Half naked protest for fuel poverty

Two protesters will spend 24 hours outside Downing Street in just a pair of Bermuda shorts protesting against fuel poverty in the UK. Dubbed “Dying for Heat”, Dan Ashman and Raymond Obendencio will strip off to their shorts from 8am this morning (20 December). The pair hope to raise awareness for the thousands of deaths […]

Energy department unscathed by reshuffle – but new faces at Defra

The Department of Energy and Climate Change escaped unscathed from Downing Street’s reshuffle yesterday. With the ever-changing line-up of ministers at DECC a common complaint in the energy sector, there will be sighs of relief to see the same team installed. Energy Secretary Ed Davey’s position was fairly secure as a Lib Dem in the […]

Michael Fallon to replace John Hayes as Energy Minister

Conservative MP Michael Fallon (pictured) is set to replace John Hayes as the Energy Minister in what is believed to be part of a mini reshuffle by David Cameron. Mr Hayes, who was appointed in September last year following the departure of the previous Energy Minister Charles Hendry, will become a political and parliamentary adviser […]

Downing Street ditching conservatory tax?

A building group is criticising the Government for considering a u-turn over the Green Deal. The Green Building Council says Government should keep the clause in the scheme which means homeowners would have to install efficiency measures if they wanted to change their boiler or extend their homes. With the Green Deal currently under consultation, […]

Tory MPs ask Cameron to cut wind subsidy

More than 100 backbench MPs have written to David Cameron to object over the Government’s support for onshore wind energy. The mostly Tory contingent express concern over the cost of backing wind power to taxpayers in a letter to the Prime Minister sent at the end of January. The MPs wrote: “In these financially straitened […]

Solar bodies take protest to Downing Street

Leading members of the solar industry, green lobbyists and cross-party MPs are taking a letter to Downing Street today urging the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to rethink government’s solar policy. The letter has been signed by over 200 prominent individuals and firms including environment campaigner Jonathon Porritt, the Deputy General Secretary of the […]

Energy policies to cost public an extra £300?

DECC’s energy policies could cost the public an extra £300, a Downing Street memo has suggested. Leaked analysis from the Prime Minister’s Office seen by The Daily Telegraph also cast doubt on whether household efficiency measures promoted by the energy department will be enough to counteract this. Some energy firms have agreed that current energy […]