To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of new jobs expected to be created in renewable energy industries and the green economy by 2020; and if he will estimate the likely effect on the number of jobs in the rest of the economy as a result of any increase in energy costs resulting from electricity market reform and the decarbonisation of the UK energy sector.
DECC has not made an assessment of the number of new jobs expected to be created in renewable energy industries and the green economy by 2020.
As a result of electricity market reform, household electricity bills are estimated to be, on average, 4% lower over the next two decades than they would otherwise have been. Average bills for businesses and energy intensive industries will also be lower than without reform.
Implementing these reforms will require a significant increase in skilled professionals and will support the creation of jobs in the sector. Initial estimates suggest that the infrastructure investment enabled by these reforms could lead to as many as 250,000 more people being employed in the low-carbon energy sector.
We do not expect the de-carbonisation agenda to have a significant impact on net UK employment over the long' term. All of DECC's policies are consistent with the Government's overarching priority to deliver economic growth and new jobs.