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The APPG on Energy Costs


The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Energy Costs


Chair: Stephen Hepburn MP 


Co-Chair: Lord Palmer


Vice-Chairs: Lord Deben, Peter Aldous MP, Julie Elliott MP, Peter Lilley MP, Phil Boswell MP, Lord Haworth.



The purpose of this Group is:


  • to promote evidence-based discussion on all aspects of energy costs
  • to inform energy policy decisions and public debate
  • to enable communication between interested parties and relevant parliamentarians


We interpret this brief broadly, to include all aspects of costs to the domestic and business consumer, the taxpayer and the industry itself.

Please note that this is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its Committees. All-Party Groups are informal groups of members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. Any views expressed in these pages or in our reports are those of the Group. The Group seeks to influence the views of Parliament and of Government to better address these issues.


Forthcoming Meetings


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Previous Meetings 


meeting notes


  • 16/01/18 - The prospects for Small Modular Reactors with Alan Woods, Director, Nuclear Strategy and Development, Rolls-Royce plc, and David Powell, Vice President, GE Hitachi, tbc

  • 14/11/17 - Breakfast meeting at Rolls Royce, Buckingham Gate - Discussion about Small Modular Reactors

  • 07/11/17 - Reponses to the Helm Review - with Lawrence Slade from Energy UK and Brian Tilley from E.ON

  • ​17/10/17 - 'Is Ofgem right to rely on switching to protect customers?' with John Penrose MP

  • ​02/05/17 - Proposals to protect consumers in the gas and electricity markets with John Penrose MP 


  • 28/03/17 -  Mike Hemsley, Power Sector Analyst at the Committee on Climate Change will present the CCC’s new analysis on the impact of climate change policy on bills for residential, business and industrial users in the UK..


  • 21/02/17 - 'The clean energy package’, with Peter Handley, Head of Unit Resource Efficiency the European Commission.


  • 24/01/17 - 'How energy is priced to consumers’, with Richard Street, Group Risk & Compliance Officer, ICIS, RBI; Audrey Gallagher, Director of Retail Energy Supply, Energy UK; and Rachel Fletcher, Ofgem.


  • 29/11/16 - How storage can enable renewables to power the country cost-effectively - with David Capper, Head of Team, Electricity Systems, BEIS; Mark Howitt, Director, Storelectric Ltd; Stephen Marland, Manager, Emerging Technology and Innovation, National Grid; Deirdre Bell, Senior Policy Manager, Ofgem


  • 18/10/16 - Maintaining energy investment in the light of Brexit - with Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Power, Jim Smith, Managing Director of Generation SSE, and Anna Stanford, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at RES.

  • 13/09/16 - The Hinkley Point review, with Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson (Managing director, Nuclear new build, EDF Energy); Prof. Michael Grubb (Prof. of Int. Energy and Climate Change Policy, Inst. for Sustainable Resources, UCL); Mike Finnerty (Office for Nuclear Regulation)


  • 06/07/16 - The future of energy in Scotland and the North Sea with Phil Boswell MP (SNP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill since 2015, formerly in the oil and gas industry as a quantity surveyor and contracts engineer)


  • 09/06/16 - AGM

  • 24/05/16 - ‘The prospects for energy storage and its impact on the need for interconnectors’ with Phil Sheppard, Director of System Operations, National Grid, John Prendergast, Energy Storage Manager, RES, and Richard Howard, Head of Environment & Energy, Policy Exchange.


  • 12/04/16 - Brexit: good or bad for UK energy? with Peter Lilley MP and David Mowat MP.


  • ​23/02/16 -  ‘The role of the Carbon Floor Price in meeting Government Energy Objectives’, with Rob Cross, Senior Vice President for Natural Gas, Statoil; Peter Haslam, Head of Policy, Nuclear Industry Association; Martin Pibworth, Managing Director for Wholesale, SSE; and Mike Thompson, Head of Carbon Budgets, Committee on Climate Change

  • 20/01/16 - Dr. Nigel Knee, Head of Nuclear Policy at EDF Energy, discussed Hinkley Point C, the proposed new nuclear power station in Somerset.


  • ​24/11/15 - DECC Minister of State Andrea Leadsom MP. The Minister’s brief includes electricity and gas markets, new energy infrastructure, energy security, oil and gas policy including shale gas, new nuclear, CCS and renewables.​

  • ​28/10/15 - Zero subsidy renewables - achievability and cost implications - with Maf Smith, Deputy CE, RenewableUK, Jerry Stokes, CEO, The Sustainable Consulting Partnership Ltd., and Richard Howard, Head of Environment and Energy, Policy Exchange​

  • ​15/09/15 - Smart Metering: Costs and Consumer Benefits - with Sara-Jane Asquith (director of the SSE Smart programme) plus Jonathan Simcock from Smart DCC, Pete Moorey from Which? and Alan Over, Deputy Director of Smart Metering.


  • 14/07/15 – Patrick Hynes, Electricity Charging and Capacity Development Manager for National Grid and Catherine Williams, Head of Commercial regulation at Ofgem – transmission costs. 


  • 23/06/15 – George Day, Energy Technologies Institute, and Leigh Hackett, Capture Power - "10 years to prepare for a low carbon transition" 


  • 09/06/15 – Francis Egan, Chief Executive of Cuadrilla 

  • 10/03/15 – Damir Ahmovic and Latif Faiyaz of Alfaenergy, Smarter Procurement: Renewables as an asset class - turning cost into revenue,


  • 14/01/15 – Peter Atherton of Liberum Capital addressed the group.


  • 04/11/14 – Tim Yeo MP (Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee) addressed the group.


  • 10/09/14 – Stephen Littlechild (former Director General of Electricity Supply) addressed the group.


  • 17/06/14 – Emmanuelle Maincent (head of the unit for Economic Analysis of Energy, Transport, Climate Change and Cohesion Policy in the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs) spoke about Energy Economic Developments in Europe’ with


  • 07/05/14 – Patrick Heren, senior adviser to Government on energy procurement, and Katya Zapletnyuk (ICIS) spoke about Ukraine, Russia and the geopolitics of energy.


  • 08/04/14 – Ian Peters, MD for Residential Energy at British Gas, Nigel Cornwall of Cornwall Energy, and Laura Sandys MP, former PPS to Climate Change Minister Greg Barker spoke about ‘How is competition benefiting consumers?’


  • 18/03/14 – Labour Shadow DECC Minister Julie Elliott MP


  • 11/02/14 – Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, spoke about ‘Myths and reality of fracking’ and Ashutosh Shastri gave a presentation on how fracking may affect energy costs, both in the UK and elsewhere.


  • 14/01/14 – Derek Lickorish MBE, Chair of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and Lawrence Slade, Chief Operating Officer of Energy UK spoke about ‘Keeping Warm in Winter’ at a joint meeting with the APPG for Ageing and Older People


  • 11/12/13 – Ed Matthew from the Energy Bill Revolution


  • 05/11/13 – Rachel Fletcher, Acting Senior Partner Markets, Ofgem


  • 30/10/13 – Director General Andrew Buckley and senior members of the Major Energy Users’ Council


  • 03/09/13 – Energy Minister Michael Fallon MP


  • 09/07/13 – Angela Knight, Chief Executive of Energy UK and a presentation on ‘The impact of low carbon policies on energy prices’ by Tony Cotton of Sentri


  • 25/06/13 – Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy


  • 11/06/13 – Launch meeting with Greg Barker MP, Minister for Climate Change


Working Groups


The aim of each Working Group is to produce a Report intended to assist policy-makers reach decisions on best evidence.


The Working Group report is on the Wholesale Gas Market, published March 2015, is available here.  We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of ICIS, Energy UK, Gas Forum, and Oil & Gas UK. The report is best summed up by our Chair, Lord Palmer: “This is the definitive guide to the British wholesale gas market. It is often discussed but seldom fully understood because the market is complex. This guide will be of great use to government, politicians and anybody who wants to comment knowledgeably on UK energy issues. The report shows the UK market to be the most competitive and transparent in Europe.”


The first of our Working Groups entitled `Smart metering: overcoming challenges' published its report in July 2014. The terms of reference for the report were:


The UK government is committed to a mass roll-out of smart meters in Great Britain starting in late 2015 and ending in 2020. The programme is more ambitious than the minimum requirements of European Directives, and this ambition is justified by the perceived benefits of the programme. The present value cost of this programme is estimated at £10.9bn with expected savings of £17.1bn giving a Net Present Value of £6.2bn. The general provision of smart meters to 80% of households is required by three European Directives, provided that the costs are justified by the benefits. The roll-out requires changes to industry settlement systems and the codes that govern them, as well as systems used by energy suppliers and the installation of meters at customer premises. Other equipment and changes to consumer goods may also be required to get the full benefit from smart meters. In 2011 the Public Accounts Committee described the challenges associated with roll-out as huge. The purpose of the working group is to produce a report that will assist and guide policy-makers to respond to questions and take any necessary future decisions based on the best available evidence.


We also intend to launch WGs in due course on:


  • The economics of wind
  • The green deal: prospects for success
  • Domestic costs: truth and fiction
  • Business costs: UK competitiveness
  • Other ideas welcome


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