Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead at #EL2016

Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister Alan Whitehead will be speaking at the Energy Live 2016 conference in London next month. He was reappointed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn just three months after he resigned from the same role. Mr Whitehead will join Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey, investment expert Andrew Buglass and Mike Huggins […]

Labour reappoints Alan Whitehead as Shadow Energy Minister

Alan Whitehead has been reappointed as Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister just three months after he resigned from the same role. The MP for Southampton Test joins Clive Lewis who is now the Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary. Mr Whitehead had stepped down as part of a wave of resignations in protest against […]

Alan Whitehead resigns as Shadow Energy Minister

Alan Whitehead has said he is stepping down from his role as Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister. His announcement comes less than 24 hours after Barry Gardiner was promoted to replace Lisa Nandy as Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary who stepped down yesterday. Mr Whitehead is one of many Labour MPs to quit […]

DECC’s budget cut ‘will make life difficult’

The cuts to DECC’s budget announced as part of the Spending Review yesterday “will make life difficult”. That’s according to Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead. It follows Chancellor George Osborne cutting the budget by 22%. Mr Whitehead said: “There are some good signs in terms of the development of funding for district heating networks but overall [there are] a […]

Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead on Spending Review

  ELN Editor Sumit Bose talks to Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead about Chancellor George Osborne’s Spending Review and what it means for energy.

Onshore wind and solar ‘will be viable without subsidies’

Onshore wind and solar energy in the UK can be viable without subsidies. That’s the view of Alan Whitehead, member of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, who spoke to ELN after questioning Energy Secretary Amber Rudd at the House of Commons yesterday. Ms Rudd said she doesn’t expect the government to include onshore wind in the next Contracts […]

Fallon: Uncertainty …What uncertainty?

Energy Minister Michael Fallon yesterday denied that investors in energy sector had been left in dark over long term government policy . When asked by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee whether the government had provided as much certainty as possible, he responded firmly: “Yes. I think obviously if you’re undertaking a major revision of the energy […]

MPs challenge Ofgem boss over standing charges on bills

The boss of Ofgem was today challenged by MPs over the use of standing charges on customers’ bills at a meeting of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee. Andrew Wright, Ofgem’s interim CEO, was asked what steps the regulator had taken to tackle problems with the charges, which according to Labour MP […]

Local energy plants for businesses “slipping through the net”

Energy plants for schools, businesses and local authorities are “slipping through the net” because of a crucial gap in financial support from the Government, it was claimed today. In a report praising the potential of local energy projects between 10-50 megawatts (MW) in size, MPs on the energy select committee warned many could struggle to “get […]

MPs push 2030 decarb target for power again

MPs are trying to change the Energy Bill so it includes a 2030 emissions target which has been sidestepped by the Coalition once already. A target fell by the wayside in the run-up to the Energy Bill’s publication last year, with Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey mediating between the green faction in his party […]