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17 January 2013

DECC statement on URENCO Policy and ownership responsibility for the UK shareholding in Urenco has transferred from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. This parallels other recent moves to conso…

16 January 2013

Gregory Barker speech: National Solar Centre launch Introduction It's a great pleasure to be here today to launch the National Solar Centre and mark a real mile stone in the development of the sector. The last two years have seen the industry go through an extraordinary period of growth but also fac…

16 January 2013

Written ministerial statement by Greg Barker on Warm Front and Energy Company Obligation The Warm Front scheme has been an important policy in tackling fuel poverty among private sector households in England though the installation of a range of heating, insulation and other energy efficiency measures. The scheme was introduced in 2000 a…

15 January 2013

Edward Davey speech to GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit INTRODUCTION Ladies and Gentlemen, It's a pleasure to be with you here today and it's great to see so many of you here in London. You are here, of course, to launch the Climate Legislation Initiative. Each country represented here faces unique cha…

15 January 2013

Written Ministerial Statement by John Hayes on the Generic Design Assessment of the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) I am today making a statement to the House to let Hon Members know that I have asked the UK's independent nuclear regulators, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency, to conduct a Generic Design Assessment of the Advanced Boiling…

15 January 2013

Hitachi nuclear reactor design to be assessed Plans from Japanese firm Hitachi to build up to six new nuclear reactors in the UK progressed today as Ministers asked the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency to assess the design of their reactor. Hitachi recently acquired Hori…

15 January 2013

Written ministerial statement by Greg Barker on DECC Local Authority Funds On 19 October 2012, DECC launched a competition for Local Authorities to bid for £40m of funding to deliver projects to reduce fuel poverty, help kick start Green Deal delivery and help consumers to save money on energy bills through Collective…

15 January 2013

£46million boost for 132 local energy schemes 132 projects have today been awarded a share of £46million from the Government to help reduce fuel poverty, boost energy efficiency, and encourage collective switching and purchasing in regions across Great Britain. This funding will be used b…

14 January 2013

Energy leaders urge for greater investments in renewables and low-carbon, climate friendly projects Abu Dhabi, UAE: 14 January, 2013 Today, during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), energy and finance leaders met to discuss ways to encourage greater private sector investment in renewable energy and low–carbon, climate friendly projects as a…

14 January 2013

£125m Green Deal cashback scheme opens quot;Energy saving has never been so attractive" – that's the message from Edward Davey today as he announced the Green Deal Cashback Scheme is open, with hundreds of pounds of cash available to householders in England and Wales who make energy…

10 January 2013

Help at hand to stay warm this winter Pensioners and vulnerable householders across Great Britain are being urged to take advantage of the help available to keep warm this winter.  There are a number of schemes designed to provide support, including money off bills and assistance wi…

10 January 2013

Greg Barker: statement on OFT energy efficiency report Welcoming the OFT energy efficiency report's emphasis on compliance standards and good business practice in the sector, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "The Government‘s Green Deal, launched later this month, is the C…

09 January 2013

£292,000 boost for bioenergy entrepreneurs Seven British entrepreneurs have been awarded a share of £292,000 to spur on innovation in bioenergy, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced today. This investment is part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC'…

08 January 2013

UK leads EU scheme to drive bioenergy innovation The UK has pledged up to £10million (€12.5M) to a scheme to develop innovative bioenergy projects, in partnership with seven other EU countries. The cash will help stimulate millions of pounds of further private investment in the technolog…

07 January 2013

New Permanent Secretary at DECC The Prime Minister, with the agreement of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and, following consultation with the Deputy Prime Minister, has approved the appointment of Stephen Lovegrove as the new Permanent Secretary at the Departm…

27 December 2012

UK Renewable Energy powers forward Renewable energy is powering forward in the UK, according to the 2012 update to the Renewable Energy Roadmap published today by Energy Secretary Edward Davey. Significant progress has been made on the rollout of renewable energy across the United Ki…

20 December 2012

Statistical press release: UK energy statistics Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices publications are published today 20 December 2012 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Energy Trends covers statistics on energy production and consumption, in total and by fuel, and provides an a…

20 December 2012

Market changes have not had significant impact on fuel supply, report finds A report has found that significant changes to the retail market for road fuels, including the increasing dominance of supermarket forecourts, have not had an impact on the availability of petrol and diesel for motorists.  The Deloitte study, c…

19 December 2012

Government decision on international aviation and shipping emissions announced Government will defer a decision on whether to include international aviation and shipping emissions in carbon budgets until the setting of the fifth carbon budget in 2016, by which point there should be more clarity on how aviation emissions will be…

19 December 2012

Written ministerial statement by Edward Davey on the publication of the report on international aviation and shipping emissions Today Government has published a Parliamentary Report announcing that, recognising uncertainty over the international framework for reducing aviation emissions and particularly the treatment of aviation within the EU Emissions Trading System, it is d…

19 December 2012

Written ministerial statement by Edward Davey on the first DECC annual progress report on the roll out of smart meters Today, I am pleased to announce the publication of the first DECC annual progress report on the roll–out of smart meters.   Smart meters have the potential to transform consumers' relationship with energy bringing considerable benefits for bot…

18 December 2012

Greg Barker comment on EU funding for two UK tidal projects On Tuesday 18 December 2012 the European Commission announced EU funding for two UK tidal projects under its NER 300 scheme; Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) Sound of Islay Demonstration Tidal Array, 20.7m € and Marine Current Turbines (MCT) Kyle…

18 December 2012

Edward Davey statement on Energy Bill 2nd reading Essential legislation to power low–carbon economic growth, to protect consumers, and to keep the lights on, will be debated by MPs from noon tomorrow as the Energy Bill is introduced for its 2nd reading in Parliament. On the eve of the debate, Secre…

18 December 2012

Solar and biomass support packages published The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry and biomass developers were today given certainty on projects to be supported under the Government's Renewables Obligation (RO). In order to incentivise solar projects on buildings, building–mounted solar PV proj…

18 December 2012

Written Ministerial Statement: Response to the review of the UK oil and gas regulatory regime I am today publishing the response to the Maitland Review's recommendations on the UK's offshore oil and gas regulatory regime. On 20 April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, working on the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded leading…

18 December 2012

New measures announced to reinforce offshore oil and gas regime Measures to ensure safety and environmental protection remain at the heart of UK's offshore oil and gas industry have been set out today by Energy Minister John Hayes. John Hayes, Energy Minister, said: “It is vital that our oil and gas activ…

17 December 2012

Edward Davey speech to the Fair Energy Summit 2012 Introduction Energy bills are a major expense for British households, and a significant cost for British businesses too.  Ensuring that consumers get a good deal, with affordable bills from suppliers genuinely competing for their custom, is on…

13 December 2012

John Hayes comment on the Generic Design Assessment Commenting on the conclusion of the UK Nuclear Regulators' (Office for Nuclear Regulation & Environment Agency) Generic Design Assessment for new nuclear reactors, John Hayes, Minister of State for Energy, said: “This is a key moment on th…

13 December 2012

Written Ministerial Statement: Generic Design Assessment The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency (EA) have today announced their decisions, as part of their Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process, to issue final design acceptances, for the AREVA European Pressurised Water Reacto…

13 December 2012

New controls announced for shale gas exploration Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey today announced that exploratory hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas can resume in the UK, subject to new controls to mitigate the risks of seismic activity. Mr Davey said: “Shale gas…

13 December 2012

Written Ministerial Statement by Edward Davey: Exploration for shale gas Shale gas development has been of increasing importance in the US for some years, but exploration has only just begun in the UK. The potential of producing shale gas from a suitable formation can only be established by fracturing the rock, and it hap…

12 December 2012

Key milestone for smart meters rollout Plans for the installation of smart meters for millions of homes and businesses in Great Britain took a step forward today with the publication of Government decisions on rules for consumer engagement, privacy, and security. Energy and Climate Chang…

11 December 2012

Edward Davey speech - Scotsman conference – Energy policy in an independent Scotland The debate about Scotland's proposed. separation from the United Kingdom could not be more important; the Scottish people face a truly weighty decision. I welcome this opportunity to set out my view, and the view of the UK government in respect of en…

11 December 2012

Written ministerial statement by Edward Davey on the Doha Climate Change Conference The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November to 8 December.  The United Kingdom was represented by Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy…

10 December 2012

CRC simplified to save businesses millions of pounds The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) will be dramatically simplified in order to save participating businesses and public sector organisations millions of pounds in administrative costs. The reforms to the scheme were announced in the Chancellor's…

10 December 2012

Written Ministerial Statement by Greg Barker on the publication of the Government Response to the consultation on simplifying the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme In March this year Official report Col ref 26th March 2012: Column 89–90WS. I published a formal consultation setting out our ambitious simplification package for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. Since then we have engaged extensively with stakehold…

10 December 2012

Written ministerial statement by Greg Barker: PQ correction I would like to inform the House that a written answer I gave on 26 November 2012, Official Report col 45W to the hon. Member for Walsall North was incorrect. The hon. Member asked when the Secretary of State plans to respond to the letter from the h…

10 December 2012

Written ministerial statement by John Hayes: Post-energy Council, Brussels, 3 December 2012 The United Kingdom was represented by Shan Morgan, Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU, at the EU Energy Council in Brussels on 3 December 2012. The Presidency reported on recent progress in the negotiations of the proposal for a Regulation on…

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