New Climate Minister: ‘Bill Payers Must Pay For Low Carbon Transition’

  • Date: 14/06/17
  • Utility Week

The government’s newly appointed climate change minister has backed bill payer subsidies for the shift to low carbon power generation.

Claire Perry was appointed climate change minister yesterday following Nick Hurd’s move to the Home Office as Theresa May continued her post-election reshuffle of the Cabinet.

The government announced yesterday (June 12) that Perry, who is MP for the Wiltshire constituency of Devizes, is joining the BEIS (business, energy and industrial strategy) department as minister of state for climate change.

Perry was a junior minister at the parliamentary under secretary for transport until July last year before quitting over the government’s failure to stop disruption on the Southern Rail franchise.

In a blogpost, published in February last year, Perry backed the inclusion of an “ambitious set of targets” in the fifth carbon budget, prior to its adoption in July.

To achieve those targets, she wrote that it was “only fair to expect bill payers to support low carbon power as long as costs are controlled”.

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