Senior Lib Dem in moves to secure our energy future

September 27, 2011 12:02 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Moves are in hand today to stabilise our energy costs and reduce the impact of oil price rises. A senior Liberal Democrat is in meetings to lobby EU chiefs for a European supergrid carrying renewable energy.

Lib Dem MEP Sir Graham Watson is Chairman of a global network (of MPs and MEPs from all mainstream political parties) campaigning to increase government investment in renewable energy and electricity supergrids. The network is called the Climate Parliament and is today holding meetings with two different European Commissioners.

Sir Graham is leading a group of core MEPs to meet with the European Commissioner for research, innovation and science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and the European Commissioner for regional policy Johannes Hahn.

Ahead of the meeting, Sir Graham said: "Our meetings today are about how we can use the EU's budget for research and regional policy to finance (1) a surge in renewable energy in Europe and (2) an electricity supergrid to connect Europe's remote sources of renewable energy together into one stable, reliable and 100% renewable source of power for all.

"This campaign comes at a crucial time, as the EU's overall spending plans for the 2014-2020 budgetary period are being drawn up as we speak. We are calling for €2 bn a year for research and €3 bn per year from structural funds for building a European supergrid and supporting large-scale renewable energy installations."