Unlikely MPs’ Bill to ban DECC ditched

A private member’s bill to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been withdrawn. Put forward by Peter Bone, Conservative MP for Wellingborough, the bill wanted the department absorbed into BIS, effectively a trip back in time. Writing an Alternative Queen’s Speech in the Huffington Post last year, Mr Bone described it […]

Britain’s new pylons revealed

A new design for the UK’s electricity pylons has been decided. The Pylon Design competition was launched on 23 May and after being whittled down to six finalists, the Bystrup T-Pylon design was deemed most suitable for the UK landscape. Pylons in the UK haven’t changed in design since the 1920s, and with many more […]

Big businesses form green UK finance company

A group of businesses have formed a collective to work with government to help finance the Green Deal. The Green Deal Finance Consortium will provide finance to all Green Deal Providers by accessing the cheapest sources of finance in the market at the highest possible credit rating. The Department of Energy and Climate Change say […]

Huhne accuses Big Six of ‘predatory pricing’

Chris Huhne has announced that the Government will crack down on the Big Six putting up energy prices. Speaking at the Liberal Democrats Conference, the Energy Secretary also claimed that Britain’s low carbon economy was strong for our economic recovery. Mr Huhne said: “We are determined to get tough with the big six energy companies […]

Fifth of households in fuel poverty

A million UK households slipped into fuel poverty in one year, new government figures show. Between 2008 and 2009, the number of homes classed as fuel poor rose to 5.5 million. The Department of Energy and Climate Change says this represents roughly 21 per cent of all UK households. A household is said to be […]

Solar snub in Roadmap sparks confusion

Campaigners have been angered by what they see as a snub to solar in the Government’s recent Renewable Energy Roadmap. The Department of Energy and Climate Change released the Roadmap in tandem with their Energy Market Reform (EMR) White Paper yesterday. The Roadmap highlights eight key new renewable technologies that could push the UK towards […]

No back tracking from policy, says Huhne

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has defended the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s green policies by saying that after only a year in government, they have in fact made considerable progress. Mr Huhne said: “There’s no back-tracking at all, we have the legislation for the Green Deal which will be a pioneering program creating jobs […]

Major energy users welcome CRC changes

“The simpler and less bureaucratic it can be, the better.” These were the words of the head of the Energy Intensive Users Group, who welcomed the proposed changes to the Carbon Reduction Scheme announced by Government today. Jeremy Nicholson, the group’s director commended the Department of Energy and Climate Change for bringing in the proposals: […]

CRC is basically a tax, says Energy Minister

Energy Minister Charles Hendry admitted that the Department of Energy and Climate Change had in fact made a mistake with the Carbon Reduction Scheme. He said DECC were in the wrong but also wanted to fix the problem: “It is basically a tax and I think it’s wrong to try and suggest otherwise. But I […]

Business bosses join Green Economy Council

The Green Economy Council has held its first meeting to discuss how government and industry can work together to support the transition to a low carbon economy. The council comprises business leaders from a cross-section of industries and sectors who will advise government on green-growth policies such as infrastructure, innovation, investment and unnecessary regulation. The […]