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Queens speech provides support for shale gas extraction

June 2014


The Queen’s speech, which highlighted the coalition government’s plans for their last year in power, included measures to support the development of gas and oil from shale and geothermal energy by “clarifying and streamlining the underground access regime”. A planned Infrastructure Bill will allow companies to install pipework under private land without permission. This is intended to “enhance the UK’s energy independence and security by opening up access to shale and geothermal sites and maximising North Sea resources.”

Delays to Electricity Market Reform legislation raises risk of capacity crunch

A notable absence from the Queen’s speech was the planned secondary legislation to deliver a new subsidy regime and capacity market for the UK electricity industry. The Electricity Market Reform (EMR) package will introduce new measures to support low carbon generation and promote security of supply. Crucial legislation relating to EMR reportedly requires further scrutiny and is now 3-4 weeks behind schedule. This delay risks pushing back the first capacity auctions, scheduled for December, and may jeopardise the government's plan to deliver new capacity by winter 2018.

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Wholesale Market Price Update – 5th June 2014

Wholesale electricity and gas markets have remained at their flattest level in several months over the last fortnight. Weak demand and good supply levels are continuing to hold down short term prices. Meanwhile, some progress has been made in the Ukraine/Russia gas dispute, with Ukraine paying off some of it’s gas debt. This has reduced fears of disruption to supplies from Russia to Europe via Ukraine and has lead to greater stability in longer term prices.

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