A Liberal Democrat-led government would restore support for solar PV cut by the Conservatives, the party’s election manifesto has stated. Released today (17 May), the manifesto outlines a raft of clean energy pledges that the Lib Dems have said would contribute towards the country sourcing 60% of its electricity demand from renewables sources – excluding nuclear – by 2030. Near the top of Lib Dem proposals is the restoration of support for solar PV and onshore wind, while smart grid, energy storage and hydro technologies would also receive substantial support from a Lib Dem government, with a “heavy” investment in research and development pledged as well.
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The manifestos of the three leading political parties in the UK contain few direct references to nuclear power. The documents were published this week as part of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat campaigning ahead of the general election on 8 June. Their campaigns have been dominated by the prospect of two years of Brexit talks with the European Union. The Conservative Party’s manifesto does not mention the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), but its leader, Prime Minister Theresa May, has already stated that exiting the EU also entails leaving Euratom. Some lawyers have disputed this requirement, arguing that the decision is based on the party’s preference to end all ties with the European Court of Justice.
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