Property Owners Who Don’t Comply with New Energy Rules May Face Prison


By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian Magness

Bit by bit, our personal freedoms are being eroded in the mad rush to Net Zero:

Property owners who fail to comply with new energy efficiency rules could face prison under government plans that have sparked a backlash from Tory MPs.

Ministers want to grant themselves powers to create new criminal offences and increase civil penalties as part of efforts to hit net zero targets. Under the proposals, people who fall foul of regulations to reduce their energy consumption could face up to a year in prison and fines of up to £15,000.

Tory backbenchers are set to rebel against the plans, which they fear would lead to the criminalisation of homeowners, landlords and businesses.

The proposals are contained in the Government’s controversial Energy Bill, which is set to come before the Commons for the first time when MPs return from their summer break on Tuesday.

It provides for “the creation of criminal offences” where there is “non-compliance with a requirement imposed by or under energy performance regulations”. People could also be prosecuted for “provision of false information” about energy efficiency or the “obstruction of… an enforcement authority”.

The Bill will replace and strengthen the rules on energy performance certificates (EPCs), which were previously based on now repealed EU law.

A Government spokesman said: “We have no plans to create new criminal offences, and any suggestion otherwise is untrue.

“Energy certificate legislation originated in EU laws, and our amendments ensure landlords, businesses and tenants are provided with the information they need to make their own decisions on energy efficiency in their buildings.”

Officials suggested the Government required such powers to amend criminal offences that already exist under the current regime.

Ministers are giving themselves broad umbrella powers to redraw and enforce the system before consulting on precisely which changes to make.

Tory MPs have expressed alarm that ministers would be able to create new offences with limited parliamentary scrutiny under the update.

Craig Mackinlay, the head of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, has tabled an amendment to strip the “open-ended and limitless” powers out of the legislation. He told The Telegraph: “The Bill is festooned with new criminal offences. This is just unholy, frankly, that you could be creating criminal offences

“The ones we’ve found most offensive are where a business owner could face a year in prison for not having the right energy performance certificate or type of building certification.”

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, a former energy secretary, said the proposed use of statutory instruments to create new offences was unacceptable, adding: “Criminal offences are an exceptional use of the state’s power and therefore require the fullest constitutional scrutiny.

“The whole Bill is about piling costs onto consumers. It’s as if Uxbridge and the vote against Ulez had never taken place.”

Whilst such statutory instruments do have to be approved by the Commons, they are typically nodded through and not a single one has failed to pass in the last 35 years.

Sir John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham, said the powers were “over the top” and a  “clumsy intervention” to try and force through net zero, adding: “It’s entirely the wrong way around. If you want to speed up progress on energy efficiency, then you should do it via grants and assistance.

“People are in the best position to judge their own houses, and you need to give them a helping hand rather than threaten them with action.”

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has been approached for comment.

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September 3, 2023 2:15 am

“A Government spokesman said: “We have no plans to create new criminal offences, and any suggestion otherwise is untrue.”

The blood runs cold . . .

Steve Case
Reply to  Nevada_Geo
September 3, 2023 2:49 am

Exactly the quote I picked out for comment! Reminds me of the seat belt laws that said it would only be enforced as a secondary charge on a traffic stop. That lasted for about a year.

Reply to  Steve Case
September 3, 2023 6:33 am

I had many clients stopped because they were not wearing seatbelts. These stops often led to tickets for other offenses, such as driving without a valid license, something the police already knew because of scanning license plates, but could not act on without a valid timely reason to stop the vehicle. So yeah, the slippery slope is getting slipperier.

Steve Case
Reply to  starzmom
September 5, 2023 3:43 pm

14 likes, (so far) looks like a lot of people like the idea of giving the cops a reason to go on a fishing trip.

Reply to  Nevada_Geo
September 4, 2023 3:37 am

As soon as government spokesmen/spokeswomen and politicians say they have no plans to do something, that usually means that they are going to do it. Before the 1997 General Election Tony Blair said that Labour had no plans to introduce university tuition fees. No sooner were Labour in power than they introduced tuition fees.

September 3, 2023 2:16 am

Behold The Parliamentary dictatorship and the Blairite doctrine

“”It’s our job to listen to you and then tell you why you are wrong”” And in their minds they’re doing it in good faith because they believe it is the right thing to do….

Reply to  strativarius
September 3, 2023 7:10 am

The essence of a technocracy, in a nutshell.

Reply to  strativarius
September 3, 2023 8:42 am

So the Nazis did not lose the war !

Reply to  Robertvd
September 3, 2023 10:00 am

they’re ruling michigan

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Mikeyj
September 3, 2023 10:09 am

And Canada.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 3, 2023 5:29 pm

and Australia.

Rich Davis
Reply to  strativarius
September 3, 2023 12:34 pm

You’re two and a half centuries late on the question of taxation without representation, but welcome to the American position boys!

Reply to  strativarius
September 4, 2023 7:05 am

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” C S Lewis

September 3, 2023 2:44 am

The names of any MP’s who vote for this need to be published and broadcast across the internet.

Reply to  HotScot
September 3, 2023 3:33 am

That’s a lengthy list. And new candidates are signed up to the agenda – otherwise they would not be candidates.

This is the latest brainwave

“”University students should be forced to study climate change alongside their degrees, the new president of the British Science Association, Professor Dame Jane Francis, said””

Boom times for psychology

Reply to  strativarius
September 3, 2023 8:24 am

forced to study

Francis means indoctrinated, which is pretty much what passes for education these days

Reply to  HotScot
September 3, 2023 7:48 am

MP votes are publicly available on the Parliamentary or theyworkforyou websites

Tom Halla
September 3, 2023 4:49 am

The UK does not have a meaningful Constitution, as their subjects rights are only what they grant at the moment, with no real recourse.

Reply to  Tom Halla
September 3, 2023 5:07 am

Behold The Parliamentary dictatorship – est. 1660

Rich Davis
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 3, 2023 12:42 pm

But the US Constitution, having been formally written down, is never flaunted, right? First, Second, Fifth amendments all notably vindicated in recent years, or not?

Tom Halla
Reply to  Rich Davis
September 3, 2023 1:11 pm

It is still better than the UK, or Canada with the “notwithstanding” clause.

September 3, 2023 5:38 am

Story tip

We’re making these things compulsory to save you from global boiling-
Fremantle Hwy: Mercedes EV battery burns ONE MONTH later | Auto Expert John Cadogan – YouTube

Reply to  observa
September 3, 2023 5:47 pm

PS: I don’t think the brains trust wanted that ‘misinformation’ and ‘disinformation’ hanging around too long but here’s the gist of it here-
Offloading Fremantle Highway in Eemshaven and Some Cars Are Still Burning a Month Later – YouTube
Like solar panels and windmills EVs have a serious fallacy of composition too for the doomsters.

Reply to  observa
September 3, 2023 9:54 pm

…serious fallacy of composition problem…

which the omniscient ones don’t want us talking about naturally-
American First Amendment right obliterated by spies and left-wing activists: Michael Shellenberger (

Peta of Newark
September 3, 2023 5:59 am

It’s no more than an extension of ULEZ, itself an extension of an extension of an extension etc etc etc

All based of Total Garbage Junk Science.
No matter. The Good Men said nothing = they tacitly OK’d it so what’s to do?

Here’s a guy who recognises what I’ve been saying since forever
Headline:Lord Frost’s rages at Briain’s ‘ruling class’ protecting ‘privileges’ as nation ‘gives up
Yes: That odd “Briain’s” word is an actual ‘sic’ in the original headlineSee it here before anyone realises (it’s now 13:06BST Sunday)

In the article he’s railing about Hammersmith Bridge in London – while UK’s schools are falling down because of ‘aerated concrete

Didn’t we cover that shyte on here just recently? Before I said anything most ‘good men’ thought it might be a ‘good idea’
See exactly how good in this BBC video:

Just like The Romans had – in their lovely toasty Warm Period, peaking at around 300AD, by which time Rome was effectively and completely fugged.
Why: By fighting wildly expensive wars, that were none of their business, far far away and importing food from equally far away. Sound familiar?
e.g. Wheat from West Africa = exactly as we were told recently about chocolate imports from the very same area and how fantastic it was, despite that it had ‘some fungal disease‘, but that didn’t matter because production was never greater and never better.
Also how oranges were turning green but that was still somehow OK.
Similar fungus.

The afflictions that both the orange trees and the chocolate plants are getting are beyond serious – they have no cure. They utterly destroy the plants and are now global. It’s not just a few isolated outbreaks here & there.

You know by now why those plants are getting what they’re getting = the exact same thing that ended Rome. And why their sea-ports finished up miles inland.
The plants are starving hungry – their immune systems are wrecked through lack of nutrition.
Just like the trees and grasses, we are starving hungry.…. the rats are now eating the other rats.

The same thing that caused this to happen:
comment image

Will even just one of the 100,000+ people involved in that ever actually figure it out?
Will anyone ever figure it out and tell them?

BM has become a replay of what ‘Glastonbury’ UK is now – a notable/predictable mudbath. It rarely was.
And in reality – a rehash of Maui. And (town of) Paradise. And vast areas of Canada right now. And Greece.
And what hit China
Heavy rain didn’t cause that. Eroded soil did. Compounded by crap infrastructure.
And the UK’s washout summer – aridified and eroded soil covering most of Europe did that.

While everything that’s being done to alleviate the imagined climate wrong, is making a very real wrong infinitely worse.
There will be a ‘tipping point’ – as there always is in the process of desert creation.

While, as we read in the preceding story, Good (Meritorious – according their peers) Men are still quibbling about the positions of the stars.
Powered by imported sugar, tomatoes, olives and chocolate. nice.
It would be nice if any of those things were actually edible.

Financed via the destruction of some of the best and most fertile soil there is left on this Earth.
(The yellow part of the Ukrainian flag)
Is that what Ukraine is about = A Food War between the haha ‘Superpowers’?

Innit crazy what just 2.5 microgram (daily) of Vitamin B12 could have avoided?

Britons Give Up.PNG
Reply to  Peta of Newark
September 3, 2023 6:31 am

It still could be worse…

“”London Mayor Sadiq Khan has reportedly “shelved plans” to charge all polluting petrol and diesel vehicles from driving in central London.””

September 3, 2023 7:38 am

When the nudges don’t work, resort to punitive force – page 6 of Marxist ideology
Western leaders are aware the nut zero project is being ignored by the masses – very, very few are scrambling for battery cars, or heat pumps, or smart meters etc, so now they need some additional weaponry in their climate tax portfolio
I am a firm practitioner of honesty, integrity, truth, facts, empirical science & engineering etc – I will not bend the knee for policies which are ill conceived, which hurt & punish, which are un democratically foisted on the masses, which are blatantly designed to benefit a few to the detriment of the many, which are based on sheer stupidity by incompetent people

Reply to  Energywise
September 3, 2023 8:49 am

There are no good cancers. They only know how to grow bigger and kill the body they feast on. It is a self destructive system.

Clyde Spencer
September 3, 2023 9:10 am

The modern day equivalence of Debtor’s Prison.

Eric Vieira
September 3, 2023 10:13 am

It’s becoming clearer every day, that the real purpose of climate change alarmism is not to “save the planet”, but the implementation of governmental tyranny against its citizens.

September 3, 2023 12:25 pm

The political party (I can’t call them the Conservative Party) I actively supported for over 45 years has become an authoritarian, left wing embarrassment. They need to lose the next election, and lose big, to force them to change direction. I despise them and will never support them is their guise.

Richard Page
Reply to  Jackdaw
September 3, 2023 2:19 pm

Unfortunately the authoritarian, left wing embarrassment opposition is waiting in the wings with more of the same. This country is doing a long slow dive into a pile of dung thanks to these incompetent career politicians that only represent their own interests, not the people they are being paid to represent.

September 3, 2023 12:58 pm

The long term goal of the socialists has always been the elimination of private property. Making property too expensive for an individual to own, is a big step down that road.

Reply to  MarkW
September 4, 2023 12:43 am

Did you just make that up, or do you have a genuine quote from a recognised socialist, that supports your statement that The long term goal of the socialists has always been the elimination of private property.”
I’m guessing you made it up…. Prove me wrong.

Reply to  Simon
September 4, 2023 6:27 am

You will own nuthin & you will b happy

Reply to  Simon
September 4, 2023 10:49 am

In 2030. ‘… own nothing. Have no privacy. Life has never been better.’

Reply to  Simon
September 4, 2023 11:26 am

Once again Mark makes stuff up and the disciples here up vote hm. Why, because he is saying what they want to hear, not what is true. I point out he is being dishonest and I get down votes. Shows you how broken the truth filters are here…..

Rich Davis
September 3, 2023 12:59 pm


@joe z
How is it possible that there’s no Wokingham in Massachusetts?

Richard Page
Reply to  Rich Davis
September 3, 2023 2:28 pm

The Saxons never quite got that far (although the Anglo-Saxons did, sorta).
The only place you’ll find a Wokingham is in the UK although there is another Woking in Canada.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Rich Davis
September 4, 2023 5:27 am

I’ll have to petition the legislature to create one! We also need a Wokeburg, Wokefield and many more!

September 3, 2023 10:27 pm

I am shocked and not awed. These people are the supreme Karens of all time. They want to control everything of everyone else’s lives.

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