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Putting energy red tape under the spotlight

28 November 2011

The government's Red Tape Challenge now turns its attention to energy. Energy Minister Charles Hendry (pictured) is urging business, green groups and members of the public to help identify ineffective, burdensome or unnecessary regulation; in turn, ministers will listen to the evidence and ideas of business on what works, what doesn’t and how it might be improved.

Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “Whether it is complex regulations deterring new entrants to the energy market, overbearing regulation on microgeneration or outdated regulation of pit ponies, we need to sharpen up. We need smart, practical, efficient regulation which protects our environment but also supports business in generating the necessary investment, innovation and skills rather than creating unnecessary barriers to growth and job creation.

“I urge everyone to get involved in the Red Tape Challenge and DECC will not hesitate to take action where unnecessary regulation is identified.”

Comments can be made from now until 30 December 2011 via the Red Tape Challenge website or via email to

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