Energy Bill progresses in the Commons
The government’s Energy Bill had its Second Reading in the Commons on Monday 18 January. Introducing the proposed legislation, energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd said that it would complete the work started in the last Parliament to implement in full the findings of the Wood Review of the oil and gas sector, and fulfil the Conservatives’ manifesto commitment to end new subsidies for onshore wind. Rudd further confirmed that the government would publish a new emissions reduction plan by the end of this year, and that it would set the Fifth Carbon Budget in June. The Bill now progresses to Committee Stage in the Commons, which is yet to be scheduled.