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Results 101–120 of 4000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Charles Hendry

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (26 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The agreements secured by the Deputy Prime Minister with each of the major energy suppliers are voluntary and do not affect statutory protections. One of the key aims of each agreement is to ensure suppliers are taking more proactive steps to help customers to be on the best tariff for them.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (26 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Consumers who are dissatisfied with their energy company's response to their complaint can refer the matter to the energy ombudsman. The ombudsman received 7,201 complaints about energy suppliers and distributors in 2011-12. This figure is likely to be significantly higher than the number of court actions brought by individuals against their energy supplier, given the greater cost and...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs (26 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change regularly meets with energy sector stakeholders. As part of discussions on Electricity Market Reform, the counterparty arrangements under Contracts for Difference has been raised. As the Government made clear when publishing the draft energy Bill on 22 May 2012, we recognise that investors need robust counterparty arrangements to invest...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy Supply (25 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: There will be full transparency over the terms of any investment instruments or Contracts for Difference offered to developers of low carbon electricity generating projects ahead of the Energy Bill receiving Royal Assent. The draft Energy Bill includes provisions stating that, for an investment instrument to be issued, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change must have laid a...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Billing (25 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: There are three forms of renewable energy: heat, transport and electricity. The cost of renewable heat technologies is classified as Government spending, which is not passed onto consumers in energy bills, but paid for through taxation. The cost of renewables in transport is determined by the renewable transport fuel obligation (RTFO), which obligates road transport fuel suppliers to ensure a...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Conservation (25 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: At Energy Council on 15 June, the Presidency reported to Ministers that, subject to a plenary vote in the European Parliament, a first reading agreement on the energy efficiency directive had been achieved between the Council and the Parliament earlier in the week. The directive contains a wide range of provisions including, for the first time, binding energy-saving targets for member states...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Oil (25 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: DECC has made a number of assessments of the impact of a range of factors on the petroleum refining industry. Most recently, in 2011, we published a detailed study on developments in international downstream oil markets and their drivers, and implications for the UK refining sector. This included an assessment of the effect of energy and environmental legislation and policy on the petroleum...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (25 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The evidence of a general fall in property prices caused by the presence of the wind farms is mixed. The Government is nevertheless keen to give host communities a greater stake in local wind farm developments and will be legislating this year to enable local retention of business rates accruing to renewables development over the lifetime of such projects. In addition, many generators have...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (25 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Government's main mechanism for incentivising large-scale renewable electricity is the renewables obligation (RO), which provides support for eligible generation. Wind farm hosts do not receive public subsidies other than support for eligible generation under the RO. The following table sets out the annual RO spend on onshore and offshore wind for each year from 2002-03 to 2010-11 (the...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (25 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: DECC's Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD)(1) tracks the progress of renewable electricity projects from inception, through planning, construction and operational phases and is updated on a monthly basis. The following tables show the breakdown of wind turbine numbers and capacity for May 2012. (1)Note: https://restats.decc.gov.uk/cms/planning-database/       (b) Planning...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power: Noise (25 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: A number of independent peer reviewed research studies commissioned by DECC and its predecessor Departments have looked at the impacts of noise from wind farms and concluded that there is no evidence of direct health effects arising from infrasound or low frequency noise generated by wind turbines. The Government reviews new evidence carefully to assess whether these conclusions remain valid....

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Diesel Fuel (21 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The UK is a net importer of diesel, with net imports in 2011 of 4.7 million tonnes against a demand of 20.0 million tonnes. Of the 7.8 million tonnes of diesel imported in 2011 22% came from Russia and less than 1% from the far east. DECC does not forecast imports by country. Imports are a commercial matter for individual companies and the proportion of diesel coming from each country varies...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy Supply (21 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: DECC intends to publish an impact assessment on Contracts for Difference alongside the final CfD operational framework in the autumn.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Oil (21 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: According to the latest ONS figures the total employment in the petroleum refinery sector in the UK is approximately 10,000. A separate figure for Scotland is not published by ONS.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Publications (21 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Copies of the recent report by BiGGAR Economics on ‘Onshore Wind—Direct and Wider Economic Impacts’ and the corresponding joint DECC /RenewableUK press release issued on 7 May 2012 are currently available on the DECC website(1). (1) A copy of the report is at: http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/meeting-energy-demand/ wind/5229-onshore-wind-direct--wider-economic-impacts.pdf A copy...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (21 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Onshore, wind farm developers make decommissioning arrangements with the relevant local planning authorities and other parties who have a particular interest, for example, the landowner. Offshore, the statutory decommissioning scheme for wind farms provides security that their removal can be undertaken by developers. Both of these regimes provide for the use of bonds if appropriate in the...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (21 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: For onshore wind farms, the Secretary of State, or relevant local planning authorities are able to include requirements for decommissioning and restoration of land to an acceptable state condition as part of the planning approval process. Offshore, there is a statutory decommissioning scheme which allows the Secretary of State to compel wind farm developers to submit costed programmes for the...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Coryton Oil Refinery (20 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: holding answer 18 June 2012 The administrators of Coryton Oil Refinery made a formal representation to the Department on 15 May 2012 in respect of the provision of government assistance for one option relating to Coryton Oil Refinery. We understand that this was one of a range options the administrators were considering at the time. These representations are necessarily commercially...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (20 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: DECC is discussing the details of the implementation of the agreement that the Deputy Prime Minister reached with energy suppliers, including how best to measure the impact of the commitments.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (20 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: DECC is discussing the details of the implementation of the agreement that the Deputy Prime Minister reached with energy suppliers. The agreement does not specify the detail of the agreed annual communication to help customers identify the best tariff option for them. Ofgem are also considering a number of proposals relating to information on energy bills as part of their retail market reforms.


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