Suppliers agree households need simpler bills

Simpler household bills was the common message from energy suppliers today at the House of Commons. Alistair Phillips-Davies, Generation and Supply Director at SSE said energy bills need to be simplified for consumers at the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s evidence session this morning. He joined other UK suppliers after being called in by the […]

Are energy suppliers being proactive enough?

The heads of UK energy suppliers were quizzed today on whether they are being proactive enough in helping people get lower bills. The questioning came from MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee at the House of Commons this morning, where they grilled top executives from the “Big Six” suppliers about how they […]

UK needs a “more focused” low carbon strategy with China

The UK Government must work towards a “more focused” low carbon trade strategy with China for green businesses and technologies to prosper, MPs warned. The Energy and Climate Change Committee in its new report said China’s market for low carbon technology is currently worth around £430billion, which is set to grow following its ambitious 12th […]

MP Tim Yeo facing energy committee mutiny?

Colleagues of the chair of Parliament’s watchdog for energy matters are reported to be considering trying to oust him from his position. Tim Yeo, the chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee is said to have attracted discontent over his financial interests in renewable energy, which he has been supportive of during his time […]

Investor confidence needed for low carbon Britain

The UK Government needs to maintain investor confidence for a low carbon future for Britain, according to power companies. RWE npower said it is important for investors to have confidence to help deliver an efficient and workable energy system and to maximise prosperity for UK consumers. The comment was made as the Energy and Climate […]

Government must ‘step up’ and address Energy Bill issues

UK trade bodies said the Government needs to “step up” and address the issues of the Energy Bill highlighted by the Energy and Climate Change Committee. The comment was made by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and RenewableUK as they welcomed the Committee’s report following its pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill proposed by the Government […]

Government’s Energy Bill ‘unworkable’, warn MPs

The Government’s proposed plans for the new Energy Bill will not work in favour of consumers and could increase the risk for investors, UK MPs warned. The Energy and Climate Change Committee made the comment after examining the draft Bill put forward by the UK Government last week, which is expected to reform the electricity […]

Government urged to take stronger action against fuel poverty

UK MPs have called on the Government to take stronger action to tackle fuel poverty in privately rented and off-grid sectors. Tim Yeo MP, Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee wrote to Energy Minister Greg Barker last week highlighting the important issues raised during the Committee’s inquiry into fuel poverty. Mr Yeo said […]

Trade bodies highlight risks of CfDs

Renewable trade bodies in the UK have called on the Government to provide more clarity in the Energy Bill as the draft is not clear and could pose big “risks”. They made their objectives clear to the Energy and Climate Change Committee at a second hearing yesterday about the electricity market reform. Dr Gordon Edge, […]

Energy Bill is “playing catch-up”

The Government is “playing catch-up” on the Energy Bill, an energy academic said today warning the Contracts for Difference (CfD) are a bad idea. Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter was giving evidence at a hearing held by the Energy and Climate Change Committee about the electricity market reform. Prof […]