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CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER AND THE CREATION OF A HIGH VOLTAGE DIRECT CURRENT SUPERGRID

EDM (Early Day Motion) 123: tabled on 04 December 2008

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 179 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House recognises the great potential of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) in desert regions as a source of clean energy for countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EUMENA); welcomes the Prime Minister's endorsement of CSP and its potential in his speech at the inaugural meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean; notes that CSP is already feeding electricity into the European transmission grid, that CSP plants are quick to build, and that the UK may benefit soon from this source of power via the existing grid; further notes that the existing grid may be upgraded with high voltage direct current technologies and smart electronics; further notes that the resulting supergrid would be a cost-effective means of promoting the security, efficiency and stability of electricity supplies throughout the region, and will in any case be needed for a single market for electricity and to provide access to large-scale but remote sources of renewable energy; and calls on the Government to promote these developments vigorously, to work with its international partners to remove overt and hidden subsidies for non-renewable sources of energy, to ensure that a proper price is paid for carbon dioxide emissions, to provide a system of support for renewable energy technologies that is harmonised across the region, to support existing moves to develop a single market for electricity throughout the EU, to extend that single market to EUMENA, and to put in place appropriate mechanisms for upgrading the transmission grid throughout the region.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2009
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Ainger, Nick
Labour
Signed on 22 April 2009
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Ainsworth, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 1 April 2009
East Surrey
Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2009
Southend West
Ancram, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 4 June 2009
Devizes
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2008
Blaydon
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2009
Rossendale and Darwen
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Erith and Thamesmead
Bailey, Mr Adrian
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2009
West Bromwich West
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 2009
Lewes
Banks, Gordon
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2009
Ochil and South Perthshire
Barrett, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 May 2009
Edinburgh West
Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 January 2009
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2009
Kingswood
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2009
South Ribble
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 2 April 2009
Altrincham and Sale West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 January 2009
Carshalton and Wallington
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 January 2009
South East Cornwall
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 January 2009
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Brown, Mr Russell
Labour
Signed on 6 May 2009
Dumfries and Galloway
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 April 2009
Taunton
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Gordon
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2009
Birmingham, Northfield
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Elmet
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 21 May 2009
West Chelmsford
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 April 2009
Solihull
Butterfill, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 22 January 2009
Bournemouth West
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Twickenham
Caborn, Mr Richard
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2009
Sheffield Central
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 April 2009
North East Fife
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2008
Gower
Cawsey, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Brigg and Goole
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Morley and Rothwell
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Bury North
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2008
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2009
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clelland, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2009
Tyne Bridge
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Cynon Valley
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2008
Leyton and Wanstead
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Stockton North
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2009
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 8 December 2008
Keighley
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 2009
Kingston and Surbiton
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 13 January 2009
Blaenau Gwent
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2008
Burton
Dhanda, Mr Parmjit
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2009
Gloucester
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2008
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Heywood and Middleton
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Aberdeen North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Lewisham West
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2009
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 9 December 2008
Foyle
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2009
Liverpool, Riverside
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 3 February 2009
Ribble Valley
Farrelly, Paul
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2009
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 January 2009
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 2009
Hornsey and Wood Green
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 December 2008
Bath
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 1 June 2009
Aberavon
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 December 2008
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 11 December 2008
Walthamstow
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Goldsworthy, Julia
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 April 2009
Falmouth and Camborne
Grogan, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Selby
Hall, Patrick
Labour
Signed on 2 April 2009
Bedford
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 December 2008
North Devon
Heath, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 May 2009
Somerton and Frome
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 April 2009
Birmingham, Yardley
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Jarrow
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2009
Vauxhall
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2009
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Cheltenham
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 December 2008
Cambridge
Howells, Dr Kim
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2009
Pontypridd
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Chorley
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 April 2009
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Huhne, Chris
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 January 2009
Eastleigh
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 December 2008
Cheadle
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2008
Hampstead and Highgate
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 11 December 2008
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2008
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Keeble, Ms Sally
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Northampton North
Keen, Alan
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2009
Feltham and Heston
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Hereford
Kennedy, Mr Charles
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Key, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 2009
Salisbury
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 March 2009
Richmond Park
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 March 2009
North Norfolk
Laws, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 April 2009
Yeovil
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2009
Derby North
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 December 2008
Manchester, Withington
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2009
Brighton, Pavilion
Levitt, Tom
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
High Peak
Linton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2009
Battersea
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 2 April 2009
Manchester Central
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 13 January 2009
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mackay, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 19 January 2009
Bracknell
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2009
Blackpool South
Marshall-Andrews, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 15 January 2009
Medway
Mason, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 January 2009
Glasgow East
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 13 May 2009
East Hampshire
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Calder Valley
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 11 February 2009
Belfast South
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 20 March 2009
South Down
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2009
Mansfield
Miller, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 15 January 2009
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Crawley
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 March 2009
Leeds North West
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Sunderland South
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Bristol North West
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 March 2009
Winchester
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Montgomeryshire
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 6 May 2009
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Ottaway, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 14 January 2009
Croydon South
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2009
Ynys Môn
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 12 January 2009
Croydon Central
Plaskitt, Mr James
Labour
Signed on 21 April 2009
Warwick and Leamington
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Hyndburn
Pound, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2009
Ealing North
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Pendle
Prosser, Gwyn
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Dover
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 December 2008
Southport
Reed, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2009
Loughborough
Reid, Mr Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 October 2009
Argyll and Bute
Rennie, Willie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 January 2009
Dunfermline and West Fife
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 April 2009
Moray
Robertson, John
Labour
Signed on 6 May 2009
Glasgow North West
Robinson, Mr Geoffrey
Labour
Signed on 6 May 2009
Coventry North West
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 2009
North Cornwall
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Rochdale
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 May 2009
Colchester
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 December 2008
Torbay
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2009
Huddersfield
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Bradford West
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2009
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush
Smith, Sir Robert
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 May 2009
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Southworth, Helen
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2009
Warrington South
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2008
Milton Keynes South West
Stewart, Ian
Labour
Signed on 15 January 2009
Eccles
Strang, Dr Gavin
Labour
Signed on 15 January 2009
Edinburgh East
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 1 April 2009
South West Devon
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2009
Manchester, Blackley
Syms, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 28 April 2009
Poole
Taylor, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 14 January 2009
Esher and Walton
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2009
Truro and St Austell
Taylor, Dr Richard
Independent
Signed on 21 May 2009
Wyre Forest
Teather, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 April 2009
Brent East
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Islington South and Finsbury
Thurso, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
South Derbyshire
Touhig, Mr Don
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2009
Islwyn
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2009
Pudsey
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2008
Finchley and Golders Green
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Stoke-on-Trent North
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 20 April 2009
North Dorset
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2008
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 26 January 2009
Caernarfon
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Ceredigion
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 January 2009
Brecon and Radnorshire
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2009
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Cardiff Central
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2009
Perth and North Perthshire
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2009
Batley and Spen
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2009
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