Prime Minister David Cameron urged the European Commission to reject calls for a renewable energy target, saying the proposal would cost British consumers 9 billion pounds ($14.8 billion) a year by 2030.
In a letter to Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Cameron said the U.K. prefers a single target to reduce greenhouse gases instead of a set of three goals, including one for renewables, in the European Union’s new policy framework for the next decade.
“This will reduce unnecessary costs that our embattled energy sector is currently bearing, lowering energy prices across Europe, with consequential benefits to the EU’s growth and competitiveness,” Cameron wrote in the letter dated Dec. 4 and confirmed by an official in his office in London yesterday.
A “Euroskeptic” might suspect that the latest EU proposal to cut emissions 40% by 2030 was nothing more than an attempt to provide business for the “Beautiful Alliance” between the French and German renewable sectors. Or perhaps it just the fact that there will be an election soon in Britain, in which energy bills and anti-European sentiment will be important campaign issues. Maybe its a little bit of both.