Energy bills ‘could be capped as soon as winter’

Gas and electricity prices could be capped as soon as this winter. That’s according to Energy Minister Greg Clark, who told the BBC that regulator Ofgem would receive legal backing from parliament to introduce a price cap. When asked if this could mean a change in policy this winter, he said: “Precisely. That’s exactly why […]

Industry responds to price cap promise

The industry has reacted to the Conservative Party’s promise to cap energy prices if it wins the general election. Prime Minister Theresa May believes the energy market is not working for ordinary working families and says too many consumers aren’t getting a fair deal. The price cap is expected to help consumers save “as much as £100” […]

Tories pledge energy price cap

The Conservative Party has pledged to cap “rip-off” energy prices if it wins the general election. Prime Minister Theresa May believes the energy market is not working for ordinary working families and too many people aren’t getting a fair deal. The price cap is expected to help consumers save “as much as £100” on energy […]

Cheer up energy’s not in bad shape says Minister

Industry and Energy Minister Jesse Norman has said he doesn’t share the “very gloomy” or “disastrous” outlook on energy. Speaking last night at the Centre for Policy Studies’ fringe session, ‘Keeping the Lights on’ at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, he said it is “charming” the think tank is calling for new policies and […]

Greg Clark: UK needs clean energy ‘upgrade’

The UK needs an infrastructure upgrade that is resilient and supports clean energy. That’s the view of Greg Clark, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, who was addressing the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this morning. He believes Britain has low carbon energy systems “that lead the world” but also a “failure of successive governments […]

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom to stand for Tory leadership

Energy and Climate Change Minister Andrea Leadsom has joined the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party. The MP for South Northamptonshire declared she wants to “make the most of the Brexit opportunities” in a post on social media. Ms Leadsom, who campaigned to leave the EU, rose to the fore after […]

Tories’ manifesto ‘recipe for higher energy bills’

The pledges made by the Conservative Party on energy could lead to higher energy bills. That’s the view of environmental group Greenpeace, which claims scrapping support for onshore wind will lead to investment in more expensive sources of green energy. Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK’s Chief Scientist said: “The Tory manifesto pledge on energy is a […]

Tories vow continued support for fracking

The Conservative Party said it would continue supporting the “safe development” of shale gas and the North Sea oil and gas industry. Under Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans, his party will ensure local communities share the proceeds through “generous” community benefit packages. A Sovereign Wealth Fund would be created for the North of England so […]

Coalition parties have ‘missed opportunities’ on climate change says FoE

Friends of the Earth believes the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have both “missed great opportunities” on climate change since they formed their coalition government. In a review of the government’s performance so far, FoE’s head of climate Mike Childs said that the Lib Dems should have stuck to their pre-election target of a 42% […]