Today’s Energy Select Committee Report on the Severn Barrage is disappointing. The Committee are clear that they would support the creation of the Barrage on the Severn estuary subject to the fulfilment of certain environmental, social and economic criteria.
On the back of chairman of the Commons Energy and Climate Change committee Tim Yeo’s comments that climate change may not be man-made after all, the Telegraph have done a poll asking its readers if they think the same.
The motivating factor for many climate sceptical bloggers and columnists is often an ideological dislike of government intervention – but the route to lower energy bills requires exactly that.
Ensuring a reliable, economically viable and environment-friendly energy supply is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. In 2011 Germany embarked on an ambitious programme to transform its energy system. In future, Germany’s energy supply will be generated primarily from renewables.
New analysis published today by the independent Committee on Climate Change shows that every family in Britain could save at least £1,131 and as much as £4,525 if the government adopted a target to decarbonise the power sector by 2030.
London Mayor Boris Johnson and energy secretary Ed Davey must do more to ensure Londoners aren’t left out in the cold by rocketing energy bills.
Ed Davey needs to ensure total transparency from energy companies about their costs and the impacts on bills, writes IPPR’s Reg Platt.
Will Tim Yeo’s amendment on carbon make it into the Energy Bill – or will George Osborne again thwart the green path?
The majority (83%) of the increase in energy bills is from wholesale and supplier costs, with less than a fifth (19%) due to low-carbon policies.
Lord Adonis, Labour’s infrastructure and growth spokesman in the House of Lords, writes about the government’s failure to get the green economy going.