New Lib Dem energy spokesperson named

Lynne Featherstone has been chosen as the Liberal Democrat’s new spokesperson for energy and climate change. The former MP for Hornsey and Wood Green was given the role by new leader Tim Farron and is one of many appointments made today. Ms Featherstone was the Minister of State for Crime Prevention at the Home Office […]

Political Plug-in: Liberal Democrats

What does the public think about the Lib Dems and their energy policies? Find out in our political plug-in.

Vince Cable: Green taxes hampering British business

Business Secretary Vince Cable has warned green taxes on energy, which hits energy-intensive industries, are undermining businesses in Britain. He said levies such as the carbon price floor are hampering businesses due to the high costs, which are not faced by international competitors. Speaking at the Lib Dem party conference in Glasgow, he added British […]

Blog: Grudgingly, UKIP has a point on saving our shale gas wealth

It’s probably the only UKIP policy I can ever agree with. And it was presented in an otherwise mud-slinging speech by MEP Roger Helmer – the party’s energy lead who re-elected in last week’s EU elections – at UKIP’s annual conference last year. It goes something like this: if Britain plunges on with a shale […]

Energy capacity payments revealed a month early

The Government has revealed the strike prices to be paid to suppliers for generating renewable energy a month before it was expected to. A big chunk of cash was also put on the table for the Green Investment Bank, the UK’s new lending body for renewable power and efficiency projects. Announcing the new capacity payments […]

Expect ‘go-early’ green energy strike price in July, says Davey

Long-awaited draft strike prices for renewable energy are on track to be revealed in July, according to Energy Secretary Ed Davey. The set level of payment will be ‘go-early’ options to tempt suppliers and developers to invest in energy sources such as wind, wave and tidal. When we caught up with him at All Energy […]

MP: Cut wealthy pensioners’ winter fuel payment

Wealthy pensioners should have their winter fuel payment cut and redistributed to the elderly who can’t afford to fully heat their homes. The demand comes from Paul Burstow, the former Care Services Minister for the first two years of the Coalition, who wants to end the “unfair lottery” of care for older people. He believes […]

Blog: this fortnight’s energy farce is oinking ridiculous

DISCLAIMER: this little piggy’s energy blog is not taking sides. It is not going to follow a party political bias. Instead, it’s just oinking disgusted with every creature on the manure-steeped farmyard that stands for our Government. From the Tory Prime Minister who makes up energy policy on the hoof, to the crowing Labour Shadow […]

Industry mourns Hendry departure

DECC stalwart and Conservative MP Charles Hendry leaves “big shoes to fill” after he was replaced by John Hayes as Energy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet shake-up. The news was the sting in the tail of the reshuffle yesterday which initially seemed to leave the Department of Energy and Climate Change unscathed. David Smith, […]

Full steam ahead, says new energy secretary

It’s full steam ahead for “green growth and green jobs,” according to DECC’s new Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey. On his first official visit as a Cabinet member, Mr Davey joined Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at a testing site for sustainable homes where he met graduates considering green construction jobs. Mr Davey […]