Lord Bourne has openly contradicted the party line often put forward by the Department of Energy and Climate Change that subsidies paid to renewable technologies leads to fuel poverty. Speaking to the Energy and Climate Change (ECC) select committee yesterday, the parliamentary under secretary of state claimed he did not see a link between the two issues. “I don’t see there being a connection there to be honest. I think fuel poverty is linked to poor housing very often and the out of work, whether unemployed or at home due to disability or illness. I think there’s much more of a causal link there,” he said. This is in direct opposition to statements made by energy minister Andrea Leadsom during the second reading of the Energy Bill that took place in the House of Commons last night. During the session, the energy secretary said: “[The opposition] need to understand that the more we subsidise technologies, the more we add to fuel poverty.”
Solar Portal 20th Jan 2016 read more »
The energy policy black hole created by the conservatives clearly has an insatiable appetite, consuming all manner of energy related policies – FiTS, Green Deal, Roc’s, Zero Carbon homes, chunks of ECO (the remainder of which is perilously close to the edge). The key thing about a black hole is that nothing gets out – all of these policies have gone for good.
Plymouth Energy Community 22nd Jan 2016 read more »
A recent presentation by the BDI (the Voice of German Industry) put forward a simple, but powerful, message in support of the German Energiewende. It argues that German industry has managed to improve its energy intensity (total primary energy supply divided by units of GDP, slide 2); described the energiewende targets from 2010-2050 (slide 3); set out what it thinks the global market potential is for products necessary to meet the energiewende’s targets, and what percentage of that global market Germany hopes to capture (slide 4, see below); and how Germany’s economy-wide adjusted, composite energy intensity metric has improved energy intensity primarily through efficiency not through economy wide structural change (slide 5, based on IEA data). When comparing this situation to GB, two key points become raised. Firstly, despite the BDI having its own preferences for energy policy in Germany – which includes, for example, opposition to ‘smart retirement’ for coal power plants – it has a very clear story for how German industry can benefit from the energiewende. Secondly, it seems to me that it is much easier for the BDI to be a co-ordinated ‘Voice of Industry’ whilst also being part of the momentum forward of Germany’s energy policy than say the CBI – the British equivalent – and GB energy policy.
IGov 22nd Jan 2016 read more »