Ex-Tory energy minister to lead review of tidal lagoon power

Charles Hendry
Charles Hendry

Former Tory Energy Minister Charles Hendry has been appointed by the Dept for Energy (DECC) to head an Independent Review of Tidal Lagoons.

The review will assess the strategic case for tidal lagoons and whether they could play a cost effective role as part of the UK energy mix.

The review will also help establish an evidence base to ensure all decisions made regarding tidal lagoon energy are in the best interest of the UK. Its findings are expected to be announced in the Autumn.

Hendry was Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012. Since leaving the government, he has served as President of the British Institute of Energy Economics and Chairman of the Forewind Consortium from 2013-2015.

Alex Chisholm
Alex Chisholm

Meanwhile, the Department for Energy (DECC) has appointed Alex Chisholm as its new Permanent Secretary – aka the Sir Humphrey character from the vintage BBC hit comedy, ‘Yes, Minister’ – in succession to Stephen Lovegrove, who has moved to the Ministry of Defence.

Chisholm, who was previously Chief Executive of the Competition Authority, was chosen following an open competition.

British Energy Minister Amber Rudd commented: “Alex’s experience across the public and private sectors, including most recently at the CMA, will be hugely valuable to our Department.

“This is an important time for DECC as we work to deliver the secure, affordable and clean energy our families and businesses can rely on now and in the future.

“Alex’s leadership will be vital as we continue our drive to improve the energy market, reduce people’s bills and build an energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century.”

Previously, Chisholm worked for 12 years in business, beginning in the strategy team at Pearson plc and then running a series of international businesses in the media, technology, e-commerce and retail sectors.

His early career was spent in the Civil Service which he joined as a fast-streamer and then worked in a number of economic policy roles in the Department of Trade & Industry and the Office of Fair Trading.

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