your neighbours or pop in to see your MP in person – please email us at energybill@38degrees.org.uk.

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  • John

    This whole business is in a mess. When energy was a public enterprise we had standing charges, and it was an internal business. Now even British Gas are foreign owned, and, as I understand, are all the big six. On privatisation, standing charges were discontinued, but replaced with a tariff structure that involved a two tier system where the initial energy use was higher than that beyond a fixed threshold rate. The initial rate equated to the standing charge. Since the policy is to reduce the tariff structures and offer the cheapest option, the energy rate has been reduced, but the standing charge has been re-introduced, so we now pay a quarterly fee simply for having a meter on site even if we do not use the energy.
    The exorbitant price rises have been explained away by rising demand for raw materials, but the recent race for shale gas has crashed the international price for coal as the coal industry tries to undermine the economics of the fracking for shale gas, and coal is becoming the fuel for choice again in preference to gas and oil. Recently I’ve discovered that we are importing timber from the US to provide energy from burning wood as being a ‘sustainable’ energy source, but isn’t wood the original source of all the fossil fuels, and a carbon rich material. Wood is also a less dense source of energy so we have to burn more of it to extract the same energy that we get from fossil fuels and hence entails more CO2 emissions in transporting it.
    I thought that the policy was to reduce dependency on carbon rich fuels of any sort and reduce CO2 emissions, so where is the green energy investment, not just sustainably sourced energy.
    In other energy campaigns, on the NPower tax position, their CEO stated that the domestic energy supply side of his business made a loss!!, so why are they still in the business, no one continues in business to make a loss unless there are other advantages, and in last year’s big switch campaign, the Consumer Association charged a £40 administration fee for each switched account.
    WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE UK’s ENERGY MARKET, it just seems like a huge gravy train milking the domestic consumer with no transparency in the obfuscating propaganda being fed to us