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European Parliament agrees to reform of Emissions Trading Scheme
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Unilever boss urges world leaders to reduce carbon output
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Market summary for May:
Gas: Higher LNG supply to the UK saw gas prices remain low in May.
Power: The power market also fell, reflecting movements in the gas market.
Oil: Prices were supported up due to growing tensions in the Middle East.
Carbon: Prices rose marginally amid continued uncertainty.
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The first Queen’s Speech of the new Parliament was delivered last month, outlining the new Government’s legislative agenda for the coming year. This is the first Queen’s Speech since 1996 that has been drafted by a majority Conservative Government.
The speech outlined the Government’s plans for an in-out EU referendum, to devolve power away from Westminster and proposals to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. An Energy Bill was amongst the 26 Bills announced in the speech.
The Energy Bill contained the following proposals:
The Energy Bill will be introduced to “increase energy security” and to “ensure there will be affordable and reliable energy for businesses and families”
The Government will also use the Energy Bill to transfer consenting powers from Whitehall to local planning authorities for onshore wind farms over 50MW
The changes to the planning regime for onshore wind would apply to England
The Bill will give the Oil and Gas Authority the powers it needs to become a “robust, independent and effective regulator”. Specifically the Government wants to improve the overall competitiveness of the UK Continental Shelf and maximise the recovery of offshore oil and gas reserves
How to facilitate cheaper and cleaner demand-side solutions to keep the lights on
How potential conflicts of interest with National Grid will be avoided or addressed
Changes to the subsidy regime for onshore wind will be delivered separate to this Bill and it has been confirmed today that DECC will make a separate announcement in due course
The Energy and Utilities Alliance said that they were disappointed that the Energy Bill was “a little light weight” and called for a review into the UK’s gas storage, saying that there is a “very real need to increase our Gas Storage”.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England welcomed the move to give local planning authorities powers to decide on large onshore wind farms but said that the “Government seems fixated on increasing energy security through action on energy supply, yet looks like missing the opportunity to include proposals in the Energy Bill to reduce energy demand — such as much-needed action to improve the energy efficiency of our leaky homes and other buildings.”
A link to the full speech can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2015