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Tories seek Ofgem reforms

The Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) remit must include a statutory obligation to reduce carbon emissions if the UK renewables market is to grow. That was another of the ideas put forward by Gregory Barker, shadow environment minister and Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle. Speaking exclusively to H&V News last week, Mr Barker said the Conservatives would reform Ofgem’s sphere of activity to reflect 21st century energy concerns, providing a welcome boost to the renewables market. “It’s clear that Ofgem’s remit is out of date and that we need a vibrant, entrepreneurial electricity sector at the local level,” he explained. “Despite the changes in ownership and restructurings, electricity is supplied to the consumer in much the same way that it was 60 years ago.” “We want to see a 21 century revolution in the way that people generate, consume and sell back electricity to the grid in order to promote low carbon alternatives to inefficient carbon-intensive centralised generation. That means a decentralised energy revolution.” He added: “We think this enhances energy security and it also promotes low carbon technologies. This won’t happen without changing Ofgem’s remit to include a statutory obligation to reduce carbon emissions. We would change the nature of regulation in this country to make that happen.”