UK government passes energy policy power to new commission 

Posted: October 8, 2015 by oldbrew in Energy, Politics
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DECC on the ropes? [image credit: BBC]

DECC on the ropes? [image credit: BBC]


The UK government’s energy department (DECC) seems to be on the ropes – or is it the deck? – thanks to the creation of a new body called the NIC, as PEI reports.

There is some confusion as to the role of the Department of Energy and Climate Change following a reorganisation announced by the UK’s chancellor for the exchequer George Osborne this week. The entire energy policy brief has been ceded by DECC to the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

With the energy portfolio has gone all the big issues on its agenda. These include the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, indeed the entire future of the UK nuclear power programme. It is not entirely clear what DECC, headed by secretary of state Amber Rudd, will now hold responsibility for, following the announcement.


Mr Osborne announced the NIC at the Conservative party conference on Monday describing it as “A Commission, set up in law, free from party arguments, which works out, calmly and dispassionately, what the country needs to build for its future, and holds any Government’s feet to the fire if it fails to deliver … Like how we are going to make sure Britain has the energy supplies it needs …”

“I’ve asked the new National Infrastructure Commission to start its work today. And I am delighted that the former Labour Cabinet Minister and Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis has agreed to be the Commission’s first Chair.”

As a result of the restructure it appears that DECC is largely a shell department with responsibility for climate change policy. The relationship between the NIC and DECC is not yet clear.

Full report: UK government passes energy policy power to new commission – Power Engineering International

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    PEI also reports: ‘UK government re-asserts position on complete coal phase-out’

    ‘According to Bloomberg the government is still assessing what alternatives should be put in place in coal’s stead.’
    http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2015/10/uk-government-re-asserts-position-on-complete-coal-phase-out.html

    So they’re getting rid of coal before they’ve even got a policy on replacing it – brilliant.
    There isn’t that big a menu to choose from – how hard can it be?

    PEI also mentions another newspaper story:
    ‘The Times report stated that the government is pondering whether to close its remaining 12 coal-fired power plants and if such an announcement might be made prior to the forthcoming COP21 conference in Paris.’

  2. hunter says:

    The lemming run by the allegedly enlightened to the cliff is interesting to watch.

  3. Sounds to me as if it’s time they had job cuts!

  4. Stephen Richards says:

    sounds to me like the new body may be even more in favour of wind and solar. Time will tell

  5. Roger Clague says:

    ‘The Times report stated that the government is pondering whether to close its remaining 12 coal-fired power plants and if such an announcement might be made prior to the forthcoming COP21 conference in Paris.’

    If no announcement on coal-fired plants is made before Paris COP21 then the we can have confidence that they will not be closing.

  6. tallbloke says:

    And so the Government washes its hands of responsibility for the unfolding energy deficit fiasco.

    How convenient.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @lgl:

    Looks to me like the “drop” in consumption is almost all in “statisistical differences” and correction category. .. not much real. Then they built stories on top of the “drop”…

    @All:

    The maneuvers of British Government are strange and wondrous to the Yankee eye… “Yes Minister” was a real hoot… even more so when I realized the truth under the farce… Now we see it reflected in energy policy / departments IRL. How charming…