European energy policy 'will not happen'

20 Oct 2010
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European energy policy 'will not happen'

Political difficulties are standing in the way of a continent-wide European energy policy being agreed.

This is the opinion of David Howell, the British Commonwealth minister, who stated a European energy policy "would be nice, but it's not going to happen", reports Time magazine.

He was speaking at the European Future Energy Forum in London, which got underway yesterday (October 19th 2010) and runs until tomorrow (October 21st).

Mr Howell explained that each country will have to come up with their own policies to move forward with the usage of renewable energy.

Time reports that he also appeared to be concerned about the rising costs being passed onto consumers.

Addressing the renewable energy industry, he said: "You boys have got to get your costs down."

This comes after Stewart Larque, UK media relations manager at National Grid, stated that it is possible a European energy grid could be set up if an agreement is reached.

But he claimed that it is "difficult to say" what the chances of this happening are. 

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