Big Expansion of Small Energy

Green Conservatism: Move over Big 6, we need the Big 60,000

In this vibrant essay on popular decentralised community energy the Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change writes:

Thanks to falling costs and innovation, if approached with sufficient financial rigour, affordable big expansion of small energy is achievable. We can build the big 60,000. Success will require the government as an active partner in growth. But the prize is growth, jobs, economic resilience, a better deal for the consumer, a cleaner, greener, safer environment and energy security.

An extract from this essay first appeared in The Guardian under the title Gas isn’t the bogeyman.  Along with impassioned argument for diversity in popular community decentalised energy, Greg Barker asserts that we can achieve a cleaner, more decentralised energy sector, but environmentalists should recognise that gas is part of the answer.  He cites that choice, competition and a dynamic market are all a recipe for success.

This piece forms part of a collection of essays for Green Alliance: Green conservatism: protecting the environment through open markets.

You can read the essay in full here.