A RENEWABLE energy developer behind two of the latest planning applications for wind turbines in the Uttoxeter area has spoken out against the proposed cuts to ‘green energy tax’.
As ten thousand people face fuel poverty in East Staffordshire, Prime Minister David Cameron is looking for ways to cut energy prices and has suggested cuts to green energy levies which support renewable energy production.
Stephen Bate, renewable energy developer for Hallmark Power, the developers behind a number of wind turbine applications in Uttoxeter said green energy taxes are essential to avoid ‘inefficient, dirty energy’.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jon Wheale has stressed that energy companies should foot the bill and not the consumer.
Mr Bate said: “The closure of coal mines and the reduction of North Sea gas and oil mean we now have to import significant amounts of raw fuel, to generate energy.
“This leaves us more vulnerable to political pressure abroad and to potential price changes.
“The solution is for our country to switch to alternative forms of energy generation, such as the controversial nuclear power or to produce more energy from its own natural resources, such as solar, hydro or wind power.
“Unfortunately, such a switch requires massive amounts of investment, to provide the infrastructure.
“We are now edging towards the scenario where we might be self-sufficient in energy again, but this time from sustainable sources.
“Without the ‘green energy tax’, our country would remain in the dark ages of inefficient, dirty energy and doubtless the public would be in the dark, as without alternative forms of energy, power cuts would be more likely.”
Prospective MP Jon Wheale said: “The Tory-led government has failed to listen to people who are struggling with energy prices and the cost of living crisis.
“It’s the energy companies which should be called upon to pay and not our environment.”