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 […]

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 […]

Energy Minister: ‘People see energy as a right’

People now view energy as a right to the extent they don’t realise the effort it takes to keep the lights on, Energy Minister John Hayes claimed today. He made the comments in a speech minutes before ScottishPower’s Keith Anderson warned the danger of the UK’s generation margin being squeezed down to just 3% – […]

John Hayes: Treasury and suppliers ‘not the enemy’

Energy Minister John Hayes tried to dispel the idea his department is in a head-to-head with the Treasury by declaring it isn’t the “enemy” in a recent interview. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has appeared to be at odds with the guardian of the coffers over spending on renewable energy and fossil […]

Hayes lifts red tape for investors in coal-to-biomass plants

Energy Minister John Hayes has lifted red tape for renewable biomass plants converted from coal power stations to give a boost to investors. Announcing the plan on Friday, the Minister said the energy plants will be covered by a voluntary reporting process under the Renewables Obligation. DECC said this will slash regulatory burdens on generators […]