Labour manifesto confirms plans for public control of energy
Labour unveiled its 2017 general election manifesto on Tuesday 16 May, committing to take energy back into public ownership and pledging a £1,000 emergency energy price cap. The party called the UK’s energy system “outdated, expensive and polluting”, criticising privatisation as failing to deliver an energy system that delivers for people, businesses or the environment. Labour committed to regaining control of energy supply networks through the alteration of the national and regional network operator licence conditions, as well as legislating to permit publicly owned local companies to purchase regional grid infrastructure. Labour also said it would insulate 4mn homes as an infrastructure priority, ban fracking and put the UK back on track to meet climate targets by ensuring 60% of energy comes from renewable sources by 2030.