Department of Energy and Climate Change

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Not to be confused with the defunct Department of Energy (United Kingdom).
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Welsh: Yr Adran Ynni a Newid yn yr Hinsawdd
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55 Whitehall, London
Department overview
Formed 2008
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters 55 Whitehall, London
Annual budget £1.5 billion (current) & £1.5 billion (capital) in 2011–12 [1]
Department executive Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Website www.gov.uk/decc

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is a British government department created on 3 October 2008 by then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown to take over some of the functions related to energy of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and those relating to climate change of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It is led by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, a position held by Amber Rudd MP since 11 May 2015.[2]

The Department released a major White Paper in July 2009 setting out its purpose and plans.[3] The majority of DECC's spending is on managing the UK's historic nuclear sites, in 2012/13 this being 69% of its budget spent through the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and this is expected to increase when the last of the UK's Magnox reactors are shut down and no longer produce an income.[4]

Ministers[edit]

The DECC Ministers are as follows:[5]

Minister Rank Portfolio
Amber Rudd MP Secretary of State DECC strategy and budgets; Electricity market reform; Carbon price; Annual Energy Statement; Energy security; National Security Council; DECC delivery landscape; Devolved Administrations; Carbon Plan; 2050 Pathways; Renewable energy strategy
The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP Minister of State for Energy Energy Bill; Supports the SoS on EMR; Security of supply; International energy; CCS, gas and coal policy; Nuclear policy; Renewable energy deployment; Grid policy including smart grids and network of recharging points; Oil and Gas exploration,; licensing and revenues; Offshore environment and decommissioning; Regulation and competition in the energy sector (incl. nuclear); Waste and decommissioning policy for new nuclear; Resilience and emergency preparedness; Energy Council; Coal Authority; Lean regulation
vacant Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change The Green Deal; CERT, CESP & ECO; Energy Efficiency Deployment Office (EEDO); Energy demand reduction (including its contribution to EMR); Public sector energy efficiency, including greening DECC; Green jobs and skills, SMEs and growth; Promoting the interests of energy consumers; Fuel Poverty, Warm Home Discount and Warm Front; National and international climate change; National carbon markets and EU ETS (including Energy Intensive Industries); Climate science; Carbon budgets; Carbon reduction commitment; Green Investment Bank; Heat, including the Renewable Heat Incentive; Decentralised/community energy and small scale renewables (inc cooperative / local ownership and business rates); FITs; Energy innovation, including marine energy (wave and tidal) and geothermal; Planning reform and consents
Nick Bourne Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Departmental performance and Delivery; Efficiency; Managing liabilities, including coal health and the Concessionary Fuel Scheme; Departmental business in the Lords; Transparency; Managing the nuclear legacy, including NDA performance and delivery (supported by the Shareholder Executive) and policy on plutonium and MOX; URENCO; Geological Disposal Facility (GDF); Civil nuclear security, including responsibility for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary; Smart meters; Nuclear safety and regulation; Nuclear non-proliferation; Supports Greg Barker on Green Deal and fuel poverty

Management[edit]

Department of Energy and Climate Change (Abolition) Bill 2014–15[edit]

This private member's bill was proposed in Parliament, sponsored by Peter Bone, to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and absorb its portfolio into the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In the House of Commons, it was scheduled for a second reading on 6 March 2015. However, as a private members bill, it was unlikely to be passed without government support, which in the event it failed to get. Bone had attempted to propose the bill earlier in 2014, but had withdrawn it.[9] However, abolition of the Department remains the official policy of UKIP.[10]

Devolution[edit]

The devolution of energy policy varies around the UK; most aspects in Great Britain are decided at Westminster. Key reserved and excepted energy matters (i.e. not devolved) are as follows:

Scotland [11]

Northern Ireland

Nuclear energy is excepted.[12]

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment is responsible for general energy policy.[13]

Wales

Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the National Assembly for Wales rather than reserved to Westminster.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Budget 2011 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Green groups praise UK's new Energy and Climate Change Secretary". 247 Home Rescue Limited. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  3. ^ See "The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan", The Stationery Office, 2009-07-15. Retrieved on 4 August 2009.
  4. ^ "DECC Annual Report and Accounts". Energy and Climate Change Committee. House of Commons. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Our ministers". GOV.UK. Department of Energy and Climate Change. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Department of Energy & Climate Change Press Notice, 7 January 2013
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ Abolition bill at Parliament.uk
  10. ^ http://www.ukip.org/policies_for_people
  11. ^ Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II
  12. ^ Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
  13. ^ DETI Energy website

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