What I shall be watching for:
- scrapping and/or substantially renegotiating the Hinkley Point 'agreement' with EDF, which is now such a nonsense that no reponsible government of whatever stripe should proceed
- a very hard-headed approach to the wretched EC 'European Energy Union', including the utter crushing of its dirigiste tendencies before they ever get started
- ditto the even more wretched UN Paris Conference: no 'Europe must show leadership by cutting its own throat' etc etc
- telling the Climate Change Committee to wind in its neck (and ditch the utterly useless Gummer / Debden at the first opportunity)
- immediately getting to grips with the detailed nonsenses in UK policy, some of which could be stroke-of-a-pen stuff. There are too many to list them all, but most egregious: the way biomass gets a free ride as 'deemed to be CO2-neutral', when burning mature trees is categorically not; the way distributed generation (most specifically including intermittent wind) gets a free ride on all the trouble it causes in the Grid
- putting the boot in the Scots - meaning, force them to confront the infeasibility of their stated 'energy policy'
There is one handy aspect of the current situation, which is that under successive Energy and Climate Change Acts the SoS has a range of amazingly strong unilateral (or semi-unilateral) powers. So use them, Amber! Above all, significantly reduce the UK's 'legally binding' CO2 target. "The Secretary of State may by order amend the percentage [i.e. target] specified in section 1(1) …if it appears to the Secretary of State that there have been significant developments in— (i) scientific knowledge about climate change, or (ii) European or international law or policy" (Climate Change Act 2008 Part 1, Sect 2) That's not what I'd call legally binding at all.