Weir appointed to Energy Bill committee

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Angus MP Mike Weir has been appointed to the standing committee on the Energy Bill, which will consider the provisions of the bill in detail and look at possible amendments.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Weir said the bill could have a huge impact on people throughout Angus, both in their domestic energy prices and its impact upon the energy industry.

He said: “The UK government has made it clear they intend to bring forward provisions relating to electricity and gas tariffs in this bill. This may have an effect on the prices that all of us pay for our energy.

“We do not, as yet, have any detail on what is to be proposed but the price of energy is of huge significance to everyone and the steadily rising prices are leading to an increasing amount of fuel poverty, which is unacceptable in an energy rich country like Scotland.

“Of equal importance on future bills will be determined by how we decide to provide electricity in the future.”

Mr Weir added energy already formed an important part of the local economy, and this was likely to increase.

He continued: “The Angus economy already has a significant stake in the Oil and Gas industry and the new renewable industries, particularly with large offshore wind farms, will play an increasing role in the future.

“The Energy Bill proposes to sweep away the existing system of funding energy developments and introducing a completely new system based on guaranteeing the future price of electricity.

“It is vitally important both for the industry and the consumer that this proposed new system delivers the energy we need at a reasonable cost.”