Big solar must not “ruin it” for industry says Greg Barker

Large-scale solar projects on “inappropriate” sites must not be allowed to “ruin it” for the rest of the industry, says Energy Minister Greg Barker. Speaking after an appearance at Solar Energy UK in Birmingham yesterday, he told ELN: “I am being very, very explicit. Large scale solar farms in the wrong place potentially could ruin […]

‘Sensitively sited’ solar will be at heart of Britain’s renewables

‘Sensitively sited’ solar PV will at the heart of growth in Britain’s renewables according to Energy Minister Greg Barker. Speaking ahead of the launch of the ‘Roadmap to a Brighter Future’ – which lays out how the Government will work with businesses and industry to keep up the expansion in solar capacity – Mr Barker […]

Fallon visits Anglesey to see planned nuclear site

Energy Minister Michael Fallon is today visiting Anglesey for a look at the proposed site for a new nuclear power station. He is making the Welsh trip to the Horizon nuclear project along with the Secretary of State for Wales David Jones. Famed for a jam-packed schedule, the Conservative minister seems to be doing his […]

Carbon credit backloading move “just a sticking plaster”

A vote by MEPs to hold back carbon credits from the EU’s emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) has been criticised as “wrong” and “just a sticking plaster” by a British steel trade association. Ian Rodgers, Director of UK Steel claimed the backloading measure will do “little” to get the changes in place that are needed. […]

Hollande boots out energy minister after budget complaint

France’s President François Hollande has booted out his energy minister (pictured, right) after she criticised cuts to her department’s budget. The nation is in the midst of chopping out €14billion worth of public spending and the swift sacking suggests little criticism will be tolerated from ministers. Delphine Batho spoke out against the 7% cut to […]

npower’s Wayne Mitchell’s Blog

A step closer to a game changer with shale? At our recent Energy Debate, Energy Minister Michael Fallon set out the government’s vision for keeping the lights on in Britain, emphasising how innovation and diversity were both key for a secure and affordable energy future. There’s no doubt now that gas will play a significant […]

Single unit price for energy has “merit” – Barker

Ministers believes a single unit price for energy has “merit” but are cautious about fully backing the proposal because it could effect vulnerable energy users. EDF Energy made a call for suppliers to offer petrol forecourt-style prices for gas and electricity over the weekend and said this would make it easier for customers to compare […]

Small businesses can keep energy market competitive – Fallon

Small businesses engaging with the energy market can help keep prices competitive, according to the Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon. Speaking at npower’s annual Energy Debate in London yesterday, the minister said: “I know from my work in the department of Business (BIS) that higher energy bills are hitting businesses hard. Competition is the […]

Hayes out, Fallon in: what can we expect?

In yet another reshuffle John Hayes was replaced last week with fellow Tory MP Michael Fallon as Energy Minister. But Fallon will keep his responsibilities at the BIS department, so will this split his focus? ELN ask the industry what they make of the news.

Michael Fallon an ‘effective and no-nonsense’ Minister

The energy industry has welcomed the newly appointed Energy Minister, referring to him as “effective and no-nonsense” and one who will work towards a green and low carbon economy. Those are some of the views from industry groups following Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement today of replacing John Hayes with Michael Fallon (pictured) as Energy […]