Results 1–20 of 1235 for speaker:Richard Harrington

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Hinkley Point C Power Station (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: Holding answer received on 11 October 2017 The estimate of the Whole Life Costs for Hinkley Point C in the major project portfolio data is £49,891.2m. The Whole Life Costs are determined by the difference between the Strike Price and the long-term Wholesale Electricity Price forecasts, which are influenced by market prices for fossil fuels, which may vary. The Whole Life...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Radioactive Waste: Australia (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: In 1996 the Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) signed a contract with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) for the processing of spent nuclear fuel from the Australian research reactor at the Dounreay reprocessing facility. The contract contained an obligation to return uranium and an option to return waste which is supported by a MoU between the UK...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Power Stations: Sellafield (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: Toshiba is seeking to sell NuGen, the developer of the proposed Moorside nuclear plant, in a private commercial transaction. We engage regularly with developers on a range of topics, including financing, though the details of these discussions are commercially confidential.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Infrastructure: Ownership (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: The Government will shortly bring forward proposals to ensure that foreign ownership of companies controlling important infrastructure does not undermine British security or essential services. These proposals will consolidate and strengthen Government’s powers to protect national security.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Natural Gas: EU Law (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: The UK benefits from a diverse range of gas sources. Merchant gas assets (including gas interconnectors and gas storage assets) play key roles in a flexible energy system and offer significant benefits by facilitating the efficient transport, storage, and trading of gas, and by promoting efficient wholesale prices through increased competition. EU legislation currently underpins the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Supply (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: The proposed closure of Rough does not significantly affect security of gas supply which remains strong. Great Britain continues to benefit from highly diverse and flexible sources of gas supply, including indigenous production, six international gas pipelines with Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands, and three LNG terminals. Analysis shows GB supplies can meet gas demand even under severe...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Natural Gas (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: The UK benefits from a strong, liquid market which has delivered a system built on supply diversity. This, coupled with spare capacity, means the UK gas system is resilient to multiple infrastructure losses – including any closure of the IUK interconnector. Current and forecast levels of GB supply and storage infrastructure are sufficient to meet all customer demand in all but the most...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Natural Gas: EU Law (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: Regulation of Great Britain’s gas market, including merchant gas interconnection, is a matter for Ofgem, and it is for them to assess the impact of regulatory changes to the market as a whole. However, the Department works closely with Ofgem to keep the whole gas market under review.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Interconnector (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: Ofgem is Great Britain’s independent regulator and it is for them to decide the regulatory framework that is in the best interests of consumers present and future.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Interconnector (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: The UK benefits from a strong, liquid market which has delivered a system built on supply diversity. It would not be appropriate to comment on a specific company which remains open and operational. However, we have assessed the system’s resilience if we were to lose one or more major pieces of infrastructure. We will publish our detailed analysis shortly. In summary, our assessment is...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Euratom (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: The Government has made significant progress on this. In a written ministerial statement on the 14th September, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that we have decided to establish a domestic nuclear safeguards regime which is as comprehensive and robust as that currently provided by Euratom. This new regime will deliver to existing...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Weapons (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: I have not discussed Rolls-Royce's Small Modular Reactor proposal with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence. The department's interaction with Rolls-Royce on Small Modular Reactors has focussed on the application of their technology for civil electricity generation. Defence and civil nuclear are two separate programmes, though there is liaison in important areas such as...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Solar Power and Wind Power (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: We are pleased that the costs of established technologies such as onshore wind and solar are continuing to fall and are increasingly competitive with conventional generation. No decision has been taken on running another Contracts for Difference allocation round for these technologies but we have said that we do not believe that more large-scale onshore wind power is right for England. It is...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: British Coal Pension Funds (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: No recent recommendations have been made in respect of surplus sharing arrangements for the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme and no reform is planned. The current arrangements continue to work well for all parties.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Hinkley Point C Power Station (11 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: No discussions were held with either EDF Energy or CGN before the 29 July 2016 or after 15 September 2016 on the potential financial consequences for them of the decision to delay the approval of Hinkley Point C.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Wind Power (11 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: The Government has no plans to remove the longstanding arrangements for managing transmission constraints, under which various types of generation are compensated in order to change their planned output.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Wind Power: Health Hazards (11 Oct 2017)

Richard Harrington: Government commissioned WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff to review the available evidence on the human response to Amplitude Modulation (AM) noise produced by wind turbines. The final report of the review was published on 25 October 2016 [1]. We encourage Local Authorities and developers to apply the recommendations of the report as appropriate when considering planning applications for new sites to...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs (18 Sep 2017)

Richard Harrington: Since my appointment to the department in June I have met with a variety of stakeholders in the small scale renewables sector, including the Solar Trade Association, and the Renewable Energy Association.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (18 Sep 2017)

Richard Harrington: I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to the hon Member for Huddersfield (Barry Sheerman) to Question UIN 9047.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Coal: Mining (18 Sep 2017)

Richard Harrington: We are committed to ensuring the supply of secure, affordable and clean energy for businesses and households. Coal production in the UK has fallen significantly from approx. 30 million tonnes in 2000 to 4.2 million tonnes in 2016[1]. While there remain some markets for coal, this decline has been driven largely by the decline in coal power generation. Our Industrial Strategy is about driving...


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