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Results 161–180 of 4000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Charles Hendry

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Electricity Generation (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: It is for the Planning Act 2008 regime, rather than Ofgem, to appraise such environmental impacts for obtaining planning consent for overground electricity transmission schemes. Ofgem's role is to consider the case for investment proposals. The Government's guidance on appraisal for planning consent in England and Wales is set out in the National Policy Statements (EN-1(1) and EN-5(2)). The...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy Supply (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Subject to parliamentary approval, the Government will ensure that the provisions of the draft Energy Bill are applied in a way that is consistent with the state aid rules. State aid issues are a bilateral matter between the Government and the European Commission. The Government is in discussion with the Commission as to the application of the state aid rules in this context. In common with...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy Supply (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Government will ensure that the provisions of the draft Energy Bill are applied in a way that is consistent with the state aid rules. State aid issues are a bilateral matter between the Government and the European Commission. The Government is in discussion with the Commission as to the application of the state aid rules in this context. In common with other similar situations, such...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy Supply (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: If the Electricity Market Reform policies fall within the scope of the Levy Control Framework, the budget envelope will be set and published at the next spending review.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Ofgem, the independent regulator of the gas and electricity markets, has consulted on proposals to simplify energy tariffs so that consumers can compare tariffs more easily. Ofgem is considering consultation responses and plans to bring forward further proposals before winter.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The electricity market reform White Paper of July 2011 set out the Government's commitment to work actively with developers of low carbon electricity generation projects to enable early investment decisions to progress to timetable wherever possible, including those required ahead of implementation of the feed-in tariff with Contracts for Difference (CfD). The Secretary of State for Energy...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Hinkley Point C Power Station (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: NNB Generation Company Ltd, a joint venture owned by EDF and Centrica, have approached DECC to express their interest in being part of DECC's work on enabling investment decisions for early projects for Hinkley Point C as provided for in the Technical Update on electricity market reform published by DECC on 15 December 2011.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Hinkley Point C Power Station (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Department has entered into dialogue with NNB Generation Company Ltd regarding potential Transitional Arrangements for NNB's Hinkley Point C project on the basis set out in the Technical Update on electricity market reform published in December 2011. These discussions are at an early stage, and no offers of comfort have been made by the Department.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Hinkley Point C Power Station (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Department has not provided EDF Energy or NNB Generation Company Ltd with any indications regarding the strike price that could be received for electricity produced at Hinkley Point C. Under the Final Investment Decision Enabling Project set out in the Technical Update on Electricity Market Reform published in December 2011, the Government may provide information on strike prices for low...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: National Grid (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: DECC does not routinely hold information on National Grid’s staff numbers or make estimates of future staffing levels. National Grid’s annual report contains information on its staff numbers, and is available at: http://www.nationalgrid.com/annualreports/2012/documents/nat ional%20grid%20ar/ng_ar_full_web.pdf

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Natural Gas (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Government supports companies in securing liquid natural gas supplies by deepening links with key actual and potential supply countries, encouraging environmentally responsible gas production internationally, and maintaining a competitive UK market that is attractive to suppliers. The contracts signed recently with Norway and Qatar evidence the success of this approach and the increased...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Natural Gas (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The UK has a diverse range of sources of gas supply, including domestic production, pipeline imports from Norway and the EU, liquefied natural gas from global markets, and storage. There is also demand-side flexibility. Gas shippers can draw on all these sources to ensure they meet overall demand. The Government has given Ofgem new powers to strengthen the incentives on shippers to meet their...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Shale Gas (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: A British Geological Survey study in 2010 estimated that if UK shales were similar to those in the USA they could yield some 150 billion cubic metres of gas, equivalent to roughly two years of UK demand. The BGS is currently undertaking a more detailed analysis, taking account of the latest information, of the extent of prospectively gas-bearing shales in the UK and the potential resources,...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Nuclear Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: An invitation to tender for the provision of financial and accountancy advice was issued on 25 May 2012. This tender was conducted through a Government Procurement Service framework (‘Multi-Disciplinary Consultancy') that includes a mixture of accountancy firms and consultancies. An invitation to tender to undertake engineering cost verification work was issued on 21 May 2012. This tender...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Nuclear Power: Emergencies (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Following the publication of Dr Mike Weightman's final report; the “Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami: Implications for the UK Nuclear Industry” (October 2011), the Government responded to a number of recommendations, including arrangements for nuclear emergency planning (December 2011). This response is available publicly at: http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/meeting-energy-demand/...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Offshore Industry (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Department of Energy and Climate Change has made no specific assessment of the effect of Scottish independence on the United Kingdom's oil and gas industry. The UK Government's position is clear: Scotland is stronger as part of the UK and the UK is stronger with Scotland in it. The Government will be arguing the case for Scotland to remain within the UK and the Department of Energy and...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Ofgem: Fines (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The information requested is a matter for Ofgem. I have asked the chief executive of Ofgem to write to the hon. Member and we will place a copy of his letter in the Libraries of the House.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Government are committed to an appropriate level of onshore wind deployment as one part of a balanced energy mix to maintain our energy security, to help decarbonise our electricity supply and to keep consumer bills at a minimum. This is set out in the Renewable Energy Roadmap published last summer, which includes a projected central scenario of up to 13GW total installed capacity of...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: We are aware that some organisations used recently by DECC to provide onshore wind acoustic advice have carried out noise assessment work for a range of clients, including both wind farm developers and local government planning departments. DECC arranges peer review of acoustic advice by a range of internal and external experts, including a formal assessment currently being undertaken by the...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Officials across Government work closely together on wind turbine noise issues. For example, officials from DEFRA, DCLG, the Department of Health and the devolved Administrations are represented on the Government Group which provides advice on the development by the Institute of Acoustics of good practice guidance on ETSU-R—97. There is no case for machinery of government changes on this issue.


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