Energy secretary Ed Davey has been warned that any 'dash for gas' could put Britain's renewable energy industry at serious risk and lead to higher bills.
Lord Deben - chair of the Committee on Climate Change - stated in a letter to Mr Davey that prioritising the development of new gas-fired power plants and shale gas supplies could potentially jeopardise investment in green energy, hampering job creation on the process.
The Committee wants to see the government set a decarbonisation target for 2030, claiming that doing so would provide investors with the confidence they need to plough funding into renewable energy projects in the UK.
"The delay in setting this [target] until 2016 at the earliest means that a high degree of uncertainty about sector development beyond 2020 remains," Lord Deben explained. "This will adversely impact on supply chain investment decisions and project development, therefore undermining implementation of the [Energy] Bill and raising costs for consumers."
Conservative MP Tim Yeo - backed by Labour MP Barry Gardiner - this month tabled an amendment to the government's flagship Energy Bill calling for a decarbonisation target.