Queen’s Speech to include energy reforms
Media reports have suggested that key energy market reforms will form part of the Queen’s Speech this week. An article in the Financial Times on Saturday 14 May suggested that the speech would outline plans for the supplier obligation for energy efficiency from 2017, and changes to the Warm Homes Discount. Both schemes, DECC has previously said, are to be changed so that they are more focused on lower-income households. The government will also affirm its intention to implement the reforms proposed by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA); the FT article said there would not be a standalone Energy Bill but that the CMA’s proposals could be placed in a Markets Bill.