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.

External Members

Meeting Notes


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

  • Wednesday 05/09/18 – ‘Progress with the Clean Growth Strategy’, with Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change

Recent Previous Meetings 

meeting notes

  • 26/06/18 “Offshore Wind Sector Deal: Transforming People, Power and Places around the UK” with Mary Thorogood, UK Stakeholder Lead, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind; Benjamin Sykes, UK Country Manager, Wind Power, Orsted; Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK; and Charles Thompson, Director of Communications, ORE Catapult.
  • 16/05/18 – “The Prospects for Gas Storage” with Roddy Monroe, Independent Chair of the Gas Storage Operators Group; Nick Perry, Senior Advisor, Timera Energy; Will Webster, Energy Policy Manager, Oil and Gas UK
  • ​25/04/18 – “Is regulation of utility networks effective at controlling costs?” with Paul Bircham, Director of Strategy at Electricity North-West, Ofgem’s Senior Partner for Networks, Jonathan Brearley, and Jeremy Nicholson of the Energy Intensive Users Group.​
  • 18/03/18 – “The impact of Brexit on the UK Energy sector” with Gwyn Dolben, previously Head of European Affairs at Energy UK, Patrick Heren, writer and energy commentator, formerly of the Crown Commercial Service and ICIS Heren, and a speaker from the National Grid.​
  • 21/02/18 – “The future structure of the UK electricity market” with Laura Sandys, CEO, Challenging Ideas and Helm review panel member; Peter Atherton, Cornwall Insight; and Ro Quinn, Head of SO Strategy, National Grid
  • 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​

For details of earlier meetings please go to the meeting notes page.

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 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

To register as a supporter of the group please contact the secretariat at: phil.royal@royalpa.co.uk