Amber Rudd expects no CfDs for onshore wind

Onshore wind is not expected to be allocated under the next round of the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) scheme, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said today. When questioned whether she expected the government to provide contracts for onshore wind, Ms Rudd said: “I wouldn’t, no”. Under the CfDs, renewable generators will be paid the difference between the current value of an asset […]

Commons votes to keep old coal alive

MPs have voted to reject an amendment to the Energy Bill introduced by the Lords to limit emissions from old coal-fired power stations. Under the proposed change the plants would have been subject to Emissions Performance Standards – which will apply to any new build power stations – unless they used Carbon Capture and Storage […]

MPs challenge Ofgem boss over standing charges on bills

The boss of Ofgem was today challenged by MPs over the use of standing charges on customers’ bills at a meeting of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee. Andrew Wright, Ofgem’s interim CEO, was asked what steps the regulator had taken to tackle problems with the charges, which according to Labour MP […]

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 […]

Solar FiT set to reduce to 16p

The Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rate will be reduced to 16p as of the August 1st. The rate, announced today by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, will come into effect a month later than planned, when some in the industry were hoping the cut would be delayed to September. The FiT rate is […]

Chancellor’s green backtrack offers hope to energy sector

George Osborne has backtracked on green policies by announcing a £250m package of help for energy intensive users. The Chancellor used his Autumn statement this lunchtime to announce a range of measures designed to help the energy sector, but many have seen this as a U-turn. Mr Osborne said he had listened to the concerns […]

Miliband seizes on solar dissent to attack Cameron

Ed Miliband has seized on the latest round of protests from the solar industry over energy policy to attack the Prime Minister as “out of touch”. Dissent in the solar industry is on the rise with firms criticising the Government’s recent plans to cut the feed-in-tariff (FiTs) subsidy for solar power. Today backers of the […]

Solar lobbyists march on Commons

Solar lobbyists are today marching on the House of Commons to challenge changes to feed-in-tariff (FiTs) subsidies. The mass lobby will converge at Parliament at 2.30pm this afternoon. The demonstration is part of the Cut Don’t Kill campaign, organised by pressure group Our Solar Future, which wants the Government to rethink a cut to the […]

Huhne forced to defend Green Investment Bank future

Chancellor George Osborne is not going to “murder his own baby” and scrap the Green Investment Bank. So said Chris Huhne this morning, as he was forced to explain comments he made which suggested the GIB would be downgraded to a fund. Yesterday, The Guardian newspaper ran an interview with the energy secretary in which […]