The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that Michael Fallon, current Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, will now also uphold the position of Energy Minister.
The choice is expected to help marry low-carbon industries with the supply chain.
“I am delighted to welcome Michael Fallon to DECC,” stated Ed Davey, Secretary of State. “He brings with him a wealth of business experience and will make an excellent addition to the team.
“He will help to cement the links I’ve been making across Government as energy is such a critical industry for the UK’s growth prospects, and the creation of green jobs.”
Fallon echoed this sentiment, saying of the appointment: “Both departments share a strong focus on business and the economy and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to build on their cross cutting work on this agenda.”
Fallon was appointed Minister for Business and Enterprise in 2012, and has been the Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, Kent, since 1997.
A controversial predecessor
Fallon replaces John Hayes, who was appointed Energy Minister in September 2012, during the preparation of the Energy Bill.
At the time, Hayes replaced Charles Hendry, which was a significant change to the department; while Hendry was notably pro-renewable, Hayes was notable for speaking out against wind farms.
Hayes continued to be a controversial figure, recently outraging energy campaigners by calling them ‘bourgeois’ while in March this year, he openly objected to a solar farm in Peterborough.