Here’s a letter we wrote to the Green Party, thought it might be of interest to contextualise our Labour donation.
To say this has been an interesting, even challenging week, would be an understatement. We’ve had a lot of response to our support for Labour and I think to many people it’s been either hard to understand or misunderstood. I wanted to try and explain that better here. (more…)
David Cameron’s remarks yesterday to the liaison committee of MPs about renewable energy might just play a big part in his downfall at the general election.
His comments were contradictory at best, they laid bare once again the monumental lie that was his promise to lead the greenest government ever, and – perhaps more importantly – ignored a growing tide of feeling in Britain that we need to properly tackle climate change and embrace renewable energy.
Cameron is really out of step with the country on green issues.
This is the year in which membership of the Green Party has doubled; the year in which the IPCC made it clearer than ever that we have to completely give up fossil fuels by 2050 or face catastrophic climate consequences; the year in which climate change made itself more than evident as temperatures in Europe hit their highest since the 1500s. (more…)
Just a quick post to share a couple of things we’ve been sent, firstly there’s this petition/campaign which is amusingly titled (borrowed for the title of this post) but is very serious and worth supporting : David Cameron: don’t break wind…support it!
Then along similar lines, there’s this letter to David Cameron penned by one of our customers. We really liked the tone and content and thought it would be worth sharing in case any of you would like to do something similar with your MP, or even to Mr Cameron.
It starts with a letter from our customer Chris to his MP David Cameron:
We’ve had a policy in place for some 12 months now, to stop finding and submitting new wind sites into planning in England and instead to focus our efforts on Scotland – for the reasons set out in the article, it’s become very difficult in England, to the point that we were wasting time and money to a degree we could no longer accept. (more…)
I was doing an interview for ITV’s Tonight programme a couple of weeks ago, the show went out last night. I’ve not seen it yet, and don’t know what parts made it to the final cut, but it was a good discussion and it left me feeling that I should try and pull together the main elements of that conversation – they seemed so relevant and current.
The central thrust of the questioning was about the cost of green energy, or green crap as Cameron infamously has it – its impact on our energy bills and whether it’s the right thing to do as energy bills continually rise and become more unaffordable. It’s essentially the narrative of a number of politicians and media outlets of the past months and years – and it’s based on myth and propaganda more than fact. (more…)
May you live in interesting times is the apocryphal Chinese curse supposedly reserved for one’s enemies. In the energy industry right now, we certainly do.
The referral of the sector to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is just the latest interesting scene in a long running drama. It’s a drama that really began twenty years ago with privatisation: an experiment that has failed to deliver (like all privatisations, arguably) and is clearly not up to the very significant challenges ahead. (more…)
In amongst all the hoo ha of the last few weeks, about rising energy bills and Big Six profiteering – we’ve frequently heard about people who struggle to pay their energy bills, lower income households, the fuel poor.
Sometimes in the context of what Cameron calls ‘green levies’ – the social elements of that melting pot being the ECO scheme (insulation for lower income homes) and the Warm Home Discount (lower bills for older people). We’ve also heard how 30k people are expected to die this winter due to being unable to afford to heat their homes. And of course politicians of all hues have professed their concern for that and the affordability of energy more generally, which impacts most on the less well off among us.
The Big Six have social obligations in this regard, which require them to spend considerable sums each year – though this week the key one, ECO, was watered down (cut in half) and the Warm Homes one seems destined to move into general taxation.
But on the other hand, they appear to have been ripping off those same households – well at least any of them that use a Pre Payment Meter (which I think will be most of them).
There are some four million homes in Britain with a Pre Payment Meter (PPM) for electricity and three million for gas. And they pay the highest prices for their energy of anyone in this country – on average 6% or £80 per year more, for dual fuel, than a customer paying by Direct Debit. (more…)
It’s been a crazy few weeks in the Energy sector, nobody could have missed that.
The issue of rising energy bills comes up at the start of most winters it seems – but it did so with a real bang this year. Ed Miliband kicked things off with his pledge to freeze bills, the Big Six joined in by putting them up – and threatening blackouts if Ed tries it – and David Cameron rounded things off with his own contribution – which was to point the finger at ‘Green levies’ and pledge to roll them back.
Good stuff as the panto season approaches… 🙂 Or is it more than that?
The Green levies that Cameron is targeting, 60% of which his government imposed, have had a lot of media exposure – from the usual suspects, following the usual narrative; green energy is expensive, ineffective and is at the root of rising energy bills (I think that sums it up fairly). Oh no – I missed out the Climate Change isn’t real anyway bit…
But calling these costs green isn’t right, not quite honest. The biggest among them (at £47) is a scheme to put energy efficiency measures into lower income households – it’s a social measure known by it’s acronym ECO (Energy Company Obligation), which no doubt aids confusion. (more…)
Images of people protesting against Fracking this summer brought back a host of memories for me. I’ve done some protesting in my time. Most notably as part of a group that occupied the USAF base at Molesworth, for a year or so, to prevent the siting of cruise missiles there. Our eventual eviction, by more squaddies than it took to take Goose Green, made the back page of the Guardian, and I remember coming face to face with Michael Heseltine as he stepped off his chopper in flak jacket and make-up ready for the TV cameras – who could forget that.
The Americans never did station their cruise missiles at Molesworth and I’d like to think that what we did played a part in that – but who can know. (more…)
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