UK Energy Bill could be put back


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.