Michael Fallon MP has been appointed as a new Minister for Energy and Climate Change.
He replaces John Hayes who moves to the Cabinet Office as Minister of State without portfolio.
Michael Fallon will carry out the post in addition to his current role as a Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
His responsibilities at DECC had not been outlined at the time of writing. However, he replaces John Hayes who was seen as a controversial appointment at DECC when given the job six months ago, due to his perceived anti-renewable energy stance.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “John and I have worked well together as an effective team, and I’m especially grateful for his work on steering the Energy Bill through Parliament. I wish him well in his new post.
“I am delighted to welcome Michael Fallon to DECC. 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.
“We will continue to implement the energy and climate change policies that this Coalition Government has committed to, ensuring we can keep the lights on, people’s energy bills down and cut emissions to tackle climate change.”