Nuclear deal 'must include clause for consumer refund'

Today’s new nuclear deal announced between the UK and EDF Energy should include a “refund clause” if it turns out the Government has overpaid. Which? Executive Director Richard Lloyd believes people want to be assured the price the Government has agreed to pay for new nuclear power – as high as £92.50/MWh – is fair. […]

UK Government should ‘follow Obama’s lead on energy policy’

The UK Government is being urged to follow the US President’s lead on energy policy as Barack Obama laid out new proposals for the US to fight climate change earlier this week. The call from Barry Gardiner MP, Leader of the Opposition’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and Environment comes as a new report published […]

New nuclear build will lock consumers into higher energy bills

The Government’s plans for new nuclear power stations in the UK will lead to consumers facing higher energy bills for many more years to come. That’s the view of environmental groups following the approval yesterday for EDF Energy to construct a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. They are urging the Government to […]

Shell halts Arctic oil drilling for 2013

Royal Dutch Shell has announced it will not drill for oil in the Arctic this year to give it time to take safety measures. The decision to “pause” its exploration drilling programme for 2013 in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas follows a range of environmental and safety warnings last year. Marvin Odum, Director, Upstream Americas […]

Government dismisses fracking report as ‘nonsense’

The Government has dismissed newspaper reports about shale gas exploration possibly affecting more than 60% of the UK as “nonsense”. In a story, The Independent claimed that based on DECC’s maps it had obtained “more than 32,000 square miles – or 64% of the countryside could potentially be exploited for shale gas and is being […]

David Cameron must ‘turn words into action’

The Prime Minister must “turn his words into action” about energy suppliers having to offer the lowest tariffs to their customers. That’s the view of a consumer body commenting after Energy Minister John Hayes failed to confirm the Prime Minister’s proposal during a debate with Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint earlier today. The announcement by […]

Draft Energy Bill sparks concerns

The Draft Energy Bill which will be announced tomorrow by Energy Secretary Ed Davey has already sparked concerns among green organisations and energy companies. The bill, which was confirmed as part of the Queen’s speech earlier this month, is set to reform the electricity market explaining the benefits to consumers, investors, the environment and the […]

Green group’s gloomy Budget predictions

Green charity Greenpeace is predicting a “hammer” blow for the environment in tomorrow’s Budget. The gloomy forecast from the campaign group warns planning reforms could “drop important provisions protecting local green space” and wants these reforms to be scrapped. John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace said: “The Chancellor appears determined to wield an ideological hammer […]

Ed Davey announced as new Energy Secretary

Ed Davey MP was announced as the new Energy Secretary earlier by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, following Chris Huhne’s resignation. The former BIS minister is expected the hit the ground running by environmental groups who are urging him to carry on former Secretary Chris Huhne’s legacy. John Sauven, a Director at Greenpeace said: “Ed […]