Speaking at a Conservative party conference, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker announced he wants to unleash a new model of competition and enterprise for the energy market.
Addressing Ed Miliband’s intention to move the cost of energy to the top of Labour’s political agenda, Mr Barker announced that delivering a better deal for energy consumers has always been their highest priority.
Accusing Labour of creating the Big Six energy companies, Mr Barker suggested that the British public now needed: ‘an explosion of choice, fierce competition, relentless innovation and a market framed to put the consumer at its very heart” to keep prices down.
He went on to say: “We are still at the early stages of shale gas exploration in the UK and it offers huge potential benefits, provided that it is done in a way that is genuinely environmentally responsible.
“Globally, a shift from coal to gas could have a significant positive impact in the fight against dangerous climate change.
“Here in the UK it offers greater energy security and the potential to drive our economy forward.”
Mr Barker also explained how he now wanted to encourage: “a vast new army of disruptive new energy players to challenge the Big 6”.