Which party has taken the most ambitious stance on tackling air quality? Which would prioritise energy efficiency and ban fracking? And has anyone mentioned the Sustainable Development Goals? edie has rounded up the most important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the main parties’ manifestos into a single document.
Edie 7th June 2017 read more »
Labour’s plans to nationalise energy would push up funding costs, according to a leading consultant. The manifesto of the Labour Party, which is threatening to overtake the Conservatives according to some opinion polls, states that it would “regain control” of energy supply networks by altering national and regional network operators’ license conditions. Last month, Labour’s energy spokesman Alan Whitehead told Utility Week that the party is exploring moves to rail franchise-style network licenses that would have an expiry date. Under the current licensing regime introduced by the 1989 Electricity Act and entrenched by the 2000 Utilities Act, Whitehead there are no cut off dates for network operating licenses. Whitehead said Labour would explore introducing termination points for network licenses akin to those used in train franchises where companies bid to run a section of the rail network for a set period of time. But Ryan Thomson, a partner at consultants Baringa Partners, said that Labour’s plans were “unworkable” and would increase funding costs.
Utility Week 7th May 2017 read more »