Affordable Energy: Winter 2022-23

Part of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – in the House of Commons at 11:33 am on 7 June 2022.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 11:33, 7 June 2022

There is a lot in that question, but the scenario the hon. Lady paints is very extreme. She will know that we are looking actively at what we can do on the storage side. On producing energy, I find it a bit rich of the Labour party to criticise us. This is the party that said, in 1997, that there was no economic case for new nuclear power stations; the party that increased, rather than cut, our dependence on gas, which went from accounting for 32% of our electricity generation to 46% of it; and the party that failed to invest in renewables, which, over 10 years, have gone from accounting for 7% of our electricity generation to 43% of it. We will take no lessons from the Opposition on helping people with energy generation and with their bills.