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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.
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.
This report calls for plans to introduce auctioning to enable all technologies to compete on a level playing field should be brought forward. It points to Brazil, where prices for onshore wind have dropped to world record lows since auctioning was introduced. If the UK can achieve a even a fraction of the results from Brazil, it would allow much greater decarbonisation for the available budget.
Latest Environment & Energy Blogs
Joshua Burke — Policy Exchange’s Energy and Environment Research Fellow — responds to President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate treaty. Considering the decision in relation to the ‘tectonic plates of geopolitics’, he claims that ‘it is hard not to envision gleeful faces in China’, and concludes that America’s withdrawal will ‘no doubt weaken their geopolitical standing’
Writing in The Telegraph, Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment and Energy, concludes Theresa May should look at a relative model rather an absolute cap on energy prices
In this blog, Richard Howard, Head of Environment and Energy, discusses the opportunity to revamp the Green Deal energy efficiency loan scheme, following the sale of the scheme to the private sector earlier this year. This blog is a write up of a Policy Exchange roundtable which took place in February 2017 involving policymakers, energy companies, and consumer groups
Latest Environment & Energy News
Together, a decade of loose public spending, fiscal stimulus and the aftermath of the financial crisis left Britain with the highest deficit in its post war history at 10.2% of GDP. Even half a decade later, that deficit is only half closed, and remains high internationally. Budgeting for Balance looks at the experience of fiscal consolidation so far, and how to approach the remainder of the task.
Time’s report on Air Pollution and the London mayoral election quotes Richard Howard, head of Policy Exchange’s Environment and Energy unit.
Richard Howard, head of Policy Exchange’s Environment and Energy unit, is quoted by the Guardian on a new report by MPs on measures to clean up air pollution.
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Policy Exchange’s Capital City Foundation hosts a panel discussion on how to build cities as durable settlement?
Policy Exchange held an event to discuss the key risks and challenges facing the UK’s energy policy, and the Government’s experience of managing those risks. The event involved a highly experienced panel of energy experts including the Rt. Hon. Lord Howell, Angus MacNeil MP, Irene Rummelhoff, and Dr John Feddersen, CEO of Aurora Energy Research.
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