Commenting at the Scottish Renewables Conference in Edinburgh today, and ahead of the Budget on Wednesday, Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK called for the energy debate to focus on the issue at hand - securing international investment and meeting the Government's commitment to a new low carbon generation energy mix.
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Responding to Ofgem's proposed reforms for a simpler, clearer and fairer energy market, Angela Knight CBE, chief executive of Energy UK, said:
"The energy companies have dramatically reduced the number of tariffs and pledged to help all customers move to the best deal that suits them.
Responding to Alistair Buchanan's comments on the future of the UK energy market, Angela Knight CBE, chief executive of Energy UK, said:
"The regulator is highlighting an area of very real concern. On days like today around 40% of electricity is being produced by coal fired power stations that are being phased out. The UK is committed to moving to more renewable electricity production and to building new nuclear power stations to replace the old ones that are coming to the end of their life.
Responding to DECC's tariff amendments to the Energy Bill, Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:
"We agree with the Government's overall intention with these amendments. But we will need to look at the detail of what is proposed to make sure that there are no unintended consequences to the drafted primary legislation. It is clear that these amendments will send a strong signal to industry and the investor community about the direction that Government wishes the market to take.
Energy UK has teamed up with fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) to promote the Warm Homes campaign.
The UK-wide campaign aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of cold homes and highlight the benefits of helping those struggling to heat their homes. Anyone concerned about their bills this winter is being urged to call the Home Heat Helpline, run by Energy UK, on 0800 33 66 99 to find out what help they may be eligible for.
Energy UK is promoting industry's commitments to customers on back-billing, for energy used many months or years previously.
An event is being held today - attended by a range of energy suppliers, consumer groups, representatives from Government and the regulator - to communicate energy suppliers' commitments to the principles of so-called back-billing.
The Home Heat Helpline is visiting the Scottish Parliament today to inform MSPs about help available to people across Scotland who may be struggling with their energy bills.
The event in Holyrood will provide information about assistance offered by the Helpline - an independent telephone hotline that acts as a one-stop-shop for advice and support, particularly aimed at the elderly and people on low incomes.
Commenting on the launch of the Green Deal, Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK said:
"Energy UK fully supports the Green Deal and we as an industry will help the Government and providers of the Green Deal in making it a success. It is very welcome that customers are now being reached and being encouraged to make their homes warmer by taking out Green Deals. Over the long term, this programme will help customers both upgrade their home and manage their energy consumption.
With temperatures set to plummet following a mild Christmas, Energy UK is advising anybody worried about staying warm to call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 for help with their fuel bills.
The Home Heat Helpline is a free, impartial and confidential service that connects people on low incomes with support which is worth an average of £160. The help available includes rebates, grants for insulation and new boilers, and advice on saving energy.