UK Government closes fracking legal loophole

The UK Government said it has closed a loophole in legislation concerning fracking projects. Energy Minister Richard Harrington has presented a new direction, which ensures the Oil and Gas Authority consults with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on fracking operations. That means operators who wish to frack in parts of the […]

Energy minister says government has ‘clear legal advice’ on price cap

  Energy Minister Richard Harrington has said the government has “clear legal advice” on the energy price cap. Earlier this month, the government published the draft bill for an absolute cap on energy prices until 2020, which means a maximum price per kilowatt hour will be set that suppliers can charge. British Gas owner Centrica’s […]

MPs, energy sector firms launch smart power alliance

  A group of organisations in the UK energy industry have joined forces to create new markets for smart technologies and hep enable consumers to become generators. The Smart Power Industries Alliance (SPIA), officially launched in Westminster yesterday, consists of network operators, electricity storage and flexibility providers, renewable trade groups, IT firms, tech bodies and […]

UK confirms £557m for future renewable energy auctions

The UK Government has announced funding worth up to £557 million for renewable energy auctions, with the next one planned for spring 2019. It will be made available to less established technologies, including offshore wind, anaerobic digestion, biomass with combined heat and power as well as wave, tidal and geothermal. The latest Contracts for Difference […]

UK Government pledges ‘full support’ for oil, gas sector

The UK Government has pledged its “full support” to help maximise the economic opportunity in the UK North Sea. During his first visit to Scotland as Energy Minister, Richard Harrington said the government would ensure the oil and gas industry continues to flourish and that it is also committed to supporting the decommissioning sector. He […]

Cabinet reshuffle: Richard Harrington joins BEIS team, Jesse Norman leaves

Richard Harrington has joined the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) team as part of Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle. The MP for Watford served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from 17th July last year to 14th June 2017. His responsibilities at BEIS have not been […]