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Competitiveness, security, sustainability: MEP Chichester's view on EU energy policy

Monday, 23 January 2012
South West MEP Giles Chichester, the European Conservative spokesperson on Industry, Research and Energy, has used an article published on PRSD to outline his view on the EU’s policy on energy.

Mr Chichester writes that “security of our energy supply remains fundamental [and] without energy, our society would disintegrate” and stated his belief that responsibility for energy policies “should remain with EU Member States” because of the “differences of energy supply requirements from one European country to another [and] the risk to [energy] security is greater if only one EU body is making the policy decisions”.

Security of supply is best maintained by diversity: diversity of energy mix, diversity of technology, diversity of fuels, diversity of sources of supply, diversity of suppliers, diversity of planning models,” he writes. “[But] this doesn’t mean we should forget about climate change or competitiveness; competitiveness is crucial to maintain that diversity and to achieve CO2 emission reduction in the most efficient way.

I think we should draw back from what I call the religion of renewables which prescribes the solution before the problem is defined.”

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