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In the news today The Public Accounts Committee has warned that the companies running the Government’s flagship workfare scheme had backtracked on promises to focus on hard-to-help claimants and denounced the failure to target more help on the most difficult cases as a “scandal”. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will call on petrol and diesel distributors to cut their prices following reductions in the price of crude oil. The Government will take emergency steps to safeguard UK energy supplies and make sure that there is enough energy to meet demand this winter. Energy Secretary Ed Davey has approved plans to keep three power stations on standby this winter and restrict energy supply to businesses if necessary.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey says the UK is not facing blackouts, despite concern about a lack of investment in new power stations.
{Issue. No laughing at the back!} The Liberal Democrats will vote today on a policy that would see the party back the building of a new runway at Gatwick. At present, the Lib Dems oppose any new runway in the south-east, but the party leadership is supporting an amendment to a policy motion that would open up the possibility of supporting Gatwick expansion. Energy Secretary Ed Davey stressed this morning the party would not be rowing back on its environmental commitments, telling Today: “It’s not a U-turn on environmental criteria.”
Plans to build 32-turbine wind farm in North Wales have been approved by UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey...
Despite advocating a green agenda, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has switched his supplier to Green Star Energy, a company that does not pay green taxes that the vast majority of billpayers have to.
“I'm not going to quit, says Clegg” Press Association - 23 May 2014 * Nick Clegg has insisted he will not consider resigning after a dismal showing in local elections, arguing that the Liberal Democrats are "still winning" in their strongholds. The Deputy Prime Minister conceded that his party had suffered at the hands of a Ukip surge, blaming a "very strong anti-politics feeling" among the public. But he added: "Actually I think in the areas where we have MPs where we have good organisation on the ground... we are actually doing well." The Lib Dems are seemingly on track to lose more than 300 councillors, bringing them to their lowest overall numbers for three decades. The Tories have taken charge of Kingston Council - the back yard of Energy Secretary Ed Davey - and they have lost control in Portsmouth following gains by Nigel Farage's party. A rare glimmer of good news came in Eastleigh, where the Lib Dems have tightened their grip on the local authority after successfully defending the parliamenta ...
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has today unveiled eight new major renewables projects which he says will be funded by £12 billion of private sector investment to "boost green growth and green jobs". Ren...
As diplomacy between Russia and Ukraine deteriorates and neighboring countries continue to depend almost exclusively on Russia for oil and natural gas, UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey is calling for the G7 to intervene and limit the economic power Russia wields over Eurasian countries via its vast energy reserves. According to Reuters, Davey plans to use the next G7 meeting to urge the group to intervene on behalf of smaller countries that would like a future independent from Russia but that depend on the nation for heat and energy. “It can’t be right for Russia to hold individual countries to …read more Source: Breitbart
Energy Secretary Ed Davey says Ukraine crisis highlights the need to diversify energy network
Energy Secretary Ed Davey warned aggression from Russian President Vladimir Putin could quickly force up costs for families in the UK.
Trust better than ever in the oil and gas industry. Energy Secretary Ed Davey has claimed that trust...
Responding to a speech on energy policy by UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey, Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing warned that the UK’s energy supply crunch will drive up bills, and said that Mr Davey should not turn his back on Scotland’s huge energy resources if he wants to avoid being seen as the Min...
Energy ministers clash over impact of indyref on household bills Wednesday 9 April 2014 Energy ministers have clashed over the impact of Scottish independence on household bills. The UK Government is warning that a Yes vote will add at least £38 a year, possibly as much as £189 more once the cost of supporting renewables projects is included. But the Scottish Government says the prediction is scaremongering based on a skewed look at the industry. UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey set out his view at a conference in Edinburgh timed to coincide with the publication of a Westminster Government analysis paper on the industry after independence. "The UK works better together, and our single energy market shows why," he said. "As a United Kingdom, we keep Energy Bills down for all consumers, regardless of where they live, and this works well, especially for people in Scotland. "Without unrestricted access to the integrated GB market, the costs of supporting Scottish energy network investment, small-scale renewable ...
Investors downgrade UK energy investment Wed, 09/04/2014 - 09:20 As UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey arrives in Edinburgh today (Wednesday),( be prepared for more scarestories tomorrow) the SNP is highlighting a new report which finds that UK energy policy uncertainty has driven the UK to the top of table for political risk on energy. The Exane BNP Paribas report finds that the political risks associated with UK energy policy have grown considerably in less than a year – with the UK now perceived to be the country with the greatest political risk in the European energy sector. The report highlights major concerns from investors about UK policy and Labour energy policy – with 68 per cent of respondents believing that Labour’s energy policy would deter energy investment. This would be a major concern given the already tight gap between electricity supply and demand. Concerns have already been raised about the UK Government’s failure to provide security of energy supply – with a Scottish Government rep ...
Would England face blackouts without Scotland&renewable energy Scotland&Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has dismissed UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey&warning that independence would result in higher gas and ...
Davey: higher Energy Bills may be price Scotland pays to go it alone: Energy Secretary Ed Davey ...
Ed Davey warns Scotland over energy independence: speech in full (Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and...
Energy secretary says 'no guarantee' UK would buy Scottish energy: Independent Scotland would join "list of all...
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Energy costs will rise for an independent says Energy Secretary Ed Davey
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As Ed Davey, U.K. Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, spoke to the Environment...
Energy Secretary Ed Davey says the Green Deal will take 20 years to work
Peterhead confirmed for carbon capture site...but it's not a bribe, says Ed Davey Monday 24 February 2014 Herald Major investment in an innovative energy plant in Scotland is not being unveiled as a bribe to persuade Scots to reject independence, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has insisted. He confirmed Peterhead as the location for the world's first gas-fired carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility as part of a £100 million Government investment in the new technology. Harmful carbon dioxide emissions would be buried under the North Sea in the project, which goes alongside previously-announced plans for a coal-fired version in Yorkshire. But Mr Davey said an independent Scotland would find it "more difficult to proceed" with the project. Outside of the UK, future variations in oil and gas prices would also leave Scotland's finances "very seriously" exposed as measures were set out to better exploit remaining North Sea reserves, he predicted. Denying it was a bribe to Scots to vote "no" in September, Mr Da . ...
CCNet, 14/02/14. ‘Unthinking Climate Change Worship Harming Britain’, UK Energy Minister Warns. No Evidence That Recent Winters Have Been Wetter Than In Earlier Decades. **(Even if there was evidence, so what? It's a weather pattern that mankind is in no way responsible for. - CJO). Britain has been damaged by ‘unthinking Climate Change worship’, a senior Tory minister claimed today as the coalition parties clashed over going green. Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey is using the floods crisis to launch an extraordinary attack on ‘diabolical’ and ‘wilfully ignorant, head in the sand, nimbyist’ Conservatives who question global warming. But Conservative energy minister Michael Fallon has hit back, insisting now is not the time for ‘political’ squabbling. ‘Unthinking Climate Change worship has damaged British industry and put up consumer bills. It’s David Cameron who is cutting green taxes and steering Europe away from artificial targets.’ -Matt Chorley, Daily Mail, 13 February 201 ...
Energy Secretary Ed Davey questions the profits made on gas by the "Big Six" energy companies
British Gas owner Centrica suffered a shares fall after Energy Secretary Ed Davey called for radical reform of the energy supply market.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey blames utilities for high energy prices but experts say this argument is “simplistic”.
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The "Big Six" energy companies' gas profit margins are higher than previously thought and should be investigated by regulators, Energy Secretary Ed Davey says.
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The profits being made by the country's biggest energy companies for supplying gas could be investigated. The industry regulator Ofgem has been urged to examine the profit margins of the so-called Big Six companies by Energy Secretary Ed Davey, who said that if evidence of a monopoly is fou...
Feb 10 (Reuters) - Britain's Energy Secretary Ed Davey has written to regulators saying profit margins of big energy companies' gas supply units are too high, and suggesting dominant player British Gas...
PM weather warning David Cameron has warned councils to have "robust plans" in place should the country suffer further bad weather over the New Year following forecasts of further heavy rain and wind from the Met Office. The Environment Agency has warned that its 30 day forecasts suggest there could be a continuation of an "inexorable succession" of low pressure fronts in January. Elsewhere, the Government’s response to the recent flooding and power cuts is discussed as thousands of homes still remain without electricity. The Energy Secretary Ed Davey has asked UK Power Networks to give a "clear public timeline" for when power will be restored.
Britain commits to new nuclear power plant: by Staff Writers London (AFP) Oct 21, 2013 Britain on Monday paved the way for its first nuclear plant in a generation, to be built by state-owned foreign firms, underlining the government's controversial commitment to atomic power. The coalition government signed a 16-billion pounds ($26-billion, 18.9-billion-euro) deal with French energy giant EDF to build two reactors at Hinkley Point C, southwestern England, to meet Britain's future energy needs. Also involved in the contract are French group Areva -- the world's leading nuclear power company -- and Chinese nuclear firms CGN and CNNC. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the deal, subject to European Union approval, was necessary as Britain faced a "looming energy crisis" in the next decade owing to years of under-investment. Britain has placed nuclear power at the heart of its low-carbon energy policy, in stark contrast to Europe's biggest economy Germany, which vowed to phase it out in the wake of Japan's 2011 F ...
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Davey: ECO isn’t the reason for energy price rise: Energy Secretary Ed Davey defended the Govern...
VIDEO: House of Commons: Energy Secretary Ed Davey tells MPs that a new nuclear site is "good news" for the UK.
Government announces go-ahead for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station following agreement with EDF Group."This is an excellent deal for Britain and British consumers," says Energy Secretary Ed Davey
Energy Secretary Ed Davey admits gas and electricity bills will keep on rising...
UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey says deal on $22bn nuclear plant with France's EDF is ‘extremely close’ -
Britain's energy sector is close to securing tens of billions of pounds in investment from the Far East, Energy Secretary Ed Davey says.
World News: UK energy sector expecting 'massive' international investment: London (AFP) - Britain is close to securing "massive" international investment in its energy sector, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said on Sunday. Listen to news source from RobinsPost.com Get Full Details From News Source
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UK News: Lib Dems attack Tory policy on renewables Credit: Western Morning News | September 16, 2013 | www.thisiscornwall.co.uk ~~ The Liberal Democrats have declared war against “stone age” Conservatives over green power, arguing a Tory minister wants to “cull wind turbines faster than he can cull badgers”. Energy Secretary Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat, yesterday launched a withering attack on Tory Environment Secretary Owen Paterson over “green retreats”. Mr Paterson has said wind farms are often “regarded as a complete scam”. Wind farms are a deeply contentious issue in rural Devon and Cornwall, with 100 large-scale turbines in the region causing outrage among local people. Speaking in his keynote address at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, Mr Davey told delegates it was the Lib Dems who were countering Tory scepticism over Climate Change and renewable energy. He told delegates: “We have to be in Government. To fight for green advances. And fight off green retreats. Take .. ...
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Responding to today’s significant backbench rebellion over the lack of a clean energy target in the Energy Bill, Greenpeace Executive Director John Sauven said: “The size of this rebellion means Energy Secretary Ed Davey now has no excuse not to fight for a stronger Energy Bill that will actually r...
"It amazes me that ministers engage in routine lies to deny any responsibility for a crisis they have created and which is escalating out of control. Energy Secretary Ed Davey told MPs this month that it was "completely wrong to suggest that there is some sort of statistical link between the benefit reforms we're making and the provision of food banks." It can only be wrong because you aren't even doing the research, you don't have the statistics and aren't remotely interested in obtaining them. Fortunately others are doing the research and in the report, 'Walking The Breadline', they conclude: "There is clear evidence that the benefit sanctions regime has gone too far and is leading to destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale." Meanwhile councils are sending out eviction notices to people falling behind with their rent, again as a direct result of government policy with the insane bedroom tax. Councils are punishing people who are in every way the victims of you and your foul government and the ...
The essential overhaul of Britain’s energy system has been thrown into disarray by the resignation of one of its architects – just as Energy Secretary Ed Davey prepares to escalate his drive to stamp out doubts about the existence of Climate Change.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has warned a separate Scotland’s wind farm firms would face competition from other countries to sell energy to rUK
Saturday 2nd Feb: BIG Action Day with Energy Secretary Ed Davey in Kingston. Free lunch = good times!
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has been voted ‘Pinhead of the Year’ in a poll by the Taxpayers’ Alliance. The unfortunate gong was awarded to him after being nominated for increasing the staff headcount at the Department of Energy and Climate Change every quarter over the last year as well as for bringing in ‘green’ policies which the group said are “punishing already hard-pressed families”. Mr Davey won the support of 42.4% of the votes which were cast online in the ten days running up to Christmas Eve, beating fellow MP Nadine Dorries – who received much approbation for her stint on reality TV show ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!’ – and Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten. Another runner-up was the former Leader of Leicestershire County Council David Parsons, who took 202 chauffeur-driven trips to London when taking the train would have saved £25,000 of taxpayers’ cash. Jonathan Isaby, Political Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “When the Government is rightly ...
MPs voted against including a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill yesterday, despite Labour’s attempt to force the issue. The party tried to add an amendment which would set a 2030 target to decarbonise the power sector in the Bill. However this failed when MPs voted in the House of Commons last night, with 206 votes against the amendment, to 279 in favour of the Bill without a target. The vote came after a long and heated debate in the House of Commons, where Energy Secretary Ed Davey held off a barrage of criticism for not including a 2030 target. Currently a target will only be set in 2016 although many businesses led by trade group CBI have called for one as soon as possible. Opening the session in the Commons, Mr Davey declared: “This is not just an Energy Bill; it is a growth Bill. I believe it can lead to new jobs in every region and nation of our country.” He said if MPs voted for the Bill, “they will be voting to give the British economy the long-term boost it needs.” Although he ...
Energy Secretary Ed Davey: for shale gas can resume subject to new controls to reduce the risk of seismic activity
Fracking for shale gas can resume in UK with new controls to address earthquake risks, Energy Secretary Ed Davey says
A ban on the controversial process of shale gas exploration known as fracking has been lifted by the Government. Gas company Cuadrilla has been given the go-ahead to resume operations in Lancashire, which were halted in 2011 when test-drilling caused two minor earthquakes. Despite the concerns of environmental groups, exploration can now continue subject to regular seismic risk assessments. The move was welcomed by business chiefs but campaigners called it "reckless" and a "massive gamble", insisting the focus should be on renewable energy. Energy Secretary Ed Davey insisted it would not undermine efforts to slash carbon emissions and promised that communities and environments would be protected. The new safeguards include: :: having a review before fracking begins to *** seismic risk and any faults; :: the submission of a fracking plan to the Energy Department setting out how the seismic risks will be addressed; :: seismic monitoring before, during and after the procedure; :: a new traffic light syste .. ...
Energy Secretary Ed Davey today lifted a ban on fracking for shale gas in the UK effectively giving the green light to a whole new industry – with a caveat on safety. This has been expected since the Chancellor announced new tax breaks for shale gas last week. It means developers like Cuadrilla Resources (pictured) will be able to resume their exploratory work in the north of England which was suspended in May 2011 after two small seismic tremors were detected near the country’s only fracking operations in Lancashire. Hydraulic fracturing extracts gas from deep underground by pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into shale rock, which forces open cracks in the rock letting the gas flow out freely. Taking pains to stress how much research has come before lifting the moratorium, including a public consultation and reports from the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, the Energy Secretary said: “My decision is based on the evidence. It comes after detailed study of ...
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has given the go-ahead for the resumption of "fracking - the controversial process of drilling for gas using high-pressure liquid to split rock.
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Scottish independence threatens to raise the nation’s power bills as billions of pounds needed to switch to green energy are borne by its people instead of being spread across Britain, U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said.
UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has called on countries around the world to “be more ambitious” about cutting emissions after the UN’s Climate Change talks in Doha nearly stumbled over the weekend. Last week’s talks had to be extended over the weekend after they were initially meant to finish on Friday, with reports of delegates in tears at the prospect of a deadlock. Finally on Sunday, governments agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol’s second period, so it will run from 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2020. Conceding there had been a “modest step forward” on his return from the Doha talks, Mr Davey said: “We can be pleased that we have maintained the momentum towards a new legally binding agreement for 2020 after the Kyoto Protocol has expired. “However, we still need countries to do more and be more ambitious about reducing their emissions if we are going to avoid irreversible Climate Change and prevent devastating global warming.” Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Act ...
Everyone knows George Osborne loves a bit of gas – right? He loves the fossil fuel so much that he simply HAD to be the one announcing the gas strategy in his Autumn Statement this week. Except, does he really? It’s almost a given in the press that he can’t get enough of the stuff. But is it actually rather convenient for the Department of Energy & Climate Change that the Chancellor picked up this potentially flammable piece of energy press? In a bizarre twist, perhaps it’s lucky for Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey to be able to palm off a – whisper it please - fossil fuel policy onto a Coalition scapegoat. I mean, colleague. Or maybe it’s a classic case of political misdirection? DECC prepares the press announcement, the Treasury publicly announces it, nobody quite knows who to wave their pithy ‘Frack Off’/‘Climate Change killed the dinosaurs’ placards at. For those in the energy sector who feel the need to rip into gas as an energy source, Osborne is an incredibly handy bogey man. ...
Probe into claim gas prices fixed: Energy Secretary Ed Davey will address Parliament later, as regulat...
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