Green Tories “mean business” on environment

After his recent grilling by teachers Education Secretary Michael Gove has been looking for a bit of good news untainted by controversy. It seems he’s found it – with the help of Hollywood actor and former Californian state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The pair are among a group of right-leaning politicians and academics voicing their concern for the environment in […]

Tim Yeo dumped by local Conservatives

The fierce chairman of parliament’s energy watchdog has been deselected as a candidate for re-election in the next General Election by local Tories. Even though Tim Yeo held the support of Prime Minister David Cameron, a postal ballot of members in the South Suffolk Conservative Association yesterday went against him. He will not be able […]

Yeo’s carbon target rebellion makes headway

Yesterday the Energy Bill was voted through by MPs in the Commons – but without an amendment forcing the Government to set a target for decarbonising the power sector by 2030. What does that mean for the energy sector? ELN asks backbench Conservative MP Tim Yeo who chairs the energy select committee – and who […]

Owen Paterson takes over as Environment Secretary

Owen Paterson will become Environment Secretary after the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle today. The former Northern Ireland Secretary and conservative MP  takes over from fellow Tory Caroline Spelman and will become responsible for a budget of more than £2billion at the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs. He voted moderately for policies to stop climate […]

David Davis slams UK energy policies as “enemy of growth”

Conservative party heavyweight David Davis today criticised the Government’s energy policy by laying into plans for the carbon floor price, which is meant to be a lynchpin for reforms of the electricity market. Declaring “Our energy policies have become the enemy of competitiveness and growth”, the one-time contender for Tory Party leadership suggested the key […]

Miliband seizes on solar dissent to attack Cameron

Ed Miliband has seized on the latest round of protests from the solar industry over energy policy to attack the Prime Minister as “out of touch”. Dissent in the solar industry is on the rise with firms criticising the Government’s recent plans to cut the feed-in-tariff (FiTs) subsidy for solar power. Today backers of the […]

Cynical developers accused of tarnishing wind industry

Wind developers have been branded “cynical” for treating local communities without respect during their planning process. Raising his concerns at a fringe event at the Tory party conference in Manchester this week, an East Riding councillor warned that such developers were tarnishing the wind industry’s reputation. Councillor Paul Robinson (pictured) told ELN: “The challenge we […]

Cameron’s speech snubs green policy

Campaigners have dismissed David Cameron’s speech to the Tory Party conference today as a snub to green energy policy. Despite the Prime Minister’s heavy emphasis on environmental concerns throughout his rise to power, there was no reference to his promise to be the “greenest government ever”. Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth’s Policy and Campaigns […]

Swerve on policy could put off nuclear investment

The nuclear industry needs long-term guarantees from energy policy or it could suffer from investor uncertainty, an expert at an independent think tank has warned. Malcolm Grimston, Associate Fellow at Chatham House said that another big swerve in direction could be off-putting for investors. Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Conservatives’ conference in Manchester, […]

Britain must lead on low carbon or be doomed to follow

Britain must become a leader in new low carbon technology or risk losing out on a jobs boom from infant industries, says Energy Minister Charles Hendry. His call to arms came as he lambasted the last Labour government for failing to pin down the investment needed to keep the lights on in the UK. He […]