EUA and IGEM today (14 May 2014) co-hosted the 2014 Gas Industry Awards in Central London. These annual Awards recognise the exceptional and innovative work carried out by the gas industry, with the Awards sponsored by an abundance of highly regarded industry organisations, this truly is an all encompassing event that celebrates great talent.
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There had been plenty trailed about the energy announcements that were going to be made by the Shadow Energy Team at the Labour Party Conference. Of all the Shadow Cabinet in recent months, Caroline Flint has been the most vocal and damaging to government. But nothing could have prepared the industry for Ed Miliband’s announcement of a freeze on energy prices for 20 months from the General Election in 2015 if a Labour Government is elected.
This week (Wednesday) the Labour front bench launched an attack on the cost of living crisis facing the country. Their two topics for their Opposition Day Debate (a chance for the Opposition to choose the topic of discussion usually to attack Government policy) were 'living standards' and 'energy prices and profits'. Linking these two is unlikely to be a coincidence as the Shadow Energy Team continue to argue that they are the ones campaigning for fair prices for consumers. We can expect their attacks on rising fuel prices to be a key part of setting out their stall as the party that will work for those struggling with their day-to-day outgoings.
With the greatest customer engagement programme about to begin, albeit slightly later, through the rollout of smart meters, trust is going to be a major challenge. Edelman's work, specifically on trust, provides sombre reading for the energy industry.
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’,
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.