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November Update: Energy and Environment

27 October 2017

Arguably the busiest time of the political year, November sees MPs and peers alike hard at work across a range of policy areas, with legislation and Committee business in full swing, and the return of the traditional Autumn Budget on 22 November.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May and her party leadership are battling the Brexit stormclouds in a bid to bring reassurance after ominous warnings from business during the party conference season.

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

What's on the agenda this month

by Andrew Huckle, Monitoring Consultant

After much speculation, the Government has published a Draft Bill that imposes a cap on the amount that energy suppliers can charge the 18 million consumers on standard variable tariffs (SVTs).
 
The pre-legislative stage of the price cap is set to begin in November, with the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee opening an inquiry into the Draft Bill, alongside a consultation.
 
Secondly, the much-anticipated Review into the Cost of Energy is due to be published imminently, under the auspices of Professor Dieter Helm.
 
This expansive review has “the ambition for the UK to have the lowest energy costs in Europe”, and will offer a long-term roadmap for the power sector and energy costs.
 
Alongside the recently published Clean Growth Plan, it is one of the most highly-anticipated documents in the industry this autumn.

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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.