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Energy UK Annual Conference – 12 November 2013
The new energy debate is about who pays, how much and for what, Angela Knight said at the Energy UK Annual Conference today. Mrs Knight said that the story had moved on from the old 'trilemma’ decarbonisation, energy security and affordability but needed everyone to work together to create the environment where the UK was working to build a better energy future.
Mrs Knight highlighted the importance of the energy industry to the UK. She said the industry was a major employer, supporting over 650,000 jobs the length and breadth of the country that is contributed around £102 billion to the economy annually; and currently invested around £11.6 billion every year.
Mrs Knight said:
“Energy is seldom out of the news and the industry has become a lightning conductor for general concern about the cost of living. But energy is a vital industry for the UK. It underpins our lives. It provides heat and light to homes and powers every aspect of the economy.
“Major changes are taking place in electricity generation. We know a lot needs to be done, particularly in this transition period from now to 2020 but the industry is subject to an array of sometimes competing and overlapping policies.
“We need political, legal and regulatory certainty - and none of it can be done for nothing. Investment in generation is not disconnected from the business and household bill. Energy security cannot be achieved without investment. The industry can do much itself but to get things working well in the long run needs everyone to pull together and for a serious debate to take place.”
To coincide with the conference Energy UK has two new films: an animation providing a step by step guide for customers to resolving problems with their supplier; and a new film highlighting the work which goes on to keep homes and businesses supplied with heat and light.
There is also a fresh look for Energy Made Clear, an information site for the public to help provide factual information. The site can be used on desktops and will resize for use on mobile devices. The site will be developed over time to provide answers to commonly asked questions.
Notes for editors
The Energy UK Annual Conference is on at 1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AE. Details can be found at www.energy-uk.org.uk/annualconference
What to do when things go wrong can be viewed from 00:01 hrs 12 November 2013 at http://youtu.be/rxtQJwTKdjo
The Energy Journey can be viewed from 00:01 hrs 12 November 2013 at http://youtu.be/-HvceY-l7tI