Global health, environment and climate change coalition launched

Many pollutants that damage health also harm the environment and contribute to climate change, including carbon from diesel engines and waste incineration

Tories trying to “box me in” with new ministers says Davey

Energy Secretary Ed Davey reckons Tory bigwigs are trying to “box him in” with the two new ministers appointed in the reshuffle last week. The Lib Dem politician was speaking at an event on Saturday run by the Lib Dem Social Liberal Forum group in East London. In past reshuffles, the energy department has been […]

Cameron’s energy rollback a kneejerk reaction to Labour suggests MP

A Lib Dem MP has suggested the Government’s changes to an energy saving scheme to trim household energy bills was a kneejerk reaction to Labour’s pledge to freeze fuel bills. Last December, the Government cut the amount of cash taken from household bills to fund insulation in vulnerable homes in the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). […]

Government been "hyperactive" on energy costs

The Coalition has been “hyperactive” on the issue of energy bills, Energy Secretary Ed Davey claimed today. Since last autumn, the Government has faced a strong vein of discontent over rising domestic gas and electricity prices. Prime Minister David Cameron was prompted to announce a cut in the amount suppliers must spend on energy efficiency […]

New Aussie PM: “We will scrap the carbon tax”

Australia’s new Prime Minister has confirmed he intends to gun down the nation’s carbon tax. Tony Abbott was sworn in as Prime Minister today at a ceremony where he pledged to “well and truly serve the people of Australia”, after a Liberal-National party coalition beat the incumbent Labor and Green party coalition in the September […]

Renewable heat incentives for householders confirmed

UK householders who generate heat from renewable technologies could get paid “hundreds of pounds a year” following incentives announced by the Government today. DECC has set tariff levels for air source heat pumps (7.3p/kWh), biomass boilers (12.2p/kWh), ground source heat pumps (18.8/kWh) and solar thermal (19.2p/kWh) as part of the new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) […]

Single unit price for energy has “merit” – Barker

Ministers believes a single unit price for energy has “merit” but are cautious about fully backing the proposal because it could effect vulnerable energy users. EDF Energy made a call for suppliers to offer petrol forecourt-style prices for gas and electricity over the weekend and said this would make it easier for customers to compare […]

Fallon tells business not to worry – he can multi-task

Michael Fallon (pictured) told the business and energy community not to worry today and suggested he was perfectly well equipped to multi-task in his new brief as both Business and Energy Minister. Eyebrows were raised in March when the Tory MP took up the energy role on top of his existing duties when John Hayes […]

“Crisis” at DECC as second official resigns?

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is in “crisis” it was claimed over the weekend as a second senior official in the space of two weeks allegedly resigned. The Head of Strategy Ravi Gurumurthy is rumoured to be departing despite being in the midst of directing crucial legislation for electricity market reform. However DECC […]

National solar centre officially opens in Cornwall

Energy Minister Greg Barker officially opened a new national solar centre (NSC) in Cornwall today. The town of St Austell was picked as home for the centre because most of the UK’s solar PV installations are found in South West England with around 56,000 installations in the region. Cornwall itself offers the most sunshine hours […]