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Energy Group: About Us

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The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform's Energy Group deals with a wide range of energy related matters, from its production or generation to its eventual supply to the customer.

The Group is headed by Director General Willy Rickett and the Minister of State for Energy is Malcolm Wicks MP (see 'Related Links' for full biog).

The Group is committed to working with others to ensure competitive energy markets while achieving safe, secure and sustainable energy supplies. Its role is to set out a fair and effective framework in which competition can flourish for the benefit of customers, the industry and suppliers, and which will contribute to the achievement of the UK's environmental and social objectives. These include the alleviation of fuel poverty, and maintaining the security and diversity of the UK energy sources.

The Prime Minister and the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alan Johnson launched the Energy Review in November 2005.   It is looking at what measures are needed by 2020 and beyond to tackle climate change and ensure secure and affordable energy supplies in the UK.  As part of the Review we held a public consultation.  In January we published a consultation document “Our Energy Challenge: securing clean, affordable energy for the long term”, which considers all aspects of the energy system including energy supply and demand.  Launched on 23rd January 2006 the consultation took place for twelve weeks, and closed on 14th April 2006.  Our aim was to stimulate a wide-ranging and informed debate on energy policy issues.  The Energy Review team will report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State in early summer 2006.

The review follows on from the Government’s Energy White Paper “Our energy future - creating a low carbon economy” - published in February 2003. It defines a long-term strategic vision for energy policy combining our environmental, security of supply, competitiveness and social goals. It sets out the challenges we face on the environment, the decline of our indigenous energy supplies and the need to update our energy infrastructure and the policies we need to pursue over the next twenty years and beyond to meet these challenges. Central to these policies are the four goals for our energy policy:

  • to put ourselves on a path to cut the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions - the main contributor to global warming - by some 60% by about 2050 with real progress by 2020
  • to maintain the reliability of energy supplies
  • to promote competitive markets in the UK and beyond, helping to raise the rate of sustainable economic growth and to improve our productivity
  • to ensure that every home is adequately and affordably heated