Editorial – Energy lights up the election NOT

So with 48 hours to go I finally heard something about energy in this election race. This morning the Prime Minister actually talked about energy policies and defended his government’s green record. He was being interviewed on BBC 5 Live and quizzed on his turnaround from ‘Husky hugger’ back in 2006 to ‘Frackin follower’ today. […]

Lib Dems pledge to insulate 10m homes by 2025

The Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious plans to insulate up to 10 million homes in the next 10 years. The party has announced plans to introduce a new Green Homes Bill to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable heat across the UK in the next Parliament. It has pledged to offer at least £100 […]

Guest Blog: npower’s Wayne Mitchell on EVs

EVs: no longer a dream or an inconvenience The government has recently announced further funding to boost the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) market. £500m of support is on the table to reduce the cost of ultra-low-emission vehicles (the official name for EVs) and increase their appeal to motorists and businesses. This is clearly an important […]

UK revs up ‘green’ car industry with £500m fund

The ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) industry is getting a huge boost, thanks to a £500 million funding announced today. The cash, to be spent between 2015 and 2020, is the Government’s latest effort to tempt more people into buying low emission cars as well as help put Britain at the forefront of green technology. At […]

Stoke and Staffordshire sign £113m low carbon City Deal

A £113 million environmentally-friendly deal that is expected to create hundreds of jobs, reduce heating bills and cut carbon emissions has been announced by the Government. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire City Deal is built around a flagship proposal for the UK’s first large scale low carbon heat network system, which will support the energy sector […]

Carmakers join Clegg’s £9m low carbon car scheme

Major manufacturers BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall are all joining a new ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign to persuade drivers to get greener cars. Launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today (pictured), the scheme puts more than £9 million towards creating hundreds more charging points across the country. This includes 140 new rapid chargepoints […]

Number 10 denies Cameron told ministers to cut "green crap"

Downing Street has denied that the Prime Minister David Cameron told ministers to get rid of “this green crap” – referring to the environmental levies on consumers’ energy bills. A newspaper quoted an unnamed Tory source as saying: “The prime minister is going round Number 10 saying: ‘We have got to get rid of all […]

David Cameron dodges question on green levies for the chop

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday dodged questions about which green levies he has in his sights. On Wednesday during Prime Minister’s Questions he declared it was time to “roll back” green levies and taxes on energy bills. These are recycled to pay for renewable power sources and energy efficiency subsidies. Probed on the issue yesterday, […]

Nick Clegg: Cutting green taxes would be an 'own goal'

David Cameron’s pledge to strip green taxes from energy bills would be an “own goal” which could cost jobs and reduce support for poor households, Nick Clegg warned. Yesterday the Prime Minister announced a review of competition within the energy market and signalled he wanted to “get to grips” with green charges which suppliers have […]

Clegg says green levies will stop energy bills rising

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has chipped into the energy debate by suggesting green levies will stop energy bills rising. Ever since Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged to freeze energy prices last month if he wins the next election, the debate over energy prices in the highest ranks of government has become heated. Speaking yesterday […]