CMA raises concerns over competition in North Sea

The competition watchdog has written to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd highlighting competition issues in the North Sea oil and gas sector. Alex Chisholm, CEO of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has told Ms Rudd she must ensure the new Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) takes account of any risks to competition created by the […]

No more blank cheques for offshore wind, says Amber Rudd

The UK Government will no longer issue “blank cheques” for offshore wind projects. As part of the energy policy reset announced yesterday, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said while the costs for the renewable technology have been reduced by at least 20% in the last two years, it is still “too expensive”. She added: “Our approach […]

DECC consults on UK North Sea strategy

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has set out a strategy to maximise the economic recovery of offshore oil and gas in the North Sea. It aims to improve collaboration between companies and improve cost-efficiency. A consultation on the strategy has been launched and will run until 8th January 2016. Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said: […]

Amber Rudd: Energy research neglected in favour of renewables

Research and development in the energy industry have been neglected in recent years in favour of the mass deployment of renewable technologies. Energy Secretary Amber Rudd made the comment as part of her speech at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London today, setting out her “consumer-led, competition-focused” vision for the industry. She said: “We […]

Amber Rudd calls on Big Six to cut energy bills

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said she will continue pressing the Big Six to reduce their energy bills. Ms Rudd added although wholesale prices have stayed down she would like to see “more progress” from the energy giants in order to help homes save money on gas and electricity. She also encourages householders to switch suppliers to secure […]

Amber Rudd: cheap and clean energy without subsidies on the way

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said the government is working towards balancing the need for cheap energy, the imperative to cut carbon and the necessity of secure energy supplies. At the conservative conference in Manchester Ms Rudd added the Tories energy policies are for “the consumer”. She added: “I am clear that my department is a pro-business, […]

UK AD sector breaks 500MW capacity

The UK anaerobic digestion (AD) industry now has a capacity of more than 500MW. That’s according to data published by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA). AD is the process of converting waste to produce green energy. The new total is 514MW for 411 plants in the farming, waste and water sectors. ADBA’s Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton, […]

Scotland calls for clarity on renewable projects

The UK Government is being urged to commit to installing renewable energy technologies on the Scottish Islands. Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has written to Energy secretary Amber Rudd ahead of the next Scottish Islands Delivery Forum which will meet in Glasgow next month. Ms Rudd had previously agreed to co-chair the meeting after Mr Ewing invited her. […]

Isle of Wight wind farm developer ‘must come clean on jobs claim’

The developer of a proposed wind farm off the Dorset and Isle of Wight coasts are being urged to “come clean” about the number of jobs the project will create. It comes after Navitus Bay Development Ltd (NBDL), a joint venture between EDF Energy Renewables and Eneco Wind UK, said it will support a minimum of […]

Amber Rudd: UK will take climate action while keeping bills down

The UK Government has set a commitment to take action on climate change while keeping energy bills down for consumers. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd said failing to act would be bad for the economy and risk leading to lower growth, fewer jobs and higher prices. Speaking to business leaders in London today, […]