New Nuclear Development Minister Appointed

Chris Huhne has announced the appointment of Charles Hendry, as Minister of State for Energy, resposible for supporting new nuclear development.

His reponsibilities will include:

Supports the Secretary of State on:

  • Security of supply
  • Resilience and emergency preparedness
  • Renewable energy
  • CCS and coal policy
  • New nuclear
  • Grid policy including smart grids and network of recharging points
  • Smart meters
  • Gas policy
  • Oil and Gas exploration, licensing and revenues
  • Offshore environment and decommissioning
  • Planning reform and consents
  • Levies policy
  • Regulation and competition in the energy sector
  • Nuclear waste, decommissioning, NDA
  • Plutonium
  • Nuclear safety and security
  • Nuclear non-proliferation
  • International energy
  • International oil markets
  • Energy Council
  • Coal Authority

Legislation will be introduced to improve energy efficiency in British homes and businesses, to promote low carbon energy production, and to secure the UK’s energy supplies, it was announced as part of the Queen’s Speech.

The Energy Bill is to provide a step change in the provision of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses, and to put in place a framework to deliver a future with secure, low carbon energy supplies and fair competition in the energy markets.

The Queen’s Speech said that the Government would also seek effective global collaboration to combat climate change, including at the climate change conference in Mexico later this year. 

Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne said:

“The Queen’s Speech and last week’s programme of Government make clear that energy security and taking real action to tackle climate change aren’t add on extras for this new Government, but are vital to our national interest.”

“The Energy Bill is designed to help consumers put a stop to wasting energy in their homes through a green deal while making sure our energy system is fit for the 21st century.”