High profile Conservative calls for clean power target
Prominent Conservative politician Tim Yeo has publicly backed a clean power target in the Government's Energy Bill.
The MP, who chairs the influential Energy and Climate Change Committee, will introduce an amendment to the Bill in the New Year.
Parliament will debate the Energy Bill today (Wednesday).
A 2030 clean power target is vital to create long-term certainty for investors in green industry and jobs.
The CBI has stated that green growth was last year responsible for a third of all UK economic growth.
Government advisors have said failure to include a target will lead to higher fuel bills in the future.
The Committee on Climate Change say bills could increase by up to £600 in the coming decades if we continue to rely on dirty and expensive gas.
A target for cleaning up the power sector is essential - it would give businesses the confidence to invest in clean energy, create jobs and end the nation's crippling dependence on dirty and increasingly costly fossil fuels.
Andy Atkins, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth
NGOs including Friends of the Earth, WWF, Greenpeace, the Association for the Conservation of Energy and RSPB have set out the key changes needed to the Energy Bill.