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January Update: Energy and Environment

3 January 2018

A new year brings politicians back to Westminster to confront an array of perplexing policy challenges.

With almost half the Article 50 trigger period now elapsed, Brexit negotiations are entering the critical second phase, with the Government eager to secure the details of the official transition period and future relationship beyond.

Meanwhile, ministers are due a reshuffle brought about after the forced resignation of Damian Green, and Labour continues to press the Prime Minister on public services and cost of living questions.

Here, Andrew Huckle, DeHavilland's Monitoring Consultant for Energy policy, gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this January.

What's on the agenda this month

by Andrew Huckle, Monitoring Consultant

The New Year is set to be dominated by ructions within the consumer energy market.
 
Scrutiny of the draft Price Cap Bill continues, with Ofgem chief Dermot Nolan appearing before the BEIS Select Committee on 10 January. The Committee’s pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Bill is set to wrap up by the end of the month, when work will begin on a report to Government.
 
This is timely, as the energy regulator is about to introduce an energy price cap of its own. From early 2018, Ofgem will extend the pre-existing cap for those on pre-payment meters to 2m more vulnerable consumers.
 
Finally, the Smart Meters Bill and the Nuclear Safeguards Bill are scheduled for Report Stage consideration in January or February, allowing the Bills to be debated on the floor of the House of Commons.
 

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Andrew Huckle, Monitoring Consultant
Andrew Huckle
Energy Policy Consultant

Andrew Huckle is DeHavilland's dedicated Monitoring Consultant for Energy and Environmental Policy. A graduate of the University of Leicester and King's College London, where he read International Studies and European Studies respectively, he has previously worked as a Parliamentary Research Assistant and completed a traineeship with the European External Action Service.