Government defeats Lords' rebellion on Energy Bill

An amendment forcing the government to set a 2030 target to decarbonise the electricity supply has been defeated in the House of Lords, ending a long-running debate

The government will not set a target to largely decarbonise the electricity supply by 2030 after it defeated the latest attempt to force one into the Energy Bill.

On 28 October, the House of Lords voted on an amendment to the bill that would have required a target to be set by April 2014.

The amendment was tabled by Lord Oxburgh, former chairman of Shell, and backed by Labour’s shadow energy minister Baroness Worthington and Conservative peer Lord Deben, chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). But it still lost by 202 votes to 216.

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