Britain must retain membership of the European Internal Energy Market (IEM) if Fenland’s wind energy sector is to continue to thrive, warned Euro-MP Alex Mayer today in the European Parliament.
The IEM enables harmonised, tariff-free trading of gas and electricity across Europe. The UK has been a leading force in the creation and design the IEM, consistently arguing for the opening up of markets to reduce costs for consumers. Retaining IEM membership would allow UK consumers to continue to benefit from access to lower prices in many neighbouring countries, as well as increased diversity and security of supply. Leaving the IEM would put these benefits at risk at a critical time whilst Britain’s North Sea energy supplies decline.
Referencing her recent visit to the Ransonmoor wind turbine site near Doddington, Ms Mayer praised the project and remarked to fellow MEPs in the Parliament Chamber in Strasbourg that Fenland was known for its strong winds.
Figures from the National Grid show that last year was the greenest year ever in terms of how Britain’s electricity is generated.
The five turbines at the Ransonmoor site, in operation since 2007, produce 26 GWH of electricity per annum, enough to power 6,600 homes for a year.
Ms Mayer said: “I want renewable energy to thrive across Fenland and the whole of East Anglia, retaining our membership of the Internal Energy Market is vital to that end.
“If we are to meet the Government’s commitment to phase out fuel driven vehicles and replace them with electric cars, we’ll need to find further ways of generating even more electricity.
“I call on the Tories to drop their opposition to onshore wind farms.”