The Energy Bill has had its second reading in the House, delivered by Chris Huhne Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
“I beg to move that the Bill be now read a second time.
Mr Speaker, over the past year, energy policy has been in the spotlight.
From the Gulf of Mexico to Fukushima, no-one can doubt the importance of our energy choices.
And for the first time, scientists have linked greenhouse gas emissions to an increased risk of major floods.
Faced with a difficult financial situation, the Government’s objectives are clear.
We must secure affordable energy supplies for the future; and we must avoid dangerous climate change.
Neither will be easy. The gap between our energy demand and our energy supply is growing. We are increasingly dependent on imported energy. We still rely heavily on unclean and unsustainable fossil fuels.
By law, we must cut our emissions by 80% by 2050. We must get 15% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Our energy infrastructure is ageing. Our old polluting power stations are shutting down.
Building the next generation of power plants will take time and money. If we are to cut our carbon emissions and keep the lights on, we must act now.
And the cheapest way of closing the gap between supply and demand is to reduce the amount of energy use.
Mr Speaker, the Energy Bill contains provisions to boost our energy security, encourage low-carbon technologies, and improve energy efficiency.
It places a new obligation on energy companies to reduce carbon emissions and support vulnerable consumers.
And it delivers a key Coalition commitment: the Green Deal. A self-financing building improvement scheme to bring our properties into the 21st century…”
The full transcript of the reading is available on the DECC website