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The Green Deal challenge

Energy efficiency needs to be at the heart of UK energy policy if the country is going to meet the ambitious targets the Government has set for carbon reduction Angela Knight said in a letter to climate change minister Greg Barker today.

She highlighted the need to get new Government energy efficiency schemes working well  and set out  the key challenges which Energy UK’s recent series of Green Deal and ECO roadshows identified.

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Energy UK response to Spending Review 2013

In response to the Government's Spending Review 2013, Energy UK said:

“The new power stations, wires and pipes we need to keep the lights on means investing in a sensible, balanced mix of new nuclear, biomass and renewables. We look forward to seeing the details when the government publishes those in Investing in Britain’s Future.

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Energy UK comments on Ofgem's Retail Market Review announcement

In response to Ofgem's Retail Market Review annoncement, Energy UK said:

“Energy suppliers have already pressed ahead with providing customers with simpler, clearer tariffs. Our members have dramatically reduced the number of tariffs, simplified structures and pledged to help all customers move to the deal that suits them best.

Energy UK supports the thrust of Ofgem’s proposals. It has taken a lot of work to get to this stage. The new rules contain a lot of detail and have only just been finalised but the industry is committed to implementing changes as quickly as we can.

These are major changes to the market. The reforms need to be allowed to bed in, with a period of stability for consumers. The impact should also be monitored closely so we can learn for the future.”

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Baroness McDonagh appointed Chairman of Central Delivery Body

Baroness Margaret McDonagh has been appointed as Chairman of a new organisation, the Central Delivery Body, which is to deliver consumer engagement during the smart meter roll-out.  

She will join the Board of the Body alongside representatives from energy suppliers, consumer groups and other independent interests.

Commenting on her appointment, Baroness McDonagh said:

“Smart meters can transform how people think about energy in the home. This new organisation will be key in engaging customers, informing them about their meters and allowing greater involvement with and control over their own energy consumption."

"I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to play a part in this by taking on the Chairman role and look forward to seeing the organisation grow and flourish. The real work now begins and I look forward to working with staff, the Board and other stakeholders to make the consumer engagement around the roll-out a success.”

Energy Minister, Baroness Verma, said:

“I am delighted to hear that Baroness McDonagh has been appointed as Independent Chair of the Smart Meters Central Delivery Body. This is an important role that will be crucial in securing public understanding of smart meters, and in helping people use them to better manage their energy use.

“Baroness McDonagh brings to the role a wealth of experience in leading both public and private organisations. As such, she will be well equipped to chair this important Body.

“I very much look forward to working with her in the lead up to, and during, the roll-out of smart meters across Great Britain.”

Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:

“The process of setting up the Central Delivery Body has been an extremely interesting one for Energy UK and we are delighted to have found someone as suitable for this role as Baroness McDonagh. We look forward to seeing the new organisation operating on its own two feet and, in time, start educating customers about the benefits of smart meters.”

Biographical note

Margaret McDonagh was elevated to the House of Lords as Baroness McDonagh in 2004.  Her previous campaigning experience will provide insight into consumer engagement which will be vital for the success of smart metering. She has been a senior organiser and has chaired multiple complex committees. She has wide commercial experience including several years as a Non-Executive Director at Standard Life Plc and TBI. Previously she was General Secretary of the Labour Party.

Note to editors

The Central Delivery Body has been set up by Energy UK after major energy suppliers were required by Government to set up a body to provide centralised consumer engagement for the roll-out of smart meters, which is to be completed by 2020. The organisation will formally come into existence on 30th June 2013.

The organisation’s aims reflect Government strategy around the roll-out of smart meters. Specifically, it will:

  • Build consumer confidence in the installation of smart meters
  • Build consumer awareness and understanding of how to use smart meters and the information obtained from them
  • Increase consumer willingness to use smart meters to reduce their energy consumption
  • Assist less well-off or otherwise vulnerable consumers to realise the benefits of smart metering and meet their other energy needs

 

Energy UK response to Ofgem liquidity proposals

Responding to Ofgem's final proposals to open up the electricity market to increase competition, Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:

  "Effective and transparent wholesale energy markets can deliver benefits for customers, and we understand and agree with the objective of creating a more competitive retail market. The energy industry agrees with Ofgem that more work needs to be done on these proposals and are keen to have further discussions.  

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Simple to switch – energy myths exposed

Millions of people could be missing out on better energy deals because switching myths block them from moving to other providers or tariffs according to our new research.

Key findings show that, while most people said they would shift energy supplier if it would save them money, they were put off by some persistent myths and misunderstandings. We have launched a new animation to encourage customers to shop around for the best deal for them.

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Energy UK comments on wind farms

Commenting on today's announcement on wind farms, Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:

"Wind farms are an important part of the energy mix and we support local communities having a say in where they are built. The proposal to cut bills in return for giving the go ahead to wind projects will need to be worked through and may also have a wider relevance ."

Energy UK comments on Ofgem's new enforcement powers

Commenting on today's announcement on new powers for Ofgem to tackle energy market abuse, Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:

“Energy UK and its members welcome today’s announcement on the enforcement of the EU Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) in the UK. Although we do not believe that market manipulation is a widespread problem in the UK energy markets, we recognise that, where malpractice is suspected, Ofgem, and other national regulators, must have the powers to investigate, and if abuse is proven, to impose proportionate penalties.

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Energy UK comments on Which's tariff report

Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK comments on Which's report on Government plans to simplify energy tariffs:

“People want choice, honest and open comparison and fewer and clearer tariffs. Which?’s ideas have already been fully considered by the regulator – Ofgem – and a lot of work is being done on changing tariffs. Which?’s proposal for a single unit tariff sounds simple, but it’s not what it says on the tin! For example high energy users, like working families with children, would end up subsidising low energy users, like second home owners.

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Energy Bill at report stage

Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK, comments on the Energy Bill being debated by MPs:

 “Creating more jobs, building  newer and greener electricity generation and getting investment in this country’s economy, is what the Energy Bill is for. As Parliament debates it this week, we want to see a measured discussion that gives confidence to the investors that this country needs.

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