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Party that grabs ‘Greener, Cheaper’ energy story at election will thrive

Party that grabs ‘Greener, Cheaper’ energy story at election will thrive

Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, argues that public concern with energy bills means energy and climate policy will be a crucial battleground in the 2015 general election. The party that can come up with a convincing answer on gas and electricity bills, as well as wider cost of living concerns, will be in a strong position to win the next election.

How to Handle Gas Price Uncertainty

How to Handle Gas Price Uncertainty

Simon Moore, Environment & Energy Research Fellow, argues in response to a report by the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee on the impact of shale gas on energy markets, saying that while the report offers a largely sensible overview, the government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) policy is vulnerable to mistakes in gas price projections, as outlined in Policy Exchange report Gas Works.

Government must ‘nudge’ people to make the most of smart meters

Government must ‘nudge’ people to make the most of smart meters

Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, sets out findings from recent Policy Exchange reportSmarter, Greener, Cheaper, on ways households can be more energy efficient. Guy argues that the introduction of smart meters will help households monitor where they are using the most energy.

The dangers of energy ‘targetism’

The dangers of energy ‘targetism’

Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, argues that Tim Yeo MP is wrong to call for the inclusion of a 2030 decarbonisation target for the electricity sector in the upcoming Energy Bill, warning of the problems with trying to set legislation according to long-term predictions.

The risks of a never-ending search for certainty in the energy market

The risks of a never-ending search for certainty in the energy market

Guy Newey, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, sets out the challenges of providing certainty in the energy market, arguing that the government should try and balance the interests of investors with those of bill payers by making as few decisions as possible, as quickly as possible.

Low carbon and lower bills — Can the circle be squared?

Low carbon and lower bills — Can the circle be squared?

Simon Less, Senior Consultant for Regulatory Policy at Policy Exchange, argues that it is hard to predict what the best and cheapest carbon technologies will be to reduce carbon emmissions and lower carbon bills, and stresses that the design of policy needs to reflect this.

Re-regulating energy retail will break it, not fix it

Re-regulating energy retail will break it, not fix it

Simon Less, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Regulatory Policy, argues that re-regulating the energy market will not work as it will undermine the competitive market. He suggests reducing regulatory burdens on small energy suppliers and improving tariff transparency.

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