Renewable Energy

Infographic: A tale of two Energy Bill’s

The Energy Bill was introduced on November 29th 2012 by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

The Bill lays out a framework for delivering secure, affordable and low carbon energy. It focuses on:

  • Decarbonisation
  • Electricity Market Reform
  • Nuclear Regulation
  • Pipe-line and storage systems
  • Protection for customer’s from poor value energy tariffs

The Bill is 207 pages of statements, considerations, contacts, investments and standards. To scroll through the mass of information could take several days slash weeks if you are looking closely.

So here come’s a 10 second round up of the Bill. These word clouds represent the most frequently used words from the whole document which are large and bold.

What is important to the Government and where is policy being focussed? Words that jump out; power, carbon, energy, climate, growth and lights. 

government energy bill

Next we take a look at the response from followers on the real time Guardian blog -the ‘Energy bill published – as it happened’ rolling out on the day.

response to energy bill_FINAL

The response takes a different focus and some other ideas are thrown : energy, electricity, target, government, renewables, investment. 

How the Bill pans out in real life will be the key – for example the word ‘target’ appears in the response but is not a key word in the Bill. Renewables are also not picked up in the Bill word cloud – where as climate is. This could indicate seeming disparity between those who make the legislation and those affected.

How energy affects you

Using the key words and ideas gathered from the info-graphs, an survey was undertaken to find out how individuals view the role of energy in their own lives from keeping the lights on to international renewable targets for carbon emissions. Here are a few responses taken from 150 respondents.


Small actions that can be taken at home such as replacing light bulbs are catching on and this trend is only going to increase, with inefficient bulbs being gradually phased out. In a few years, the only bulbs in the shops will be energy saving ones. One energy-saving light bulb can save you on average £3 a year  which doesn’t sound a great deal but  swapping all the inefficient bulbs in your home, this could  save around £55 per year.


It seems energy prices are the biggest concern. Trends in domestic gas and electricity have increased over the past eight years. Between 2004 and 2011, domestic energy prices rose by 121% for gas and 79% for electricity. This winter alone, five of the big six energy suppliers have increased gas and electricity prices between 6% and 11%. In the medium to long term, the pressure on prices appears to be upwards.What is driving this increase? Data from the Committee on Climate Change in December 2011 highlight the following reasons for price rises between 2004-2011:

% increase per unit cost Gas (%) Electricity (%)
Wholesale energy 66 54
Trasnmission, distribution, metering 20 13
Carbon price 9
Renewables 6
Energy efficiency 7 13

But foucsing on supply of energy is only half the problem. Managing demand is the flip side of coin of the energy debate. The respondents decided supply was more important than energy efficiency – but the difference was slight.


By Becky


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