The UK’s new energy department must ensure large gas and power users are accounted for when making policy decisions.
That’s the view of Dave Cranfield, General Manager at Total Gas & Power, who says energy intensive industries “must not be forgotten”.
His comment comes after newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May announced her Cabinet reshuffle and major departmental shake-up earlier this month which led to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) being abolished.
It is now part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Mr Cranfield said: “We welcome the new department – energy and business go hand in hand and the highlighting of Industrial Strategy can only be good as our customers, many of whom are large energy users, have concerns over the reliability of energy supply and anything that looks to address this can only be good for UK business.
“However, we did a recent study conducted by PwC and the key concerns for end users were fluctuations in energy costs and reducing energy consumption. So if the new department is to help UK business, it needs to ensure that energy prices remain stable and energy efficiency remains a priority. Obviously suppliers like us can help too and we work proactively with large energy users to see where they can reduce consumption, save costs and be more sustainable.”
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