Energy Policy

UK energy minister claims Labour ‘don’t give a stuff’ about consumer energy bills. Clare Perry accused her opposite numbers of not caring about delivering renewable energy at the right price, saying the Government “care about decarbonisation at the right price for the consumer.” Rebecca Long Bailey said “The Government’s shambolic policy surrounding the solar and onshore wind sectors in recent years have meant significant economic growth and decarbonisation opportunities have been lost … I think the minister is living in a parallel universe to me it seems, because the first quarter of 2018 deployment of new solar slowed to its lowest level since 2010. Next year onshore wind installation is expected to be its lowest level since before 2008.”

Energy Voice 13th June 2018 read more »

Shadow business, energy and industrial strategy secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has led an attack on the government’s existing renewables policy, labelling it “shambolic”. The MP for Salford and Eccles was joined by other MPs Tim Farron and Rupa Huq in questioning the government’s stance on small-scale renewables during an oral and topical questions sessions, which at times threatened to boil over. Long-Bailey said that the government’s “shambolic policy” surrounding solar and onshore wind had meant that “significant” economic and decarbonisation opportunities had been lost, urging energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry to outline what support she would provide the technologies. However her question prompted a strong response from the minister, who said she was “bemused at the honourable lady’s ability to seize a disaster out of a triumph”. “We have delivered more renewable energy than we ever thought possible at a price that is unimaginable as well. I know the front bench opposite doesn’t give a stuff about consumer bills, they have made that totally obvious. However we care about decarbonisation at the right price for the consumer,” Perry said.

Solar Power Portal 12th June 2018 read more »

How much does it cost to cut a tonne of carbon dioxide emissions? The answer, according to an eye-opening new report from the UK’s Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), is ‘it depends’. Phase one of the new study, entitled Rethinking Decarbonisation Incentives, was published this week and took the microscope to the full range of emission reduction policies deployed across the British economy. It concluded that a complex web of policies, subsidies, taxes, and other measures have built up over the past decade and resulted in an ‘effective carbon price’ that varies widely across different parts of the economy. As a result a raft of policies impose effective carbon prices that fall well outside the government’s target range of between £40‑£119/tCO2, which officials reckon is required to ensure the UK gets back on track to meet its legally binding emissions reduction targets for the early 2030s.

Business Green 12th June 2018 read more »

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Published: 13 June 2018