Ensuring affordable, reliable energy supplies is the responsibility of government.
|The Peoples Party will:|
|triple UK generation capacity and upgrade the national grid accordingly|
|support the construction of small modular reactors (SMRs) as the most practical and environmentally friendly solution to our energy needs and the maintenance of grid stability. We must also invest in other nuclear options, such as new larger stations and compact molten salt reactors (CMSR). Examine locations on offshore barges as well as on land|
|encourage the full exploitation of UK offshore wind and tidal resources|
|support compressed air and battery plants to store energy from wind|
|encourage electrolysis plants to produce green hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in sectors that cannot be electrified|
|mandate the replacement of gas boilers with air source heat pumps|
|stimulate domestic energy production through solar roofs and fences with the installation of suitable battery storage to store surplus power and off peak energy|
|actively promote electric cars and lorries|
Energy must be sustainable and dependable. The challenge of climate change means that we must switch to non fossil fuel sources as soon as possible. This requires decisions not dithering.
Expedient measures such as burning natural gas to create electricity are a highly wasteful use of a precious chemical resource. Like the use of gas in heating, it contributes very significantly to UK emissions. It also makes us increasingly dependent on continental pipelines or LPG tankers, providing a major strategic vulnerability.
Looking to the future, electricity demand will increase dramatically as it provides power for transport, heating, and hydrogen production. We must act, investing to make sure that there is sufficient energy supply.