A WAR of words erupted yesterday following calls by Prime Minister David Cameron for green energy to become cheaper and “more sustainable”. The Prime Minister also stressed fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas – including shale gas – and carbon capture and storage were all going to have a role to play in the nation’s energy mix – as is nuclear.
A WAR of words erupted yesterday following calls by Prime Minister David Cameron for green energy to become cheaper and “more sustainable”.
The Prime Minister made the comments at an international clean energy summit in London that saw ministers gather from 23 countries around the globe.
In Wales, where renewables have become a highly divisive issue amid concerns about their impact on scenery, windfarm opponent Michael Williams said the technologies were viable only because they attracted massive subsidies.
But Llywelyn Rhys, deputy director of RenewableUK Cymru, which represents several hundred firms across the country, said green energy will get cheaper as the technology matures.
Speaking specifically on the environment for the first time since pledging to lead “the greenest government ever”, the Prime Minister said the country needed cheaper energy because families were struggling with utility bills in the face of higher gas prices.
Mr Williams, secretary of the North Wales protest group the Cynghrair Hiraethog Alliance, said that while he was in favour of renewable energy in principle, wind farms in particular were costly, inefficient and they semi-industrialised beauty spots.