Category Archives: Energy policy

SNP and UK Labour energy plans

The Scottish Government’s plan for the coming year includes few surprises for the utilities sector. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also announces his new energy policy. Unsurprisingly, the focus is on low carbon energy provision with a new Energy Strategy for Scotland in 2017. One of the aims is to send signals to investors of …

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Abolishing DECC and climate change

One of the first acts of Theresa May as Prime Minister was to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and merge it into an expanded Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. There are differing views on the impact. The New Economic Foundation (NEF) argues it’s a bad idea along with most environmental …

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Public ownership through community energy

The main objection to bringing the electricity and gas industries back into public ownership is the cost to the taxpayer. A new report challenges that assumption and offers a new model. The report challenges a previous assertion by stockbroking firm Jefferies that the cost could be as high as £185 billion. It estimates that the …

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How billpayers are subsidising the dirtiest energy

  The UK government has not only abandoned any pretence of a low carbon energy policy, but if anything they are going into reverse. The latest IPPR publication highlights the government’s mad maths. Last year the government introduced a new energy policy which has awarded £109 million in subsidies, paid out of consumers’ energy bills, …

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Delivering on Scotland’s energy security

The Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee has published its report on energy security: 'Plugged-in Switched-on Charged-up: Ensuring Scotland’s Energy Security'. Those looking for a blueprint for energy security will be disappointed, in fact there was some debate over what energy security even means. However, the Committee hopes, it will contribute to a debate …

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Drax decision is another blow to failing energy policy

Drax pulling out of their Whiterose clean coal technology project is another sign that the UK government's energy policy, or lack of one, is crashing around their ears. Drax operations director Pete Emery said: “The decision is based purely on a drastically different financial and regulatory environment and we must put the interests of the …

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Corbyn’s energy policy is not a throwback to the 1980’s

Jeremy Corbyn’s energy policy proposals have caused some excitement in the sector, even if those reacting haven’t always read it properly. The headlines scream that Jeremy Corbyn is in favour of the “big six” energy firms being taken into public ownership. They usually miss the caveat “in some form”. He explained: “You can do it …

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Future Energy Scenarios

Planning the UK’s energy future is a difficult task and getting more challenging. A secure, sustainable and affordable energy supply should be a priority for any government. National Grid has today published their Future Energy Scenarios 2015 and I was at the launch event. They have developed four scenarios that reflect different political, economic, social, …

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Energy policy and the General Election

  One issue that has received very little attention in this election is energy policy. While there are some devolved aspects, the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity and gas is reserved along with nuclear and coal policy. Energy matters to consumers. The average household spends 6% of household income on energy. That’s £1657 …

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Longannet – three reasons why it’s closing early

The early closure of Longannet power station in Fife is a shocking blow to the workforce and the Fife economy. The causes are a toxic cocktail of company indifference, absurd regulations and an energy policy that’s not fit for purpose. Scottish Power has announced that it is to to close its coal-fired power station at …

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