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June Update: Energy

31 May 2018

What's on the agenda this month

by Andrew Huckle, Monitoring Consultant

June will likely see the Government announce their decision on the much anticipated Swansea Tidal Lagoon, according to reports. Ministers are also expected to appear before the BEIS and Welsh Select Committees as part of their inquiry into the project. Ministers are remaining tight lipped on their decision. 

There is also increasing speculation that the Government will approve a £15bn nuclear plant in Wales. The deal with Japanese firm Hitachi would reportedly include a direct investment from the Government, who will underwrite the loans for the construction of the Wylfa plant. 

In other news, the Energy Price Cap Bill will have its Committee Stage in the Lords on the 12th and the 14th June. Last week, two backbench Conservative Peers tabled an amendment which would give energy companies the right to appeal to the CMA over how the energy price cap is implemented. 

It is looking likely that this debate over appeal rights will dominate the latter stages of this Bill as it seeks to become law by July. 

Finally, the latest quarterly energy statistics will be published on the 28th June. The last time they were published in December, low carbon electricity’s share of generation increased to 54.4% in the third quarter of 2017, a record high. 

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Andrew Huckle, Monitoring Consultant
Andrew Huckle
Monitoring 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.