All things energy at the Conservative Party Conference

  ELN attended the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this week, where we spoke to the Ministers and MPs gathered there about all things energy.

‘Digitisation to massively improve customer experience’

  There is a massive opportunity for innovative digital technologies to improve energy customers’ experiences. That’s according to the UK’s Digital Minister, Matt Hancock, who spoke to ELN at the Conservative Party Conference about the benefits of inventions such as the Internet of Things, smart sensors and dynamic pricing. He said the range of options, […]

Theresa May confirms draft bill for energy price cap

Theresa May has pledged to publish a draft bill next week to put a price cap on energy bills. Delivering her keynote address at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today, she said the “broken” energy market “punishes loyalty with higher prices”. She added: “The most loyal customers are often those with lower incomes, the […]

Energy bills: to cap or not to cap?

  Theresa May’s proposed price cap on energy bills was the talk of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this week. ELN spoke to a range of MPs, delegates and party members to gauge their reactions to the controversial policy, which is intended to make the energy market fairer by imposing an upper limit on […]

Energy Minister says Industrial Strategy must focus on UK’s green growth

Energy Minister Claire Perry believes the UK’s Industrial Strategy must focus on boosting and protecting the country’s rapid green growth progress. Speaking to ELN at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester yesterday, she said: “The energy sector, as we’ve just heard, has made huge progress, we’ve taken up our renewable percentage from something like 6% […]

Tories told small reactors are the way to decarbonise

Small nuclear reactors (SMRs) will play an essential role in the UK’s journey towards decarbonisation. That’s according to David Orr, Senior Vice President at Nuclear Rolls Royce, who said the technology is ideally suited to cost-effectively filling the gap in the grid that will be left when fossil fuel generation is taken off. He suggested […]

New infrastructure commission to secure energy supply in the UK

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans of a new National Infrastructure Commission. It will advise ministers on ways to improve the energy network in order to boost and secure energy supply in the country. The commission will also support construction of major roads, rails and houses. Former Secretary of State for Transport Lord Andrew Adonis will lead […]

Golden Boy Brits would back shale gas – Osborne

Shale gas and nuclear power were the chosen favourites for Chancellor George Osborne in his speech at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham yesterday. The Tory MP conjured up Britain’s engineering history to paint a picture of how the future will be fuelled – arguing in favour of fracking and nuclear. Referencing a statue which stands […]

Osborne derides Miliband for “phoney” price freeze

Today Chancellor George Osborne derided Labour leader Ed Miliband for putting forward plans for a “phoney” price freeze policy “drafted on the back of a fag packet”. Speaking at the Tory party conference in Manchester, he claimed the attention-grabbing policy to freeze energy bills for 20 months has “completely unravelled”. He said: “Any politician would […]

Osborne unveils “generous” shale gas tax breaks

George Osborne announced a “generous” new tax regime for shale gas yesterday so that Britain can keep up with the success of the Americans in bringing down gas prices. The Chancellor’s speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham which is likely to fuel speculation he backs a “dash for gas”. His comments come on […]