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Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on a report by the Committee on Climate Change on Electricity Market Reform, which found that investing in low-carbon technologies could save consumers £25-£45 billion off their energy bills and yield significant economic benefits, said:

“This report clearly shows that if the Government is serious about tackling spiralling energy bills, improving our country’s energy security and stopping dangerous climate change it must decarbonise the power sector by 2030.

“Despite promising to lead the “greenest government ever”, since David Cameron became Prime Minister investment in clean energy has fallen by half. The Government’s failure to include a clear commitment to decarbonise the power sector by 2030 just creates more uncertainty for investors who want to invest in British businesses and jobs, and help get our economy growing again.

“Ed Miliband was the first and only leader of a political party to commit to cleaning up Britain’s power sector by 2030. Labour will work with MPs from all parties to put a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill when it returns to the House of Commons in two weeks’ time.”

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