“I’m partly to blame for energy mess” – David Porter confesses all in new book

The former boss of an energy trade body has admitted he is “partly to blame” for the mistrust of energy suppliers. In an interview with ELN David Porter, one-time chief executive of the Association of Electricity Producers suggested he should have told politicians more strongly to keep their nose out of the industry. However he said responsibility also lies […]

EXCLUSIVE: David Porter’s book blasts politicians for high energy prices

Politicians’ tinkering in the energy market “has led to the current shortage of generating capacity which we’ve got to face for a few years”. So says the man who was at the birth of the energy market as we know today with its deregulation at the end of the Eighties. David Porter was at the helm of the industry […]

ABB wins $60m US power system order

Power and automation technology firm ABB has been awarded a contract worth around $60million (£37.9million) to replace a power transmission system in the US. The order from American Electric Power (AEP) includes engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter station in Texas, which is expected to enable efficient power exchange […]

New energy trade body kicks off

A new trade body Energy UK launches today, meant to provide a “strong voice” for the gas and electricity sector. It is formed after a merger of the Association of Electricity Producers (AEP), the Energy Retail Association (ERA) and the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy (UKBCSE). The group now represents around 70 organisations, including […]

New voice for energy sector

The UK will get a new body representing the views of the energy generators from April. Energy UK will represent the voice of suppliers big and small and is designed to give a uniform message that is clearer to consumers. Energy UK will be made up by the merger of the Association of Electricity Producers, […]

Investor confidence will be shored up by EMR news

Investor confidence will be shored up by the latest update on plans for the electricity market shake-up say energy industry experts. Yesterday, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne revealed more detail on work to enable investment decisions for early projects in the EMR. David Porter, chief executive of the Association of Electricity Producers cautiously hailed the news […]

Chancellor’s package reveals ‘serious tension’ in energy policy

The Chancellor’s £250m compensation package for energy intensive industries reveals “serious tension” in energy policy, according to David Porter, chief executive of the Association of Electricity Producers (AEP). On Tuesday George Osborne announced the funding in the Treasury’s Autumn Statement. The AEP welcomed the news but warned wider problems with energy policy still existed. Mr […]

Electricity chief defends UK air polluters

David Porter, the chief executive of the Association of Electricity Producers (AEP) has defended UK power stations, after an EU report released today lumped several of them in with a group of air polluters that together cost EU citizens billions of euros. Among the UK power stations featured on the European Environment Agency’s list of […]