UK ‘can be leader in storage, EVs, smart grids’

The UK can be a leader in numerous low carbon sectors, including solar, bioenergy, electric vehicles, energy storage and smart grids. That’s according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA), which has launched its ‘Manifesto for Growth’ ahead of the general election. The trade body believes a low cost and low carbon energy system provides “huge […]

Is Labour planning to renationalise energy sector?

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is reportedly planning to renationalise parts of the energy industry if his party wins the general election. Leaked drafts of the party’s manifesto promises to “take energy back into public ownership to deliver renewable energy, affordability for consumers and democratic control”. Reports suggest Mr Corbyn would have at least one publicly-owned […]

Energy UK sets out key principles for next government

The trade body for the UK gas and electricity industry has laid out key principles it suggests the political parties must adopt as part of their general election manifestos. Energy UK believes a well-functioning retail market must be one where competition drives innovation and improvements in customer service, where consumers engage to get the best […]

‘Unclear’ how Lib Dems will meet ambitious energy targets

The Liberal Democrats energy strategy in its manifesto has been welcomed but some in the industry say it’s “not yet clear” how the targets will be met. Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) – a trade body that provides a leading industry voice to help shape the future policy direction […]

Union slams UKIP’s ‘beyond barmy’ energy plan

The Unite union has branded UKIP’s pledge to scrap the government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as “beyond barmy”. The party unveiled its manifesto today that includes a vow to abolish government departments, which it claims will lead to “considerable savings” for the taxpayer. Kevin Coyne, Unite national officer for energy and utilities […]

UKIP to axe energy department, repeal climate act

The UK Independent Party (UKIP) plans to get rid of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and repeal the Climate Change Act. It has also pledged to roll back emissions regulations for power plants in its manifesto, which was launched by leader Nigel Farage today. Climate Change Act The party believes the Climate […]

UKIP: Get fracking, invest in coal and scrap solar support

Support for solar and wind power would be scrapped under plans unveiled by the UK Independent Party (UKIP) today. Its manifesto, which was launched by leader Nigel Farage, says the party would only support renewable energy “where they can deliver electricity at competitive prices”. It believes the only major renewable technology that currently meets the […]

Lib Dems set out five green pledges

The Liberal Democrats have made five green pledges as part of its manifesto today. It was launched by leader Nick Clegg, who aims to put the environment “at the heart of government policy” and make energy-saving “a top infrastructure priority”. Green Transport Act The party will ensure every new bus and taxi is ultra-low emission […]

Lib Dems promise 24-hour energy switching

Energy consumers will be able to switch suppliers within 24 hours under new plans set out by the Liberal Democrats. It will also extend the principle of so-called “gainer led” switching, where the new energy provider organises the switch for customers. The party set the targets in its 2015 election manifesto, launched today by leader […]

Green Party’s ambitious manifesto ‘challenging’

The Green Party’s manifesto has attracted positive responses but some believe the “technical details” of getting the policies right could be “challenging”. Matthew Farrow, the Environmental Industries Commission’s (EIC) Executive Director said: “The Green Party manifesto, as one would hope, contains ambitious environmental polices many of which we would strongly support.” The EIC particularly welcomed […]