Queen’s Speech: Reactions from industry

Some in the industry have expressed disappointment about the government’s lack of commitment to the energy price cap as it was not mentioned in the Queen’s Speech today. Green energy supplier Bulb believes the price cap is necessary for householders to benefit from cheaper bills. Co-founder Hayden Wood said: “A cap would be a big […]

Queen’s Speech: Energy price cap dropped

Theresa May’s pledge to consider a price cap on energy costs was dropped from the Queen’s Speech today. The government has however said it will tackle “unfair practices” in the energy market and help reduce bills. In her 64th speech, the Queen said: “My government will ensure fairer markets for consumers, this will include bringing […]

Queen’s Speech: Cameron’s key energy policies

Commitments to make switching energy suppliers easier, tackle climate change and boost investment in green cars were unveiled as part of the Queen’s Speech today. It sets out the government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. Better Markets Bill It aims to open up markets, boost competition and give consumers more […]

Andrea Leadsom: Energy decisions should be more democratic

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said she wants energy decisions to be “more democratic”. This comes after the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, which mentioned boosting energy security and tackling climate change. The government has also said it would scrap subsidies for onshore windfarms. Ms Leadsom added: “We want to make decisions on energy more democratic and are giving […]

UK ‘must consider energy as part of a global market’

The UK must “think carefully” about energy as it is very much a part of the global market. The comment comes from Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive of SSE referring to a possible EU referendum. Following the Queen’s Speech today, which briefly mentioned energy security and tackling climate change, he added: “Progressive integration of the UK […]

Queen’s Speech gives green light to frack under people’s homes

Fracking firms were given a boost in the Queen’s Speech today as they will be allowed to drill under people’s homes without permission. The Infrastructure Bill could change trespassing laws, allowing shale gas exploration companies to drill on private land without having to notify the owner. Land and homeowners currently have to give permission for […]

Queen’s Speech confirms 5p plastic bag charge

A mandatory 5p charge for single-use plastic bags in England has been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech today. The levy is already in place in Wales and Northern Ireland while Scotland is due to introduce one later this year. The charge is scheduled to apply in England from October 2015. More than seven billion single-use […]

Queen’s speech welcomes “Deeply unsatisfactory” delays to Energy Bill

Concerns over more delays to energy market reform came close to confirmation today when the Queen made her annual visit to the House of Lords to announce the year’s key policies without the report stage of the Energy Bill materialising. The Queen’s speech this morning lightly touched on energy, focusing on other issues such as […]

Few surprises in Draft Energy Bill – for now

Energy Secretary Ed Davey today unveiled the draft Energy Bill today as part of plans to “keep the lights on, bills down and the air clean”. The draft legislation will now be closely looked over in Parliament under pre-legislative scrutiny – and it appears to hold few surprises. Confirmed in the Queen’s Speech earlier this […]

Hendry: Energy Bill is due “within the next few days”

Speaking to Parliament Energy Minister Charles Hendry has confirmed the Energy Bill, announced recently in the Queen’s Speech, will be published “within the next few days.” Tim Yeo, Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, challenged the Energy Minister that without imminent legislation UK nuclear had “no prospect.” Charles Hendry said: “I can […]