Liberal Democrats to challenge Osborne on green targets
From The Telegraph:
Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, and Danny Alexander, the Chancellor’s number two, will call for electricity to be made almost entirely from green sources such as wind farms and nuclear by 2030.
Their backing for wholly green electricity at the Liberal Democrat party conference will be seen as a major challenge to Mr Osborne, who is strongly in favour of exploiting Britain’s gas reserves.
The Chancellor has been fighting to reduce subsidies for green energy amid complaints from Conservative backbenchers that wind turbines are expensive eyesores. He has also recently given tax breaks to North Sea explorers in the hope of reviving Britain’s reputation as a “gas hub”.
The row over energy has now become a major fault-line in the Coalition that is set to define the next few years.