This week talking to Lord Jenkin at the launch of Smarter Networks Portal, the first of its kind, illustrated in stark relief the new solutions a smarter network offers to solve the problems that Patrick Jenkin had to grapple with all those years ago. Let us not underestimate its impact - it brought down a government back then.
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Jul 01, 2013
ENA along with the Gas Distribution Networks and National Grid participated in the meeting with senior DECC officials. Also present were key players in the area of gas policy. There were presentations from David Wagstaff, Head of Heat Strategy at DECC and from Marcus Stewart form National Grid, who chairs the ENA Gas Futures Group.
News from DECC recently seems to be about exits. The departure of Mr Hayes in circumstances that left some cynical tongues wagging has now been followed by some key departures amongst officials and advisers. Still reeling from the departure of the architect of the EMR Jonathan Brearley and the key figure behind the Energy Bill Ravi Gurumurthy we now hear that the PM’s energy adviser Ben Moxham is off to the Cabinet Office.
The delay in smart metering had been widely discussed in the industry already, so the announcement from DECC wasn’t surprising. It was also widely welcomed.
As ever this year has been an eventful one for energy. As we look back over the past few Christmases we see how it has gone up the agenda and exploded into the public’s consciousness. For ENA that has meant ensuring that the vital role that networks play is not lost in the great debate. That has always been our role.
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.
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.