Amidst the Brexit uncertainty along comes a general election! What will this mean for energy & environment?

Opinion polls (well most of them) suggest that the Conservatives will be returned to power. If they are, and with a good working majority, then what is in their manifesto should be what they do – but experience suggests that not all manifesto pledges or promises are kept. That said, what the parties publish is what they have decided the electorate wants from them. Now I am guessing that not everyone reads every manifesto – if any! At one time this would have been a cost issue – with printed documents – but now we can access all the documents free of charge – which is what I have done.

I have read the manifestos published by the Conservatives, Labour,  Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru & UKIP and produced a document that looks at the energy, carbon and climate change elements of them. This can be downloaded here: 2017 Manifesto Review.

In this document there is an ‘at a glance’ section to allow you to easily compare the parties on a number of energy related aspects. Now, I am not suggesting that anyone’s vote will be influenced by these issues in isolation. But this review will help you see what the energy landscape might look like under the different parties.

Aspects covered in the review include price caps, fracking, nuclear power, public ownership, diesel cars, climate change, CCS and homes. I have attempted to be totally independent in this review as I hope that will give it the widest possible audience.

For those that don’t want to read the full document the following ‘highlights’ might be of interest.

Parties supporting a form of price cap on (domestic) energy – Conservative; Labour; SNP

Parties support public ownership of utilities – Labour; Green; in part Plaid Cymru

Parties support fracking – Conservative; UKIP

Zero carbon homes – Labour will consult, Lib Dems will have a Green Building Act; Greens support Zero Carbon

Existing homes – All parties have varying levels of support for improving the energy performance of existing homes and some agreement on that there are 4 million homes in need of attention

Whilst striving to be independent in this posting, the one personal view that I will make is that everybody who has a vote should use it.

We now await the outcome of June 8th.