To mark the upcoming General Election, we’ll be publishing a post a day to highlight each parties stance on energy topics. We’ve trawled through all the manifestos to find what each party has promised and which position they will be taking with regards to the Energy market and energy matters.

Yesterday we discussed the Internal Energy Market and today we'll be covering The Electricity Grid. - Manifestos arranged alphabetically.

The Conservative Party.

Smart grids will make the most efficient use of our electricity infrastructure and electric vehicles…We will ensure that smart meters will be offered to every household and business by the end of 2020, giving people control over their energy bills that they have not had before.

The Green Party.

No Mention.

The Labour Party.

Regain control of energy supply networks through the alteration of operator license conditions, and transition to a publicly owned, decentralised energy system…Legislating to permit publicly owned local companies to purchase the regional grid infrastructure, and to ensure that national and regional grid infrastructure is brought into public ownership over time.

Liberal Democrats.

[Will build] more electricity interconnectors to underpin [a] higher reliance on renewables…We will support investment in cutting-edge technologies including energy storage [and] smart grid technology.

Plaid Cymru.

Plaid Cymru will oppose the construction and use of pylons through National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, advocating underground or undersea cabling where possible.

The Scottish National Party.

We will also seek to build a regulatory environment which including pumped hydro and batteries, allowing Scotland to maximise the benefits of our outstanding resources and build an energy system for the 21st century. The UK’s punitive transmission charging regime forces renewable and conventional energy generators in Scotland to pay huge fees to connect to the electricity grid, while power stations in the south of England receive subsidies. This unfair system contributed to the early closure of the power stations at Longannet in Fife and Cockenzie in East Lothian, with the loss of hundreds of local jobs, and must be overhauled. The SNP will continue to demand the reform of the punitive transmission charging regime, which has come to symbolise the UK government’s repeated failure to deliver energy policies which meet Scotland’s needs.

The UK Independence Party.

No Mention

What do the Manifestos mean for your business and utility management? We’d love to hear your comments.

Tomorrow we'll be discussing Green Economy.