UKIP’s energy spokesman Roger Helmer has spoken out against the latest EU energy policies.
The party’s MEP for the East Midlands spoke in an plenary session in Brussels last week on the EU’s objectives for ‘secure, affordable and sustainable energy.’
He said: “For many years the EU has followed policies which directly militate against those objectives.
“Germany, with the largest renewables investment, now uses increasing volumes of lignite. In the UK, we are planning to use diesel generation as back-up.”
Mr Helmer quoted a front page story from The Economist magazine, ‘Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret.’
He said: “It says we have created regulatory and subsidy structures which militate against energy infrastructure investment, and threaten security of supply.
“Yet the EU’s latest proposal amounts to little more than bureaucratic paper-pushing.”
His comments follow reports this week on the House of Lords report into the energy policies of the past three Governments.
The report criticises the open-ended nature of renewables subsidies.
Mr Helmer said: “Hard-working families, and indeed industry, is hit by the the costs of renewables and the EU and successive Government’s obsession with them.
“The cost of this obsession with weather-dependent energy is plunging us into an energy crisis.
“As reports say, it doesn’t matter how many extra renewables we subsidise, the wind won’t blow harder, nor the sun shine more – and that extra cost burden is carried by ordinary families and businesses up and down the land.”