Energy Bill gets Second Reading
The Energy Bill received its Second Reading in the Lords on Wednesday 22 July. DECC junior minister Lord Bourne said the Bill would help implement the Conservative Party’s “clear and unambiguous” manifesto commitment to end new public subsidy for onshore wind projects, but he stressed that the government remained steadfastly committed to the decarbonisation agenda. Labour Peer Baroness Worthington said that the Bill “missed a trick” in failing to “kick-start” the UK’s need to focus on carbon capture and storage development. The Bill will begin its Committee Stage in the Lords on 7 September, with scrutiny of its provisions related to windfarm development on 14 September.