Labour stokes green spending fears

Labour leader Ed Miliband yesterday taunted David Cameron with new figures which show the amount of money invested in the UK’s renewable energy sector has dropped since the Coalition came to power. While the Prime Minister is at EU talks in Brussels threatening to veto more European spending, the Labour leader highlighted his government’s failure […]

Government’s new efficiency strategy to ‘kick-start a revolution’

The UK Government’s new strategy for efficiency is expected to ‘kick-start a revolution’ and save up to 22 power stations worth of energy by 2020. DECC’s first ‘Energy Efficiency Strategy’ published today suggests the country could be saving 196TWh of energy in 2020 through “socially cost-effective” investment in energy efficiency. This could help cut emissions […]

New Energy Minister promises clarity & purpose

Just days into the role of Energy Minister after the Cabinet reshuffle, John Hayes MP promises he’s the man to give certainty to investors at the launch of Pembroke gas power station in Wales.

Ed Davey: Communities have seen wind farms but not windfall

Communities with onshore wind farms have had the energy but not the benefits, according to Energy Secretary Ed Davey. His comments came alongside a consultation aimed to help communities secure financial, social and environmental benefits from having wind farms. This includes ways to help cut energy bills, maximise local businesses’ participation in wind projects and […]

DECC’s new fuel poverty definition ‘flawed’

The Government’s proposed new definition for fuel poverty is “flawed” and poor households will still lack affordable warmth. That’s according to National Energy Action (NEA) which is “disappointed” about DECC’s plans to redefine fuel poverty in the UK. Under the new proposals, the Government is expected to cut the number of people classified as living […]

New Energy Minister to say energy investment boosts economic recovery

The new Energy Minister John Hayes is expected to trumpet the role of the energy industry in pulling the economy out of the doldrums at the opening of a new gas power station in Wales this morning. On one of his first official visits since taking over the ministerial briefing from Charles Hendry in the […]

Blog: Will visit to Welsh gas plant inspire our new Energy Minister?

Streaming through Welsh countryside past TATA Steel’s sprawling site in Port Talbot on the way to cover the launch of npower’s new gas plant at Pembroke yesterday, I was reminded of the Olympics opening ceremony. From the angular arms of cranes to the tall cigarette-thin towers, the TATA plant was like that pre-sporting spectacle – […]

npower’s Wayne Mitchell’s Blog

Business speaks out on Feed in Tariff confusion Okay, confusion may be a little strong. But the Feed in Tariff – or at least the way that business consumers pay for it – is causing concern. At a time when accurate budgeting is paramount to keeping costs under control, having so much uncertainty over what […]

Japan to cut nuclear by 2030s

The Japanese Government announced it will stop using nuclear power by 2040 and instead aims to increase the use of renewable energy and import more oil, coal and gas for the future. Last April’s disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant following the devastating earthqauke and tsunami led to to Japan reviewing its energy policy. […]

‘Investors think Government energy policy is based on a “lie”’

Investors believe the Government’s energy policy is based on a “lie”, a backbench Labour MP has claimed. Barry Gardiner, one of the fiercest MPs to sit on Parliament’s energy watchdog, claimed investors believe the Government isn’t being forthright when it suggests energy is going to become cheaper. In a calm, less fiery speech than viewers […]