UK Energy Bill could be put back

01. November 2012 | Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By:  Max Hall

The U.K. government's controversial Energy Bill, which was expected to be debated in Parliament on Monday November 5, is likely to be delayed until later in the month following the furore that erupted yesterday between the Secretary of State and newly-appointed Energy Minister.

A windfarm at Whitelee, Scotland.

A ministerial row over windfarms may set back the debate over the U.K. government's controversial Energy Bill.

The draft Energy Bill makes little mention of photovoltaics or other renewables, and outlines plans to set a fixed energy price for nuclear plants and power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology – although a Liberal Democrat spokesman yesterday told pv magazine the Contracts for Difference (CfD) regime was not a subsidy.

The bill was expected to be debated shortly, but is now expected to be postponed after energy minister John Hayes – appointed to the post in a September reshuffle by Prime Minister, David Cameron – briefed U.K. newspaper Daily Mail that there were already enough wind turbines which "peppered" the countryside and that "enough is enough".

The Rt Hon Hayes, MP, was due to repeat the remarks in a speech to a wind conference organized by RenewableUK in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday, but was told to tear it up by Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey.

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