Nigel Adams spoke out twice in the House of Commons this week on the issue of the UK’s energy security and in defence of jobs in the power industry in Selby and Ainsty. First, in a debate on the Finance Bill, which is currently in the committee stage, Mr. Adams put the case to the House for supporting the renewable energy industry via the continuation of the exemption of renewables from the Climate Change Levy. At issue were proposals to remove the levy exemption with a notice period to businesses of just 28 days, and Mr. Adams strenuously objected to the instability this short notice would create in the market – with power stations and consumers of renewables unable to adapt their business models in time, the results could be power station closures, job losses, and the inability of the renewable energy industry to develop, all at a time when the UK’s margin of capacity to provide the amount of power needed is razor-thin, with winter approaching. Following the debate, he voted against removing the levy exemption.
Mr. Adams then put the issue to the Prime Minister during Prime Minister’s Questions, asking the Prime Minister to meet with him to discuss both the power capacity issues as well as the potential job losses in North Yorkshire that could follow from the removal of the exemption to the Climate Change levy. Mr. Adams warned the House that power stations were being “taxed out of business” without a viable replacement plan for energy generation in place. The Prime Minister accepted Mr. Adams’ request.
Mr. Adams will continue to put the case to colleagues on all sides of the House for a responsible approach to energy security and for supporting businesses and jobs in the renewable energy industry in North Yorkshire and across the country, as well as meeting with business leaders and affected constituents. His full speech is available here and the text of his question to the Prime Minister and the response here.