Ofgem boss: “I’d very much prefer network firms weren’t monopolies”

Dermot Nolan, the boss of energy regulator Ofgem has admitted he would “very much prefer” if the UK’s network firms were not “monopolies”. Yesterday he was called before MPs on parliament’s energy select committee as part of their inquiry into network costs. The six network firms which run Britain’s local power lines and pylons have sole control […]

Yeo asks why energy probe isn’t looking at gas markets

Tim Yeo, the chair of parliament’s energy watchdog has written to the head of the competition body which is running a probe into the UK’s electricity market, Lord Currie, to ask why it isn’t examining the wholesale gas markets. In his letter, the influential Tory backbencher says “no stone should be left unturned” in the […]

Get cracking with carbon capture, government urged

Ministers were sternly rebuked today for dilly-dallying over funding for two projects to trap carbon emissions from coal power stations. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects are seen as crucial for the UK to continue using fossil fuels for electricity while sticking to targets for cutting greenhouse gases. MPs on parliament’s energy watchdog urged the […]

‘Take short-term politics out of long-term energy strategy’

UK politicians and policy makers are being urged to not let “short-term, pre-election politics” overshadow the much-needed long-term energy strategy. A new report being launched in Parliament today claims a majority (63%) of MPs agree that renewable energy benefits the UK economy while 69% believe it would create significant job opportunities. The report by the […]

Tim Yeo dumped by local Conservatives

The fierce chairman of parliament’s energy watchdog has been deselected as a candidate for re-election in the next General Election by local Tories. Even though Tim Yeo held the support of Prime Minister David Cameron, a postal ballot of members in the South Suffolk Conservative Association yesterday went against him. He will not be able […]

Blog: Gale force MPs knock network bosses off their comfy perch

They operate out of sight, out of mind. They don’t contact us, we don’t contact them. We don’t know who they are, or what they do – that is, until fair weather turns foul. Who are these shadowy mystery men and women? The power network firms of course! Affectionately known as the DNOs – distribution […]

Power network firms “utterly complacent” after Christmas storms

Bosses of the UK’s power network operators were told off for “utter complacency” today in the wake of Christmas storms which led to power cuts for 460,000 people. Representatives from UK Power Networks, Western Power Distribution, SSE, Electricity North West, ScottishPower and trade body Energy Networks Association appeared in front of MPs to defend themselves. […]

Tim Yeo dropped as candidate by local Conservative party

The MP Tim Yeo who chairs parliament’s Energy Select Committee has been dropped by his local Conservative party as its candidate for the next election. The Executive Council of the South Suffolk Conservative Association met on Friday evening and voted against re-adopting him in a secret ballot. Mr Yeo now has three options: accept the decision, […]

Tim Yeo “very pleased” to be cleared after sleaze claim

Backbench Tory MP Tim Yeo has admitted it is a relief to have been cleared by Parliament’s sleaze watchdog over newspaper allegations he offered help to a fake solar power company. Back in June, he stepped down temporarily from his post as chair of the climate change committee after a secretly recorded conversation with two […]

341 MPs claim £200,000 for energy expenses

An MP who counts his work on the Energy Bill Committee among his parliamentary achievements has topped a list of MPs claiming expenses on their energy bills, according to reports. Nadhim Zahawi’s website boasts about his work on legislation to improve the “provision of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses”, yet he appears to […]