It's being debated again today and increasingly forward thinking individuals and organisations are asking MP's to see the obvious sense of delivering clean energy to the UK.
Ahead of the debate a number of key organisations, businesses, faith groups and charities have urged MPs to vote in favour of the amendment tabled by the chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Tim Yeo.
The largest of which is a coalition of 55 organisations which includes SSE, Oxfam, National Farmers Union and The Church of Scotland. The group holds a united belief "that a low-carbon power sector is essential to secure the future well being of our economy", arguing that the Energy Bill represents "a major opportunity to put the UK firmly on track to becoming a world leading low-carbon economy, boost employment and show genuine leadership in the fight against dangerous climate change."
The call for an explicit decarbonisation target has been bolstered by the support of notable individuals too. Writing in the Financial Times,
Sir Alan Sugar said: “Without a 2030 decarbonisation target, the Energy Bill will be aimless, leaving businesses and potential investors with prolonged uncertainty and no real commitment from the politicians who were supposed to be the greenest government ever.”
Energy secretary Ed Davey commented on the non supportive MP's as being “destructive and their loudly clamouring scepticism born of vested interest, nimbyism, publicity seeking controversalism or sheer blinkered, dogmatic, political bloody-mindedness.”