Environment & Energy

  • Environment & Energy

    "Greener, Cheaper"

    Our vision is for climate and environment policies that are sustainable - achieving society’s environmental goals at least economic and social cost.

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  • The Customer is Always Right

    Policymakers are failing to strike the right balance between energy affordability and decarbonising the economy. Ill thought through energy and climate policies have added £120 to the average household energy bill over the past five years. If the government wants to retain support reducing carbon emissions it must focus on carrying it out in a way that reduces the price of energy bills.

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    Energy bills
  • What does the Summer Budget mean for renewables policy?

    Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, looks at the impact of the Summer Budget on the profitability of renewable energy projects, showing that their revenues will be reduced by approximately £5/Mwh.

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    The Summer Budget and Renewable Energy
  • Warmer Homes

    Warmer Homes presents a character profile of the 2.3 million households in England living in fuel poverty. Among the findings in the report is the fact that nearly half of all fuel poor households (1.1m) are in work, challenging the perception that fuel poverty primarily involves the elderly and retired.

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    Fuel poverty
  • Greener, Cheaper blog

    Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy team have started a new blog. The blog's aim is to highlight good research, point out idiocy in the debate and point out where the consensuses are misguided. The blog will mainly focus on how we can improve policy, as opposed to climate science.

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    Greener, Cheaper blog

Latest Environment & Energy in the news

  • 23 July 2015 | Rooftop solar panel subsidies next to face cut as ministers curb green costs

    • The Daily Telegraph cites findings from Policy Exchange's new report The Customer is Always Right that the biggest component of DECC's overspend on renewables subsidies is the subsidy for rooftop solar panels.

  • 21 July 2015 | Clean power subsidies to be reined back

    • The Financial Times cites findings from Policy Exchange's The Customer is Always Right report which show that the government's overspend on the Levy Control Framework could add a further £20 a year on to household energy bills.

Latest Environment Publications

  • 16 July 2015 | The Customer is Always Right: Putting consumers back at the heart of UK energy policy

    • For too long policymakers have failed to strike the right balance between energy affordability and decarbonising the economy. Ill thought through energy and climate policies have added £120 to the average household energy bill over the past five years. While reducing carbon emissions remains critical, if the government wants to retain support for this goal it must focus on carrying it out in a way that reduces the price of energy bills.

  • 09 January 2015 | Warmer Homes: Improving fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy in the UK

    • Warmer Homes presents a character profile of the 2.3 million households in England living in fuel poverty. Among the findings in the report is the fact that nearly half of all fuel poor households (1.1m) are in work, challenging the perception that fuel poverty primarily involves the elderly and retired.

Latest Environment & Energy Blogs

  • 30 July 2015 | London as a National Park City – Fantasy or Genius?

    • Katherine Drayson, Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy Research Fellow, looks at how aspirations for London to become a 'National Park City' can be bolstered by improved data and mapping.

  • 20 July 2015 | The truth about energy bills?

    • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, responds to dissenting views on his new report The Customer is Always Right, which criticised governmental overspend on renewable energy subsidies and argued that government must focus on keeping bills down.

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