Ed Miliband will be hoping people think of ‘One Nation’ as his party’s slogan from the conference, the energy industry will be quite happy to keep hold of the idea of ‘Rebuilding Britain’,
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You’d expect the most telling comment on the Government’s position on energy in Brighton last week to come from their Secretary of State Ed Davey. But, although he delivered countless confident fringe moments, administered an albeit small dose of much-needed confidence to the industry and investors, and reassured us with a recognition of balance; he was somehow slightly upstaged by a quiet and easily missed comment from Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.
There has been much talk about what the PM said to outgoing and incoming Ministers during the reshuffle the other week. Every politician knows it is “the revolving door of politics” but despite this the shock, disappointment or jubilation is always acute.
Writing on Politic Homes, Ed Davey is right to highlight the future role for gas and to not close the door of optionality for our energy mix.
ENA understands that the Energy Directorate within the European Commission is making good progress with its review of Europe’s internal energy market. It is expected to publish its findings on 17 October, and they should make for interesting reading.
When Nigel Lawson announces his satisfaction with where the Government was going, is a Government described by its leader as “the greenest government ever” suddenly losing its green hue?
The end of Charles Hendry’s tenure as Energy Minister, in many people’s eyes and indeed ENA’s, was premature. The mark of the man was the email he sent to staff at DECC after his departure.
On a day when the Government, and in particular the energy industry, was cast into uncertainty by the Cabinet and Ministerial reshuffle; the apt warning for clarity and consistency from MPs and business could not have been more clear.
Depending on which curve of the media bubble you focus on, the apparent public view of our energy and its future can give you some very different results. DECC has set up a tracking survey to understand and monitor public attitudes.
Earlier in the year it was the solar industry expressing its concern about changes to subsidies and Feed in Tariffs. Now the Treasury is eyeing up a 25% cut in subsidies for onshore wind.