Why is a Tory government trying to keep energy generation dirty and costly? Or is that a silly question?

The solar industry has expressed disbelief that the Treasury is about to impose a swingeing business tax on firms with rooftop schemes [Image: Getty].

The Government has been accused of trying to kill off Britain’s solar energy industry just as it is about to become one of the cheapest suppliers of electricity – with no need for any kind of state subsidy.

The Treasury is about to impose a swingeing business tax on firms with rooftop solar schemes, which could increase the bill by up to eight times. Domestic installations could also be hit by a VAT increase from five to 20 per cent.

And large-scale solar has been excluded from Government auctions of contracts to supply electricity to the grid for the lowest guaranteed price, effectively a form of state subsidy.

Source: Government accused of trying to kill off UK solar industry before it can become cheapest form of electricity

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5 thoughts on “Why is a Tory government trying to keep energy generation dirty and costly? Or is that a silly question?

  1. NMac

    This is almost certainly because a) They are control freaks and, b) They can make more money for themselves and their chums from fossil fuels. The welfare of society generally doesn’t even come into it as far as Tories are concerned.

  2. Barry Davies

    Well if you take the construction transport and areas of land taken up by solar farms the green benefit very quickly diminishes and as by definition they need sunlight it is not a guaranteed supply leading to the need for storage of the power and these batteries are far from green so it isn’t quite as simple as the exponents of solar energy would have you believe. Whereas I have no problem in looking for new power sources, given hat organic power is by definition finite, I can’t see why it can’t be done without propaganda.

    1. wildswimmerpete

      @Barry Davies
      “Well if you take the construction transport and areas of land taken up by solar farms” ……….usually on farming land that has been set aside.

      “by definition they need sunlight it is not a guaranteed supply”…………by definition you need daylight. There you go, corrected for you. Solar panels still function on the darkest winter day although at reduced efficiency.

      “leading to the need for storage of the power”……………Dinorwig?

      “these batteries are far from green” ………….what batteries? Batteries aren’t needed. Solar farms feed into the National Grid and every MVA fed into the Grid means one less MVA that has to be generated by burning fossil fuel.

      Barry, you are spouting utter BS. I’m an electronics engineer with experience of the subject. The Government are trying to suppress renewables in favour of the fossil fuel barons who pull the strings of the Tory Party.

  3. Fibro confused

    Their mates are complaining then, what will it take to wake up the people conned into Voting Tory at the last election well at any election. They really do represent the worst in people as we are seeing more and more of, the I’m alright jacks with no money problems who don’t give anyone else a second thought.

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