GOVERNMENT INDECISION on renewable energy is costing families in Great Yarmouth money on their gas and electricity bills, according to Norfolk Euro MP Richard Howitt.
Richard Howitt MEP believes that Norfolk is not seen as a safe place to invest in renewable energy.
Recently Richard climbed aboard a vessel on the South Beach Parade and hear from executives and local workers at Great Yarmouth business Seajacks how more wind power and offshore gas and oil would reduce energy prices, promote renewable energy and increase energy security.
Great Yarmouth’s docks were purchased for an estimated £50 million. Something that Richard believes highlights the economic potential in the area.
Richard Howitt has spearheaded a campaign in the European Parliament that will see the development of a new North Sea Energy Grid that would reduce gas and electricity bills.
“The bottom line is that mixed signals sent by this government cost a local family in the pocket when it comes to their energy bills every month.
“Norfolk is absolutely key to Britain keeping the lights turned on and indeed 60 percent of the offshore wind in the UK comes from just off the coastline in the East – beginning right here in Great Yarmouth.
“Where the government is unwilling to make commitments to Norfolk people about energy, Europe will.
“The news this week that Europe is backing the creation of a North Sea electricity grid is terrific news that will create even more jobs right here in Norfolk to add to the hundreds already in place at Seajacks.”
-Richard Howitt MEP (December 2015)