Although energy headlines from the Liberal Democrat Conference focused on their revised stance on nuclear as part of a low carbon mix – and a notable challenge on a strike price from Davey that EDF had put £1bn into Hinkley Point C already “so have more to lose from walking away from the table” – there was still plenty to discuss on the networks side.
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If you are an observer of energy policy over time things have a habit of repeating themselves. I suppose this is the same for any area of human endeavour but it seems ever more recurrent in our particular patch.
Outgoing Chief Executive of Ofgem, Alistair Buchanan, issued a stark warning yesterday one that should be taken seriously. However, when he reached his 769th word he began a sentence that hit the nub of alternatives to just burning more.
What were we to make of it? A senior Minister going apparently off message whilst quoting incomprehensible Austrian philosophers and a Secretary of State allegedly gagging his Departmental Ministerial colleague. Welcome to energy policy in the autumn of 2012.
Since the departure of Charles Hendry, Laura Sandys is now PPS to greenest Conservative Minister, Rt Hon Greg Barker, and potentially one of a rare bunch of Conservatives who could be considered ‘green’ at all. It isn’t too hard to see where advocates of renewable energy and tackling climate change get the fear that this Government is incapable of delivering on its “Greenest Government ever” promise.
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.
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.