Live updates: Labor outlines plans for state-owned clean energy company

A Labor government would aim to create a public energy group in its first year in office that would seek to transform the UK into a clean energy ‘superpower’, the Opposition Leader has said.

“A new business taking advantage of the opportunities of clean UK energy and because it’s good for jobs, because it’s good for growth, because it’s good for energy independence from -live tyrants like [President Vladimir] Putin,” Sir Keir Starmer said on Tuesday.

Labour’s green prosperity plan, which “would double Britain’s onshore wind capacity, triple solar power, quadruple offshore wind, invest in tidal power, hydrogen and nuclear”, aims to 100% clean energy goal by 2030.

Starmer told party members at the conference in Liverpool that a Labor government would build a “fairer and greener” Britain. Doing so, he said, would help tackle the climate crisis head-on and create job opportunities across the country.

Working with Ed Miliband, the shadow secretary of state for climate change and net zero, Starmer said his government would ensure its “energy revolution” is felt across the country.

“Let’s have clean hydrogen power in South Yorkshire, East England, across the river in the Wirral,” he said. “Offshore wind in Scotland, Teesside, East and North Yorkshire. Solar power is growing in rural communities, across the South East, South West and Midlands.

The plan could result in the “greatest partnership between government, business and communities this country has ever seen”, he said.

“It will mean new jobs – over a million new jobs, training for plumbers, electricians, engineers, software designers, technicians, builders,” he said. “And it will all start within the first 100 days of a new Labor government.”

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