Industry news archive

  • 03 March 2017
    In several states in Australia over the last 5 months there have been at least 4 major power outages which has impacted millions of customers says GMB. 
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  • 01 March 2017
    Across Scotland more than one hundred organisations are to benefit from almost £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.
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  • 27 February 2017
    In the UK, the Briton's understanding is that climate change is real and man-made steadily becoming more prevalent. A growing majority of British adults (64%) have said that climate change is happening, and that it is primarily due to human activity. 
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  • 18 January 2017
    Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy Jobs and Fair Work, has written to the UK Government to discuss concerns over the progress of the Green Investment Bank privatisation. Mr Brown has expressed concerns over reports that the completion of the transa
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  • 16 January 2017
    The GMB has said that when the full costs of decarbonising the economy are laid out for all to see, paying for them out of general taxation is actually the fairer way to proceed.
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  • 02 December 2016
    Green Alliance, have published a number of league tables ranking renewables in England and Wales over the past year. The tables reveal that Gwynedd and mid Glamorgan are the most improved as far as solar and wind power are concerned.
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  • 01 December 2016
    A new Scottish Power survey has outlined that small and medium-sized businesses across the UK are missing opportunities for important energy savings. Only 1 in 10 SMEs have said their energy consumption has decreased over the last 12 months. Furthermore ov
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  • 30 November 2016
    James Court, Head of Policy & External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association has commented on the Autumn statement.
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  • 28 November 2016
    The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has released Ireland’s official national energy statistics. They show a significant level of growth in energy use across all sectors of the economy last year.
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  • 07 October 2016
    A Government fund has been established worth £10 million to support people in making their homes warmer and more water tight. The scheme will be piloted in Glasgow, Argyll and Bute and Perthshire. Each equity loan will be worth up to £40,000 and will be av
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  • 29 September 2016
    The Science and Technology Committee has reported that the Government has been ambiguous on the benefits of smart meters. The Government has 11 different objectives for the roll out project. These benefits include saving consumers money on energy costs. Ho
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  • 29 September 2016
    The Science and Technology Committee has reported that the Government has been ambiguous on the benefits of smart meters. The Government has 11 different objectives for the roll out project. These benefits include saving consumers money on energy costs. Ho
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  • 28 September 2016
    Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a review of planning policies on renewable energy and countryside development.
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  • 28 September 2016
    Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a review of planning policies on renewable energy and countryside development.
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  • 27 September 2016
    A new £5.8 million scheme intended to generate energy from sea waves has been launched. The project is located off the Pembrokeshire coast. £4 million of its funding came from EU funding through the Welsh government.
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  • 26 September 2016
    New research has been published highlighting the need for better more efficient homes as social landlords come under increasing pressure to cope with reductions in funding and lower incomes.
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  • 23 September 2016
    Richard Black, Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has commented on the appointment of Greg Clark as the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
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  • 22 September 2016
    Policy Exchange has said that the Government must create a new strategy to decarbonise the heat sector that is more cost effective that the current plans. A report issued by the think tank has said that the plan to roll out electric heat pumps in 80% of ho
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  • 21 September 2016
    MP’s on the Energy and Climate Change Committee have warned the Government that if the country continues in the same vein, it will fail to achieve its 2020 renewable energy target.
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  • 20 September 2016
    Transport Scotland has awarded 39 projects a grant of £10,000 each, from the £8 million European Regional Development Fund. The grants will allow them to develop their idea in preparation for the launch of the ERDF Low Carbon Travel and Transport.
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  • 19 September 2016
    Nick Hurd, Climate Change Minister has refused to provide a timeframe within which the UK will ratify the Paris Climate Agreement. It has said it will take place “as soon as possible.”
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  • 16 September 2016
    The Office for Low Emission Vehicles, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK are to invest up to £24 million to create an industry led research project for vehicle technology that provides significant reductions in real
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  • 15 September 2016
    Renewable electricity has increased significantly through 2015. It now contributes to one-quarter of all electricity used. The findings have been published by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The report, Renewable Electricity in Ireland 2015
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  • 14 September 2016
    Peak temperatures are setting new records. However with the heat is an increase in the use of air conditioning. The global demand for space cooling is expected to increase over the next ten years.
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  • 13 September 2016
    GMB has said that National Grid is complacent in its claim a smart energy revolution could help secure the UK’s supply and avoid blackouts when power stations close.
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  • 12 September 2016
    The Energy Performance Certificate rating is set to become more important for homeowners. The Conservative think tank Bright Blue has proposed that properties should be required to meet a minimum energy efficiency standard before sale.
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  • 09 September 2016
    A €3 million fund has been established to study the environmental impact of offshore wind. The Swedish energy company, Vattenfall launched the programme in an attempt to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind.
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  • 08 September 2016
    New analysis from uSwitch.com has revealed that the price of fixed energy deals has continued to increase over the summer, some as much as £219. 21 energy suppliers have replaced their cheapest fixed price deals with a more expensive offering, since June.
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  • 07 September 2016
    Oxford Economist Dieter Helm has said that Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark, needs to “reset the balance between the market and the state and [avoid] more patching up of what he has inherited.” He further added that the energy sector is “not in goo
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  • 06 September 2016
    Co-operatives UK has called for action after policy changes by the Government have caused a drop in community energy start ups by more than 80%. The figures suggest that there were only 10 new community energy organisations registered between 1 January and
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  • 05 September 2016
    GMB, the Union for Energy Workers has offered comment on Jeremy Corbyn’s energy and environment manifesto recently launched. The manifesto outlined generation of 65% of UK electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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  • 02 September 2016
    A new national phone line has recently been launched for reporting of power cuts. The telephone number is 105 and assists people to contact the relevant person who manages electricity in their area.
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  • 01 September 2016
    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has appointed Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
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  • 16 August 2016
    The month of June reached a high of 360,000 energy supply switchers. This is 58% higher than June of 2014. Overall more than 2 million customers switched in the first half of 2016 and this is almost twice the number in the first half of 2014. The data has
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  • 15 August 2016
    The UK solar industry has recently celebrated its third “Solar Independence Day”, the annual celebration of solar energy. To mark the occasion, the Solar Trade Association has launched an initiative to raise standards on the maintenance of rooftop and grou
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  • 12 August 2016
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  • 11 August 2016
    The National Grid has published the latest Future Energy Scenarios report. It claims that the UK is on track to miss its target of 15% of energy being sourced from renewables by 2020.
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  • 10 August 2016
    Scottish independence would entail a significant economic risk. the budget deficit in Scotland is currently over three times higher than the UK average as a % of GDP.
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  • 09 August 2016
    The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has recently announced its consultation on changing the Contracts for Difference regulations. The intention is to extend the delivery yeas and to enable an increase in the number of auctions.
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  • 08 August 2016
    Employment in the UK domestic solar industry has reduced by approximately one-third in the last year. It is thought to be a result of reductions in subsidies and policy interventions. The job losses are expected to continue.
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  • 05 August 2016
    The Scottish Affairs Committee has published a report on the renewable energy sector in Scotland. The report looks at the success of renewable capacity in Scotland. The Committee has however warned that policy changes has created uncertainty and could thre
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  • 04 August 2016
    An analysis of “clusters” of industrial facilities in Scotland has been published by Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage. The study supports the advice of the UK government to share transport and storage infrastructure. It suggests re-using natural gas pipel
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  • 03 August 2016
    Wood Mackenzie’s recent analysis of corporates in the oil and gas sector shows the industry has a strong survival reflex. This is measured be a significantly tighter approach to cash flow. 56 companies in the analysis will achieve cash flow neutrality at a
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  • 02 August 2016
    Representatives from the UK solar industry have recently met to launch the new good practice guide for installing solar PV on commercial buildings. The guide is produced by BRE National Solar Centre in consultation with Renewable Energy Association.
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  • 01 August 2016
    A four year, £140 million deal has been awarded for the supply of electricity and natural gas to the health and social care sector. The award was made by combining the buying power of all six Health and Social Care Trusts, the Health and Social Care Board,
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  • 29 July 2016
    In 2016, ENA’s Gas Futures Group commissioned KPMG to carry out a study considering the decarbonisation challenge which is driving homes and businesses to make improvements towards a low carbon future. The report found that making use of the UK’s gas netwo
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  • 27 July 2016
    The proportion of households in Wales thought to be living in a state of fuel poverty has decreased by 6% in 4 years. The finding is a result of the report by the Building Research Establishment. The levels are estimated to have decreased from 29% in 2012
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  • 25 July 2016
    The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme has announced the launch of funding support aimed at the delivery of large scale transformational low carbon infrastructure projects based in Scotland.
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  • 21 July 2016
    The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched the 29th Offshore Licensing Round with more than 1200 blocks on offer to support the OGA’s objective of maximising economic recovery (MER) from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
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  • 19 July 2016
    The European offshore wind industry attracted a record €14 billion in new investments during the first six months of 2016. Seven projects have reached the final investment decision this year, financing a total of 3.7GW of new capacity, with the UK accounte
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  • 07 July 2016
    The World Green Building Council has launched a ground-breaking new project. This project aims to ensure that all buildings are “net zero” by 2050, to help deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement and tackle climate change.
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  • 06 July 2016
    The new Scottish Energy Minister has said that “Scotland has the potential to be at the forefront in all stages of offshore renewable energy”.
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  • 05 July 2016
    The UK Energy Research Centre would like to commission a scoping paper on the impact of non-energy policies on the energy system as part of its Flexible Research Fund.
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  • 04 July 2016
    Denis Naughten T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment today announced that 38 community energy projects are to receive €20m in grant funding through the Better Energy Communities scheme operated by the Sustainable Energy Authorit
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  • 01 July 2016
    The crucial elements of stability and a long-term outlook are needed in order for the UK’s onshore wind sector to realise its full potential, according to the CBI.
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  • 30 June 2016
    With the outcome of the UK's referendum to leave the European Union, the UK Green Building Council is calling for businesses and industries to continue to address climate change and other sustainability challenges / opportunities.
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  • 29 June 2016
    Richard Neudegg, Head of Regulation at uSwitch.com has commented on the publication of the Competition and Markets Authority's final energy market investigation by saying: “The CMA’s package of remedies should help more consumers engage in the energy marke
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  • 27 June 2016
    The CMA has concluded its energy market investigation setting out a wide range of reforms to modernise the market for the benefit of customers.
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  • 08 June 2016
    The Government is pushing forward with the Energy Bill to ensure a secure affordable future for energy. The aim of the Energy Act is to push forward the Government’s energy goals and commitments. It includes new powers for the Oil and Gas Authority to supp
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  • 07 June 2016
    The Independent Review of Tidal Lagoons will be led by Charles Hendry, leading industry expert with the support of civil servants.
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  • 06 June 2016
    Ofgem has written an open letter consulting on the proposed changes of the Social Obligation Reporting requirements for smart prepayment.
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  • 03 June 2016
    The Energy and Climate Change Committee are holding a one off evidence session on the economic recovery of oil and gas.
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  • 02 June 2016
    The Department for Energy and Climate Change intends to take action to ensure the UK has long-term energy security. Its focus will be on building a system of energy infrastructure suitable for the current times.
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  • 01 June 2016
    A new report by Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at London School of Economic and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science has been published.
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  • 31 May 2016
    Public and private sector fleets can get up to 75% off the cost of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles. Further steps have been taken in the aim to make nearly every vehicle in the country zero-emission by 2050. A £2 million Government fund has been
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  • 27 May 2016
    New statistics by IEA have recently been published. It highlighted that even though the total OECD energy production rose 4% in 2014 to a record high, energy consumption among member country states fell, as did carbon dioxide fuel consumption.
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  • 26 May 2016
    The EU has a package of climate and energy measures which set three key objectives for 2020.
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  • 25 May 2016
    A review suggests that if carbon capture and storage technology can be refined, it will enable the world to use more of its unburnable carbon.
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  • 24 May 2016
    Over the last weeks and months you will have heard smart meters being talked about and how it will affect your energy bills if you have one installed as a consumer or small business.
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  • 23 May 2016
    As the world moves away from oil for electricity generation the Gulf has taken steps to expand their use of clean energy. This is a bold plan by the UAE to boost the use of renewable electricity from less than 1% to 24% within the next 5 years and could be
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  • 16 May 2016
    The Carbon Trust has launched a Green Business Fund aimed to cut costs and save energy for British businesses. It will provide grant funding to replace old energy inefficient equipment and to provide advice to small medium enterprises in England, Scotland
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  • 13 May 2016
    A new report from the REA which has been released for UK Biomethane Day has detailed the opportunities for use of renewable gaseous fuels. The fuels derive from food and organic waste and is upgraded for use in lorries and other heavy vehicles.
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  • 12 May 2016
    Industry and Energy Committee MEPs have called for consumers to be given more power within the energy market. The schemes they recommend include collective buying and better price comparison tools.
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  • 11 May 2016
    A new report by Ecofys has highlighted that even the most efficient coal plants are not compatible with global climate change goals.
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  • 09 May 2016
    Ruth Davidson has unveiled the Scottish Conservative plan to lead a strong opposition to the SNP.
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  • 05 May 2016
    The UK Green Building Council has responded to a report by the National Audit Office on the Green Deal and ECO.
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  • 04 May 2016
    Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party gave a speech to Senate House.
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  • 03 May 2016
    The UN Climate Summit held last year called for all countries to increase their ambition and to cut emissions. Tackling climate change remains one of the UK’s leading global issues.
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  • 02 May 2016
    Kezia Dugdale, has marked Climate Day with an announcement of how Scotland intends to deliver world leading ambitions on climate change.
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  • 29 April 2016
    Andrea Leadsom has given a speech at the 8th Nuclear New Build Formum.
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  • 28 April 2016
    The House of Commons has voted against an amendment (7T) to the Energy Bill. The amendment would have increased the grace period for onshore wind projects affected by the early closure of the Renewable Obligation.
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