MPs’ vote sees Davey duck decarbonisation target

MPs voted against including a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill yesterday, despite Labour’s attempt to force the issue. The party tried to add an amendment which would set a 2030 target to decarbonise the power sector in the Bill. However this failed when MPs voted in the House of Commons last night, with 206 […]

Energy Bill: What about efficiency?

The lack of coverage for energy efficiency in the Government’s long-awaited Energy Bill has left some in the energy industry scratching their heads. This week Energy Secretary Ed Davey gave the draft Bill to Parliament which laid out the set of policies to encourage investment in low carbon energy. For smart meter provider Itron, “It […]

Caroline Lucas stepping down as Green Leader

The Green Party’s first ever MP to win a seat at Westminster will be stepping down as Leader of the party in September 2012. Caroline Lucas announced over the weekend she will not re-run for the position at the end of her second term later this year. Ms Lucas said she wants to “broaden” the […]

Queen’s Speech climate snub is “deeply worrying”

The Queen’s Speech has been dubbed “deeply worrying” by Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party. Today the Queen confirmed the Energy Bill will be set before Parliament soon. DECC said the Bill will be put forward in a draft form within a few weeks and will include the long-awaited Electricity Market Reform. But the […]

Cameron’s “weak position” on UK energy mix

The Prime Minister has been criticised for his “weak position” on the UK’s energy mix by the Leader of the Green Party. Caroline Lucas MP has panned David Cameron’s remarks at last week’s Clean Energy Ministerial for failing to “show real ambition for our trailblazing renewables sector”. At the summit of at least 20 energy […]

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Reporter’s Blog

Environmental tax – a headache in the making for Ed Davey What are environmental taxes? The Government’s not so sure. It has been massively avoiding the question for months, MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee chuntered this week in their latest report. Which begs the question, if Government doesn’t know what counts as an environmental […]

Challenges ahead for Davey, says Caroline Lucas

The new energy secretary Ed Davey faces many challenges over energy policy including a tough battle with the Treasury. That’s the view of Caroline Lucas, the UK’s only Green Party MP, who today said Chris Huhne’s replacement has “big issues on his desk”. She told ELN this morning: “He’s got some big challenges ahead of […]

Environmental committee to scrutinise Localism Bill

The Environmental Audit Committee will this afternoon hold a one-off evidence session on the government’s Localism Bill. The session will specifically focus on whether the Bill should include a ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ and how this should be defined. This ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ was part of the coalition’s proposal to […]