Peter Aldous spoke in a debate on concerns about electricity transmission infrastructure. He called on National Grid to work with affected communities to mitigate the impact so we can press ahead with the roll-out of offshore wind which is vital for the UK's zero carbon energy ambitions and will bring much-needed well paid jobs to this area.
Peter Aldous welcomes ScottishPower Renewables success in the Contract for Difference auction for its East Anglia Three offshore wind project, and asks about future CfD auctions which will allow more offshore wind development and bring more jobs to coastal communities such as those in Waveney.
Whilst recognising the need for short-term measures to support people with energy bills, Peter Aldous cautions against unintended consequences that could undermine investment in emerging lower carbon industries such as offshore wind, hydrogen production and carbon capture which are vital to the regeneration of towns such as Lowestoft.
Peter Aldous highlights the problem of patients waiting for discharge but with nowhere to go and calls on the Government to work with local councils, the ambulance service and the hospital to remove the blockage that is impacting all the way along the ambulatory care pathway.
Peter Aldous welcomes the significant infrastructure investment at East Coast College with the energy skills centre in Lowestoft and the civil engineering and construction campus at Lound, but calls for a long-term strategic approach to ensure that local people can acquire the necessary skills for the jobs emerging in low-carbon energy along the East Anglian coast.
Peter Aldous seeks assurances from the Government on its commitment to invest in Ely and Haughley rail junctions which will have significant levelling-up benefits across East Anglia, improving services for both freight and passengers, and help achieve decarbonisation targets.
Peter Aldous calls for a Government strategy to address the staffing crisis in further education so that colleges such as East Coast College can provide local people with the necessary skills in fabrication, engineering and construction ready for the exciting new jobs in low-carbon energy along the East Anglian coast.
Peter Aldous questions the Government on the impact of changes to tax policy on electricity generators on investment in clean, low-carbon energy infrastructure that is crucial to creating long-term, rewarding jobs in coastal areas such as Waveney.