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Jenny Randerson: 650,000 households in Wales can save around £200 by switching energy supplier

Baroness Randerson
Baroness Randerson

650,000 households across Wales are missing out on their share of £2.7 billion by sticking with their energy company.

By shopping around and taking advantage of the best energy deals on the market, millions of people can save around £200 – representing a potential saving of £130 million off bills.

The ‘Power to Switch’ campaign encourages people to switch supplier and save money by visiting www.BeAnEnergyShopper.com

With 26 energy companies on the market and some fixed deals £100 cheaper than they were a year ago, there’s never been a better time to find a great deal, switch and save.

Launching the campaign, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:

When it comes to switching, the power is in people’s hands to get a better deal and save.

We’ve reformed the market so that there are more suppliers, more competition, and a much faster and simpler process to switch.

That means millions of people can switch supplier and save hundreds of pounds today.

Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson said:

The ‘Power to Switch’ campaign is a great opportunity for people across Wales

Simply by switching suppliers, people in Wales can keep more of their hard earned money and gain more financial stability.

I would urge consumers to visit the website to see whether switching suppliers could save them money

Jenny Randerson: Wales needs to harness its unique energy potential

Baroness Randerson
Baroness Randerson

The Energy Policy in Wales summit, which is being held at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff, will discuss the future of energy in Wales, including the proposed Wylfa site, wind, solar and marine power generation.

Baroness Randerson, in acknowledging the huge economic and social importance of the sector and the need to secure its future, said:

Energy drives our economy and our way of life – if we cannot keep the lights on, keep the computers running, and keep our homes and offices warm, little else matters.

Without a reliable energy supply for the future, our efforts to meet legally binding targets to address climate change, or keep costs under control, will become much less important.

She highlighted the importance of change and the opportunities this presents for Wales as well as the need for more collaboration between the Government and the Private Sector to ensure a positive future for the sector in Wales, saying:

From small scale, community based renewables to Wylfa Newydd and tidal lagoons, I want Wales, once again, to be a world leader in energy supply and in the manufacture of the technology it requires.

It is now down to the private sector – companies such as you here today – to continue to grasp the challenge, to innovate and show that Wales can lead the world.

Letter of the Lords – 8 December 2014

Lord Brian Paddick: Is it reasonable to ban runway expansion across the UK?

Lord Paddick
Lord Paddick

This Conference we will be debating our Pre-Manifesto.  Of the huge number of policy proposals there is one likely to incite a great deal of considered debate within the Party – the commitment to no net increase in runways across the UK.  The pre-manifesto bans any expansion at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick and it prohibits a new airport in the Thames Estuary.  Is this a reasonable position to take?

I am a loyal Liberal Democrat and like most of us, I am conscious of the need to protect our environment.  I don’t have a car.  My world is my Oyster Card and unless I’m late for a very important date, I take the bus, train or tube everywhere.

However, I do admit that, due to both work and family life, I do fly regularly.  My husband lives in Oslo, Norway and unless I take the two hour flight, it would take me more than 24 hours to get there by land and sea. As with many people in our more and more interconnected, smaller world, I have friend and colleagues in the USA and South Africa and if I did not fly, I would never see them.  Whenever I can, I take the low carbon option and am always mindful of my, and everyone’s, responsibility to reduce my carbon footprint and use of energy.

Many business people have even more legitimate reasons to fly.  Our economy and our shared wealth relies on exports and 40% of Britain’s trade goes by air.  But it’s not just about overseas travel.  There are parts of the Lib Dem empire, in the South West and in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, that greatly benefit from air connections to the South East, and from there to the rest of the world.  The long-term solution domestically is high speed rail but that will take decades to reach the north of Scotland and anyone who has travelled from Newquay to London by rail will know that it is anything but ‘high speed’.  The reality is, we need more airport capacity.

Full article here

Peer post – Lord Teverson on the importance of energy efficiency

Today Lord Teverson will ask the Government how it intends to implement its strategy for energy efficiency. Here he explains why we all need to give that strategy a wider profile

Lord Teverson
Lord Teverson

When it comes to energy issues then it is pretty clear what makes for interesting stories. Take your choice from shale gas fracking, the stops and starts of new nuclear, biofuels robbing the world’s poor of their food, or wind turbines blotting England’s green and pleasant land.

For parliamentarians in Westminster energy issues are particularly around upcoming legislation known rather uninspiringly as Electricity Market Reform. Ed Davey has just published – after a long wait, and long ‘discussions’ with the Treasury – the ‘EMR’ bill. At stake is filling the investment hole of some £200bn required to update and replace the UK’s increasingly ancient electrical infrastructure.

Governments fear electrical blackouts.  They are the ultimate inconvenience to electors, and a sure sign of political incompetence. We last suffered them during the last days of the Heath administration in the early 1970s.  Maggie learnt the lesson when she took on the miners the next decade. She didn’t make a move until there was enough coal at the power stations to ensure that the lights stayed on.

But all of these issues are just one side of the debate – the supply side. So my debate in the Lords this evening is to bring back the focus to the rather less exciting but perhaps rather more important demand side of that equation – energy efficiency.

One of Chris Huhne’s first acts as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change was to introduce the Green Deal – it gives householders the means of investing in the energy efficiency of their homes on a larger scale than ever before. It is a great Lib Dem initiative.

But we need to get our head around the fact that if we launch a wider offensive against energy inefficiency there are big gains to be had. Here are just a few – fuel poverty recedes, we increase energy security, carbon emissions fall away, and not least we save ourselves tens of billions of pounds of that £200bn investment programme.

A couple of weeks ago Ed Davey, largely unnoticed, launched his energy efficiency strategy. In the debate this evening my goal is to give that strategy a greater profile. After all, energy efficiency is the most cost-effective means of both keeping the lights on and saving the planet.

Published and promoted by Tim Gordon on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, both at LDHQ, 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE.