Britain will struggle to keep the lights on and could face power cuts after the government has cancelled crucial energy projects, Labour have warned.
Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary Rebecca Long Bailey said the government risked failing "in one of the first duties – keeping the lights on".
The government has scrapped nuclear power plants planned for Moorside, Cumbria, Wylfa Newydd in Anglesey, and Oldbury, Gloucester all in the last six months.
They would have generated enough power for 17 million homes.
Tory Ministers also killed off plans for the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant in Swansea Bay – enough to power nearly 150,000 homes each year.
Ms Long Bailey continued: “When the Wylfa plant was cancelled Greg Clark announced an energy white paper for summer 2019 – six months down the line.
"That’s the sign of a Government absorbed in its own meltdown, not the real issues facing our country.
"Ministers should come clean to the public about the gaping hole in their plans and what that means for our energy security.
“Labour has been consistent in its support for nuclear as part of our energy mix, calling on the government to take a public stake in new nuclear projects. We would end the short-sighted and ideological Tory ban on onshore wind and mobilise huge investments in renewable energy.”
The Government’s ban on onshore wind, introduced in 2015, is blocking nearly 800 shovel-ready onshore wind projects – enough to power more than three million homes each year.
The combined lost capability would have been enough to quarter 20 million homes – or three-quarters of the UK’s households – Labour said.
A Conservative spokesman told The Sun : “The UK’s energy security is at its highest level in five years. Today and in the past, governments of all colours have understood they have a duty to ensure security of supply whilst protecting taxpayers and consumers.
“Jeremy Corbyn’s energy policies would saddle families with sky high energy bills by committing billions of pounds to renationalising vast swathes of the energy system – leaving families with nowhere to turn if things went wrong.
“Last week through our modern Industrial Strategy the government committed to a third of UK electricity being produced from offshore wind by 2030.”
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