The Chancellor announced a package of reforms to "radically reduce" energy costs for businesses, especially manufacturing, pledging savings of up to £7 billion by 2018/19 for industry as well as households.
George Osborne said the move will particularly benefit the most energy intensive manufacturers, around 80% of which are based in the North of England, Scotland and Wales.
Measures will include capping the carbon price floor (CPF), which sets rising amounts for the carbon tax paid by electricity generators.
More top news
A Labour MP has accused aides to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell of a 'violation of privacy, security and confidentiality'.
Hate crime offenders face being slapped with tougher sentences after a surge in reports of abuse and attacks following the EU referendum.
Despite the sunshine in short supply in the places the next few days - it stays warm and a little humid and close in places.