Weekly column by EUA's Chief Executive

  • 29

    Mar

    Who is in charge?

    29th Mar 2021

    As the debate around differing technology options hots up, politicians and regulators need to step into the fray and decide exactly who i...

  • 22

    Mar

    There’s a word for it.

    22nd Mar 2021

    Politicians get a bad press. As a recovering one, I have a degree of sympathy for them regardless of which Party they represent. One of t...

  • 15

    Mar

    Whose rules are we playing by?

    15th Mar 2021

    When I first started work, a colleague was asked to timetable his day, and for a sizeable chunk he wrote “thinking time”. Now...

  • 8

    Mar

    Budget word search comes up short

    8th Mar 2021

    Technology makes desk-top research easy. You simply open a document, such as the Treasury Red Book, type ‘ctrl F’ and search...

  • 1

    Mar

    It needs repeating – again and again and again

    1st Mar 2021

    There’s a well-known political figure, let’s call him Bobby, who famously made the claim that “It is only when you&rsqu...

  • 22

    Feb

    Climate change isn’t a game, it’s deadly serious.

    22nd Feb 2021

    You can’t have helped but notice that we’ve had a proper winter this year. Low temperatures, snow, ice in fact, the works. Ac...

  • 15

    Feb

    It’s a question of values.

    15th Feb 2021

    Dropping into my inbox last week came a great offer – “Get a new boiler under the Green Homes Grant” with costs of up t...

  • 8

    Feb

    If a carbon tax is your weapon of choice, wield it carefully

    8th Feb 2021

    Last week we saw media reports that the Government were looking more proactively at a carbon tax –across a whole range of products...

  • 1

    Feb

    Tone deaf to the needs of real people?

    1st Feb 2021

    Last week I witnessed a senior executive from an energy supplier call for gas prices to be increased, artificially higher than now, to fo...

  • 25

    Jan

    “A change is gonna come”

    25th Jan 2021

    After the inauguration of President Joe Biden, (I just love saying that phrase), it is fitting I use the words of American soul singer Sa...

  • 18

    Jan

    What matters is marginal.

    18th Jan 2021

    I have a confession to make....

  • 11

    Jan

    It couldn’t happen here, could it?

    11th Jan 2021

    Firstly, Happy New Year. Let’s hope by the time I write that phrase again Covid will be just a horrible nightmare that we are all g...

  • 21

    Dec

    They think it’s all over

    21st Dec 2020

    Well, we are all going to remember 2020 for years to come. And like most people, I’ll be glad to see the back of it.

  • 14

    Dec

    Climate advisors, naive or malign?

    14th Dec 2020

    Let’s start with the stark facts. I voted for the Climate Change Act in Parliament that set the world’s first carbon reductio...

  • 7

    Dec

    Have anti-gas fundamentalists lost the plot?

    7th Dec 2020

    Last week we had two positive announcements from Ofgem in the form of the Network Innovation Competition successful bids examining the ro...

  • 30

    Nov

    Back to the future

    30th Nov 2020

    As the world was coming out of the economic ruin of the banking crisis, former US President Bill Clinton wrote a book “Back to Work...

  • 23

    Nov

    Ten-point plan, something for everybody

    23rd Nov 2020

    Whoever thought announcing a 10-point plan at 10.30pm was a good idea? Made worse because the detail didn’t follow until the day af...

  • 16

    Nov

    Don’t’ blame the voters

    16th Nov 2020

    There’s an age old adage for politicians, “never blame the voters”, that applies equally to the US as it does in the UK...

  • 9

    Nov

    Net Zero can’t make our lives worse

    9th Nov 2020

    To make Net Zero a reality, the consumer experience has to be positive, or at least no worse than the current one.

  • 2

    Nov

    A Whitehall secret – let’s start spreading the news

    2nd Nov 2020

    Buried in the bowels of Whitehall are a number of committees, advisory bodies, special councils, all with the remit of helping the govern...

Mike Foster

EUA's Chief Executive