Energy Minister to be quizzed on “harmful” energy subsidies

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon will be quizzed by MPs tomorrow about which UK energy subsidies could be “harmful”. He will appear before MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon will be quizzed by MPs tomorrow about which UK energy subsidies could be “harmful”.

He will appear before MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee alongside officials from the Treasury, the Department for International Development and UK Export Finance.

How much support the taxpayer gives to different power sources has been thrust under the microscope by recent events, from the deal made with supplier EDF Energy for the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant to Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to review green taxes and levies.

MPs will likely want to hear how much energy subsidies in the UK for nuclear energy, fossil fuel energy and renewables.

They are also expected to ask what the Government should be doing to “identify and eliminate” subsidies which are “harmful” as specified by the UN’s terminology.