Green Energy UK, Presshttp://www.greenenergyuk.comGreen Energy UK | the first electricity supplier to offer customers the choice of 100% sustainable or 100% green electricityGB Energy ceases tradingGB Energy ceases trading: comment from Doug Stewart, CEO Green Energy UKhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=7529/11/2016 00:00:00THE UK’s FIRST ENERGY COMPANY TO SUPPLY RENEWABLE GREEN GAS TO ITS RESIDENTIAL & BUSINESS CUSTOMERS GO 100% GREEN ENERGY WITH GREEN ENERGY UK http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=7413/04/2016 00:00:00Green Energy UK CEO Doug Stewart on the CMA investigationDoug Stewart Quotehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=7310/03/2016 00:00:00Green Energy’s 12 Days of Christmas Energy Saving TipsDreaming of a Green Christmas…..http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=7208/12/2015 00:00:00Spooky Energy SuckersBlitz those energy ‘Vampires’ over Halloweenhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=7123/10/2015 00:00:00GETTING READY FOR WINTER – TOP 10 ENERGY SAVING TIPSGETTING READY FOR WINTER – TOP 10 ENERGY SAVING TIPShttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=7005/10/2015 00:00:00SUMMER HOLIDAYS – TOP 5 ENERGY SAVING TIPSSUMMER HOLIDAYS – TOP 5 ENERGY SAVING TIPShttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=6901/07/2015 00:00:00Oink Energy’s Fun Energy Saving StatsFrom Pete Boar at Oink Energyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=6820/10/2014 00:00:00OFGEM & CUSTOMER SERVICE: OINK ENERGY SQUEALS WITH DELIGHT!If customers muck in and switch to Oink Energy, they will receive a truly personal service.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=6726/09/2014 00:00:00WANTED: New customers for Oink EnergyLaunch of new energy provider — for customers who just want dead-simple energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=6615/09/2014 17:00:00CUSTOMERS CAN NOW CHOOSE TO BUY THEIR GAS FROM GREEN ENERGYGreen Energy listens to its customers and offers dual fuel for the first timehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=6521/07/2014 00:00:00Is anyone listening to what energy customers want?Green Energy says listen to what customers want rather than the politicianshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=6303/04/2014 00:00:00Doug Stewart has urged the Labour Party to help energy customers by focusing its efforts on boosting competition rather than fixing prices. Doug originally made this point to Labour's energy team in October after Ed Miliband's "price freeze" speech to Labour's Party Conference. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=6123/01/2014 00:00:00A letter to Caroline Flint Doug Stewart has written to Labour MP Caroline Flint about Ed Miliband's Energy Freezehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4901/10/2013 00:00:00Green and transparent Energy and Climate Change select committee report welcome news to Green Energy UKhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5530/07/2013 00:00:00Sun, sand and sustainability – tips for an eco-friendly holidayDoug Stewart the CEO of Green Energy UK shares his tips with Travel Dailyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4825/07/2013 00:00:00Finally, an electricity bill that makes sense!Green Electricity UK leads the way with simple ‘Tap’ tariff http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5623/07/2013 00:00:00“On yer bike!” Ealing Fundraiser Scoops Top Prize in Green Energy Competitionhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5703/05/2013 00:00:00Making the right choiceConsumers now more empowered to make right choices over energy consumption, says Green Energy UK http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5812/04/2013 00:00:00Thumbs Up for Green Energy but Adoption Rates Still LowDoug Stewart explains more...http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5913/02/2013 00:00:00Breaking recordsWorld Record Rowing Attempt supported by green energy ukhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=6030/01/2013 00:00:00Green Energy partner with Team CTCNational cycling charity launches women’s elite cycling team in conjunction with green energy ukhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5416/01/2013 00:00:00Green Energy - looking at the bigger picture What to expect from using Green Energyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5110/01/2013 00:00:00Sustainability at the Heart of Business and RefurbishmentHow green and sustainable is essential for longevityhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5210/01/2013 00:00:00Electric Cars Get a Boost From green energy uk In The East Of EnglandGreen Energy partner with The East of England in a bid to fuel the use of Electric Carshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5310/01/2013 00:00:00Stay True to Energy Saving despite the Winter Months urges Green Energy UKDoug Stewart gives green advice on keeping your cool during the winterhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=5009/01/2013 00:00:00Tory minister John Hayes derides wind farm developmentOur take...http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4731/10/2012 00:00:00Twitter Retweet Competition Terms And Conditionshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4525/10/2012 00:00:00Twitter Retweet Competition Terms And Conditionshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4625/10/2012 00:00:00What David Cameron said on Wednesday endorsed our own ethos but could serve to reduce investment. Comment from Doug Stewart following David Cameron's speech in the House of Commmonshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4419/10/2012 00:00:00Being Green Doesn’t Mean Higher Electricity Costs Says Green Energy UKGreen or renewable tariffs don't have to cost morehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4327/04/2012 00:00:00Energy company that gives back to customers Green Energy's fantastic customer service goes one step furtherhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4215/09/2011 00:00:00Win tickets to Vintage at Southbank Centre and be a fashion judgeRetread-Your-Threads: Energy and fashion from unwanted materialshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4127/06/2011 00:00:00Green Energy UK links with Green Motion UK to give electric charging stations the ultimate green credentials NEW CHARGE STATION CONNECTS ELECTRIC VEHICLES DIRECTLY WITH GREEN ENERGY SUPPLYhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=4014/04/2011 00:00:00PEOPLE POWER! WORCESTERSHIRE COMMUNITIES HELP POWER RETAIL STOREVillage Halls and Countrywidehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3828/01/2011 00:00:00Green Energy investment at Great Ormond Street HospitalDonation helping to create greenest hospital buildings http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3907/01/2011 00:00:00Green Energy UK launches free advice line to help people use less of its productEnergy saving advicehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3722/12/2010 00:00:00Rubbish dumps landfill for green electricityPioneering power station recycles rubbish into renewable electricity for up to 8,000 homeshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3607/07/2010 00:00:00World Environment Day 5th JuneTree planting to celebrate biodiversityhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3504/06/2010 00:00:00DOUG STEWART SPEAKS AT GREEN BUILD EXPOA ground breaking combined heat and power project saves residents 80% off their fuel billshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3427/05/2010 00:00:00MORE AWARDS SUCCESS FOR GREEN ENERGY UKGREEN ENERGY UK WIN FURTHER AWARDShttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3321/05/2010 00:00:00DO-IT-YOURSELF GREEN ELECTRICITYMan makes renewable power station in back gardenhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3204/05/2010 00:00:00Green Energy UK wins top customer service awardCustomer Kings Green Energy UKhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3111/03/2010 00:00:00Feed-in-Tariffs and the bigger picture for farmers Farmers looking to diversify into green electricity generationhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3022/02/2010 00:00:00Green Energy Certification schemeGreen Energy Certification Schemehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2910/02/2010 00:00:00Pioneering eco home is also a power stationZero carbon house latest green energy uk generatorhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2823/11/2009 00:00:00Green Energy UK and ZrO unite for cleaner, greener urban travel solutionNo travel costs for a year for motorbike riders http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2715/08/2009 00:00:00Young creatives given the green light in LondonKioskiosk powered by the sun courtesy of Green Energy UKhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2602/07/2009 00:00:00World Environment DayGreen Energy UK staff take their message out into the communityhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2505/06/2009 00:00:00National awards for intelligent green energy schemesElectricity schemes preventing release of greenhouse gasses and reducing energy bills prove there is more to green electricity than wind turbineshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2428/04/2009 00:00:00Green energy scheme reduces carbon emissions and fuel poverty Aberdeen Heat and Powerhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2326/02/2009 00:00:00RIBA signs up for green electricitygreen energy uk – power out of demolished buildings http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2210/02/2009 00:00:00New years resolution for the planet!Making a New Years resolution for all our benefithttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2105/01/2009 00:00:00Dreaming of a green ChristmasSome practical tips to go green at Christmashttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2004/12/2008 00:00:00An apple a day keeps fuel costs at bayCommuting for the price of an applehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1925/11/2008 00:00:00Household wins a year’s supply of green electricityA guide to cutting electricity use and saving moneyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1805/11/2008 00:00:00Green Energy UK shortlisted in Sustainable Housing AwardsSustainable Housinghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1616/10/2008 00:00:00Switching to Green Energy may not be as expensive as you thinkEnergylinx and growth in customer numbershttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1716/10/2008 00:00:00Pedal Power for children's hospitalDoug raises £30,000 funds for GOSH by cycling to Parishttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1530/09/2008 00:00:00Renewable energy from the back end of a pig?Energy from wastehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1427/07/2008 00:00:00Switch to green electricity now and save in the long termDoug Stewart CEO comments on energy securityhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1226/06/2008 00:00:00What price energy?HIgh prices for energy and our discretionary incomehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1321/06/2008 00:00:00Theatre has gone with the windMerton Abbey Millshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1103/06/2008 00:00:00green energy uk launches new 100% renewable and 100% green tariffsgreen energy uk launches two new tariffshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=1008/05/2008 00:00:00New Waitrose Store runs on tomato powerWaitrose Rickmansworth fuelled by tomatoes!http://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=829/01/2008 00:00:00Act now to bring down the cost of energyRising energy priceshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRESS_RELEASE_ID=915/01/2008 00:00:00Green Energy UK, Articleshttp://www.greenenergyuk.comGreen Energy UK | the first electricity supplier to offer customers the choice of 100% sustainable or 100% green electricityWelsh counties lead on renewables processGreen 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=167202/12/2016 00:00:00Survey finds SMEs missing out on energy savingsA 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 ovhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=167101/12/2016 00:00:00Renewable industry welcomes commitment to greener transportJames Court, Head of Policy & External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association has commented on the Autumn statement. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=167030/11/2016 00:00:00Energy use up in IrelandThe 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166928/11/2016 00:00:00Scottish government to trial energy efficiency schemeA 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 avhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166807/10/2016 00:00:00Government lacking clarity on smart meter benefitsThe 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. Hohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166429/09/2016 00:00:00Government lacking clarity on smart meter benefitsThe 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. Hohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166529/09/2016 00:00:00NI Executive to review renewable energy planning policies Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a review of planning policies on renewable energy and countryside development. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166628/09/2016 00:00:00NI Executive to review renewable energy planning policies Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a review of planning policies on renewable energy and countryside development. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166728/09/2016 00:00:00Welsh wave energy scheme gets EU fundingA 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166327/09/2016 00:00:00Energy efficient homes generate savings for landlordsNew 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164426/09/2016 00:00:00ECIU welcomes opportunity created by new departmentRichard 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164623/09/2016 00:00:00Government should rethink approach to heat decarbonisationPolicy 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 hohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164722/09/2016 00:00:00Government to miss 2020 renewable energy targetsMP’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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164821/09/2016 00:00:00Scottish government boosts support for low-carbon transportTransport 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164920/09/2016 00:00:00UK will ratify Paris Agreement “as soon as possible”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.”http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=165019/09/2016 00:00:00Government offers funding for low emission vehicle technologyThe 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 realhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=165116/09/2016 00:00:00Ireland’s renewable electricity up in 2015Renewable 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 2015http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=165215/09/2016 00:00:00Rising demand for air conditioning offers energy-saving potentialPeak 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=165314/09/2016 00:00:00Smart energy transition “fanciful nonsense”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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=165413/09/2016 00:00:00Think tank backs new energy efficiency regulationsThe 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=165512/09/2016 00:00:00Vattenfall launches offshore wind research programmeA €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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=165609/09/2016 00:00:00Wholesale price increases driving up the cost of fixed energy dealsNew 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=165708/09/2016 00:00:00Clark should “reset” balance between market and state in energy sectorOxford 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 goohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=165907/09/2016 00:00:00Community energy dealt “hammer blow” by government policy changesCo-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 andhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166006/09/2016 00:00:00Corbyn’s energy policy dismissed as “wishful thinking” by unionGMB, 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166105/09/2016 00:00:00National phone line for power cuts launchedA 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=166202/09/2016 00:00:00DECC merged with BIS in departmental overhaulThe Department of Energy and Climate Change has appointed Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164501/09/2016 00:00:00Electricity switching figures hit new June highThe 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 http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164316/08/2016 00:00:00Solar group launches initiative to raise O&M standardsThe 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 grouhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164215/08/2016 00:00:00Coal’s share of generation hits record low in first quarterhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164112/08/2016 00:00:00UK likely to miss 2020 renewables targetThe 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=164011/08/2016 00:00:00Collapsing North Sea revenues undermine case for Scottish independence 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163910/08/2016 00:00:00DECC consults on extending CfD delivery yearsThe 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163809/08/2016 00:00:00UK solar industry loses 12,500 jobs in a yearEmployment 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163708/08/2016 00:00:00UK government “weakened investor confidence” in Scottish renewablesThe 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 threhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163605/08/2016 00:00:00Report says industry CCS “clusters” are key to cutting costs of climate actionAn 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 pipelhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163504/08/2016 00:00:00Oil and gas firms adapting to lower pricesWood 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 ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163403/08/2016 00:00:00REA launches guide to support commercial solar PV installationsRepresentatives 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163302/08/2016 00:00:00Northern Ireland’s health and social care sector signs new energy dealA 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,http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163201/08/2016 00:00:00Using gas networks to decarbonise offers significant cost savingsIn 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 netwohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162929/07/2016 00:00:00Fuel poverty falls in WalesThe 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 http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162727/07/2016 00:00:00Scottish government launches low carbon demonstration fundThe 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. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162825/07/2016 00:00:00Launching of 29th Offshore Licensing Round launched by The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA)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).http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163021/07/2016 00:00:00European offshore wind sees record investment in first half of yearThe 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 accountehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=163119/07/2016 00:00:00WorldGBC launches ground-breaking project to ensure all buildings are “net zero” by 2050The 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162607/07/2016 00:00:00Ground-breaking innovations in offshore wind highlighted by Scottish Energy MinisterThe new Scottish Energy Minister has said that “Scotland has the potential to be at the forefront in all stages of offshore renewable energy”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162506/07/2016 00:00:00Scoping paper called for on the impact of non-energy policies on energy systemsThe 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. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162405/07/2016 00:00:00€20m in Community Energy Grants awardedDenis 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 Authorithttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162304/07/2016 00:00:00Pragmatism more important for onshore windThe 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162201/07/2016 00:00:00Industry requires unprecedented collaboration on green agendaWith 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162130/06/2016 00:00:00CMA Energy Market Report commented on by uSwitchRichard 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 markehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=162029/06/2016 00:00:00Final energy market reforms published by CMAThe CMA has concluded its energy market investigation setting out a wide range of reforms to modernise the market for the benefit of customers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161927/06/2016 00:00:00RO closes to onshore wind as Energy Bill becomes lawThe 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 supphttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161808/06/2016 00:00:00Hendry to head tidal lagoon reviewThe Independent Review of Tidal Lagoons will be led by Charles Hendry, leading industry expert with the support of civil servants.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161707/06/2016 00:00:00Ofgem seeks to improve smart prepayment data collectionOfgem has written an open letter consulting on the proposed changes of the Social Obligation Reporting requirements for smart prepayment. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161606/06/2016 00:00:00MPs to consider impact of low oil pricesThe Energy and Climate Change Committee are holding a one off evidence session on the economic recovery of oil and gas. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161403/06/2016 00:00:00DECC confirms capacity market reformsThe 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161502/06/2016 00:00:00Climate change policies not harming UK’s competitivenessA 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161301/06/2016 00:00:00Government seeks to promote hydrogen vehiclesPublic 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 http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161131/05/2016 00:00:00OECD energy consumption fell in 2014 despite higher generationNew 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161027/05/2016 00:00:00EU key to tackling climate change The EU has a package of climate and energy measures which set three key objectives for 2020. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=161226/05/2016 00:00:00Carbon capture to unlock burnable carbonA review suggests that if carbon capture and storage technology can be refined, it will enable the world to use more of its unburnable carbon.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160925/05/2016 00:00:00Smart meters are part of government initiativeOver 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160824/05/2016 00:00:00Dubai expanding use of clean energyAs 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 behttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160723/05/2016 00:00:00Carbon Trust launches fund to cut costs for businessesThe 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 http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160616/05/2016 00:00:00Gaseous renewable fuels save carbon and improve resource efficiencyA 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160413/05/2016 00:00:00Boost consumer power in the energy marketIndustry 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160512/05/2016 00:00:00Efficient coal incompatible with climate actionA new report by Ecofys has highlighted that even the most efficient coal plants are not compatible with global climate change goals. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160311/05/2016 00:00:00Scottish Conservatives seek more ambition on energy efficiencyRuth Davidson has unveiled the Scottish Conservative plan to lead a strong opposition to the SNP. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160209/05/2016 00:00:00Government needs “long-term vision” for warm homesThe UK Green Building Council has responded to a report by the National Audit Office on the Green Deal and ECO.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160105/05/2016 00:00:00Corbyn backs EU membership to progress climate actionJeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party gave a speech to Senate House.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=160004/05/2016 00:00:00SNP pledges more ambitious emissions cutsThe 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159903/05/2016 00:00:00Scottish Labour makes green commitmentsKezia Dugdale, has marked Climate Day with an announcement of how Scotland intends to deliver world leading ambitions on climate change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159802/05/2016 00:00:00Nuclear a “huge part” of meeting the energy trilemmaAndrea Leadsom has given a speech at the 8th Nuclear New Build Formum. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159629/04/2016 00:00:00Commons blocks lengthening of RO grace periodThe 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.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159728/04/2016 00:00:00Solar industry seeks clarity on VAT rateThe European Commission has published an Action Plan on VAT. The solar industry hopes that it will support Ministers to apply a reduced rate of VAT of 5% on solar PV and solar thermal panels.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159527/04/2016 00:00:00Electric vehicles could be worth £51bn to the economyAn independent academic report, published on 13th April has called for the Government to make significant investment in infrastructure and skills development of the UK motor industry. It warns that otherwise it will risk missing out on significant economichttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159425/04/2016 00:00:00DECC launches SMR competitionThe UK Government has launched its first phase of the small modular reactor (SMR) competition. It also announced that an SMR Delivery Roadmap will be published later this year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159322/04/2016 00:00:00Think tank launches “green conservatism” projectBright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservation, has launched its new Green conservatism project that includes a high profile Advisory Board.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159220/04/2016 00:00:00DECC plans reforms to Warm Home DiscountThe Department for Energy and Climate Change launched its consultation on planned changes to the Warm Home Discount Scheme for 2016-2017. Part of the proposal is a cap on the total proportion of Industry Incentives spending that each supplier can use for dhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159118/04/2016 00:00:00Oil and gas industry sets out key asks from Scottish governmentA manifesto has been published by Oil & Gas UK outlining four key commitments being made by the Scottish Government to secure the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=159015/04/2016 00:00:00UK falling short on carbon targetsDr Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the REA has answered questions posed to her by the Energy and Climate Change Committee. She advised that the UK is not currently on course to meet its fourth carbon budget and that the policy gap needed to be addrehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158913/04/2016 00:00:00World’s largest collaborative project to cut building emissions launched The world’s largest collaborative project on building renovation has been launched today by the Green Buildings Council in Europe. It is intended that it will address the challenges of climate change on existing buildings. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158811/04/2016 00:00:00MPs to examine innovative technologiesThe Energy and Climate Change Committee has launched an inquiry to explore innovations and technologies that could transform the future energy sector. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158708/04/2016 00:00:00Oil and gas appeals should be held in ScotlandEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing has called for the UK Government to ensure new appeal cases concerning decisions made by the Oil and Gas Authority are heard in Aberdeen. He has the support of a number of organisations including the Law Society of Scotland andhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158605/04/2016 00:00:00ETI says Fifth Carbon Budget should focus on CCS and bioenergyThe ETI has called for greater focus on developing carbon capture and storage and the creation of a bioenergy sector over the next 15 years if the UK is to meet its targets of decarbonizing the energy system in a cost effective way.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158204/04/2016 00:00:00Welsh government backs energy efficiency projectsJane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Government Business http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158101/04/2016 00:00:00Renewables group welcomes offshore wind fundingRenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith has commented on the Budget Speechhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158031/03/2016 00:00:00Next Scottish government urged to back renewablesRenewables has come out on top of a new poll which asked Scottish residents about energy sources that the Government should next prioritize. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157730/03/2016 00:00:00Cut Stamp Duty for more energy efficient homesA think tank by Policy Exchange has highlighted that home buyers might be encouraged to buy more energy efficient properties if the amount of stamp duty was directly linked to the energy grading of the home.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157629/03/2016 00:00:00Oil heating group seeks action to support rural energy consumersOFTEC, representing the oil heating industry, has called upon rural MPs to support a new incentive to assist with people struggling to meet the cost of their fuel bill. They have asked MPs to put in place measures to help households to cut energy costs. A http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158328/03/2016 00:00:00Scottish government expands energy efficiency schemeScottish households could benefit from a new £14 million interest free loan fund to make energy efficiency improvements to keep their home warm.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158425/03/2016 00:00:00Businesses doubt UK energy securityA study by Bircham Dyson Bell has revealed that 58% of business believe the UK could face an energy shortage in the next five years. The research was published by the Energy Crunch white paper. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157524/03/2016 00:00:00NIC should prioritise low-carbon transitionThe National Infrastructure Commission should focus on long term planning to tackle the challenges the UK will face in future decades. A recent CBI paper has called on the Commission to remove its focus from politics.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157822/03/2016 00:00:00Solar industry welcomes government policy reversal on VAT rateThe Solar Trade Association has welcomed a change on the rules for VAT on solar as “very welcoming”. HMRC has announced the VAT hike on domestic solar PV and solar thermal installations from 5% to 20%. However they further announced that solar would continhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=158521/03/2016 00:00:00Scottish government launches energy efficiency scheme for public sectorThe Scottish Government has launched a programme to make public sector buildings more energy efficient. 12 suppliers have been appointed to put in place a framework to deliver energy efficient retrofit works and services to improve efficiency in the publichttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157915/03/2016 00:00:00G20 should aim to improve credibility of emission pledgesA new report by Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment has called for countries to strengthen the credibility of their pledge to limit or reduce annual emissions of greenhouse gases.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157410/03/2016 00:00:00Energy industry seeks Levy Control Framework transparencyThe UK’s energy sector is prepared to give an affordable and reliable clean energy supply. This is the finding of a new report by Energy UK. Customers will remain at the centre of future energy policy in the Pathway to 2030. The report highlights that a pohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157309/03/2016 00:00:00Electric vehicle numbers to increase sharply by 2040Battery prices are continuing to reduce which is in turn bringing down the cost of owning EV’s in comparison to conventional-fuel vehicles by 2025. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has warned that the electric vehicle revolution could be more dramatic than firhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157208/03/2016 00:00:00Clean energy momentum increasingAn expert of energy policy at the University of Exeter has advised that renewable, energy efficient and flexible electricity sources are being adopted by policy makers and investors throughout the world.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157107/03/2016 00:00:00Building Data Exchange aims to boost energy efficiency in buildingsThe Digital Catapult has created the Building Data Exchange to assist create innovation and the construction of more efficient properties. The Exchange makes data available on buildings and their efficiency to the construction industry and other associatedhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=157004/03/2016 00:00:00Oil and gas industry facing “disruptive forces"PwC has published its New Energy Futures report which highlights that oil and gas firms need to expand their focus from short term issues such as falling prices if they are to navigate the real issues that are challenging the industry. The transition needshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156903/03/2016 00:00:00MPs to kick-off inquiry into Scottish renewablesThe Scottish Affairs Committee has begun its enquiry into the renewable energy sector in Scotland. It is looking at evidence from Scottish Renewables, E3G, UK Energy Research Centre and Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156802/03/2016 00:00:00Engineers warn on renewables policy impactsCivil contractors have warned that the Government needs to adopt a sea-change in its approach to the renewables sector. They commented that otherwise the industry would “fall off a cliff” both costing employment opportunities but also growth. Scotland woulhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156701/03/2016 00:00:00Energy group sets out budget asksEnergy and Utilities Alliance, EUA, a leading trade association, has called for the Government to improve the economic climate for its members.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156629/02/2016 00:00:00Ecotricity planning to build tidal lagoonBritain’s leading green energy company has welcomed the Government’s review of tidal lagoon energy. The company is set to release, later this year, its plans on the first tidal lagoon energy site in the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156526/02/2016 00:00:00Commercial buildings could fall short on energy efficiency standardsOne-fifth of commercial properties in England and Wales could be prevented from being let in the future because they do not comply with the new Government energy standards. This is according to global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156425/02/2016 00:00:00Irish government consults on locations for renewables schemesMinister for Energy, Alex White has consulted on the potential locations for renewable electricity infrastructure. The Minister has prepared a framework for identifying suitable land areas including large scale generation of onshore renewable electricity.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156024/02/2016 00:00:00GIB to establish "special share" to protect green missionThe UK Government has announced that the UK Green Investment Bank will create a “special share” in the company as part of the process to introduce private capital. The share will be held by an independent body to the GIB or Government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155923/02/2016 00:00:00Scottish government announces further North Sea backingFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a fund to assist the development of new innovative technologies to help oil and gas firms to sustain growth and offer international competition. The Scottish Enterprise fund of £10 million will assist in reducinhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156119/02/2016 00:00:00Scottish government launches climate change campaignThe Scottish government has launched a new campaign to encourage the public to assist with the climate change efforts in Scotland. The campaign is a result of a recent survey identifying that 50% of people acknowledge climate change as an immediate and urghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156217/02/2016 00:00:00Welsh government takes stronger approach to climate changeThe National Assembly of Wales has passed a new piece of legislation, the Environment (Wales) Bill aimed at planning and managing Wales’ national resources. Once effective, the legislation will mean a stronger clearer approach to climate change. It aims tohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=156310/02/2016 00:00:00Welsh government to boost energy performance in public bodiesNatural Resource Minister Carl Sargeant has announced £1.5 million of additional funding from the European Investment Bank’s ELENA programme. The funding will improve energy performance of public bodies in Wales.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155805/02/2016 00:00:00Solar still a good investmentThe Feed-In Tariff rate to be paid for solar installations is to set to change to a new rate of 4.39p/kWh. This will be paid from February. For householders the return on their investment would equate to around 5% tax free. This is higher than on any savinhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155704/02/2016 00:00:00Scotland could source half its energy from renewables by 2030Scottish Renewables has said that Scotland should set an ambitious new target to create 50% of its total electricity, heat and transport demand from renewables by 2030. The new incentive would require a threefold increase in green energy generation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155603/02/2016 00:00:00RWE sells Lynemouth power stationRWE Supply & Trading is pleased to confirm that agreement has been reached on the sale of Lynemouth Power Limited. LPL operates Lynemouth power station to a subsidiary EPH.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155502/02/2016 00:00:00MPs encouraged to unlock potential of electricity storageDr Grunewald, Deputy Director of Energy Research at the University of Oxford has co-written the ICE “Electricity Storage: Realising the Potential” report. He told the Committee of MP’s that electricity storage was an essential system for Britain’s energy ihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155401/02/2016 00:00:00Campaign group calls on prime minister to detail climate action plansDavid Cameron has set out his plans for international effort in tackling climate change. He made the announcement at his Liaison Committee made up of Chairs of the Select Committee.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155329/01/2016 00:00:002015 a “huge” year for Scottish wind power2015 was a “huge year” for wind and solar power in Scotland. The latest figures of the WWF Scotland provided by Weather Energy advised that for December:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155228/01/2016 00:00:00Renewables industry welcomes zero-carbon homes announcementChina National Building Materials is working in partnership with WElink Energy Limited. It will deploy a global, high quality low cost housing solution known as the Barcelona Housing System.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154827/01/2016 00:00:00Scottish minister attacks UK government over green policiesEnvironment Minister, Aileen McLeod has criticised the UK Government’s energy efficiency policy which is impacting on the Scottish Government’s budgets. McLeod feels that current policies hamper investment and reduce the level of funding available in Scotlhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154726/01/2016 00:00:00Solar thermal in need of government pushThe Government has published its Renewable Heat Incentive statistics. They show that in November and December of last year, solar thermal hot water heating made up 12% of the residential systems and only 2% of non-domestic systems.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154625/01/2016 00:00:00Hinkley connection project backed by DECCThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has given the go-ahead for new electricity line connections. There will enable the transmission of electricity from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154922/01/2016 00:00:00Government challenged on low-carbon ambitionsThe Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Energy Centre has challenged the long-term credibility of energy policy of the UK Government and the ability for the UK to meet its climate change targets as a result of the scrapping of the Carbon Capture andhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155021/01/2016 00:00:00Downturn in boiler sales blamed on lack of energy efficiency schemesStewart Clements, Director at Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC has said that a lack of energy efficiency schemes such as the Green Deal and ECO have had a negative effect on UK boiler sales.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=155120/01/2016 00:00:00UK wind industry “re-writes the record books” in 2015RenewableUK has quoted the official statistics from National Grid which show that 2015 was a record year for wind energy generation. In particular onshore and offshore wind farms are supplying their highest level yet of clean electricity.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154514/01/2016 00:00:00Shell gets consent for Corrib gas projectIn December, consent was granted for the operation of a Corrib natural gas pipeline to link the gas subsea facilities to the terminal at Bellanaboy, County Mayo. Alex White, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources gave consent subject to http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154413/01/2016 00:00:00Scottish solar has bright futureConstruction on Scotland’s lowest solar farm has commenced. The farm is located on the Errol estate in Tayside. It is a 14 MW scheme over 70 acres of land. It is anticipated that the solar farm will be operational by March and will provide power for over 3http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154312/01/2016 00:00:00Scottish government acts on fuel povertyA new energy centre is to be constructed in Broomhill, Glasgow to provide heat and hot water to 702 homes through the Cube Housing Association District Heating Project. It is estimated to reduce the heating bills of 700 Glasgow households. The fund has a vhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154211/01/2016 00:00:00Scottish community energy reports “bumper year”Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has advised that community energy can go from strength to strength on the back of a strong year. Over £10 million was invested in communities from renewable sources last year. This includes large-scale wind farms and small scalhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154108/01/2016 00:00:00Oil and gas group welcomes increased UK productionChief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, Deidre Michie has welcomed confirmation of the first rise in oil and gas production in over 15 years. He has said that the industry will however, be challenged to maintain this beyond 2016.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=154007/01/2016 00:00:00No delays in offshore decommissioningThe GMB, a Union for workers in the energy industry and offshore supply chain have told the Government that a delay in offshore installation decommissioning would have a negative impact on jobs and investment. The representations were made to Amber Rudd, Mhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153906/01/2016 00:00:00European Commission to investigate government support for Drax biomass conversionThe European Commission has opened an investigation to consider whether the UK’s plans to support the conversion of part of the Drax coal plant to operate on biomass are in line with the EU state aid rules.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153805/01/2016 00:00:00VAT changes to energy-saving materials "bad news" for renewables industryThe Government has proposed increasing VAT from 5% to 20% for energy saving materials unless a clear social criteria is met. All wind turbines, water turbines and solar PV will also be subject to the rise in VAT but will not qualify for the criteria exempthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153704/01/2016 00:00:00UN climate deal could be investment opportunity for European wind industryA number of countries have made post-2020 national pledges for the deployment of wind energy. Countries participating include China, India, Morocco, Brazil and Turkey.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153631/12/2015 00:00:00UK joins clean energy initiativePrime Minister David Cameron has joined world leaders in the launch of the Mission Innovation at the UN Climate Change Conference. The MI is a flagship international initiative which aims to accelerate clean energy investment and innovation. This is with ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153530/12/2015 00:00:00Sturgeon attacks renewables subsidy changesScotland’s communities are benefitting from £10 million each year as a result of renewable energy projects. The announcement was made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. She further highlighted that the figures reinforce the Scottish Government’s commitmenthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153429/12/2015 00:00:00Scottish government invites tenders for research on fracking The Scottish Government has called for contract tenders for a research survey on the impacts of onshore unconventional oil and gas extraction.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153328/12/2015 00:00:00Hundreds of redundancies follow government solar announcementsThe BBC has recently reported that a recent survey of 204 solar companies shows that 576 people have already been made redundant with a further 1,600 people on notice for next year. The survey was carried out by the Solar Trade Association.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153224/12/2015 00:00:00Global emissions expected to stall in 2015Researchers at the University of East Anglia and Global Carbon Project have predicted that global carbon emissions will stall this year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153123/12/2015 00:00:00EU ministers consider Energy Union governanceEU Energy Ministers have recently met in Brussels for a Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council to discuss energy issues. The meeting resulted in the adoption of recommendations of the Energy Union governance and a general approach to the proposalhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=153022/12/2015 00:00:00Environmental group threatens legal action over renewables shortfallThe Government could face a legal challenge from Friends of the Earth if it does not take significant steps to meet the 2020 renewable target. The organisation intends to write a formal letter to the Ministers highlighting their concerns.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152921/12/2015 00:00:00Scotland likely to miss renewables targetScottish Renewables has published a report whereby it warns that without further investment in onshore and offshore wind, Scotland will miss its renewable electricity target of 100%. So far it is on course to meet 87% of annual demand from renewables by 20http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152818/12/2015 00:00:00MPs to question National Grid on energy securityThe Energy and Climate Change Committee are due to question the National Grid about the security of the UK’s energy supply.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152717/12/2015 00:00:00UK offshore wind industry developing "strong" supply chainThe UK’s offshore wind industry has come together and made a commitment to reporting annually. This will allow the industry to closely track progress towards the goal of 50% UK content for the offshore wind sector.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152616/12/2015 00:00:00Global climate finance up to $391bnClimate Policy Initiative’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance 2015 has reported that global investment in activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate vulnerability have increased from $331 billion in 2013, to $391 billion in 2014. The inchttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152515/12/2015 00:00:00Wind can be EU's largest power source by 2030The latest EWEA report has highlighted that wind energy could be the largest source of power supply in Europe by 2030 if Government’s supply the right support for climate and energy policy. The effect of this is that the total wind installation in Europe chttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152414/12/2015 00:00:00Osborne to launch infrastructure commissionGeorge Osborne has pledged £100 billion towards infrastructure by 2020. Spending will be applied to new roads, rail networks, flood defences and other significant projects. The new National Infrastructure Commission is led by former Cabinet Minister Lord Ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152311/12/2015 00:00:00New partnership clears way for Galloper windfarmRWE Innogy has recently announced three new project partners for the Galloper Wind Farm Limited. The three parties are UK Green Investment Bank, Siemans Financial Services and Macquarie Capital. They are 25% joint equity partners of the 336MW wind project.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152210/12/2015 00:00:00World Energy Council concerned by progress on climate talksThe World Energy Council is planning to write to all parties in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change expressing concern over the level of progress and ambition over climate change talks. The Council has called for significant steps to http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152109/12/2015 00:00:00Steel industry given more time to meet EU emissions ruleshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=152008/12/2015 00:00:00Government and regulators must break down barriers to energy storageThe Government and regulators have been called upon to break down the barriers to energy storage. Primarily the focus is on policy structures.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151907/12/2015 00:00:00Government and regulators must break down barriers to energy storageThe Government and regulators have been called upon to break down the barriers to energy storage. Primarily the focus is on policy structures.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151807/12/2015 00:00:00Rural businesses call for "urgent" rethink on FiT cutsThe Energy and Climate Change Secretary has been called upon to rethink the cuts they are proposing in support for investment in renewable energy. The CLA has asked for the cuts to be reconsidered which would affect 33,000 landowners, farmers and other rurhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151704/12/2015 00:00:00Demand reduction should be energy priorityThe Economy Energy and Tourism Committee has warned that it is critical to reduce energy demand if the security of energy supply is to be achieved. They have therefore called on the Scottish and UK Government to make this a priority.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151603/12/2015 00:00:00UK and China sign clean energy partnershipThe UK and China have reached an agreement for collaboration towards a low carbon economy. The Clean Energy Partnership has forged links in research and the industry whilst the transition to a green economy is achieved. This is intended to strengthen the Uhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151502/12/2015 00:00:00UK to close coal plants by 2025The Government has announced plans to close coal fired power stations by 2025. This means that by 2023, their use will be restricted. The new direction for energy policy, which focuses on security, was announced by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amberhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151401/12/2015 00:00:00Rudd aiming for three CfD roundsAmber Rudd has published a Ministerial Statement highlighting the priorities of the Government for UK energy and climate change policy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151330/11/2015 00:00:00Energy firms launches renewables development planSixteen companies have come together, with the support of WBCSD to improve renewable energy capacity two fold by 2025. Those companies involved are Acciona, DNV GL, Statkraft, AAB, CLP, EDF, ENGIE, Eskom, First Solar, Iberdrola, NRG Energy, Schneider Electhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151227/11/2015 00:00:00Public support for renewable energy stays sky-high – official opinion pollRenewableUK is highlighting new official Government statistics which show that more than three-quarters of the British public support using renewable energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151126/11/2015 00:00:00Carbon Capture and StorageCarbon Capture and Storage (CCS) processes remove carbon dioxide (CO2) that would otherwise be emitted from fossil fuel power stations and other industrial processes and transport it for permanent underground storage. In Great Britain (GB), storage of CO2 http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=151025/11/2015 00:00:00Fuel pumps to get 'cigarette packet-style' climate change warnings in CanadaThe labels will be found on top of fuel pumps, acting as an informative and suggestive notice to fuel users in order to help climate change. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150924/11/2015 00:00:00Switzerland Promotes Neighbourhood Exchange BoxesIf someone were to set up a telephone booth sized box on your street filled with unwanted items, such as books, toys and small knick-knacks, and then topped it off with a “Free” sign, what would happen?http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150723/11/2015 00:00:00Massive Landfill Site Turns Into Thriving Eco-ParkIsrael’s largest landfill dump has undergone a massive makeover that has seen the mountain of rubbish turn into a 2000-acre ecological park three times the size of New York City’s Central Park. This new eco-park includes a 150-acre recycling station, walkihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150820/11/2015 00:00:00Veolia backs corporate carbon taxVeolia’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Antoine Frerot has spoken at the event, named “A corporate carbon tax – the last chance to stop climate change?”http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150613/11/2015 00:00:00STA analysis shows "how inexpensive solar has become"The Solar Trade Association has carried out some analysis into solar PV which highlights that the source could provide the same amount of electricity for half of the subsidiary cost. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150512/11/2015 00:00:00Oil and gas CEOs call for climate change actionThe Chief Executive Officers of 10 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies have collectively declared their support for an effective climate change agreement to be reached at November’s United Nations Conference of Parties to the UN Framework on Climahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150411/11/2015 00:00:00London mayor urged to back solar powerThe London Assembly Environment Committee has called for the Mayor to warn the Government against the 87% cut (or even potential ending) of the Feed-In Tariff. The scheme provides financial support to households with solar panels.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150310/11/2015 00:00:00Homeowners to ration energy use this winterNew research has revealed that 78% of UK home owners are having to take steps to reduce their energy usage this winter. The measures include delaying heating, leaving some rooms unheated and not using particular devices that carry a heavy usage.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150209/11/2015 00:00:00Government urged to up pace of low-carbon transitionA recent report has called for the Government to cease making cuts to renewable energy funding to support the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy. The report was commission by TUC and Greenpeace.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150106/11/2015 00:00:00FiT changes to "severely limit" on-farm renewablesIndustry body Scottish Renewables, the National Farmers Union Scotland and Glasgow based Gaia-Wind have collectively expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of funding support from the Government for small-scale green energy projects.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=150005/11/2015 00:00:00Energy efficiency FiT could save £2.5bnNew research suggests that the UK’s electricity market is tilted in favour of supply rather than demand management. British consumers and businesses could make a saving of £2.5 billion by 2025 if there is a higher focus on competing against electricity savhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149904/11/2015 00:00:00Electricity margins are manageable this winterNational Grid has published the Winter Outlook 2015/16 report. It looks at a range of tools that may assist with keeping system balances. It focuses on both supply and demand for both the gas and electric systems over the winter.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149803/11/2015 00:00:00Capacity market "tweaks" might be necessary for new gasAndrea Leadsom, Energy Minister has confirmed that the Department of Energy and Climate Change intends to revisit the design of the capacity market if a new gas plant is unsuccessful in the 2015 T-4 auction.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149702/11/2015 00:00:00Public awareness of climate change consensus growingPublic awareness is growing on the impact of climate change and renewable energy. A recent study by ComRes for the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit reveals adults in the UK are more likely now than a year ago, to recognise climate change is primarily ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149630/10/2015 00:00:00Northern Ireland to close RO to onshore wind next yearThe Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland, Jonathan Bell has launched a consultation proposing to close the country’s Renewable Obligation to focus on onshore wind in accordance with policy from the UK Government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149529/10/2015 00:00:00Corbyn backs green investmentJeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party has given a speech to the Labour Party Annual Conference. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149428/10/2015 00:00:00Carney warns on climate change impactsMark Carney has given a speech at Lloyd’s of London based on climate change and financial stability. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149326/10/2015 00:00:00Scottish government updates on Longannet plansA meeting has been held with the Scottish Government to update the Longannet taskforce on progress made with the Economic Recovery Plan. It is intended to support workers, business and communities affected by the closure of the power station in March 2016.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149023/10/2015 00:00:00Scottish government updates on Longannet plansA meeting has been held with the Scottish Government to update the Longannet taskforce on progress made with the Economic Recovery Plan. It is intended to support workers, business and communities affected by the closure of the power station in March 2016.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149123/10/2015 00:00:00Scottish government updates on Longannet plansA meeting has been held with the Scottish Government to update the Longannet taskforce on progress made with the Economic Recovery Plan. It is intended to support workers, business and communities affected by the closure of the power station in March 2016.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=149223/10/2015 00:00:00Scottish government to extend solar supportThe Scottish Government has confirmed support will be offered to solar projects with a capacity of below 5 Megawatts. The support will be through the Renewables Obligation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148922/10/2015 00:00:00Government must not undermine renewables progressStatistics from the Department for Energy and Climate Change have highlighted a record amount of Scotland’s electricity was generated from renewables in the early part of 2015. However, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing warned that further progress still needs http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148820/10/2015 00:00:00Drax ends investment in CCS projectDrax has confirmed its commitment to Carbon Capture & Storage and technology development project (FEED). Once the project is complete however, it intends to withdraw as a partner of Capture Power Ltd.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148719/10/2015 00:00:00SNP wants extension to onshore wind grace periodThe Scottish National Party has called for the UK Government to extend the grace period for subsidies to onshore wind projects ahead of the publication of an impact assessment into the closure of the scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148615/10/2015 00:00:00SNP wants extension to onshore wind grace periodThe Scottish National Party has called for the UK Government to extend the grace period for subsidies to onshore wind projects ahead of the publication of an impact assessment into the closure of the scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148515/10/2015 00:00:00Smart meter customers "experiencing a transformation"Smart Energy GB, the national campaign for smart meter roll out, has published the second “smart energy outlook”. The report finds high levels of satisfaction, control and energy-savvy amongst those who have already upgraded their smart meters.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148414/10/2015 00:00:00Renewables industry group disappointed by Welsh windfarm rulingRenewableUK Cymru, the trade association for renewable energy in wales has said it is disappointed by the DECC’s announcement that it has refused all projects but one in the Mid Wales Public Enquiry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148313/10/2015 00:00:00London Assembly presses mayor on green policiesThe London Assembly has called on the Mayor to hold an urgent meeting with the Government to discuss national efficiency policies for London.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148212/10/2015 00:00:00Green Party warns of "woeful" lack of renewables investmentThe Green Party has criticized the Government for a “woeful lack of investment” in renewable energy. Concerns have also been raised as to whether nuclear power will generate the energy capacity it needs in the next 10 years.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148109/10/2015 00:00:00Government needs energy security planEDF have recently announced that their new Hinkley Point C plant will not be operational by the estimated 2023. Experts have called for the Government to set out a clear road map outlining the UK’s energy supply.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=148008/10/2015 00:00:00Welsh government attacks renewables subsidy changesNatural Resource Minister Carl Sargeant has said that recently announced plans by the Department for Energy and Climate Change may deter clean energy investment and risk community energy schemes. The plans are to make changes to the Feed-in Tariff accredithttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147907/10/2015 00:00:00Scottish government launches energy efficiency scheme for fuel poor homesFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a new fuel poverty scheme which has the backing of a £224 million Scottish Government fund. Warmer Homes Scotland will over the next seven years install energy efficiency measures such as insulation, heating andhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147806/10/2015 00:00:00Scotland could lead world in integrated energy systemsA new report by the Carbon Trust has highlighted that vision, innovation and investment are essential for Scotland to meet their carbon targets. They also need to create employment opportunities and secure an international leadership position.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147705/10/2015 00:00:00Onshore wind changes deterring investmentNew research has shown that investor confidence has been affected as a result of recent Government decisions. It is also affecting the ability to lend to onshore wind farm developers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147602/10/2015 00:00:00MSPs to debate Scottish renewablesThe Scottish Conservatives have highlighted that renewable energy can continue to thrive in Scotland without additional subsidies from the UK. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147501/10/2015 00:00:00Manufacturers call for rethink on green taxesAn EEF report has called for the scrapping of the Carbon Price Floor as part a move towards reducing emissions. They recommended the Government move away from green taxes, which penalize businesses, and to instead use tax incentives to reduce carbon.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147430/09/2015 00:00:00Innovation crucial to low-carbon transmissionAn ETI report has highlighted that the success of low carbon innovation centres on market confidence, finance, public policy and the capability and skills to innovate. The UK needs innovation to meet its carbon budget.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147329/09/2015 00:00:00ECO should be replaced by interim schemeExperts have warned that a plan needs to be implemented by the end of this year to replace the Energy Company Obligation at its end in March 2017.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147228/09/2015 00:00:00ECCC launches autumn inquiriesThe Energy and Climate Change Committee has asked stakeholders to give their views on areas of the DECC’s policy making which require particular attention. The consultation has received 250 responses from a mixture of industry experts.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147125/09/2015 00:00:00London mayor launches retrofitting schemeBoris Johnson, Mayor of London has launched a tool for the public sector which could assist to deliver £1.6 billion of home energy upgrades and improvements. This would result in warmer homes and lower energy bills for consumers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=147024/09/2015 00:00:00Energy infrastructure projects could benefit from risk-mitigating incentivesThe EU’s “Projects of Common Interest” is a major infrastructure project in Europe aimed to boost security of energy supply and competition. A report has highlighted that it may benefit from a number of risk-mitigating incentives and fit-for-purpose regulahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146923/09/2015 00:00:00UK needs new heat policyThe Energy and Utilities Alliance, EUA has recently responded to the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s request for submissions on which Government policies require attention in the near future.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146822/09/2015 00:00:00Rural campaigners say fast-track fracking takes power away from communitiesCouncil’s are being given a deadline of 16 weeks to approve or reject applications on fracking. After this time, Ministers will have the power to call them in and make a decision themselves. The Government are also considering doing the same for shale gas http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146721/09/2015 00:00:00LCCC welcomes research on role in CfD schemeAn independent study was launched earlier this month on the Low Carbon Contracts Company. It has played a key part in the first operational year of the Government’s Contracts for Difference Scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146618/09/2015 00:00:00IoD backs government's shale gas plansThe Institute of Directors has welcomed government plans to fast-track fracking applications to ensure the UK maximizes the potential of its shale gas reserves.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146517/09/2015 00:00:00IEA expecting fastest oil demand growth in five yearsThe IEA has published its recent findings. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146416/09/2015 00:00:00EU solar industry need send to minimum import pricingIt has recently been announced that China has devalued its currency, the Yuan, by 2% due to a drop in exports. The aim is to make exports more cost effective and to reduce the cost of borrowing.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146315/09/2015 00:00:00Energy companies making "great strides" on customer serviceThe Ombudsman has revealed that 13,490 energy complaints have been received between April and June this year. Of those, 13,380 have been resolved.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146214/09/2015 00:00:00UK paying "eye-watering" subsidies for fossil fuelsRenewable UK, the wind, wave and tidal energy trade association has published figures from the International Monetary Fund. The figures show that fossil fuels are receiving billions of pounds in subsidiaries each year from the UK Government. In turn, the shttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145911/09/2015 00:00:00Renewable energy backed by publicA new survey has been published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. It reveals the public is in support of onshore wind and solar farms. Solar was shown to be the most popular method of energy generation with 76% of respondents answering in fahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145810/09/2015 00:00:00Citizens Advice wants more transparency from network price controlsThe lack of discussion from the UK Government on support for renewable energy is likely to cause disruption to community energy projects. The Scottish and Welsh Governments have called for urgent clarity in a written letter to the UK Government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146009/09/2015 00:00:00Community energy developer gets funding boostThe Green party has criticized the Government’s plans to overrule councils by fast tracking fracking applications. The Green party is the only party that has remained committed to a total ban of UK shale gas exploration operations.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=146108/09/2015 00:00:00Public continues to back renewablesThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has set up a tracking survey to assist with understanding and monitoring public perception and attitudes to the Department’s business priorities.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145707/09/2015 00:00:00Energy companies making "great strides" on customer serviceThe Ombudsman has revealed that 13,490 energy complaints have been received between April and June this year. Of those, 13,380 have been resolved.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145604/09/2015 00:00:00Community energy developer gets funding boostThe Green party has criticized the Government’s plans to overrule councils by fast tracking fracking applications. The Green party is the only party that has remained committed to a total ban of UK shale gas exploration operations.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145503/09/2015 00:00:00Citizens Advice wants more transparency from network price controlsThe lack of discussion from the UK Government on support for renewable energy is likely to cause disruption to community energy projects. The Scottish and Welsh Governments have called for urgent clarity in a written letter to the UK Government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145402/09/2015 00:00:00UK paying "eye-watering" subsidies for fossil fuelsRenewable UK, the wind, wave and tidal energy trade association has published figures from the International Monetary Fund. The figures show that fossil fuels are receiving billions of pounds in subsidiaries each year from the UK Government. In turn, the shttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145301/09/2015 00:00:00Public continues to back renewablesThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has set up a tracking survey to assist with understanding and monitoring public perception and attitudes to the Department’s business priorities.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145231/08/2015 00:00:00Renewable energy backed by publicA new survey has been published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. It reveals the public is in support of onshore wind and solar farms. Solar was shown to be the most popular method of energy generation with 76% of respondents answering in fahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145128/08/2015 00:00:00Plaid Cymru welcomes government fracking decisionLlyr Gruffydd AM of Plaid Cymru has saidhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=145027/08/2015 00:00:00Green campaigners welcome Welsh coal mine decisionCaerphilly County Council has rejected the Nant Llesg opencast coal mine which has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144926/08/2015 00:00:00GIB finances street lighting programmeSouthend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the first local authority in England to secure finance from the UK Green Investment Bank plc. It is to replace its existing streetlights with lower energy alternatives.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144825/08/2015 00:00:00Energy industry concerned by safeguard tariffEnergy UK has submitted its response to the CMA following its provisional findings and proposed remedies. The letter of response highlights competition as the key incentive together with customer engagement, regulation, transparency and smart meters.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144724/08/2015 00:00:00DECC gives go-ahead to Dogger Bank projectPlanning consent has been awarded for construction project of an offshore wind farm off the UK North East Coast. Permission has been granted in the hope it would boost the local economy, and establish a low carbon, home grown energy mix.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144621/08/2015 00:00:00Social landlords to launch energy supply companyOur Power Energy is set to enter the market at the end of this year as an Ofgem licensed supplied of gas and electricity. They intend to provide low cost energy to the tenants and communities of its member organizations. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144520/08/2015 00:00:00Scottish government consents Kennoxhead wind projectA wind farm in Kennoxhead, South Lanarkshire, has received planning consent. However a Limekiln Wind Farm, in Caithness has been refused. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing made the announcement.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144419/08/2015 00:00:00Lower capacity margins underline need for transmission charging reformThe National Grid’s Winter Review and Consultation report found that the margin of spare capacity in generation this winter could be as low as 1.2%. This is in comparison to a margin of 4.1% last winter. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144318/08/2015 00:00:00Government sounds "death knell" for zero-carbon homesThe Government has announced that it will not be introducing zero carbon homes in 2016 and zero carbon non-domestic buildings in 2019. This comes as a result of planning measures announced by the Treasury. They confirmed the Government does not intend to phttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144217/08/2015 00:00:00European Parliament approves EU ETS changeA reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme has reached an informal agreement with the Latvian Presidency of the Council. This has been endorsed by Parliament. The reform is intended to reduce the surplus carbon credits available for trading in order. Thishttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144114/08/2015 00:00:00EU ETS could cost steel sector over £300mnUK Steel, the largest trade union from the steel sector has issued a warning about the need for reform of the decarbonisation policies. In particular they focus on the EU Emissions Trading System. They have warned that the EU ETS is already stunting the cohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=144013/08/2015 00:00:00Energy criticises government's "anti-businesses" decision on onshore windEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing has criticized the recent UK Government’s decision to end the Renewables Obligation early. An industry summit held in Glasgow was attended by over 200 representatives from across the sector. It was an opportunity for the Scottihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143912/08/2015 00:00:00Scottish Parliament motion condemns onshore wind cutsThere has been cross party support in Scottish Parliament to condemn the UK Government’s “reckless” decision to cut subsidies for onshore wind from the Renewables Obligation. This has sent a clear message to the UK Government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143811/08/2015 00:00:00Scottish government signs climate change agreementScotland has become part of an international partnership of Governments committed to tackling climate change. Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod made the announcement on behalf of the Scottish Government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143710/08/2015 00:00:00On-site generation needs renewed push from governmentThe CBI has launched a new paper named Small Steps, Big Impact. The paper outlines the key role that on-site generation makes in meeting the UK’s energy and climate change challenges. It also highlights the potential for supporting business, communities anhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143607/08/2015 00:00:00MPs concerned by treatment of prepayment customersMP’s have expressed their concerns regarding disproportionate costs incurred, in particular by poorer households, who pay for gas and electricity using a prepayment meter. They have warned that the ability to prepay may have an impact on the costs of the hhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143506/08/2015 00:00:00Leadsom remains confident on Hinkley Point CMinister of State Andrea Leadsom’s has given a speech at the Nuclear Industry Association conference.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143405/08/2015 00:00:00Lancashire councillors reject second Cuadrilla fracking applicationMembers of Lancashire County Council Development Control Committee have voted in favour of refusing an application for a shale gas exploration at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton. The application was made by oil and gas company Cuadrilla. The excavation whttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143304/08/2015 00:00:00Environment Agency extends consultation on fracking plansAn extension has been granted to the public consultation on the Third Energy’s application for a permit to carry out fracking in North Yorkshire. The consultation by the Environment Agency will now be open until 7 August.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143203/08/2015 00:00:00DECC seeks views on grace period for onshore windThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has issued a policy paper providing further information on the proposed grace period for the closure of the Renewables Obligation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143131/07/2015 00:00:00CMA urged to cut red tapeJuliet Davenport CEO of Good Energy, the independent provider, has spoken out ahead of the CMA’s findings. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=143030/07/2015 00:00:00CBI calls for certainty on LCFThe CBI has recently released a report calling for the new government to tackle the key energy and climate change challenges facing the UK. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142929/07/2015 00:00:00Baroness McDonagh completes term as Smart Energy GB ChairBaroness McDonagh has completed her first two year term as Chair of Smart Energy GB. She has helped in the roll out of smart meters and their campaign for success.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142828/07/2015 00:00:00Anaerobic digestion passes UK milestoneA UK AD and Biogas 2015 Market Report has been published by ABDA. It highlights that Biogen’s new food waste plant in South Wales is a major milestone in the industry. It is the 400th operational anaerobic digestion plant.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142727/07/2015 00:00:00UK-GBC launches zero-carbon taskforceJulie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: "The zero carbon policies for both new homes and non-domestic buildings are vital for decarbonising our building stock and meeting the UK’s climate change targets. Confirming their trhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142624/07/2015 00:00:00Swansea Bay tidal lagoon gets planning consentPlanning consent has been granted for the construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon. It is a step further towards a low carbon, home grown energy mix.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142523/07/2015 00:00:00Smart meter campaign plans to engage business customersEarlier this month, Smart Energy GB has opened a consultation on its approach to supporting customers of micro businesses during the smart meter roll out.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142422/07/2015 00:00:00Scottish government to prioritise energy efficiencyThe Scottish Government is taking further action in the energy, environment and transport industries. They are focusing on reducing energy bills and addressing fuel poverty. This is the focus of the Government’s recent new package of measures.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142321/07/2015 00:00:00Scotland emissions goalScotland is over three quarters of the way towards achieving its world leading target of 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Emissions fell by 14% between 2012 and 2013. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142220/07/2015 00:00:00New energy bill could save UK £12bn/yearEarlier this month a number of organisations have come together to call for a new energy White Paper. This is to set out the strategy for the implementation of cost effective energy measures to assist with the following:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142117/07/2015 00:00:00Irish government to refocus renewables pushEnergy Minister Alex White has said that the transition to a low-carbon society between now and 2050 is “one of the greatest projects of our age”. Minister White spoke at a recent event to over 300 energy stakeholders in a final public consultation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=142016/07/2015 00:00:00European Commission needs new powers for green targets to be metThe European Commission has advised that it needs new enforcement powers if it is to ensure that Member States meet the EU’s 27% renewable energy pledge by 2030. This is according to new research published by European Wind Energy Association.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141915/07/2015 00:00:00Court decision on energy-saving products "totally irrational"Issac Occhipinti HHIC Head of External Affairs has responded to a recent European Court to force the UK to raise VAT on energy saving materials. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141814/07/2015 00:00:00Energy trilemma emphasis to shift towards sustainabilityThe build up to the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015 is seeing an increased emphasis on renewables and clean technology as a significant development area over the next five years. This is according to the energy companies surveyed by PwC’s new Global http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141713/07/2015 00:00:00ENA plans boost for green gasThe Energy Networks Association has issued a consultation to call for industry feedback on the current regulations for low-flow Biomethane sites which create gas for the network.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141610/07/2015 00:00:00Clean energy innovation key to meeting climate goalsThe International Energy Agency has warned that a global push towards clean-energy innovation is needed if the world is to meet its climate change goals. The IEA released its Energy Technology Prospectives 2015 report advising on how to achieve the goal.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141509/07/2015 00:00:00Church of England confirms fossil fuel divestmentThe Church Commissioners and the Church of England Pensions Board have announced a retraction of investment of £12 million in thermal coal and tar sands. As such with immediate effect, neither body will invest in companies which receive more than 10% of ithttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141408/07/2015 00:00:00Carbon price shift could have major impact on utilities' earningsRecent research by CDP suggests that European utilities are best placed to cease the opportunities presented by climate change. The research highlights those utilities which will benefit from regulatory change and those that will face difficulties without http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141307/07/2015 00:00:00Welsh to set emissions reduction targetsThe Environment (Wales) Bill has been introduced to more effectively plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more proactive, cohesive and sustainable way.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141206/07/2015 00:00:00UK renewables investment hits new high but challenges aheadPwC’s renewable has carried out its annual analysis of investment in renewables. It found that investment since 2010 in UK renewables will have reached £50 billion by 2015. It also forecasted a further £50 billion through to 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141103/07/2015 00:00:00Switching activity ticks up againThe latest electricity switching data has found that small suppliers gained 84,471 electricity accounts last month. This is equivalent to one quarter of switches for the period.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=141002/07/2015 00:00:00SNP welcomes west coast oil explorationScottish National Party, MSPs Dave Thompson and Chic Brodie have welcomed the announcement that a team of petroleum geologists are exploring the potential for oil production along the west coast of Scotland. The team will be led by Dr Nick Schofield, Lectuhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=140901/07/2015 00:00:00Scottish hydro sector facing cliff edgeAn industry expert has advised that Scotland’s hydro sector has until the end of the year before Government cuts make “further development unlikely.”http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=140730/06/2015 00:00:00Scottish hydro sector facing cliff edgeAn industry expert has advised that Scotland’s hydro sector has until the end of the year before Government cuts make “further development unlikely.”http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=140830/06/2015 00:00:00Renewables industry urges Tories to back onshore windRenewableUK has said the Government should take steps to show its support to the low carbon energy sector and in particular investment and employment opportunities. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=140629/06/2015 00:00:00Power deals reach four-year high in QIThe organization Power has published its latest forecast anticipating another consistent year for mergers and acquisitions within the power and utilities sector.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=140526/06/2015 00:00:00UK to lose top spot in offshore wind in 2015Germany will become the world’s leading market for annual offshore wind turbine installations in 2015. It is on track to add 2,071 megawatts this year. It is almost a four fold increase from the 529MW added in 2014. This is according to research from Globahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=140425/06/2015 00:00:00South West marine industry sets long-term ambitionsSouth West England’s marine energy sector will have a significant presence at All Energy, the UK’s largest renewable energy conference due to be held in Glasgow.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=140224/06/2015 00:00:00Solar industry fears period of "hyperdegression"The Department for Energy and Climate Change has announced that the criteria of the feed-in tariff will degress for quarter 3 of 2015. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=140123/06/2015 00:00:00Smart meter campaign considers roll-out barriersThe Smart Energy for All consultation has recently been published as part of Smart Energy GB’s work. It intends to make sure all parties are involved and no one if left behind in the national roll out of smart meters. It will inform the organisations natiohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=140022/06/2015 00:00:00Salmond backs "community of interest" to support North SeaAlex Salmond has offered his continued support to the North Sea oil and gas industry. He offered that continued cooperation is required between the industry, government and universities to ensure the North Sea prospers over the next fifty years. This wouldhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139919/06/2015 00:00:00RO closure brings solar boomA new report has been published by the IHS Inc. which is the leading global source of critical information and insight. It found that at least 110 photovoltaic projects with a combined capacity of 1.6 GW were completed in the UK in the first quarter of 201http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139818/06/2015 00:00:00Irish public sector achieves major efficiency savingsThe public sector has made energy efficiency improvements of 14% in 2013. They have a savings worth of €74 million to the Exchequer. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has published its Annual Report on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139717/06/2015 00:00:00EU urged to harmonise approach to capacity marketsEURELECTRIC has welcomed the European Commission inquiry recently launched to look at capacity mechanisms to safeguard security of electricity supply. EURELCTRIC Secretary General has called for an opportunity for a single harmonized approach to capacity mhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139617/06/2015 00:00:00Electricity industry welcomes EU ETS agreementEURELECTRIC has welcomed the provisional agreement reached this month between European Parliament and the Council. They have proposed a Market Stability Reserve under the EU Emissions Trading System.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139516/06/2015 00:00:00Demand reduction needs "level playing field"Energy efficiency must be permitted to compete with new supply capacities in the UK’s energy plans. This is the recommendation of an industry group.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139415/06/2015 00:00:00CfD process must support innovationA group of academics at the University of Exeter has warned that the UK Government’s flagship scheme, Contracts for Difference needs to support innovation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139312/06/2015 00:00:00Scotland could miss renewable heat targetsThe Low Carbon Heat Conference in Scotland has called for Scotland to make a more positive move to renewable heat from gas-fired boilers if it is to meet its 2020 target. It has so far made limited progress, with just 3% coming from renewable sources in cohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139211/06/2015 00:00:00Rural campaigners call for step change on energy efficiencyA new report published by Campaign to Protect Rural England outlined that England needs significant investment in energy efficiency if it is to meet its 2050 carbon reduction target. The Warm and Green Report has said that energy needs to be a key considerhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139110/06/2015 00:00:00Renewables investors face growing riskPöyry Management Consulting has published its latest report on the increasing risks renewable investors face in the European power markets. It warned that the days of “invest and forget” are over for investors in renewable energy. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=139009/06/2015 00:00:00Next government urged to prioritise national infrastructure projectsEnvironmental and Sustainability Professionals have advised that national infrastructure projects are critical in the transition towards a low carbon economy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=138908/06/2015 00:00:00Energy infrastructure a priority for Lib DemsThe Liberal Democrats have reassured that the energy sector is to be a top infrastructure priority for the UK under his Government. The party’s manifesto reaffirmed their commitment by implementing the “Five Green Laws”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=138805/06/2015 00:00:00DECC could revoke North Sea licencesThe Secretary of State, Ed Davey has recently announced his intentions for the petroleum licenses for the Dea UK North Sea assets which were recently acquired by LetterOne.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=138704/06/2015 00:00:00Which? calls for re-think on energy efficiencyA recent Which? report has called for the Government to re-consider its energy efficiency policy to assist consumers to reduce bills and insulate their homes. The report named “A Local Approach to Energy Efficiency” calls for a clear and more effective apphttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=138603/06/2015 00:00:00US power sector decarbonisation gathers momentumThe annual record for renewable build, coal retirements and gas burning is expected to be broken in 2015. This should prove to be a watershed year for the de-carbonization of the US power sector.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=138502/06/2015 00:00:00Universities urged to divest from fossil fuelsThe Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) has made a recent statement calling universities to withdraw their investment in fossil fuels. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=138401/06/2015 00:00:00Networks call for regulatory stabilityThe Energy Networks Association has called for the new Government to provide stability and security for the industry and to allow Ofgem to work independently. The new Conservative government has recently appointed Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=138329/05/2015 00:00:00Networks call for regulatory stabilityThe Energy Networks Association has called for the new Government to provide stability and security for the industry and to allow Ofgem to work independently. The new Conservative government has recently appointed Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=138129/05/2015 00:00:00Industry stakeholders welcome Rudd appointmentEnergy UK has made a statement in response to the appointment of Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=137928/05/2015 00:00:00Industry stakeholders welcome Rudd appointmentEnergy UK has made a statement in response to the appointment of Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=138028/05/2015 00:00:00Independent analysis confirms Horse Hill oil findA discovery of oil has been made at the Horse Hill exploration well on the Upper Jurassic Portland Sandstone reservoir near to Gatwick at a depth of 1,791 feet.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=137827/05/2015 00:00:00Funding boost for low-emission propulsion technologiesThe UK has an opportunity to develop low-emission vehicle propulsion through a £60 million fund to allow businesses to advance technologies in the industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=137726/05/2015 00:00:00UK and Scottish governments give CCS funding boostThe UK and Scottish Governments will provide funding of £4.2 million for industrial research and feasibility studies for a fill chain 570MW Carbon Capture & Storage solution together with coal-gasification power station in London.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=137622/05/2015 00:00:00Smart meter roll-out could be IT "disaster"The Institute of Directors has called for the Smart Meters scheme to be “halted, altered or scrapped to avoid unjustified, over-engineered and expensive mistakes.”http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=137521/05/2015 00:00:00Scottish public backs renewablesA YouGov poll ahead of the general election has identified that 79% of individuals believe the next Government should implement policies to continue in the development of renewable energy. This is in comparison to 26% who supported fracking for shale gas, http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=137319/05/2015 00:00:00Report claims onshore wind could deliver cheapest electricity by 2020New research by the Onshore Wind Cost Reduction Taskforce, set up by RenewableUK, has suggested onshore wind can become one of the most cost effective energy sources by 2020. This will force down fuel bills for households throughout the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=137218/05/2015 00:00:00National Grid says summer supplies look "adequate"National Grid has said the supply of gas and electric to the UK for the summer period is in “good shape” to meet operational challenges. The system operator published its summer outlook report earlier this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=137115/05/2015 00:00:00MSPs open energy security inquiryThe Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee will be assessing the security of Scotland’s energy supply. It will focus on the needs of Scotland in a changing market and assess supply and demand together with modes of transmission.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=137014/05/2015 00:00:00Labour reaffirms commitment to energy market reformsLabour’s election manifesto has set out its intention to introduce a wide-ranging reform of the UK energy market. They are planning a price freeze until 2017.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136913/05/2015 00:00:00Healthcare group calls for moratorium on frackingA new report by healthcare group Medact, named “Health & Fracking: The impacts and opportunity costs”, has found that fracking poses a significant risk to public health. They have therefore called for a moratorium, UK wide to allow sufficient time to carryhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136812/05/2015 00:00:00European carbon market reaches 2020 target six years earlyThe EU has recently published its findings to a survey on the carbon market. Its key finding suggests domestic greenhouse gas emissions in Europe’s emissions trading scheme fell by 4.9%. This is below their official climate target for 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136711/05/2015 00:00:00Conservatives pledge to implement CMA's recommendationsThe Conservative Party has assured of its intentions to introduce the recommendations of the energy sector investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136608/05/2015 00:00:00CMA underestimating consumer engagement in energy marketsSSE has warned that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has overestimated the money “left on the table” by consumers in the energy markets.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136507/05/2015 00:00:00Wind power increasingly popular in ScotlandAn independent YouGov survey commissioned by Scottish Renewables has found the following:
1. 71% of Scottish adults said they supported continued development of wind power as part of the energy mix. This is up on 63% from the previous year’s poll.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136406/05/2015 00:00:00Smart meter roll-out gathers momentumThe smart meter roll out is beginning to gather momentum. The Government has made decisions on consumer engagement, privacy and security. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136305/05/2015 00:00:00Scottish government gives community energy funding boostAllocations of funding from the Local Energy Challenge Fund have been announced. Five successful projects across Scotland will benefit from more than £20 million of funding towards development of energy delivery methods. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136204/05/2015 00:00:00Scottish Conservatives join call for North Sea actionThe Scottish Conservatives have called for progress to be made with the North Sea. Scottish Conservatives Leader, Ruth Davidson has suggested that the budget gives tax incentives to boost stability and encourage investment in the area.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136101/05/2015 00:00:00Reform capacity market to help DSRThe Government’s Capacity Market is designed to cope with the supply of electricity to meet with peaks in demand. However it could result in higher energy costs and increased emissions because it focuses on fossil fuel generation rather than more efficienthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=136030/04/2015 00:00:00Low oil price could boost Scotland's economy recoveryEconomic Commentary published by the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute, has suggested that whilst the fall in the price of oil has impacted on the offshore and onshore sectors, it could boost the recovery of Scotland’s economy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135929/04/2015 00:00:00Green Deal fund to be re-openedThe third phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been released, with a worth of £70 million. Consumers will be able to apply for grants of up to £5,600 towards the installation of energy efficiency measures. Eligible measures include solid wall http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135828/04/2015 00:00:00Government begins CfD negotiations for tidal lagoonThe Government is due to start negotiations with the developers of a £1 billion tidal lagoon proposed for Swansea Bay. Chancellor George Osborne made the announcement for the commercial negotiations on contracts for difference for the developers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135727/04/2015 00:00:00UK sailing "close to the wind" on capacity marginsThis year the National Grid has been forced to procure extra capacity at short notice to raise the margin from 4.1% to 6.1% to protect against shortages. However the procurement meant expensive purchases which in turn led to significant reliable on fossil http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135624/04/2015 00:00:00Swinney seeks clarity on LongannetDeputy First Minister, John Swinney has warned that clear steps need to be taken if the future of Longanet power station is to be secured. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135523/04/2015 00:00:00Government affirms commitment to North SeaMatthew Hancock MP of the Department of Energy and Climate Change has given a speech to a NOF Conference in Newcastle. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135422/04/2015 00:00:00DECC boosts funding for low-carbon heatingLocal Authorities across England and Wales have been awarded a share of an additional £3 million to set up a heat networks. The new fund will support 74 low carbon heat projects to provide more efficient heat to buildings. It will also enable carbon emissihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135321/04/2015 00:00:00Zero-carbon exemption for Starter Homes "shorter-sighted"The Conservative party has announced their intention to make 100,000 started homes exempt from the zero carbon standard. However the UK Green Building Society has warned that the move would be “incredibly short-sighted.”http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135220/04/2015 00:00:00Wind industry calls for FiT overhaulRenewableUK has called for the Department of Energy and Climate Change to increase the degression capabilities of the Feed-In Tariff for the sub-500kW wind sector to support domestic turbine manufacturers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135117/04/2015 00:00:00Sturgeon calls for more ambition on offshore windFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for the UK Government to increase its ambition to develop offshore wind. The First Minister has highlighted that Scottish wind power is currently more cost effective than nuclear sources. She explained that in her http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=135016/04/2015 00:00:00Party leaders urged to plan coal phase-outLeading environmental, development, and health organisations have warned Britain’s political leaders that coal pollution risks derailing the UK’s climate targets unless they agree on a clear deadline and concrete measures to phase out dirty coal by the earhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134915/04/2015 00:00:00Lib Dems make renewables pledgeLiberal Democrats have announced their plans to increase the UK’s production of renewable electricity two-fold by 2020. They also intend to make the UK zero carbon by 2050. This would bring an end to the UK’s adverse impact on climate change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134814/04/2015 00:00:00Ireland nearly halfway towards 2020 renewables targetA new report named Renewable Energy in Ireland 2013, by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has highlighted that renewable energy contribution in 2013 contributed 7.8% of final energy demand which is halfway towards Ireland’s binding target of 16% undehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134713/04/2015 00:00:00Industry group says offshore wind delivering on cost-reduction commitmentThe Offshore Wind Programme Board has published its Annual 2014 Report. The organization was set up to remove barriers to deployment and deliver a programme for industry cost reduction in the UK offshore wind sector.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134610/04/2015 00:00:00Business group sets out North Sea action planThe UK Chancellor of the Exchequer and Scottish First Minister has come together with the independent business organization N-56, to propose a five-point plan to secure the short term and long term future of the North Sea oil and gas sector. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134508/04/2015 00:00:00Government launches fuel poverty strategyThe Government has launched a new fuel poverty strategy. It aims to identify England’s potential energy efficient homes. There would be a legal obligation to improve the coldest least energy efficient homes.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134407/04/2015 00:00:00UK oil and gas industry still has long-term opportunitiesA new PwC report has revealed that the UK oil and gas industry would have had greater security from oil price fluctuations if it had accepted a warning to make 30-40% cost reductions 12-18 months ago. It has advised that their position is recoverable if thhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134303/04/2015 00:00:00SNP calls for action on North SeaThe Scottish National Party has called for the UK Government to offer earlier support to the North Sea oil industry. Sir Ian Wood warned that £6 billion barrel of oil reserves could be abandoned without reforms to the tax regime of offshore drilling.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134202/04/2015 00:00:00Scottish government confirms energy efficiency investmentSocial Justice Secretary Alex Neil has confirmed that an additional £20 million will be available to address fuel poverty in the UK and improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s housing. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134101/04/2015 00:00:00Pickles' delay on incinerator costs council £33.7mnThe Planning Inspector’s report on the abandoned Willow energy from waste incinerator in Norfolk has been published under the Environmental Information Regulations.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=134031/03/2015 00:00:00Next decade critical to low-carbon transitionsThe next decade is important to ensure important development in an affordable, low carbon energy system in the UK. The Energy Technologies Institute made the announcement.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133930/03/2015 00:00:00Infrastructure Act becomes lawEarlier this month, the Infrastructure Act became law. It sets out new measures to simplify the building process in the UK. It will allow the creation of Highways England, a government owned company aiming to access long term funding to ensure improvementshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133827/03/2015 00:00:00Government DEC proposal "beggars belief"The UK Green Building Council has recently challenged the Government’s over a proposal. The result could see Display Energy Certificates being abolished for public buildings in England and Wales.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133726/03/2015 00:00:00Scottish government "driving forward" community energyScottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has announced that the level of community and local ownership of energy has significantly developed in the last year. The increase of 27% has been achieved. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133625/03/2015 00:00:00Scottish fund will explore geothermal prospectsFergus Ewing Energy Minister has recently launched a fund to support research into developing Scotland’s geothermal capacity to meet the energy needs of local communities.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133524/03/2015 00:00:00Pickles reverses solar planning decisionThe Secretary of State has granted planning permission for Lark Energy’s Solar Farm at Ellough Airfield in Suffolk. It is over 2 years since the application was submitted. It is over 9 months since Justice Lindblom’s decision in the High Court to quash thehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133423/03/2015 00:00:00MPs set out building blocks for low-carbon transitionThe Energy and Climate Change Select Committee has called for Westminster to deliver a "stable and consistent" policy framework in order to ensure the energy system is "highly decarbonised" by 2030. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133320/03/2015 00:00:00Irish government increases energy efficiency grants for householdsAlex White, Minister for Energy has announced an increase in the availability of grants to householders who want to undertake energy efficiency improvements. Under the Better Homes Scheme, the value of grants available has been increased by between 25-50%http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133219/03/2015 00:00:00GDFC on "strong upward trajectory"The Green Deal Finance Company has announced a large increase in applications since January 2014. This comes as a result of a consistent rise in the number of Green Deal providers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133118/03/2015 00:00:00EU energy consumption at lowest level since early 1990sEnergy consumption by the European Union members has fallen to its lowest level since 1990. However, the EU is still reliant on imported energy to meet its needs. These are the key findings by a report from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=133017/03/2015 00:00:00DECC confirms DCC go-live dateSecretary of State Edward Davey has given a ministerial statement on the subject of smart metering. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132916/03/2015 00:00:00DECC consults on capacity market changesThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has commenced its consultation on supplementary design proposals for the Capacity Market. The consultation closes on 5 March.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132813/03/2015 00:00:00DECC confirms successful EDR auction biddersThe UK has scheduled its first auction to reduce demand for electricity at peak times. Organisations throughout the country have been awarded a total of £1.28 million for capacity totaling 5,589 kW. The pilot auction has reduced demand by at least 1,855,54http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132712/03/2015 00:00:00MP warns on Green Deal rogue tradersGeoffrey Cox, Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon is warning people to be vigilant when approached by companies who offer assessments and home improvements under the Government’s Green Deal scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132611/03/2015 00:00:00Wind industry highlights "legitimate reasons" for de-rating turbinesRenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith has responded to a recent report on onshore wind turbines. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132510/03/2015 00:00:00Vouchers for Green Deal Fund extendedThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has extended the availability of vouchers for the first release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund until 31 March 2015. This will allow additional time for installations to be carried out.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132409/03/2015 00:00:00DECC boosts energy efficiency in rented sectorFrom April 2018, landlords will be required to improve their properties to at least an energy efficiency Band “E”. Up to 1 million tenants who are renting from a private landlord will benefit from warmer homes under the initiative. On average, estimates suhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132306/03/2015 00:00:00DCLG consults on energy certificates regimeThe Department for Community and Local Government has recently opened its consultation on making the regime for Display Energy Certificates more efficient.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132205/03/2015 00:00:00Cuadrilla granted environmental permits for shale siteThe Environment Agency has granted environmental permits to Cuadrilla to carry out operations safely at a proposed shale gas exploration site in Roseacre Wood, near Elswick in Lancashire. The permits detail the requirements Cuadrilla must meet to protect ghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132104/03/2015 00:00:00Councils lack data to implement energy efficiency strategiesA recent study by the Energy Saving Trust has highlighted that housing managers lack the data they require to develop retrofit strategies and bids for funding programmes such as ECO, Green Deal and EU Funds. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=132003/03/2015 00:00:00ABP drops marine energy park oppositionThe Associated British Ports has decided to vacate its attempt to challenge the Government’s approval of a £450 million Able Marine Energy Park.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131902/03/2015 00:00:00Ideas for preserving our environmentEvery government of every country in the world has one of their main goals as to preserve and protect our environment. A country who achieves being green, waste less and clean is a successful country and will have helped towards achieving reducing climate http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131827/02/2015 00:00:00Willington gas pipeline given consentThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently approved an application for Willington C Gas Pipeline. The Pipeline will provide natural gas for a new power station at Willington. A connection will be made into the national transmission system nehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131726/02/2015 00:00:00Scotland's solar power capacity increases by nearly a thirdThe Scottish Government has said it will continue to encourage solar power north of the border. The reassurance came as a result of WWF Scotland, Lightsource Renewable Energy and Solar Trade Association publishing figures showing the total installed capacihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131625/02/2015 00:00:00OREC urges funding boost for marine energyOffshore Renewable Energy Catapult has called for urgent action to be taken to support the UK’s wave and tidal industries and encourage investment. OREC is a body encouraging innovation and rapid commercialization in offshore wind, wave and tidal technologhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131524/02/2015 00:00:00Milton Keynes unveils driverless carsThe first driverless cars which will work on public footpaths arrived in Milton Keynes and will be trialled later this year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131423/02/2015 00:00:00OGA to lead commission into North sea industryEdward Davey, Secretary of State, has recently visited Aberdeen to engage in talks with oil and gas industry leaders. The talks come in light of a dramatic reduction in the world retail price of oil.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131320/02/2015 00:00:00MPs to investigates price comparison sitesEnergy price comparison websites are recognized for the important role they play in informing consumers and allowing them to switch energy suppliers. They allow consumers to consider the energy plan appropriate to them. However in recent months, a number ohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131219/02/2015 00:00:00MPs to debate plight of offshore wind under CfD regimeEarlier this month, MPs held a debate in Westminster Hall to discuss the effects of the contracts for difference allocation process for offshore wind development.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131118/02/2015 00:00:00MPs criticise Pickles for renewables planning interventionsRenewableUK has highlighted the recent report by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. The report criticizes Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State, for the time he is taking to make decisions on a number of applications for onshore wind farhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=131017/02/2015 00:00:00Miliband affirms commitment to tackling climate changeEd Miliband has this month advised of the Labour Government’s ambition to commit to the combat of extreme poverty, inequality and climate change. The announcement was made in London where Miliband offered reassurance that 2015 will be significant for globahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130916/02/2015 00:00:00Interconnectors to compete for one-year capacity market contractsLater this year, in the second round of capacity market auctions, interconnectors will be able to compete for one year contracts. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130813/02/2015 00:00:00Government urged to explore small nuclear potentialThe Government intends to work more closely with the industry to understand the economics of Small Modular Reactors. It also intends to set out a clear explanation of the conditions under which they might become cost competitive in the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130712/02/2015 00:00:00Davey and Ewing give "huge boost" to renewables on Scottish IslandsThe Scottish Island Renewables Delivery Forum, the UK and Scottish Governments have recently met to reaffirm their ongoing support and joint venture towards the renewable energy potential in the Scottish Islands.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130611/02/2015 00:00:00BIS plans EII relief from renewables costsBIS has set out the intended design of a scheme that will provide relief, for electricity-intensive industries (EIIs) from renewables policy costs. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130510/02/2015 00:00:00Increasing wind generation would improve resilienceRenewableUK has published a report advising that wind power has the potential to make a significant contribution to the UK’s energy security by reducing reliance on less cost effective fossil fuel imports.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130409/02/2015 00:00:00Smart meter implementation role awardedGamma has been selected by IT and CGI as a key player in the roll out of smart meters across the UK. Gamma’s generation communications network will connect energy firms to the Data and Communications Company which will enable companies to access the smart http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130306/02/2015 00:00:00SMEs could be undervaluing energy efficiencyA recent Government report has warned that the adoption of energy efficiency measures in small and medium-sized businesses, is being undermined by the difficulties in measuring the returns they create.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130205/02/2015 00:00:00Energy UK responds to Scottish government on wholesale pricesThe trade association, Energy UK has advised that suppliers face “significant competitive pressure” in the energy market. As such suppliers are to cut their prices “as and when they are able”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130104/02/2015 00:00:00Renewables going from "strength to strength" in ScotlandGraeme Day, MSP, has welcomed new figures showing growth in Scotland’s renewable energy sector. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=130003/02/2015 00:00:00Windfarm plan attacked by conservation charityThe John Muir Trust has issued an objection to the Crossburns Wind Farm in Highland Perthshire, which was subject to consultation this month. The basis of the objection is that the project would negatively affect one of Scotland’s Great Trails.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129902/02/2015 00:00:00Falling oil prices adds urgency to North Sea reformsMike Tholen, Oil and Gas UK’s economic and commercial director has warned that falling oil prices means the North Sea reforms require urgent decisions. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129830/01/2015 00:00:00EU ministers urge progress on 2030 targetsThe Green Growth Group Ministers issued a joint statement in December. This consisted of an overview of the 2030 Energy and Climate Change Policy Framework.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129729/01/2015 00:00:00DECC to back North Sea storageThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has allocated a £2.5 million fund for the development of CO2 storage in the North Sea. The fund is intended to assist companies in identifying the next phase of sites to store emissions from coal and gas power shttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129628/01/2015 00:00:00Companies "need to serve Britain"Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne MP has called for support to the NHS. He has spoken in response to the launch of an independent task force to help produce a cancer strategy for the NHS. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129527/01/2015 00:00:00Capacity market auction results finalizedEd Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has confirmed the results of the first Capacity Market Auction. The competition has driven costs down below an expected level.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129426/01/2015 00:00:00New York bans frackingNew York has recently made the decision to ban fracking. Experts suggest that the step has not had a significant effect on the nation’s production of natural gas. The reason suggested for this is New York has a minimal production in contrast with the availhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129323/01/2015 00:00:00Government optimistic on energy efficiency progressA recent report by the Department for Energy and Climate Change has revealed that in the last year “significant progress” has been made in delivering energy efficiency measures in homes across the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129222/01/2015 00:00:00DECC reaches energy efficiency milestoneThe DECC has announced that one million home improvements made under Government schemes will keep Britain’s homes warmer this Christmas. The Energy Company Obligation and the Green Deal has allowed the installation of new boilers, windows and insulation tohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129121/01/2015 00:00:00CfDs to be awarded in MarchThe Low Carbon Contracts Company has confirmed that applicants for contracts for difference would not find out the outcome of their application until 18 March 2015.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=129020/01/2015 00:00:00Capacity market auction clears below £20/kWThe first Capacity Market auction has recently concluded and the results are positive. Consumers have been able to benefit from the competition it created between participants. As a result costs reached a level lower than expected. New investment will be http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128919/01/2015 00:00:00Scottish government boosts wave energyScotland’s Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing has announced a new wave energy technology development organization with a view to encouraging innovation in the industry. The organization “Wave Energy Scotland” will unite research and dehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128816/01/2015 00:00:00Renewables industry attacks Pickles for "excessive" windfarm interventionsRenewable UK has sent a letter to the Royal Town Planning Institute. The letter outlines their concern at the number of interventions in wind energy projects by the Government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128715/01/2015 00:00:00Onshore licensing should be devolvedThe Smith Commission has made a recommendation for licensing of onshore oil and gas extraction in Scotland to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128614/01/2015 00:00:00No overspend on low-carbon budgetEd Davey Energy and Climate Change Secretary has underplayed the concern that the Government will over spend on its budget for low carbon projects.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128513/01/2015 00:00:00Major energy efficiency programme would deliver economic boostA recent report has highlighted that a campaign for a “radical” new programme on home energy efficiency could offer a significant boost to the economy. The programme looks to address fuel poverty.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128412/01/2015 00:00:00Long-term clarity needed on low-carbon budgetThe Aldersgate Group has warned that the Government must provide clearer funding for low carbon projects beyond 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128309/01/2015 00:00:00Impact of electricity outages increasingly uncertainThe Royal Academy of Engineering has warned that there is “growing uncertainty” on the methods used to calculate the impacts on financial and social factors on potential power outages.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128208/01/2015 00:00:00Immediate action on decarbonisation would help prevent spiralling costsGrantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment together with the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics have united with Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science to publish a new report on energy innovation. The reporhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128107/01/2015 00:00:00European firms invest in Teesside offshore wind facilityTwo leading offshore wind suppliers have come together to provide investment in a manufacturing base for offshore wind energy. The suppliers, EEW SPC of Germany and Bladt Industries of Denmark have invested £20-25 million in the joint venture TAG Energy. 3http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=128006/01/2015 00:00:00DECC confirms grid delay grace period for large-scale solarThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently announced it intends to introduce a 12 month grace period for new large scale solar photovoltaic projects under the Renewable Obligation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127905/01/2015 00:00:00CMA chief defends energy sector scrutinyAlex Chisholm, CMA Chief Executive has given a speech at the BBA Conference. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127802/01/2015 00:00:00UK's nuclear power backing "folly"The Scottish National Party has warned that the UK Government’s decision to spend significant amounts towards subsidizing new nuclear power stations is threatening the future of Hinkley Point C. The plant is suffering financial difficulties as a major sharhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127731/12/2014 00:00:00No increased risk of blackoutsThe National Grid has offered reassurance to households and businesses that there will be a consistent supply throughout the winter. The reassurance comes as a result of a number of fires and power plant closures recently. This has reduced surplus capacityhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127630/12/2014 00:00:00Hancock says shale gas his "top energy priority"http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127529/12/2014 00:00:00Environment Agency minded to grant environmental permits for Lancashire shale siteThe Environment Agency has created a second public consultation on applications for environmental permits for the proposed shale gas exploration site in Plumpton, Lancashire. The consultation will last until 8 December 2014.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127424/12/2014 00:00:00Community-scale renewables to get £200mn of fundingThe UK Green Investment Bank has come together with KKR, Leading Global Investment Firm and Temporis Capital LLP, Specialist Investment Manager have announced a £200 million lending programme. The programme will offer financial support to community-scale rhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127323/12/2014 00:00:00Billing errors cost £280mn in last yearA new research publication by uSwitch.com has revealed that over 3 million energy consumers could have been overcharged by their supplier last year through billing errors. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127222/12/2014 00:00:00Academics cautious of shale gas potentialThe UK Energy Research Council has said that gas could be the “bridging fuel” to reaching a low carbon economy. The Council has published research combining the latest modelling techniques of the energy system with analysis of the UK gas security market inhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127119/12/2014 00:00:00Oil and gas industry urges fiscal reformOil and Gas UK has called for reform to energy policies in light of industry costs increasing dramatically and the price of oil falling. This recently hit a four year low. The request comes as a result of evidence submitted to the Treasury for consultationhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=127018/12/2014 00:00:00Renewables industry paves way for government joint ownership plansThe renewable energy industry in the UK is launching a new initiative in conjunction with Energy Secretary Edward Davey. The aim of the initiative is to support opportunities to invest in renewable energy projects in local communities. Examples of these inhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126917/12/2014 00:00:00Oil and gas industry changes could be worth £56bn to businessesEdward Davey Energy and Climate Change Secretary has commented on the Impact Assessment publication and in particular the Wood Review proposal for UK offshore oil and gas regulation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126816/12/2014 00:00:00Green Investment Bank passes £5bn milestoneThe Green Investment Bank has recently had its second anniversary. Alongside this it has reached £5 billion for new green energy infrastructure projects benefitting more than 200 communities across the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126715/12/2014 00:00:00Green Deal applications reach £25mnThe Green Deal Finance Company has reached a high of 7,000 plans having been approved. They have had a peak of 570 plan applications in the last week, which together are worth more than £2.2 million in value.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126612/12/2014 00:00:00Renewables industry proposes green energy bondThe trade association Scottish Renewables has called for the Government to create a green energy bond alongside the Green Investment Bank.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126511/12/2014 00:00:00EU expected to meet 2020 climate goalsThe European Environment Agency has published is latest analysis showing that European Union greenhouse emissions have fallen by almost 2% between 2012 and 2013. This brings the EU in close proximity of its 2020 reduction target. As a whole the EU is makinhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126410/12/2014 00:00:00DECC proposes changes to Infrastructure BillThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has announced an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill. It amends the existing legislation providing for the non-domestic and domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126309/12/2014 00:00:00Scotland shielded by UK from oil price dropThe Scottish Secretary has responded to questions at the Scottish Affairs Committee. The questions come in light of the global price of oil having dropped to $82 a barrel. It has left Scotland with a deficit in its budget impacting on key public services.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126208/12/2014 00:00:00UK energy projects awarded €75mn of European fundingThe European Commission has recently decided to invest €647 million in energy infrastructure. The Department for Energy and Climate Change has announced that €75 million of this will be attributed to UK projects. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126105/12/2014 00:00:00Wind industry criticises EU's "meaningless" interconnection targetThe European Wind Energy Association has explained that Europe has missed an opportunity to set an ambitious renewable target in the run up to 2030.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=126004/12/2014 00:00:00DECC lowers capacity market procurement targetEdward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary has advised the National Grid that the level of target capacity for market auction is to be revised downwards.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125903/12/2014 00:00:00DECC and Ofgem to face scrutiny on network costsThe Energy and Climate Change Select Committee is due to look into Network Costs. As part of the investigation, it will question officials from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Ofgem.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125802/12/2014 00:00:00Businesses concerned by energy securityThe latest CBI/URS Infrastructure Survey has revealed that political uncertainty is preventing the UK from meeting transformational upgrades the country needs. The UK is however, making significant improvements to its infrastructure policy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125701/12/2014 00:00:00Wind industry welcomes "unprecedented" performanceThe National Grid has published its latest findings. The key significant finding is that wind power created more energy generation records. It now makes a significant contribution to the UK’s clean energy mix.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125628/11/2014 00:00:00Businesses commit to carbon reductionA number of additional signatories have been welcomed to the Infrastructure Carbon Review. The signatories are Thames Tideway Tunnel, Lafarge Tarmac, Temple Group, Kier Infrastructure and Barhale Trant Utilities.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125527/11/2014 00:00:00Scottish government calls for hydro backingFirst Minister Alex Salmond has offered his support for pumped storage hydro as an additional feature to Scotland’s renewable supply. His comments are made after his visit to Europe’s largest pump storage facility, Iberdrola’s Cortes La Muela earlier this http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125426/11/2014 00:00:00Rudd reaffirms solar commitmentAmber Rudd has given a speech to Solar Energy UK, the main expert in the industry. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125325/11/2014 00:00:00North Sea firms delaying investment decisionsBusiness advisory firm Deloitte has published a report describing how oil and gas operators may be holding back new investment decisions until the future of the North Sea is established. The report sets out how drilling, licensing and deal activity across http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125224/11/2014 00:00:00National fuel poverty scheme planned for ScotlandDeputy First Minister in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has announced a campaign to create a fund to assist consumers to reduce their winter energy bills. The Government has called for contract bids worth up to £224 million over 7 years to aid the new national http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125121/11/2014 00:00:00Manufacturers cautious on EU ETS interventionGareth Stace, Head of Climate and Environmental Policy at EEF, the manufacturers organization has offered his thoughts on the Government’s proposal for a Market Stability Reserve. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=125020/11/2014 00:00:00Irish wind industry calls for new measures to strengthen investmentThe Irish Wind Energy Association has called on the Government to incentivize investment in Irish wind energy by introducing new measures to ensure the general public, communities and small investors invest €3.5 billion in energy schemes. This would assisthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124919/11/2014 00:00:00Hydrogen cars get funding boostBusiness Minister Matthew Hancock has announced that the roll out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles on UK roads is close. His announcement was made as a result of additional £11 million funding being put in place.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124818/11/2014 00:00:00Eurelectric concerned by progress on market integrationThe completion of the IEM is imperative to Europe’s future in the energy system. It requires a well functioning energy market to be supported by a realistic CO2 price. This will ensure an efficient transition to a low-carbon economy and to ensure security http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124717/11/2014 00:00:00Energy costs could jeopardise manufacturing growthThe Head of the CBI has spoken at its Manufacturing Conference in Staffordshire. The organization warned that there are a number of opportunities within manufacturing which if utilized, could create 500,000 employment opportunities by 2025. They advised thhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124614/11/2014 00:00:00DECC backs bolder EU ETS reformsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has offered its support to reforms by the Government to ensure the EU Emissions Trading System is at its most effective. It is anticipated this will encourage investment in low-carbon technologies.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124513/11/2014 00:00:00Davey calls on Labour to publish green paper responsesAmber Rudd has given a speech to the Energy UK Conferencehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124412/11/2014 00:00:00Confidence growing in non-domestic energy efficiency marketThe latest quarterly Energy Efficiency Trends Report has revealed that the UK’s non-domestic energy market is growing at considerable speed. It has been given the value of £10-15 billion.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124311/11/2014 00:00:00Scottish government grants offshore wind consentsEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced four offshore wind farms having been granted development consent. The farms are estimated to provide sufficient energy to power 1.4 million homes. The farms will be cited on the Forth and Tay region – Neart Na Gaohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124210/11/2014 00:00:00Study claims transport sector driving Ireland's fossil fuel import billA new report, Energy in Transport 2014, by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has described how Ireland has applied €3.5 billion to importing fossil fuels for transport last year. This accounts for more than one-half of Ireland’s total energy import bhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124107/11/2014 00:00:00UK-Norway interconnector progressesThe Norwegian Government has given its permission for a sub-sea electricity interconnector between UK and Norway. It is the longest of its type and will be known as NSN.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=124006/11/2014 00:00:00Wind power achieves record share in generationHigh wind speeds have been recorded this month. This has made a significant contribution to the UK’s energy supply as nuclear reactors were offline and a large gas plant suffered a fire. Last weekend wind set a record of 24% of the UK’s electricity supply.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123905/11/2014 00:00:00CfD budget increased for first roundEnergy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey has announced an increased fund of £300 million which renewable electricity projects will be able to apply for assistance from. The fund has increased by £95 million on last years budget.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123804/11/2014 00:00:00CBI calls for "bold" EU targetsThe CBI has spoken ahead of European Council meeting in Brussels to discuss energy targets for 2030. The meeting will also focus on the energy economy and other geographical issues. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123703/11/2014 00:00:00IEA claims solar could be largest power source by 2050The International Energy Agency has advised that the sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050. It could be the primary source over fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123631/10/2014 00:00:00Zero carbon buildings are becoming a realityThe UK's buildings reputation is changing slowly as building regulations have gradually required ever higher energy efficiency standards. UK's building reputations used to be one of old, draughty and expensive to heat.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123530/10/2014 00:00:00Green energy firms in Australia hit by target cutsThe Australian government last week chose to cut support for cleaner energy sources. The government says the cut in the Renewable Energy Target (RET) takes account of a decline in overall demand for electricity that has been sparked, in part, by higher powhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123429/10/2014 00:00:00Solar industry criticizes government for "serious strategic mistakes"The Government has offered its support for solar power projects above 5MW of capacity to be scrapped. Whilst the announcement has received criticism, the Department for Energy and Climate Change intends to go ahead irrespective of the majority of respondenhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123328/10/2014 00:00:00SNP calls for Scottish powers over fracking decisionsThe Scottish National Party MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed John Swinney’s acknowledgement that powers over unconventional oil and gas should be within Scotland’s control. This comes after the failure of the English Parliament to accept the objections of http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123227/10/2014 00:00:00Scottish government confirms ocean energy fundingEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced a new €7 million fund for research and development. Scottish ocean energy companies will be able to apply for a share in the fund. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123124/10/2014 00:00:00Scottish government boosts energy efficiency in social housingHousing Minister Margaret Burgess has announced an incentive to introduce energy measures into the social housing sector. Over 1,600 households will be able to benefit. The incentive has an allocated fund of £4.5 million and is named the Green Homes Cashbahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=123023/10/2014 00:00:00Government must cut smart meter costsWhich? has recently written to Energy Secretary, Ed Davey calling him to reduce the cost of the smart meter roll out. The roll out is due to commence at the end of 2015 at a total programme cost of £10.9 billion. Smart meters will be installed in every UK http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122922/10/2014 00:00:00Energy security among government prioritiesMatt Hancock has spoken at the Conservatory Party’s autumn conference on the coalition government’s goal to secure energy supply. Hancock explained that there is currently a “dangerous and uncertain world” as far as supply is concern.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122821/10/2014 00:00:00DECC appoints new chief scientific advisorProfessor John Loughhead OBE has been appointed as the new Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. At present he is Executive Director at UK Energy Research Centre and therefore has extensive background experience in indushttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122720/10/2014 00:00:00Companies urge Europe to maintain climate ambitionsEU leaders have been urged by leading business organisations to agree a 2030 energy and climate change policy framework and energy security strategy. The plans should compliment Europe’s long term objectives with a view to implementing a global agreement.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122617/10/2014 00:00:00Johnson increases London energy efficiency investmentBoris Johnson, Mayor of London has announced additional investment of £12 million to expand the building retrofit project in London. It looks to make buildings more energy efficient and to reduce carbon emissions. It also has the focus of creating new emplhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122416/10/2014 00:00:00Renewables industry backs increased energy powers for ScotlandScottish Renewables have asked the Scottish and UK Governments to come together to advance the development of renewables in Scotland. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122515/10/2014 00:00:00Goole Fields windfarm opensLast month, the RWE Innogy UK opened its £45 million Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm in East Riding, Yorkshire. The opening was attended by 60 community members and business representatives. It included a visit to the 16 turbine strong wind farm. The farm has a chttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122314/10/2014 00:00:00City's award winning electric busesAt the National Transport Awards the Milton Keynes's Electric Bus project has been identified for Excellence in Technology.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122213/10/2014 00:00:00Global wind energy gains new momentumA recent energy report has found as follows: 1. The world’s wind capacity had reached 336,327 MW by the end of June 2014. Of this, 17,613 MW were added in the first 6 months of this year. The increase is substantially higher than in the first halves of 201http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122110/10/2014 00:00:00Global offshore wind market to reach nearly 40GW by 2020The latest report by GlobalData suggests that with the continued uptake of offshore wind development, the global offshore wind power market could increase from 7.1 Gigawatts in 2013 to 39.9 GW by 2020. The Compound Annual Growth Rate would be equivalent tohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=122009/10/2014 00:00:00EU should target 50% emissions cut by 2010The European Union is focusing on preventing dangerous climate change as a priority. Europe is taking steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and is encouraging other countries to do likewise.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121908/10/2014 00:00:00DECC confirms CfD allocation plansThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has confirmed the timetable for the launch of its Contracts for Difference (CfD). The initiative is a clean energy funding mechanism, the launch date of which is 14 October.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121807/10/2014 00:00:00Scotland vote positive for energy systemTony Ward, Head of Power and Utilities at EY UK & Ireland has offered his comments on the impact of the Scottish Referendum on the energy market. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121706/10/2014 00:00:00Smart meter roll-out to be scrutinised by MPsThe introduction of smart meters have allowed energy suppliers to obtain electricity and gas readings remotely in their home or place of business. The meters are expected to have potential to bring significant benefits to consumers, suppliers and the UK enhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121603/10/2014 00:00:00SNP welcomes oil studyA new report by Capital Economic suggests that Scottish independence could give a boost to oil output over the next 10 years. The report describes how the North Sea oil production and Scotland’s oil fields have suffered a lack of investment. A “yes” indepehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121502/10/2014 00:00:00UK improves performance in PwC carbon indexThe PwC has published its analysis which reveals that the UK is one of the most carbon-efficient economies in the world. The PwC’s data, in its Low Carbon Economy Index, looks at the growth of each country’s economy in light of the reductions to greenhousehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121401/10/2014 00:00:00MPs warn on smart meter costsThe Public Accounts Committee is due to publish a new report on the DECC’s smart meter roll out. The report is expected to outline that the costs are in the region of £215 per household whilst the savings depend on the homeowners efficient choices for enerhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121330/09/2014 00:00:00Green energy a priority for Lib DemsThe Liberal Democrats have launched plans for five new laws with a view to protecting the environment. The party’s latest manifesto looks to include legal targets for clean air and water, reducing dirty coal power station usage, introducing an ambitious dehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121229/09/2014 00:00:00GDFC passes 5000 live plansThe Green Deal Finance Company has announced it has 5,100 live plans, which are currently moving through the system. This is a 120% increase on April 2014 figures.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121126/09/2014 00:00:00BP backs Wood on North Sea oilBob Dudley, BP Group Chief Executive has spoken out in response to comments made by Sir Ian Wood on the North Sea. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=121025/09/2014 00:00:00SNP confirms Winter Fuel Allowance plansThe Scottish National Party has recently announced that if it receives a yes vote it will continue with the Winter Fuel Allowance for Scottish pensioners. It also pledged to increase the payment in line with inflation. At present, the Allowance is £200 andhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120124/09/2014 00:00:00DECC launches Electricity Demand Reduction pilot projectThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has launched its Electricity Demand Reduction pilot project. The EDR pilot offers financial support for organisations to install energy efficiency equipment. The intention is that this would reduce the organisathttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120823/09/2014 00:00:00Lib Dems pledge council tax cut for energy efficient homesThe Liberal Democrat party has pledged that it will reduce council tax by more than £100 per year for energy efficient homes. The incentive would last for 10 years to encourage home owners to make energy efficiency improvements.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120722/09/2014 00:00:00Policy-makers urged to accelerate action on energy savingSome of the UK’s leading environmental groups have come together to urge the Government to commit to a greener country by 2020. The partnership includes National Trust, WWF, RSPB, Greenpeace, The Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120619/09/2014 00:00:00Record-breaking month for wind industry RenewableUK has announced, in light of National Grid statistics, that August was an exceptional month for wind energy. The statistics showed that new records have been set and generation levels exceed nuclear and coal.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120518/09/2014 00:00:00EU can't cut reliance on Russian gasThe European Union, containing 28 countries, is required to have a single market for power and gas. However in practice the member states are not proving to be consistent. Not all Governments follow the single policy line. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120417/09/2014 00:00:00Landfill sites to be turned into solar farmsSita UK and British Solar Renewables have agreed to convert landfill sites into solar power farms. Sita UK is a national recycling and waste management firm. The farms will create renewable energy for the National Grid.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120316/09/2014 00:00:00Policy uncertainty could slow renewables' momentumThe International Energy Agency has warned in its Medium Term Renewable Energy Market Report that expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next 5 years unless policy uncertainty is reduced. The report sets out that power generation from renewable shttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120215/09/2014 00:00:00Another energy expert backs Scottish independenceThe Scottish National Party has welcomed a “yes” vote from Dick Winchester, experienced representive of the Scottish Energy Advisory Board and expert in the energy industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120912/09/2014 00:00:00Stronelairg windfarm decision challengedRecently Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced consent having been given to a 67 turbine wind farm to be installed in the Monadhliath Mountains. Permission was granted without public enquiry. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119911/09/2014 00:00:00SSE urges EU ETS reformMartin Pibworth Managing Director at SSE has called for an EU ETS reform. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=120010/09/2014 00:00:00EU regulators claim members in breach of energy lawThe European Commission has announced that EU Regulators have initiated legal proceedings against 24 Member States including Germany on the basis of failing to enforce laws on energy efficiency.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119809/09/2014 00:00:00EU needs cost efficient energy policiesThe European climate and energy policies together with the European power market are facing a number of decisions. These include decisions on how to proceed with supply, reliability, costs and climate impacts on energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119708/09/2014 00:00:00Energy saving funding boost for London homesBoris Johnson, Mayor of London has announced a fund for energy efficiency improvements to affordable housing that are in a poor condition. The fund, Decent Homes Funding is worth £145 million and will benefit the London boroughs.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119605/09/2014 00:00:00UK solar reaches 5GWThe UK has now reached sixth place in obtaining its landmark target of 5 GW of solar photovoltaic capacity. Germany remains in first place, with 37 GW. China, Japan, Italy and the US each have more than 10 GW installed.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119504/09/2014 00:00:00Scottish government unveils local energy fundFirst Minister Alex Salmond has announced a new £20 million local energy challenge fund. Community partners will be able to bid to be part of the scheme. The fund is expected to reshape how energy is supplied throughout the country with a view to affirminghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119403/09/2014 00:00:00Scottish government rejects UK fracking plansThe UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has published proposals which would allow companies to drill below private land without first formalizing a right of access. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119302/09/2014 00:00:00Pay delays affecting Green Deal providersUnder the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, businesses can carry out works with the assistance of Government vouchers. Payment should be made to the business within 10 days. However Government delays in making payment are causing difficulties for the businhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119201/09/2014 00:00:00Renewables industry unites to cut offshore wind costsThe Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has come together with 8 other leading energy sector companies to improve the productivity of offshore wind farms. Their aim is to bring the industry towards its £100/MWh energy generation target from offshore wind sohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119129/08/2014 00:00:00Scottish biomass plant gets Treasury backingThe UK Government has pledged its support for energy infrastructure investment by announcing it will guarantee bonds of up to £48.5 million for the Speyside Biomass Power project in Moray, Scotland. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=119028/08/2014 00:00:00Shale gas sites "create the least visual intrusion"Energy industry experts have looked at the comparative footprint of a shale gas operation to other sources creating a similar quantity. They compared a shale gas pad (producing 0.9 billion cubic metres of gas over 25 years) with a 174 MW wind farm and a 38http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118927/08/2014 00:00:00Welsh Assembly on course to meet energy emissions targetsThe National Assembly for Wales has published its Annual Report which shows it has achieved a 34% reduction in energy emissions since 2008/2009. It is on course to meet its target to reduce energy emissions by 40% by 2015. The Assembly also achieved a 29% http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118826/08/2014 00:00:00Heat from rivers could supply thousands of homesA map has been published showing how rivers and estuaries across the country can provide clean, reliable heating to homes and businesses. The map highlights 40 urban rivers and estuaries, which can produce through water source heat pumps.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118722/08/2014 00:00:00Green Investment Bank refinances Westermost RoughThe UK Green Investment Bank and Japan’s Marubeni Corporation have taken steps to refinance their 50% holding in the Westermost Rough onshore wind project.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118621/08/2014 00:00:00Customers who have never switched pay £260 more a yearUSwitch has published its latest findings in which they reveal that consumers who have never switched energy supplier are paying up to £262 a year more than those who seek the cheapest online deals.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118520/08/2014 00:00:00CEE wants Plan B for community FiTCommunity Energy England was launched in June to represent the community energy sector. The organization is calling for the Government to find alternative ways to meet its pledge to extending support by up to 10MW for community energy schemes.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118419/08/2014 00:00:00Solar farm ready to get green lightPlans for a solar farm which would power thousands of homes are expected to be given the go-ahead by planning chiefs.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118318/08/2014 00:00:00Wood heat installed capacity reaches IGWThe REA and WHA have together ensured that the modern wood heating systems installed under the Renewable Heat Incentive met its 1GW milestone. The RHI was launched in 2011 to encourage uptake of renewable heating systems in public and private sector applichttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118215/08/2014 00:00:00Spanish wind industry stallsThe Spanish wind power sector has suffered a number of consequences as a result of restrictive regulatory punishment. In the first part of the year, Spain had only installed a wind turbine of 0.08 MW in Gailicia. As such this brought the total installed wihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118114/08/2014 00:00:00New energy system to power off-grid homesNewcastle University and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are leading the RCUK Energy Programme. An innovative advancement has been introduced based on a trigeneration system fuelled entirely by raw plant oils. The system has the potentiahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=118013/08/2014 00:00:00Government playing catch upLabour’s Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex MP has spoken out in response to the Government’s recent announcement that it intends to consult on new criminal sanctions for persons involved in rigging wholesale energy markets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=117912/08/2014 00:00:00Government not supporting companies who develop low-carbon productsThe cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned that the Government is not achieving its full potential for support given to UK business for innovation of low carbon technologies such as smart meters, heat pumps and renewable energy technolohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=117811/08/2014 00:00:00Treasury consults on new North Sea tax allowanceThe Government has recently published its consultation on a new cluster area allowance aimed at investing in high pressure, high temperature oil and gas fields. The allowance will reduce tax on company’s profits from 62% to 30%.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=117708/08/2014 00:00:00Social landlords get energy efficiency fundingThe Scottish Government has recently launched its Green Homes Cashback Scheme which will make available a £4.5 million fund for energy efficiency measures. Social landlords will now be able to apply for a grant from the fund in addition to individual househttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=117607/08/2014 00:00:00Renewables policy creating planning confusionExperts in the renewable energy industry have suggested that Government changes in the renewable energy planning system since 2013 have reduced the number of projects that have received planning permission. Particular projects that have suffered include sohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=117506/08/2014 00:00:00Government confirms Fourth Carbon Budget levelEdward Davey has given a statement on the Fourth Carbon Budget. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=117405/08/2014 00:00:00Europe should not repeat binding renewables targetsEdward Davey has address the Eurelectric Convention on the future of European Power. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=117304/08/2014 00:00:00DCLG to consult on cutting rooftop solar red tapeThe Minister of State, Gregory Barker has given a speech to the British Photo Voltaic Association. In his speech, he said:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=117201/08/2014 00:00:00EU renewables capacity to surge on $1tn investmentA recent report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance has described how over the next 10-15 years renewable energy capacities will rise. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=117131/07/2014 00:00:00Onshore wind industry makes cost reduction pledgeRenewable UK who is the trade body for wind and marine energy industries has published its 2015 Manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election. It sets out its policy requirements for the next Government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116930/07/2014 00:00:00Renewables industry calls for new national targetsThe Renewable Energy Association has called for the EU to recognize the significance of the 2030 renewable energy target for improving energy security. This is in light of the renewable energy rise of 5.2%. The REA is supporting the reduction in dependent http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116829/07/2014 00:00:00Scotland home to "modest" shale resourcesA recent report by the British Geological Survey has looked at the resources available in the Midland Valley, Scotland. It found that a modest amount of gas and oil is available.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116728/07/2014 00:00:00Capacity market targeting 53.3GWEdward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has announced the Government’s expected electricity generation capacity for the re-launch of the UK Capacity market. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116625/07/2014 00:00:00Complex energy policies deterring investmentExperts in the energy industry have warned that the continuing changes to the Government’s energy policies, and general complexities are causing a delay in required private investment.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116524/07/2014 00:00:00Crown Estate welcomes improved offshore wind performanceThe Crown Estate, an independent commercial business created by the Government, has announced its productive return for the benefit of public finances.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116423/07/2014 00:00:00CfD budget must reflect energy price concernsMinister Gregory Barker has given a speech at a solar conference to describe the impacts of Contracts for Difference. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116322/07/2014 00:00:00REA encourages industry and communities to get ready for shared ownershipDraft proposals have been made by the Shared Ownership Taskforce, a group of Government experts who are focusing on renewable energy project developments. The proposals will give communities an opportunity to invest in new renewable energy projects.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116221/07/2014 00:00:00World needs $48tn investment in energy needs by 2035The International Energy Agency has published a specialist report settings out the worlds increasing need for energy. The report describes how more than $48 trillion in investment will be required to keep up with demand to 2035.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116118/07/2014 00:00:00Gas demand forecasts decreasingThe International Energy Agency has recently published its Medium-Term Gas Market Report for 2014. It describes how the high demand for natural gas established in North America will spread to China over the next five years. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=116017/07/2014 00:00:00Scottish government cuts North Sea tax receipt projectionsThe recent publication, Outlook for Scotland’s Public Finances, has described Scotland’s move to an independent country with strong and sustainable public finances. It anticipates the independence could create an additional £5 billion per year by 2029-2030http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115916/07/2014 00:00:00Renewable energy transformation is essentialEnergy UK has called for a “fact based, logic based, properly costed and sensible EU policy-making… to encourage a move away from an emotion driven and expensive agenda”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115815/07/2014 00:00:00Pickles rejects appeal against solar farm refusalSuffolk Coastal has welcomed the recent decision of the Secretary of State to dismiss the appeal of the planning refusal for a new solar park at Hacheston.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115714/07/2014 00:00:00More onshore wind needed to meet renewables targetRenewableUK has said that the UK will need more onshore wind resources if the UK is to generate at least 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020. This is the current legally binding target. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115611/07/2014 00:00:00European Commission sets out plans to bolster supply securityThe European Commission has called for a new European Energy Security Strategy. The Strategy would look to diversify the supply of energy, upgrade the energy infrastructure and coordinate national energy policy decisions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115510/07/2014 00:00:00Energy UK warns on Green Deal rogue tradersEnergy UK has warned that rogue traders may be receiving thousands of pounds of homeowners money on making energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Energy UK has called for home owners to seek only registered Green Deal providers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115409/07/2014 00:00:00America's Clean Power Plan could "shift global debate"The US Environmental Protection Agency has recently published its Clean Power Plan proposal. The Plan looks to reduce carbon emissions by focusing on existing power plants. These form the largest source of carbon pollution in the US at the moment.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115308/07/2014 00:00:00Government responds to coverage of windfarm blocksCommunities Minister, Kris Hopkins has spoken out on the published coverage on ministerial decisions on windfarms. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115207/07/2014 00:00:00Irish sustainable energy to be worth €2.5bnThe Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has called for businesses to take up enterprise opportunities in Ireland’s sustainable energy sector. The industry has an estimated value of €2.5 billion each year by 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115104/07/2014 00:00:00Scotland on track to meet 2020 climate targetsThe latest climate change statistics suggest that Scotland is on course to meet its climate change target of 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=115003/07/2014 00:00:00uSwitch urges faster introduction of smart meter programmeSmart Meter Central Delivery Body, an organization promoting smart meters has found that less than 50% of consumers want to have a smart meter installed in their homes (44%). They also found that 84% of people had heard of smart meters.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114802/07/2014 00:00:00"Smart intervention" needed to ensure energy securityEnergy Secretary Edward Davey has given the following speech at the Economist Energy Summit:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114901/07/2014 00:00:00Wind developers should engage more locallyRenewableUK has published guidance on the opportunities for local companies to gain contracts to plan, build and maintain onshore wind farms. In addition there are a wide range of support services for those involved in the UK’s onshore wind industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114730/06/2014 00:00:00At the centre of planning revamp is economic growthPlanning Minister Derek Mackay has launched the Scottish Government’s vision for planning in Scotland. The National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) will shape long term economic development and local planning policy in areas http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114627/06/2014 00:00:00Scottish government makes energy efficiency investmentHousing Minister Margaret Burgess has announced a fund to be applied towards making vulnerable households warmer. The fund is worth £60 million.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113625/06/2014 00:00:00Plaid Cymru issues climate warningPlaid Cymry MEP Jill Evans has warned that Europe needs to take significant steps to address the threat of climate change. If not, Europe will continue to fall further behind the USA and China.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113723/06/2014 00:00:00New Green Deal "very generous"The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has launched its campaign “Unmissable” for 2014. It is intended to inform the public of the benefits of the fund and how to apply.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113820/06/2014 00:00:00New EU energy targets unhelpfulMichael Fallon, Energy Minister has made a recent speech to Eurelectric Gala Dinner on EU Energy Policy. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113918/06/2014 00:00:00Low-carbon energy delivering for WalesAlun Davies, Minister for Natural Resources and Food launched two new wind turbines in Caerphilly recently. The turbines will power local homes and will reduce the cost of energy for local businesses. The turbines will also make a contribution to local comhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114016/06/2014 00:00:00Irish renewables caused fossil fuel savingsThe Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published the results of its findings from its study of Ireland’s electric system through 2012. The most significant finding was that use of gas, coal and peat was reduced making savings of €245 milliohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114113/06/2014 00:00:00Energy standards to cost landlords less than £1500New research by the UK Green Building Council and WWF has found that minimum levels of energy efficiency standards for privately rented properties will only cost landlords £1,500 or less on average per home. This is significantly less than first anticipatehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114211/06/2014 00:00:00Deeper emissions cuts needed to limit temperature increasesClimate Action Tracker has called for all Governments to increase the steps they are taking to address climate change. Action needs to be taken both before 2020 and after if the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will reach zero between 2060 and 2080. Thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114309/06/2014 00:00:00Collaboration to deliver cost reductions in offshore windEnergy Minister Michael Fallon has given the following speech at the RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind Conference 2014http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114406/06/2014 00:00:00Candidate for Environment Agency chair announcedPhilip Dilley has been appointed as the Government’s preferred candidate for replacing Lord Chris Smith in the capacity of Chair of the Environment Agency. The Agency deals with Government policy for the protection and development of the environment.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=114504/06/2014 00:00:00South Lanarkshire windfarm gets go-aheadPlanning consent has recently been given to a 26-turbine wind farm in South Lanarkshire. The farm will power the equivalent of 49,000 homes and will generate £4 million over its lifetime by way of benefits to the local community.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113530/05/2014 00:00:00Solar RO changes "calm and measured"Minister Greg Barker has recently given a speech to the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets UK renewables infrastructure investor day. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113429/05/2014 00:00:00SNP push for EU energy reformsThe Scottish National Party has published a list of priorities for energy projects throughout Europe. It intends to offer greater support to marine renewables, to reform the Emissions Trading Scheme and to create a nuclear energy free future.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113329/05/2014 00:00:00Scottish government pledges renewables supportFour projects have been given support by the Renewable Energy Investment Fund. £3.5 billion of funding was announced recently by Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113228/05/2014 00:00:00Davey defends Coalition's energy strategyThe times newspaper recently published a leading article on energy named “Wanted: an Energy Policy”. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113127/05/2014 00:00:00Renewables industry set for £6.4bn investment The REA has recently published its Renewable Energy Review 2014. This describes how the industry has gained over £30 billion of private sector investment since 2010. This in turn has created 100,000 new employment opportunities and has produced 4.2% of UK http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=113026/05/2014 00:00:00"No quick fix" for energy securityChief Executive Mike Foster, after a G7 meeting has said that there is no “quick fix”. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112923/05/2014 00:00:00Millions of consumers missing out on green levy savingsSadiq Khan MP, Shadow Justice Minister for the Labour Party and Minister for London has given the following speech:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112822/05/2014 00:00:00Energy ministers call for "step change" on energy securityEdward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy has given the following speech to G7 Ministers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112721/05/2014 00:00:00Energy industry needs "system architect"The University of Newcastle has published a briefing note on energy policy. It looks at the significant difficulties facing the UK’s energy market.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112620/05/2014 00:00:00DECC welcomes "extraordinary" North Sea licensing interestThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has received 173 applications from industry in the latest oil and gas licensing round.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112519/05/2014 00:00:00DECC launches new Green Deal incentivesFrom June, residents in England and Wales will be able to apply for grants to offset the cost of making energy efficiency improvements to their home. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112416/05/2014 00:00:00Scottish government invests £20mn in carbon reductionThree University’s have been awarded funding from the Scottish Government to assist Scotland in meeting its carbon emission reduction targets. The successful University’s are Strathclyde, Stirling and St Andrews.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112315/05/2014 00:00:00Government announces funding for green carsThe Government has recently announced a £500 million fund to advance the ultra low emissions vehicles industry. It is with a hope to encouraging more drivers to use electric cars and for them to be a more affordable option.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112214/05/2014 00:00:00ECO reforms create "dangerous precedent"It is anticipated that the UK’s energy efficiency policy will suffer significant impacts as a result of the Government’s decision to review plans for solid wall insulation. The decision was taken to reduce the Governments ambitions for the insulation via thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112113/05/2014 00:00:00Bristol to receive £27mn green investmentDanny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has announced an additional funding opportunity for Bristol. The funding would give Bristol an additional £7 million to apply to being the European Green Capital.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=112012/05/2014 00:00:00Independence would drive up energy bills in ScotlandEdward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has spoken out in support of the Government’s Energy Paper. The Minister made a positive case for the UK having a single energy market. He described how energy independence would lead to consumhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111909/05/2014 00:00:00Engineers say UK facing key decisions on wind powerThe Royal Academy of Engineering has described that the UK’s electricity grid could accommodate a further 20% contributed by wind power. This would be without the need to upgrade or adapt the current systems. They continued to warn, that beyond 20% would rhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111807/05/2014 00:00:00EIB provides €2bn in funding for low-carbon technologiesThe European Investment Bank is making €2 billion of funding available to innovative renewable energy demonstration projects and carbon capture schemes. The low-carbon projects will be funded by the sales of 300 million emission allowances.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111706/05/2014 00:00:00Energy investigation must move quicklyEnergy Regulator Ofgem is due to carry out an investigation into the energy market. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111605/05/2014 00:00:00Delays to transmission charging reforms to cost £90mnFirst Minister Alex Salmond has met with other energy experts, to include Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, to discuss the impacts of further delayed reforms for grid charging. The delays will cost Scottish electricity generators in the region of £90 million ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111502/05/2014 00:00:00DECC consults on CfD regulationsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change is meeting to consult on proposed regulations to review the process by which the Secretary of State can direct the Contracts for Difference Counterparty to offer a Contract for difference.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111401/05/2014 00:00:0024 local councils to share £88mn funding for Green Deal CommunitiesLocal Authorities have received a share of an £88 million fund to assist in delivering the Green Deal’s home energy efficiency improvement programme. The scheme will provide 32,000 households with energy efficiency improvements such as solid wall insulatiohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111330/04/2014 00:00:00UK emitters to face high price despite carbon tax freezeBloomberg New Energy Finance has published its latest industry analysis. The key finding indicates the total cost of carbon paid by UK utilities through to 2018 will be in excess of the initial Carbon Price Floor. This is irrespective of the freeze on the http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111229/04/2014 00:00:00Siemens to construct UK offshore wind factoryPrime Minister David Cameron has welcomed a recent announcement by Siemens and Associated British Ports. The organizations have agreed to invest £310 million in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111128/04/2014 00:00:00Public backs onshore wind over frackingA new YouGov research study by Ecotricity, has revealed that the majority of the UK would prefer to live near a wind farm than a fracking site. 62% of participants were in favour of the wind farm, 19% in favour of a fracking site.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=111025/04/2014 00:00:00"Growing glut" of carbon allowances threatens EU climate ambitionsThe ETS has published new data which reveals 2013 around 145 million excess carbon allowances were issued in 2013 as emissions fell by 1.1.% relative to 2012.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110924/04/2014 00:00:00Government to support UK Coal closuresThe Government has recently announced its support for UK Coal closure and has said it will participate in the managed closure of the business by 2015. UK Coal made the decision to wind up as a result of difficult trading conditions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110823/04/2014 00:00:00Siemens to construct UK offshore wind factoryPrime Minister David Cameron has welcomed a recent announcement by Siemens and Associated British Ports. The organizations have agreed to invest £310 million in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110722/04/2014 00:00:00Delays to transmission charging reforms to cost £90mnFirst Minister Alex Salmond has met with other energy experts, to include Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, to discuss the impacts of further delayed reforms for grid charging. The delays will cost Scottish electricity generators in the region of £90 million ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110617/04/2014 00:00:00DECC consults on CfD regulationsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change is meeting to consult on proposed regulations to review the process by which the Secretary of State can direct the Contracts for Difference Counterparty to offer a Contract for difference.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110516/04/2014 00:00:00UK emitters to face high price despite carbon tax freezeBloomberg New Energy Finance has published its latest industry analysis. The key finding indicates the total cost of carbon paid by UK utilities through to 2018 will be in excess of the initial Carbon Price Floor. This is irrespective of the freeze on the http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110415/04/2014 00:00:00Yeo welcomes carbon tax freezeTim Yeo MP, Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee has commented on the Chancellor’s announcement on capping the Carbon Price Floor. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110314/04/2014 00:00:00Tidal lagoons to deliver cheaper power than offshore windA study by energy economists at P?yry, a management consultancy has described how three UK tidal lagoons, to be in operation by 2021, would create low carbon power which is more cost-effective than offshore wind.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110211/04/2014 00:00:00Government “moving the goalposts” for green investorsChancellor George Osborne has spoken out in support of renewables and energy efficiency as playing a significant role in reducing the cost of energy. He continued to ward that freezing the Carbon Price Floor was undermining investment in the alternative sohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110110/04/2014 00:00:00Energy storage important to decarbonisationA recent report by the IEA has described how energy storage technologies are key to achieving a low carbon future. These technologies include electric water heaters and pumped hydro. The IEA estimates that China, India, the EU and the US could together invhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=110009/04/2014 00:00:00DECC finalises market detailsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has announced its plans for the Capacity Market. The first auction is scheduled for later this year. The Market is intended to create new investment in gas and demand side capacity. It will also utilize the exishttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109908/04/2014 00:00:00Ambitious renewables target to save EU billionsMaria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the IEA has expressed the organisation’s support for an EU renewable energy target for 2030. In turn this would reduce policy risk and “bring down costs and put us on the path we want to be on.”http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109807/04/2014 00:00:00Planning clarity for wind farms must be "urgently addressed"MSPs have said that the lack of clarity in planning for wind farms and onshore gas development must be “urgently addressed”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109704/04/2014 00:00:00Offshore renewables could drive economic growthA report recently published by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has described how the UK economy could create a further £6.7 billion each year through the development of offshore renewable energy sources.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109603/04/2014 00:00:00Government should increase small business protectionsThe Federation of Small Businesses has called on the Government to give the same support to small businesses as it gives to consumers. At the moment, small businesses often suffer a disadvantage in comparison to large businesses when taking out new supply http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109502/04/2014 00:00:00ECO changes to leave thousands without insulationUnder a new scheme proposed by the government, over 100,000 families with children over 5 years could miss out on funding of up to £18,000 towards the cost of childcare.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109401/04/2014 00:00:00Ambitious EU renewables target would dramatically cut gas dependenceEurope’s reliance on gas imports could be reduced by up to three times the European’s Commission’s proposal of 27% if a 30% renewable target for 2030 is introduced.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109328/03/2014 00:00:00Suppliers urged to scrap exit fees in new campaignA new campaign for energy switching has been launched by the Daily Mirror together with Compare the Market. The campaign has been named “The Great British Switch”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109227/03/2014 00:00:00Scottish government disappointed by Project TransmiT delaysThe Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has expressed his disappointment in the recent decision of Ofgem to delay of measures to tackle discrimination against Scottish electricity generators.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109126/03/2014 00:00:00Government seeks to boost community energy groupsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Cabinet Office has offered a funding boost to 12 community projects. The projects have been awarded up to £500,000 to promote reducing energy bills.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109025/03/2014 00:00:00EU climate package must deliver for British businessNicola Walker, Director for Business Environment at the CBI has spoken out ahead of the 2030 emission reduction target talks. The talks are set to take place at the European Council meeting in Brussels.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108924/03/2014 00:00:00Chancellor must support growth in offshore renewablesThe Director of External Affairs at Renewable UK, Jennifer Webber has spoken in response to the recent report by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapault. The report describes how the UK economy could gain £6.7 billion each year and create 150,000 additionahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108721/03/2014 00:00:00Energy sector "moving in the right direction" on consumer engagementEnergy UK has spoken out in response to Which?’s release of new rules for standardized tariffs.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108820/03/2014 00:00:00Waste industry should focus on heat potentialClimate Change Minister Greg Barker has given the following speech at the recent Waste 2014 conference:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108619/03/2014 00:00:00Scottish government plans energy efficiency boost for fuel poorHousing Minister Margaret Burgess has announced a £60 million fund to assist making consumer homes warmer and to reduce energy bills. The fund, is named the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108518/03/2014 00:00:00Scottish government confirms funding for heat networksEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing has described how adequate funding is required if consumers are going to feel the benefit of reduced energy costs. He explained that this, together with a low carbon target in Scotland is key if it is to reach an efficient supphttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108417/03/2014 00:00:00Offshore wind revenues support flood schemesThe HM Treasury and the DCLG has this week announced its latest allocation of the Coastal Communities Fund. The Fund was created in 2012 with the purpose of benefitting coastal communities.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108314/03/2014 00:00:00Government must uphold "vital bridge" to zero carbon standardsThe Renewable Energy Association has called for the DCLG not to scrap the Merton Rule. The REA has gained the support of over 50 organisations.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108213/03/2014 00:00:00Government must provide "clear and positive message"The REA has called for a “strong clear and positive message” that the UK is available for business in biomass. The RES had indicated it intends to cease work on its biomass power station at Port of Blyth in Northumberland.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108112/03/2014 00:00:00Energy industry calls for focus on affordabilityAt the European Summit, Energy UK will be calling for the Government to ensure EU leaders will be focused on energy affordability. One of the EU’s key responses to the 2030 Framework is to be the balancing of customer cost against continuing investment in http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=108011/03/2014 00:00:00Electricity switching increases in FebruaryRecent figures reveal that last month quarter of a million customers switched electricity suppliers. This is equivalent to one in one hundred customers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107910/03/2014 00:00:00CBI calls on Osborne to encourage investment in energy and reduce business costsThe CBI has made a number of proposals for the Budget Submission. These include:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107807/03/2014 00:00:00Business taskforce advises EU against "unnecessary" shale interventionA business task force has been tasked with preparing a set of recommendations to reform the British and European Governments in reducing barriers to growth.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107706/03/2014 00:00:00UK slips in renewables rankingsA number of major announcements have been made in the renewable energy sector. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107605/03/2014 00:00:00Zero-carbon home costs fallSweett Group has recently published the findings of its analysis for the Zero Carbon Hub. The key finding was that the additional costs associated with building to the proposed Zero Carbon Standard are declining and in particular have reduced significantlyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107504/03/2014 00:00:00SNP plays down energy "scare stories"Energy experts have highlighted the benefit to the UK on continuing close working links with Scotland on energy matters. Regulator Ofgem together with the National Grid have recognised the tightening gap between electricity supply and demand south of the bhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107403/03/2014 00:00:00Renewables subsidies must respond to cost-reductionsVice President of the European Commission, Joaquin Almunia, responsible for Competition Policy has given a speech at the European Competition Forum. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107328/02/2014 00:00:00MEPs call for a stronger renewables targetMEPs have recently called for the EU’s new long-term climate change policy to be adopted. The policy provides for a 40% cut in CO2 emissions, a 30% target for renewable energy and a 40% target for energy efficiency by 2030.The resolution was adopted by 341http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107227/02/2014 00:00:00GIB to support low-energy street lightingA new Green Loan from the UK Green Investment Bank is available to assist local authorities to invest in low energy street lighting. Lighting is currently one of the Local Authority’s largest individual costs. The UK currently has approximately 7 million shttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107126/02/2014 00:00:00Davey addresses role of Europe in tackling energy and climate change issuesEnergy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey has spoken of Europe’s role in tackling energy and climate change. He spoke at the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables 15th Annual Symposium. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=107025/02/2014 00:00:00Government paves way for “transformation” of the energy systemUnder the UK’s first Community Energy Strategy, local communities will be able to be involved in the direction of their energy systems. In a DECC survey, over 50% of participants indicated that energy bill savings would be the major motivation for getting http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106924/02/2014 00:00:00Government North Sea incentives “helping to stimulate” field developmentA recent study by Deloitte has described how oil and gas fields in the UK have peaked in number in 2013. The report looks at activity in North West Europe over the last 12 months. Particular findings include:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106821/02/2014 00:00:00Fracking can boost UK economyPrime Minister David Cameron has spoken out in support of shale gas extraction through fracking with a view to boosting the economy and encouraging investment in the sector. Cameron’s view is that fracking is “flooring” energy in the US and it could be a fhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106720/02/2014 00:00:00No excuse for poorly-sited renewables projectsPlanning Minister Nick Boles has spoken out with regard to planning applications for renewable energy developments. He indicated that the developments should only be approved if their visual impact “is or can be made acceptable”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106619/02/2014 00:00:00DECC funds low-carbon heat driveEnergy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey has recently announced that there will be an increase in the number of homes and businesses being heated by low carbon technologies. These technologies will include energy from waste or heat taken from landhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106518/02/2014 00:00:00Davey hails UK carbon "milestone"The UK has reached its first milestone on the journey to emission reductions of 80% by 2050. This milestone was set under the carbon budget.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106417/02/2014 00:00:00Government paves way for “transformation” of the energy systemUnder the UK’s first Community Energy Strategy, local communities will be able to be involved in the direction of their energy systems. In a DECC survey, over 50% of participants indicated that energy bill savings would be the major motivation for getting http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106314/02/2014 00:00:00Latest round of offshore oil and gas licensing announcedEnergy Minister Michael Fallon has announced the latest round of offshore oil and gas licensing. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106213/02/2014 00:00:00Record offshore wind figures conceal slow-down, warns industryThroughout Europe, 418 offshore turbines became active in 2013. This has created an additional 1,567 megawatts of new capacity, one third more than installed in 2012. The current level is 6,562 megawatts of offshore wind power, creating 0.7% of the EU’s elhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106112/02/2014 00:00:00Community Energy Strategy a “dramatic step forward”Co-operatives UK has recently published its Community Energy Strategy. This looks at the production of sustainable energy and aims to power one-million homes by 2020. This is a 50-fold increase on the current levels.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=106011/02/2014 00:00:00Europe to change legally-binding renewable energy targetThe European Commission has published its EU 2030 framework for climate and energy. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105910/02/2014 00:00:00Citizens Advice launches Big Energy Saving WeekThe Citizens Advice Bureaux has launched a Big Energy Saving Week scheduled to run from 27-31 January. The initiative is aimed at assisting consumers in taking practical steps to make savings on their energy bills by encouraging switching and energy savinghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105807/02/2014 00:00:00Cameron has said fracking can boost UK economyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105706/02/2014 00:00:00Green Deal off to encouraging startGreg Barker, Climate Change Minister has recently spoken at the UK Green Building Council’s “Towards Green Deal 2.0” event. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105405/02/2014 00:00:00Europe's proposals are a step in the right directionEdward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has spoken out in response to the European Commission’s recent policy announcements on climate change. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105304/02/2014 00:00:00Investment falls in Scottish offshore windThe Scottish offshore wind industry is vulnerable after major developers have reduced their investment by half. This is a recent finding of a study by Scottish Renewables (SR). SR represents more than 330 companies working in the renewable sector.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105503/02/2014 00:00:00CBI welcomes EU energy frameworkThe CBI has welcomes the recent proposals of the European Commission for a 2030 framework for climate change and energy policy. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105231/01/2014 00:00:00UK-GBC say scrapping business environmental guidance utterly reprehensibleThe UK Green Building Council has responded to the recent speech of David Cameron, Prime Minister. The PM’s speech described new plans to remove 80,000 pages of environmental guidance by March of next year. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105630/01/2014 00:00:00“Essential” to keep government climate adviserEdward Davey, Secretary of State has announced the results of the Triennial Review by the Committee on Climate Change. In his Ministerial Statement, Davey said:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104729/01/2014 00:00:00Business owners question rising energy costsA new survey by Close Brothers Business Barometer has described that 83% of SMEs believe that energy suppliers may be taking advantage with recent price increases and over half are cynical of the “green taxes” within their energy bill.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105128/01/2014 00:00:00Public concerned by fracking impactsA recent survey by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that 47% of participants would not be happy for a fracking site to open within 10 miles of their home. In comparison, 14% said they would be agreeable. 2,000 participants from the represehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=105027/01/2014 00:00:00Interconnection to bring consumer benefitsSecretary of State, Edward Davey has given a speech at University College London on interconnection to bring consumer benefits. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104924/01/2014 00:00:00Wind industry warn EU to miss climate targets without 2030 goalsThe European Commission has published its report “EU Energy, Transport and GHG Emissions Trends to 2050” which outlines that the EU would fail its 2050 commitment towards greenhouse gas emissions on the current EU policies in force. The current target is ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104823/01/2014 00:00:00Consumers have smart meter privacy concernsThe UK Government has announced its intention for all domestic homes and small businesses in the UK to have smart meter systems for gas and electricity meters by 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104622/01/2014 00:00:00CMA aims for clarity on new powersThe Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently published its guidance on utilising key legal powers available to the market. These powers include financial penalties on companies for non-compliance with competition investigations.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104521/01/2014 00:00:00CfD auctions could send "shockwaves" through onshore wind industryRenewableUK has commented on the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan published by the Government. The Plan confirms the lower level of strike prices for onshore wind published earlier this month. The Government also intends to bring in more establishedhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104320/01/2014 00:00:00Ebico to pass on government green levy reformsEbico has pledged to pass on its cost savings to consumers. The announcement was made recently as part of its Price Promise. The changes will be implemented from the end of March.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104417/01/2014 00:00:00CCC "effectively justifying" offshoring emissions and jobs to ChinaDirector of Policy at EEF, Steve Radley has commented on the account given by the Committee on Climate Change to the DECC Select Committee.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104216/01/2014 00:00:00Back-loading approval "key step" towards carbon market balanceThe Climate Change Committee has recently announced its approval to back-loading carbon allowances. The aim is to restore the short term balance in the European carbon market. As a result, the sale of 900 million carbon allowances will be postponed. This ihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104115/01/2014 00:00:00Storm power disruptions to be reviewedEdward Davey has recently met with the Chief Executives of Distribution Network Operators, Ofgem, the Energy Networks Association, Energy Emergencies Executives and the Department for Energy and Climate Change. The topic of discussion was the recent power http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=104014/01/2014 00:00:00Ewing says Scotland should follow Norway's energy exampleEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing, ahead of his visit to Norway has said that he will meet with a number of energy companies to discuss how Scotland’s energy potential can be released. Furthermore, he will give a speech at Recharge Holmenkollen 2014 Thought Leahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103913/01/2014 00:00:00Davey opens coal to biomass conversion plan and announces White Rose CCS projectEdward Davey has recently launched the Drax coal-to-biomass conversion plant. Furthermore he announced FEED study funding to further the White Rose CCS project.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103410/01/2014 00:00:00Wind industry welcomes rebalanced subsidiesThe Government has recently announced the National infrastructure Plan 2013 which sets out the application of financial support for onshore and offshore wind between 2015-2019. The Plan has been welcomed by RenewableUK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103309/01/2014 00:00:00UK offshore wind amibition "pitched too low"Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has warned that the UK’s plans for offshore wind are “pitched too low”. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103208/01/2014 00:00:00Small businesses need better protection in the energy marketSmall businesses form a significant part of the business sector throughout the UK. Throughout the recession, many have suffered. Whilst they are businesses, they are also consumers. They have overheads and costs for essential services. They may also lack khttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103107/01/2014 00:00:00RenewableUK urges government to strengthen support for offshore wind energyRenewableUK has called on the Government to offer further support to offshore wind energy. It suggests a number of measures as described in the recent publication, “Offshore Wind: Decision Time.”http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103006/01/2014 00:00:00DECC reinforces non-domestic RHIThe Climate Change and Energy Minister, Gregory Baker has reinforced the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103503/01/2014 00:00:00Government to streamline Green DealIn an attempt to initiate further uptake, the policies under the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation are being reviewed. It is anticipated that by making the provisions more streamlined, consumers will be more inclined to proceed to make energy efficihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103602/01/2014 00:00:00Investment contract programme gathers momentumAs a result of updated contract terms and wider market reforms, additional investment of £40 billion in renewable electricity generation is estimated in the run up to 2020. It is also anticipated that green employment opportunities will be created.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103731/12/2013 00:00:00Ofgem confirms nearly £60mn for innovative transmission and distribution projectsOfgem has announced a fund of £59.4 million towards 10 innovation projects through competitions for the transport network companies. The competition is aimed at assisting energy networks to advance development in the sector whilst create savings for consumhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=103830/12/2013 00:00:00DECC must make bolder Green Deal changesDECC must make bolder Green Deal changes
The Federation of Master Builders has warned that the Government needs to take more significant steps to boost the effectiveness of the Green Deal.
It suggests particular steps could be to reduce vat on renovahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=102923/12/2013 00:00:00NEA urges government to reconsider levy review prioritiesThe National Audit Office has warned that the Government and regulators do not have accurate details on the effect of private sector investment in the energy infrastructure sector. It may increase household utility bills.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=102819/12/2013 00:00:00MPs urge government to stand by Sustainable Homes policyThe Department for Communities and Local Government has called for the Government to continue to support the policy that has increased home building standards and created a thriving sustainable building industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=102718/12/2013 00:00:00MPs call for clarity on renewables supportThe Energy and Climate Change Select Committee has called for the Government not to “undermine” the upcoming contracts for difference policy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=102617/12/2013 00:00:00Government must “open eyes” on new-build renewablesThe Environmental Audit Committee has called for the DCLG to reassess renewable costs and give its support to energy efficiency measures in a view to reducing consumer’s bills.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=102516/12/2013 00:00:00Communities to get early sight of windfarm plansA new measure being proposed to the Government calls for early consultation with local communities when installing a windfarm in the local area.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=102413/12/2013 00:00:00UK to cut public financing of overseas coal-fired plantsThe UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey has told nations at the international climate change talks, that it is imperative they leave with a clear political understanding that a new global climate change deal will be agreed by 2015.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=102312/12/2013 00:00:00REA welcomes ECCC green levies letter to CameronThe Renewable Energy Association has welcomed a letter to the Prime Minister from the Energy and Climate Change Committee. It calls on the Prime Minister to make an assurance that the green levies review will not undermine investment in the sector.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=102211/12/2013 00:00:00Prioritise housing infrastructure to cut energy billsThe Federation of Master Builders has called for the Government to prioritize investment in the UK’s aging homes. It has suggested a reduction in VAT on renovation and repair work together with energy improvement for the fuel poor to assist with economic rhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=102010/12/2013 00:00:00Smart metering key to consumer power in energy marketBaroness Verma of the Department for Energy and Climate Change has addressed the Smart Metering Forum giving the following speechhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101909/12/2013 00:00:00GIB unveils green investment policiesAfter the recent launch of the Green Investment Bank’s green investment policies, the bank is welcoming feedback.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101806/12/2013 00:00:00Think tank recommends incentives for Green Deal uptakeA recent think tank report has criticized the effectiveness of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation schemes.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101705/12/2013 00:00:00Industry leaders make infrastructure carbon pledgeIndustry leaders have joined Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord Deighton and Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon in signing a collective initiative to reduce carbon in infrastructure.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101604/12/2013 00:00:00Governments failing to get a "proper grip" on energy efficiencyA new Which? report has described how Government policies have failed to improve the energy efficiency of the majority of the UK’s homes. Energy bills are estimated to cost £8.4 billion by 2015.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101503/12/2013 00:00:00Businesses missing out on energy efficiency benefitsA report by Westminster Sustainable Business Forum and Carbon Connect has warned that the Government must act hastily to assist UK businesses to make energy efficiency improvements to their buildings. This could create significant economic and environmentahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101402/12/2013 00:00:00Energy UK launches Energy Made Clear websiteEnergy UK is launching its Energy Made Clear website. The launch is set to coincide with the Energy UK Annual Conference.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101329/11/2013 00:00:00Carbon Trust urges heat networks focusThe Carbon Trust has called for Local Authorities to utilize Government financial support to develop heat networks. Benefits of the networks include:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101228/11/2013 00:00:00Additional £200bn available in UK's offshore oil and gas resourcesSir Ian Wood, recently retired chair of the Wood Group, a multi-national engineering services company has published its interim report on the economic and energy security opportunities presented by the UK’s offshore oil and gas resources.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101127/11/2013 00:00:00DECC maintains energy efficiency commitmentEnergy Minister, Edward Davey has delivered the following speech to the Energy UK Conference. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=101026/11/2013 00:00:00Climate science doesn't justify revised fourth carbon budgetThe Committee on Climate Change has announced that they believe there is no reason to change the budget from that set in the fourth carbon budget from 2011. The decision is based on no significant changes having been made in climate science, international http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100925/11/2013 00:00:00World could exceed carbon budget for end of century by 2034The fifth reading of the rate of de-carbonisation published by the G20 in its Low Carbon Economy Index has not been well received.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100822/11/2013 00:00:00Report shows surge in offshore wind capacityRenewableUK has published its latest annual report, “Wind Energy in the UK” which has outlined the progress made in the UK this year in terms of deployment. The report looks at the wind industry from July 2012 to June 2013.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100721/11/2013 00:00:00Energy storage innovation boosted by DECC fundingTwo entrepreneurs from the UK have been awarded a share of a £5 million fund towards the innovation of energy storage. The award was announced by Energy and Climate Change Minister, Baroness Verma earlier this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100519/11/2013 00:00:00DECC outlines scope of green costs reviewEdward Davey has addressed a conference in Birmingham to outline the potential for development within renewables.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100418/11/2013 00:00:00Competitiveness key to carbon budget decisionsThe Head of Climate Change and Environment Policy at EEF has spoken out in response to the Assessment of the Fourth Carbon Budget by the Committee on Climate Change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100315/11/2013 00:00:00Clegg claims Labour price pledge threatens decarbonisationNick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister has recently made the following speechhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100214/11/2013 00:00:00Supplier calls for tax relief on community energy investmentsCo-operative Energy, ethical energy provider has called on Midland consumers to buy their energy locally to save over £150 year. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100113/11/2013 00:00:00Scottish government strengthens fuel poverty programmeMargaret Burgess, Housing Minister in Scotland has announced a £9 million advance for the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland. Households will be able to benefit from grants to make improvements to their home to make their homes warmer.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100012/11/2013 00:00:00MPs to explore green innovationIn 2010, the NAO reported that the Department for Energy and Climate Change had adopted a poor approach towards direct support for renewable energy technologies. This has made it difficult for the Government to get value for money from public funds.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99911/11/2013 00:00:00DECC assures UK on track to hit first three carbon budgetsEdward Davey, Secretary of State has advised that the UK is on course to reduce emissions by 34% by 2020. The reduction is as a result of the government reforms towards a greener low-carbon economy. He outlined the reductions made in each sector of the ecohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99808/11/2013 00:00:00Consumer experience key to smart meter roll-outBaroness Verma has given a speech to the Smart Metering: Maximising the Technology, Intellect Lunch. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99707/11/2013 00:00:00Solar thermal industry issues revised calculation for energy yieldThe Microgeneration Certification Scheme has published a new calculation for payments under the Renewable Heat Incentive. The Solar Trade Association has welcomed the announcement.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99606/11/2013 00:00:00Slow energy efficiency market prompts Carillion restructureCarillon, a leading integrated support services company, has announced that its trading within the third quarter of this year has continued with the trend they anticipated at the second-quarter. They expect to meet the estimations of the market in the fullhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99505/11/2013 00:00:00Green Deal will fail unless government takes actionThe Federation of Master Builders has warned that the Government needs to take action if it is to promote consumer demand for energy efficiency. More than 70% of FMB members throughout the UK have said a reduced VAT rate would be a “successful” or “highly http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99404/11/2013 00:00:00Davey welcomes smart meter DCC "milestone"A group of companies are establishing a Data and Communities Company to give a shared infrastructure for energy suppliers. This will support the roll out of smart meters by energy suppliers by 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99301/11/2013 00:00:00UK can reach 20GW of solar PV within decadeEnergy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has outlined that sensitively sited solar PV energy will be central to the growth of renewables in the UK. The sector has increased dramatically since 2010.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99231/10/2013 00:00:00A poll shows businesses doubt UK will hit emissions targetThe Siemens Industry and the Energy Institute have warned the Government that further steps need to be taken to ensure confidence throughout the UK of meeting its energy targets. A survey has suggested wider financing options for companies seeking to inveshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99130/10/2013 00:00:00Irish government to spend 30million euros on over 80 community energy projectsMr Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has announced the Better Energy Scheme under the SEAI. The Scheme will spend €13 million on over 80 community projects this year. It will create over 300 employment opportunitieshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=99029/10/2013 00:00:00Government should focus on diverse supplyJohn Cridland, CBI Director General has spoken out in response to George Osborne’s speech at the Conservatory Party Conference. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98928/10/2013 00:00:00European bank must stop funding coalThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has closed its consultation period on its draft energy policy. The policy set out the Bank’s plans to continue investing in fossil fuels and to continue with the current level of lending to the nuclear shttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98825/10/2013 00:00:00Consumers should dominate energy debateThe Energy Networks Association’s Conservative Conference have set out a clear message on the role of consumers in the future of energy. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98724/10/2013 00:00:00Smart grids to deliver for consumersStephen Gilbert MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Davey has spoken in support of the boost smart grids have given to employment and economic opportunities. He estimated that the progression of smart grids could create 9,000 jobs and £5 billion towahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98623/10/2013 00:00:00A report finds Green Deal payment plans most accessible form of fundingA recent report has highlighted that the average household wastes £1 in every £3 of its energy due to poor insulation. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98522/10/2013 00:00:00Urgent action needed to cut greenhouse gas emissionsLast month the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published the first three volumes of its fifth Assessment Report.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98421/10/2013 00:00:00Renewable energy target needed for 2030The Renewable Energy Association has united with over 60 other European organizations to call for a 2030 renewable energy framework. The unit wrote to European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the EU Energy Ministers and EU Energy and Climate Commissionhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98318/10/2013 00:00:00Public unconvinced businesses taking sustainability seriouslyA recent research study by YouGov for the Carbon Trust has described that the public does not recognize business as imperative to environmental improvements. They do however recognize business to be at the center of economic recovery.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98217/10/2013 00:00:00Green Deal driving energy efficiencyThe study also looks at sources of funding. The most popular methods are through the Green Deal Assessment, through the Energy Company obligation or with private savings.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98116/10/2013 00:00:00Green Deal attracting "growing consumer interest"Greg Barker, Energy and Climate Change Minister has welcomed the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=98015/10/2013 00:00:00Government failing on green jobsThe Union for Energy Workers, GMB has offered its comments on a report published by Renewable UK. Renewable UK reported that 18,000 jobs have been created in the energy industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97914/10/2013 00:00:00European carbon market to remain oversupplied until 2027Thomson Reuters Point Carbon has advised that the EU ETS, European Carbon Market, is to be oversupplied with allowances until 2027.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97811/10/2013 00:00:00Wind energy associations call for new renewables target12 national wind energy associations from throughout Europe are meeting to discuss and agree on a binding 2030 renewable energy target.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97710/10/2013 00:00:00Irish household energy usage falls by nearly a fifthA new report, Residential Energy in Ireland has set out that energy usage per household has fallen by 18% between 2006 and 2011. The report, by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland further described that energy efficient improvements have trebled in thehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97609/10/2013 00:00:00European Commission cuts available EU ETS permits by almost 6%http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97508/10/2013 00:00:00http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97408/10/2013 00:00:00Solar thermal market expansion could drive down costsRecent research by the Solar Trade Association has described that the cost of solar thermal systems could fall by up to 30% if the market expands as anticipated. The industry would then be the same size as the solar PV sector.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97307/10/2013 00:00:00Development banks finance record amount in clean energyA study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance has described how clean energy financing has risen by 19% in the last year. Key banks who contributed to reaching the $100 billion a year threshold include Germany’s KfW, China’s Development Bank and the Brazilian Dehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97204/10/2013 00:00:00Energy minister welcomes community fund increaseDeveloper SSE has tripled the funds available for community projects in North Lincolnshire. The fund now totals £8.6 million over the next 25 years. It is now the largest community benefit fund from a wind farm development in England.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97103/10/2013 00:00:00DECC and John Lewis launch an energy efficiency trial A new energy efficiency labeling trial has been launched by Edward Davey, Secretary of State in conjunction with John Lewis. Details of the lifetime energy running cost of the product will now be stated on all washing machines, washer dryers and tumble dryhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=97002/10/2013 00:00:00Scotland's carbon footprint ticks up in 2010The Scottish Chief Statistician has recently published its Carbon Footprint for 1998-2010. It gives an estimate of greenhouse gas emissions created in Scotland through the spending of its residents on goods and services.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96901/10/2013 00:00:00Low-carbon innovation offers "fantastic" economic opportunityMinister of State, Gregory Barker has spoken out to give details of the significant of measurement in the development of green technologies. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96830/09/2013 00:00:00Welsh government welcomes energy efficiency progressA recent report, Nest Annual Report for 2012-2013, has shown that the Nest scheme for fuel poverty in Wales has given free home energy improvements to just under 5,000 homes in 2012. This has resulted in the home owner benefitting from savings in their enehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96727/09/2013 00:00:00UK offshore wind has "real momentum"The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published a long-term plan to reinforce the UK’s position in the industry of offshore wind. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96626/09/2013 00:00:00Support communities who want to install renewable energy systemsThe Energy and Climate Change Committee has recommended that businesses together with local authorities and housing associations should be given financial support to install renewable energy generation systems. Such systems could include solar arrays, windhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96525/09/2013 00:00:00Scottish government gives green homes funding boostThe Scottish Government has announced a £3 million funding boost to assist hundred of Scottish homes to become energy efficient.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96424/09/2013 00:00:00Low-carbon regulations will hinder housing supply, warns building industryThe Federation of Master Builders has warned that a new building standard will inhibit the supply of new housing. Under Part L of the Building Regulations due to be launched in 2014, a new target for fabric energy efficiency is required together with a 6% http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96323/09/2013 00:00:00Climate risks impacting investment decisionsA new forum for European investors to collaborate on climate change issues has been established. The forum named, The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change currently has 80 members.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96020/09/2013 00:00:00Commission endorses Chinese solar panel resolutionThe European Commission has adopted a price undertaking in the EU-China solar panels case. It offered its support to the findings by Commissioner Karel De Gucht in the case.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96119/09/2013 00:00:00Energy-saving scheme to benefit small businesses in WalesThe Carbon Trust Wales has announced a new scheme to benefit small businesses with an annual energy spend of under £30,000. Under the scheme they will receive all the benefits of a Carbon Trust Energy Survey and obtain support from other organisations withhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=96218/09/2013 00:00:00Smart meter consumer protection guidelines launchedA Smart Meter Installation Code of Practice and Smart Meter Data Guide have recently been published to protect consumers who invest in smart meters. It is anticipated this will build on consumer confidence whilst the meters are rolled out between now and 2http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95917/09/2013 00:00:00Large firms to face energy efficiency auditsThe Department of Energy and Climate Change has recently announced new proposals for an energy saving audit for larger UK firms.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95816/09/2013 00:00:00Government role limited in reducing renewables costsThe Government is in the process of reviewing what action it can take in respect of reducing the cost of renewable technologies. Experts say that for alternative energy sources to play a significant part in the UK’s future energy market, the cost of technohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95713/09/2013 00:00:00Environmental impact assessment rules must not hamper low-carbon investmentEURELECTRIC has called for a review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. It suggests that this must strike a better balance between environmental protection and investment in low carbon projects.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95612/09/2013 00:00:00DECC sets out domestic RHI proposalsEnergy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has announced that householders could be paid for their heat generation from solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95511/09/2013 00:00:00Businesses seek reassurance on energy efficiency upgradesThe Carbon Trust has offered reassurance to organisations for its investment in the green sector by publishing a Green Business Directory. Organisations can use the Directory to find accredited suppliers in a growing market.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95410/09/2013 00:00:00High Court challenge fails on "Consequential improvements"Mr Justice Nichol of the High Court has ruled that the decision of the Community Secretary not to proceed with the requirement for expanded homes to have to make energy saving measures to the existing building cannot be judicially reviewed.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95309/09/2013 00:00:00Benefits confirmed for communities hosting nuclear powerThe communities of eight areas in England and Wales are anticipated to be able to benefit from £1000/MW over the next 40 years as nuclear power stations commence operating. How the funds raised will be applied will be decided by the local authorities. At Hhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95206/09/2013 00:00:00UK facing "very significant challenge" in meeting carbon targetsThe Annual Report of the Committee on Climate Change has revealed that good progress was made in 2012 on implementing carbon reducing measures. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95105/09/2013 00:00:00New study into public acceptance of energy system changeThe UK Energy Research Centre has published its findings of a recent study by the Universities of Cardiff and Nottingham. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=95004/09/2013 00:00:00Grid-scale energy storage to receive £45.6mnThe Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, has announced the successful proposals issued by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Three technologies to drive growth in the UK will now receive support of an £85 million invehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94903/09/2013 00:00:00UK rallies support for EU ETS reformsEnergy and Environment Ministers from 12 EU Member States have issued a joint statement urging MEPs to support the proposals for “backloading”. In turn they have called for the European Commission to reform the EU Emissions Trading System this year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94802/09/2013 00:00:00Sustainable innovation opportunity could be worth £100bnA new report has described how UK businesses could secure an annual productivity gain of £100 billion by introducing innovative designs to environmental and social obstacles.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94727/08/2013 00:00:00Rural energy projects get government backingA £15 million Government fund has been announced to assist rural communities to generate their own green energy. It will offer assistance to support projects across the renewable and low carbon energy sectors to include wind, biomass, heat pumps and hydro.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94626/08/2013 00:00:00Energy intensives to be exempted from CfD costsThe Government is looking to make energy intensive industries exempt from the expenses of Contracts for Difference. It is addressing this under the Energy Bill.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94523/08/2013 00:00:00Capacity report shows government "scaremongering" on Scottish renewablesIn light of Ofgem’s recent Capacity Assessment Report, Scottish Minister Fergus Ewing has warned of the importance of Scotland’s energy generation benefits to the UK as a whole.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94421/08/2013 00:00:00CBI calls for "honest conversation" on energy market solutionsRhian Kelly, CBI Director for Business Environment policy has called for a more efficient integration of the energy industry, its regulators and the Government. He anticipates that this will allow consumers to make clearer and more informed choices as enerhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94320/08/2013 00:00:00Offshore renewables technology innovation programme launchedThe National Renewable Energy Centre has launched the Renewable Energy Technology Accelerator incentive to support SME’s in the North East of England to develop marine renewable energy and offshore wind supply. The incentive has been established with a £2.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94219/08/2013 00:00:00Low-carbon heat policies to be exploredTo date the Government’s focus has been on low-carbon electricity generation through the Energy Bill. However heat is responsible for 46% of the UK’s energy usage and forms a significant expense in the domestic and non-domestic sector. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94116/08/2013 00:00:00Scheme to drive down SME energy costs unveiledPeterborough City Council has introduced a new Ready to Switch for Businesses scheme to reduce energy prices for 5,000 small and medium sized businesses. The scheme will offer advice on energy contract pitfalls, as well as cheaper gas and electricity rateshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=94015/08/2013 00:00:00RHI reforms needed to unlock heat investment,Two major industry groups, CHPA and REA have come together to urge the Government to review the lack of funding certainty for renewable heat projects. They say that this will enable large scale investment. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93914/08/2013 00:00:00Resource efficiency "not optional extra" for businessesIn my speech today I would like to tackle head-on one myth.Which is, put simply, the notion that low-carbon development is still just too expensive. That sustainable development is a nice-to-have but that it comes at too high a price. That resource efficiehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93813/08/2013 00:00:00MEPs approve EU ETS back-loading proposalThe Government is planning to freeze the auctioning of CO2 permits with a view to encouraging organisations to invest in low-carbon innovations. It is anticipated that this will kick start the Emissions Trading System created to reduce greenhouse gas emisshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93713/08/2013 00:00:00Energy efficiency schemes could be impacted by Scottish independenceSSE has announced that it will be working alongside Leeds City Council, and companies Keepmoat and Willmott Dixon to offer residents discounted energy efficient upgrades. The Energy Company Obligation offers free boiler upgrades and cavity wall insulation http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93612/08/2013 00:00:00DECC raises FiT threshold for community projectsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has outlined its plans to allow communities access to Feed-in Tariff payments for its community energy projects. The change would mean that projects such as solar PV on school roofs and community owned wind turbhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93509/08/2013 00:00:00Welsh government welcomes onshore wind commitmentOnshore wind farm developers and operators in Wales have signed up to the Declaration on Community Benefits from Onshore Wind. The pledge will ensure consistency in the industries integration in communities and has received the support of the Welsh Governmhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93409/08/2013 00:00:00US takes "decisive step" towards emissions reductionSecretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey has spoken in support of US President Obama’s speech and Climate Action Plan. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93308/08/2013 00:00:00Green Investment Bank makes "great strides" in first yearThe Green Investment Bank has published its annual report in which it describes its £635 million investment in low carbon investments in its first 12 months.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93207/08/2013 00:00:00Green infrastructure investment key to economic recoveryThe Green Alliance think tank has published its research on the environmental and economic potential of infrastructure projects planned by the Treasury. There are currently 550 planned projects which include gas and nuclear investments, wave and hydropowerhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93106/08/2013 00:00:00Green Deal makes slow startThe Government has recently published its figures on the initial success of the Green Deal. The Green Deal was launched in January and is designed to make businesses and households in the UK more energy efficient. The deal offers a loan to make energy effihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=93005/08/2013 00:00:00Small business confidence at three-year highA recent Small Business Index from the Federation of Small Business shows that the confidence of SMEs is at its highest over the last year period. The measure of confidence reached 15.9 points in the second quarter which is 9.6 points higher than at the sthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92926/07/2013 00:00:00SEAI to back energy efficiency projectsIrish Minister Pat Rabbitte has announced energy efficiency projects that have received the support of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland under Action Plan for Jobs.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92825/07/2013 00:00:00Projects of common interest selection a concern for environmental organisationsThe European Commission is working together with European Member States to identify which energy projects should be awarded the status of a Project of Common Interest. This EU level award will allow them to be given preferential treatment throughout Memberhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92724/07/2013 00:00:00FiT cuts could hurt small-scale hydro development, renewables industry warnsThe UK Government is due to carry out a review of the Feed in Tariff later this year. It is expected that this will result in a cut in financial support which could slow down or stop developments of small scale hydropower. These projects in Scotland equatehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92623/07/2013 00:00:00Community energy comes under spotlightAhead of the UK’s Community Energy Strategy the Government is seeking views on how local communities can generate their own energy. The Government is keen to support community-owned renewable schemes so that locals reap the benefits of the energy they are http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92522/07/2013 00:00:00Scottish and Irish grid connection study gets funding awardA study has been commissioned by the second part of the Irish-Scottish Links to Energy Study to look at the most efficient way of introducing an offshore electricity grid between Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. The study has been given £1 million thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92417/07/2013 00:00:00IPPR: Interconnection key to boosting UK energy securityThe Institute for Public Policy Research has published a report setting out how the UK needs an interconnection with Europe to secure its security both in the short and long term. They argue that a single international connection with Europe would reduce dhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92316/07/2013 00:00:00Green homes planned for ScotlandMargaret Burgess, Housing Minister in Scotland has described the Government’s plans to address fuel poverty and reduce the carbon footprint of Scotland. Her plan is detailed within Scotland’s Sustainable Housing Strategy. This sets out that by 2020, all Schttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92209/07/2013 00:00:00DECC: Green Deal inspiring energy efficiency uptakeThe DECC has described how a recent study has shown that 47% of households have had or are having energy efficiency measures introduced as a result of a Green Deal Assessment. The DECC are reassured the figures show the Green Deal is causing many to make ehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92108/07/2013 00:00:00Landlords need RHI access: Scottish RenewablesA number of green organisations have come together to urge the Government to give Landlord’s access to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. The organisations include the following:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=92005/07/2013 00:00:00GB most "exciting" growth market for solar in EuropeGregory Barker, Minister of State recently made a speech to the Intersolar Conference of 1,500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors. He said:
“Germany is a huge solar market with 32GW deployed to date. Germany made huge leaps forward in the last decade and now http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91904/07/2013 00:00:00Davey says EU must aim higher on climate objectivesEdward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change had announced a clear European Union Energy and Climate Framework for 2030. He announced:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91803/07/2013 00:00:00Energy UK confirms CDB chairThe Central Delivery Body, tasked with creating consumer engagement in the smart meter roll-out, has announced the appointment of its Chairman. Baroness Margaret McDonagh took the appointment and has now commenced in the role.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91702/07/2013 00:00:00Verma says: Research and development key to low-carbon transitionBaroness Verma recently spoke at the Danish Energy Association Annual Meeting. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91601/07/2013 00:00:00Green Deal review called for by insulation companyKnauf Insulation has called for an urgent review of the Green Deal scheme. The announcement was made in light of two recent reports highlighting the failings of the Green Deal.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91527/06/2013 00:00:00Energy research to benefit from Anglo-Russian cooperationEarlier this month Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, A Dvorkovich met with Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. They discussed their mutual co-operation in energy efficiency placing particular emphasis on gas and nhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91426/06/2013 00:00:00Davey defends decarbonisation target stanceEdward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary has published a letter in support of the Energy Bill reaching a greener more energy efficient country. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91325/06/2013 00:00:00Bioenergy entrepreneurs given funding boostThree british companies, AB Systems, AMW IBERS and Natural Synergies have been given a £1.34 million grant to test innovative bioenergy designs.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91224/06/2013 00:00:00Green groups to continue decarbonisation target pushA clean power target has been included within the Energy Bill. This was as a result of many backbench Liberal Democrats and Conservatives voting in favour of the amendment. The alterations have also received the support of Labour, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91121/06/2013 00:00:00Ofgem to get new powers to tackle energy market abuseUnder the EU REMIT Regulation, Ofgem will have powers to gain access to information, investigate premises and impose monetary sanctions for breach. The UK Government is one of the first Member States to implement the Regulation and will do so through seconhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=91020/06/2013 00:00:00Davey welcomes "overwhelming majority" for BillEdward Davey, Energy Secretary has spoken out in response to the 396 votes in favour of the Third Reading of the Energy Bill. This is in comparison to 8 votes against the measures.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90918/06/2013 00:00:00Green infrastructure plans unveiled by European CommissionThe European Commission is encouraging the use of green infrastructure to ensure natural processes become a part of spatial planning. The infrastructure is an established method of using natural resources to provide economic, ecological and social advantaghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90817/06/2013 00:00:00UK to commit to extractive industries initiativeDavid Cameron, Prime Minister has recently announced the UK government will form part of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. The Initiative has been created to improve the management of revenues from oil, gas and minerals with a view to ensuhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90714/06/2013 00:00:00Low-carbon investment will save consumers millions, says government climate adviserThe Committee on Climate Change has described the significant economic benefits that can be offered through investment in a portfolio of low-carbon technologies through the 2020s rather than investing in gas-fired generation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90613/06/2013 00:00:00Environmental group says CCS short-changed by policy frameworkA recent report named “Moving CCS Forward In Europe” has been published by ENGO Network on CCS, to look at the current progress of climate change technologies in Europe. It analyses why efforts have slowed and makes recommendations for improving integratiohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90512/06/2013 00:00:00Renewable energy investment hits £29bn, DECC reportsThe Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey has recently spoken at an All Energy Conference in Aberdeen.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90411/06/2013 00:00:00Survey finds local firms most trusted for energy efficiency workA new Energy Saving Trust study has found that for householders trust is the most important aspect when hiring a tradesperson. Over 50% of participants said that a certification mark on a trusted organisation was more important when selecting who would carhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90310/06/2013 00:00:00MPs say: Green Deal needs clear success metricsThe Green Deal has formed part of the Coalition’s commitment to being the “greenest government ever”. However, the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s view is that the DECC has been unable to set out a defined set of anticipated outcomes.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90207/06/2013 00:00:00Green Deal awareness on the up, claims Which?A recent Which? survey has found that consumers pay close consideration before taking out a Green Deal loan. The loan enables home owners to make energy efficiency improvements.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90106/06/2013 00:00:00EU action on climate change to come under scrutinyThe Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs together with the Department for Energy and Climate Change has launched a new consultation to ask businesses, individuals and charities about their views on EU policies. Their aim is to gather informathttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=90005/06/2013 00:00:00DECC raises renewable heating kit voucher offerThe Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced an increase to their incentive scheme under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment. Money off vouchers will be available up to £2,300 for ground source heat pumps, up to £2,000 for biomass boilers, up thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89904/06/2013 00:00:00UK must seize CCS potential, says government taskforceJudith Shapiro of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association has said that the UK and EU must seize the opportunity to kick start the CCS industry. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89803/06/2013 00:00:00Ecofys: Renewable energy targets unlikely to ensure cost-effective decarbonisationA new report by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Organisation together with Ecofys has found that the introduction of a target for emission reduction alone is insufficient if the EU is to reach its ambition of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89631/05/2013 00:00:00Government report says Scottish Islands ripe for renewables developmentA report has been published by the UK and Scottish Governments to look at the potential for developing renewable projects on the Scottish Islands. The report named “Scottish Islands and Renewables Project” found the following:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89730/05/2013 00:00:00Green Deal momentum hard to judge: UK-GBCThe latest statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that almost 19,000 Green Deal assessments have been lodged since the launch of the scheme earlier this year. The total number of assessments received as at the end of April was 18,http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89529/05/2013 00:00:00Green Deal could stall without SME support, warns FMBThe Federation of Master Builders has warned that small building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal scheme if the shortfall in installers is to be resolved.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89428/05/2013 00:00:00Renewable energy targets unlikely to ensure cost-effective decarbonisation: EcofysA new report by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Organisation together with Ecofys has found that the introduction of a target for emission reduction alone is insufficient if the EU is to reach its ambition of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89324/05/2013 00:00:00Green Deal could stall without SME support, warns FMBThe Federation of Master Builders has warned that small building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal scheme if the shortfall in installers is to be resolved.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89123/05/2013 00:00:00Green Deal momentum hard to judge: UK-GBCThe latest statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that almost 19,000 Green Deal assessments have been lodged since the launch of the scheme earlier this year. The total number of assessments received as at the end of April was 18,http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89222/05/2013 00:00:00UK low-carbon tech start-ups targeting export marketsNew research by Shell Springboard and the Carbon Trust has revealed that the number of small UK businesses that are targeting a growing international market for low carbon products has doubled in the last 24 months. The number has risen from 37% in 2011 tohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=89021/05/2013 00:00:00Europe could save €45bn in renewables pushA recent study by Siemens has found that the heart of renewable expansion lies in the choice of location. The study which was carried out in association with the Technical University of Munich found that if installations were to be introduced onto sites inhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88920/05/2013 00:00:00Government affirms commitment to energy reformsHer Majesty The Queen has recently addressed Parliament with her plans for the Government’s legislative programme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88817/05/2013 00:00:00Carbon-cutting technologies given government backingThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently announced a £21 million fund to assist entrepreneurs introduce new and innovative low carbon products. The Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, Energy Storage competition and the Advanced Heat Storage Scheme http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88716/05/2013 00:00:00Fallon says capacity market details are imminentMichael Fallon, Minister of State for Energy at the Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently spoken at the EUA/IGEM Gas Awards.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88615/05/2013 00:00:00Consumers in the dark over smart metersAccording to a new survey by Pike research, the majority of consumers do not understand the purpose and workings of smart meters. The consumer survey found that the crucial element for creating positive consumer impressions of smart meters lies in consumerhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88514/05/2013 00:00:00Welsh public show strong support for windfarmsA recent poll published by YouGov has outlined that 64% of people in Wales support the development of wind power as part of the mix of renewable and conventional energy sources. The report was commissioned by RenewableUK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88413/05/2013 00:00:00Trade associations says wider engagement needed on EMRThe Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is expected to consult with the energy sector further on the design of the Electricity Reform Market. Six trade organisations came together to write to Energy Secretary Ed Davey and Energy Minister Michaehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88310/05/2013 00:00:00Renewable heat scheme launches for social landlordsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently launched a new £6 million competition with the aim of getting renewable heating kits in the homes of social tenants across the UK. The fund will introduce heat pumps, solar thermal panels and biomashttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88109/05/2013 00:00:00EU energy sector faces funding shortfall, says Lords committeeThe Lords Committee has recently spoken out about its concerns of the uncertainty for achieving an affordable, secure and low carbon energy mix. The concerns arise from an eight-month inquiry by the Committee where they sought feedback from many organisatihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88208/05/2013 00:00:00National Solar Centre officially opened by BarkerThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently opened the BRE National Solar Centre. It will be a centre of excellence and knowledge in the use of solar energy in the UK and provide an outlet for the independent voice of the industry. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=88007/05/2013 00:00:00£100mn regional Green Deal scheme to create 600 jobsThe 11 local authorities across the Leeds City Region have pledged to work together to deliver the Government’s Green Deal initiative. It will enable more than 12,000 homes to introduce energy efficiency measures to reduce carbon emissions but also the homhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87903/05/2013 00:00:00Imported emissions driving up UK's carbon footprint: CCCThe latest report from the Committee on Climate Change, named “Reducing the UK’s carbon footprint and managing competitiveness risks” has been critiqued by the CBI. Rhina Kelly, CBI Director for Business Environment Policy said:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87802/05/2013 00:00:00£15mn fund for deep-water wind announced by Scottish governmentFergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism in Scotland has recently announced a new fund to develop deep-water turbine foundations. The Scottish Innovative Foundation Technologies Fund will support developing prototype foundations for offshohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87701/05/2013 00:00:00Leading EU states using prior measures to meet efficiency targets, says co-generation industry Sources in the co-generation industry have revealed that Germany, Britain and the Netherlands are including energy conservation measures already taken by them to meet their targets under the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87630/04/2013 00:00:00Up to 80% of fossil fuel reserves are "unburnable", argues Carbon Tracker New research published by Carbon Tracker together with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment has called for regulators, governments and investors to look more closely at their business models in view of their carbon budgets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87529/04/2013 00:00:00Resource Efficient Scotland kicked off by the Scottish GovernmentA new Government funded programme has been launched named Resource Efficient Scotland. It aims to assist both businesses, the public and third sectors to make savings through using their resources more effectively. The programme will also offer advice and http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87426/04/2013 00:00:00Energy policy "dithering" to cost jobs and investmentsGeneral Secretary at TUC, Frances O’Grady has warned that companies are being deterred from investing and creating jobs in the UK as a result of the Government “dithering” over its policy on energy and climate change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87325/04/2013 00:00:00Community interest company raises £82,000 to support local energyA new community interest company, Communities for Renewables CIC has been created by Regen SW and Green Trust CIC. The new company has recently announced it has raised £82,000 of investment. The company’s first year target was £50,000 which it has exceededhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87224/04/2013 00:00:00UK-GBC encouraged by Green Deal "momentum"The Department for Energy and Climate Change had published findings showing more than 9,000 Green Deal assessments have been lodged since the launch in January. Up until the end of February 1,803 assessments were received and this rose to 9,268 by the end http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87123/04/2013 00:00:00Scotland has climate change clout, says SalmondScottish First Minister, Alex Salmond has announced that an independent defence policy in Scotland would be based on global partnerships including the membership of key personnel NATO. The First Minister addressed the Brookings Institution in Washington DChttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=87022/04/2013 00:00:00Government to back CCS projects for EU fundingThe European Commission has launched its second call for CCS proposals earlier this month. Funding under NER300 is for projects across Europe to safely and environmentally capture and store CO2 on a commercial scale. The funding will also be available to ihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86919/04/2013 00:00:00Energy deal to save £84mn for government billThe Minister of the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude has recently announced a new deal to significantly reduce the Government’s costs on energy and to create hundreds of local jobs.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86818/04/2013 00:00:00MP says Biomass crucial to UK energy mixNigel Adams, Conservative MP of Selby and Ainsty has spoken out in support of biomass being a crucial element to the UK energy mix. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86717/04/2013 00:00:00Domestic RHI faces further delayThe Government has recently described the next steps to achieve affordable, low carbon heating within the nation’s energy mix. Currently over 80% of heating in UK homes and business premises is produced by burning fossil fuels and over one third of the UK’http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86616/04/2013 00:00:00Millions available for low-carbon projects under European Commission initiativeThe European Commission has recently called for a second round of proposals under the NER300 programme. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86515/04/2013 00:00:00Scottish government celebrates record-breaking year for renewableFergus Ewing, Energy Minister has welcomed new findings showing 2012 as a record year for renewable generation in Scotland. He has spoken out in support of Scotland’s continued progress towards its renewable electricity targets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86412/04/2013 00:00:00Industry agrees energy efficiency targets extension with governmentA new Climate Change Agreements scheme started yesterday where the UK Energy Intensive Industries have agreed to stretch their energy efficiency improvements target to 2020. This would create an overall 11% energy efficiency improvement across all industryhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86311/04/2013 00:00:00Promoting renewables requires EU-wide approach, say MEPsA non-binding resolution recently adopted by the Energy Committee is set to address the need for targets after 2020, the promotion of renewables at EU level through an integrated system and the resolution of uncertainty in investment.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86210/04/2013 00:00:00Scottish government calls for action on energy efficiencyThe Scottish public are being urged to make energy efficient improvements to their homes in a bid to reduce bills. Margaret Burgess, Housing and Welfare Minister announced that households can apply for financial assistance of £1,200 to pay for energy improhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86109/04/2013 00:00:00New office to examine community benefits from frackingThe Chancellor has recently announced that one of the priorities for the DECC’s new Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil (OUGO) will be the community benefit of shale gas exploration. OUGO is a department within the DECC set to focus on the promotion of sahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=86008/04/2013 00:00:00Westminster must act on supply warnings: SNPScottish and Southern Electricity have indicated that they will be reducing their generating capacity. Experts expect that this should be a warning to the Government of the damage being caused to the sector by the energy policy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85905/04/2013 00:00:00Welsh windfarm given DECC go-aheadThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently approved the construction of a 28-wind power development. The wind farm will be sited at Brechfa Forest West, Carmarthenshire in Wales.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85804/04/2013 00:00:00Warmer homes funding confirmed by Scottish governmentHousing and Welfare Minister, Margaret Burgess has announced that from this month more than 300,000 households will be eligible for free insulation and heating. The measure is a result of the Energy Company Obligation in Scotland which is supported by a £1http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85703/04/2013 00:00:00UK commits to EU co-operation on nuclear powerThe UK has hosted the joint communion of twelve EU member states who have shown an interest in pursuing nuclear energy. The twelve states together anticipate that nuclear energy could play a significant part in the EU’s low carbon energy mix. They feel thahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85602/04/2013 00:00:00Proposed EU sea planning law to boost investor certainty, says EWEAAccording to the European Commission Directive on maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management recently published, EU member states will need to plan their use of sea space and combine works sharing sea basins.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85528/03/2013 00:00:00Statistics confirm over 1,800 Green Deal Assessments lodgedThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has released its monthly instalment of Experimental Statistics presenting the first statistics on the Green Deal for the domestic sector together with the Energy Company Obligation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85427/03/2013 00:00:00Offshore windfarms boost coastal community projectsChief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander has announced a fund to support coastal communities around the UK in creating jobs and to enable them to carry out local projects. The announcement has been welcomed by RenewableUK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85326/03/2013 00:00:00DECC seeks to boost early renewables investment decisionsThe Final Investment Decision Enabling Programme has been launched to assist developers of low carbon electricity projects with making final investment decisions ahead of changes to the electricity market in the latter half of 2014. Developers of such projhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85225/03/2013 00:00:00Pioneering Welsh tidal array gets government backingThe Welsh Government has announced its approval to the development of the Skerries Tidal Stream Array, the first commercial tidal energy farm in Wales. The project will be developed by Siemen’s Marine Current Turbines and is expected to supply up to 10,000http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85122/03/2013 00:00:00Energy efficiency standards to be raised for new homesDon Foster, Communities Minister has announced his commitment to energy efficiency improvements in new homes which are anticipated to make savings of £100 per year in energy bills. He has pledged to “close the gap” between the energy efficiency standards thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84821/03/2013 00:00:00No "silver bullet" on business energy efficiency incentives: Carbon TrustThe Carbon Trust has released new research findings for the DECC on the business attitudes to potential energy efficiency policies in the UK.
The research is to inform the decisions made through the early stages of the policy development process with the http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84920/03/2013 00:00:00Energy efficiency key to helping fuel poorEdward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change recently spoke of the progress of the Energy Efficiency Strategy. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84719/03/2013 00:00:00Construction sector low-carbon transition needs urgent support: GCBThe Green Construction Board has called for urgent action in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. The GCB is a joint Government-industry group.
The GCB has produced a Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment which sets out a plan for the sector to meethttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84618/03/2013 00:00:00Pickles to face judicial review over energy efficiency proposalsA representative of the Association for the Conservation of Energy has announced.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=85015/03/2013 00:00:00RHI reform plans confirmed by governmentThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has announced that the Government’s long term renewable heat scheme for commercial, industrial and community organisations is to remain within the budget. The scheme, the Renewable Heat Incentive, aims to changehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84514/03/2013 00:00:00Energy Bill leaves investors underwhelmed: Ernst & YoungThe Government’s Energy Bill has not reached the high expectations of investors according to Ernst & Young’s latest quarterly global “Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices”. The CAI scores 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable enehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84413/03/2013 00:00:00Germany scraps second carbon auctionAccording to recent Bloomberg reports, Europe’s carbon price has fallen again this month as a result of Germany scrapping a second carbon auction of EU allowances. They cancelled because bids failed to reach the asking price.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84312/03/2013 00:00:00EMR transition key to wave and tidal industry: RenewableUKAccording to a report from Renewable UK, the Energy Market Reform will either “make or break” the wave and tidal energy sector. The renewable trade association has said that the move from the Renewable Obligation to Contracts for Difference is a critical shttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84211/03/2013 00:00:00EMR process undermining offshore wind potential, claims EwingEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing has warned the Government that the uncertainty for investors created by electricity market reform if putting at risk thousands of offshore wind jobs. He described that mixed messages from the coalition on energy policy and genehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84108/03/2013 00:00:00Alliance urges MPs to back Energy Bill decarbonisation targetMPs have been called to support changes to the Energy Bill by an alliance of organisations so the UK has a near to carbon-free power sector by 2030.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=84007/03/2013 00:00:0011th hour turn-around on waste-to-energy supportThe Government recently made a last minute decision to scrap £200 million of financial support to three major waste-to-energy projects designed to assist the UK in meeting its renewable energy and landfill targets. This was through a Waste Infrastructure Chttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83906/03/2013 00:00:00UK needs budget for energy efficient homes, chancellor warnedThe Federation of Master Builders has recently warned the Chancellor to include within the Budget measures to ensure British homes are more energy efficient. They advise in turn this would create work within the construction industry as well as assist houshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83805/03/2013 00:00:00Smart meter awareness struggling to improveNew research by the Department for Energy and Climate Change has found that the public awareness of smart meters has remained stable throughout the last year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83704/03/2013 00:00:00Government confirms backing for Retail Market ReviewThe Government has confirmed its support of the Retail Market Review and has expressed that it is keen for Ofgem to implement measures of reform as soon as possible.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83601/03/2013 00:00:00Energy efficiency key to keeping lights on: Consumer FocusMike O’Connor, Chief Executive of Consumer Focus has responded to Ofgem’s warning of rising future energy bills by saying ...http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83528/02/2013 00:00:00DECC confirms make-up of EMR panelMinisters have recently announced the appointment of Robert Spedding to the Coal Authority, together with the selection of experts to be appointed to the first Electricity Market Reform Panel of Technical Experts. The panel will provide an independent sourhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83427/02/2013 00:00:00Listen to the scientists on climate changeSecretary of State Edward Davey has recently called for the Government to listen to the opinions of scientific experts on climate change. In his speech recently given in London, Davey saidhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83326/02/2013 00:00:00Co-operatives UK backs call for Energy Bill CO2 targetCo-operatives UK are calling for a clear carbon reduction target for the electricity sector within the Energy Bill. The organisation represents 35 renewable energy co-operatives and businesses pushing forward with renewable energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82825/02/2013 00:00:00European Commission gives Green Deal approvalThe European Commission has found that the Government’s support of £600 million through the Green Deal does correspond with the EU’s state aid rules. The Green Deal is a central policy for the UK towards improving energy efficiency.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83122/02/2013 00:00:00NLA launches Green Deal solution for landlordsThe National Landlords Association has recently launched the NLA Green Deal. It is a complete Green Deal scheme which allows landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties with assistance from the fund. Improvements such as cavity walhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82721/02/2013 00:00:00European wind industry facing skills shortageA report by the EU’s Wind Energy Technology Platform has warned that the European wind industry is faced with a skills shortage of approximately 5,500 qualified staff each year. This is equivalent to 5% of the whole industry. It is anticipated that this shhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83220/02/2013 00:00:00ENA hails progress on scrap metal lawsAs a result of the recent passing of the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill, Energy Networks Association Chief Executive David Smith has said:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=83019/02/2013 00:00:00DECC seeks contingency funding for Energy Bill preparationThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has asked for a cash advance from the Contingencies Fund of £4,851,000 for the year 2012/2013 to carry out urgent preparatory works for National Grid plc. The organisation will use the funding to recruit a Panelhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82918/02/2013 00:00:00UK to examine green energy import deal with IrelandEdward Davey, UK Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, together with the Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, have together announced their joint commitment to ensuring security of economic benefits for both counhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82613/02/2013 00:00:00UK energy efficiency policies set to drive foreign investmentThe Government has said that the Green Deal together with its wider energy efficiency policy is set to create the right market conditions to promote foreign investment. This could make the UK a leader in energy efficiency innovation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82512/02/2013 00:00:00Policy-makers unlikely to meet global warming targets: Swiss ReA recent report published by reinsurance company Swiss Re has said that despite global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions it is unlikely this will be sufficient to restrict global temperature increases to the targeted 2 degrees Celsius.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82411/02/2013 00:00:00Hayes determined to put "coal into the coalition"Following the US Energy Information Administration data which shows China accounts for 47% of the global consumption of coal, Chief Executive of the World Coal Organisation, Milton Catelin has said:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82308/02/2013 00:00:00Green growth has massive economic potentialA recent letter from a collection of business groups to the Chancellor George Osborne has said that the construction industry is key to green growth. The letter states that the industry has a remarkable degree of unity on the matter of economic potential fhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82207/02/2013 00:00:00European Commission survey reveals strong support for green energyA recent survey of over 25,500 EU member state citizens has found that the majority of Europeans believe investment in renewable energy should be prioritised over the next 30 years. This is in comparison to alternative energy sources including shale gas, nhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82106/02/2013 00:00:00Cameron puts Britain at "heart" of EU, but demands changePrime Minister David Cameron has recently described his views on the European Union and Britain’s place within it. In his speech he set out the three major challenges he anticipates faces the EU.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=82005/02/2013 00:00:00Energy efficiency refurbishment is "best bet" for property sectorA report published by Urban Land Institute and PwC named “Emerging Trends in Real Estate, Europe 2013” has described how the refurbishment of existing buildings to the new standards could make them effective green assets for the property sector over the nehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81904/02/2013 00:00:00Energy efficiency key to Welsh emissions reductionsThe Climate Change Committee has reported on the progress made by Wales towards reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change. In particular Wales’ flood defence budget has been well protected although with the growing risk of flooding as a result http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81801/02/2013 00:00:00DECC funding to boost local energy schemesIt has recently been announced that 132 projects in the UK are to receive a share of a £46 million Government fund in a bid to reduce fuel poverty and boost energy efficiency. It is hoped the fund will promote collective switching and purchasing. The fund http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81731/01/2013 00:00:00Labour MP seeking to close energy efficiency loopholeThe Government is under pressure from the Labour party to legislate against a loophole that allows landlords to avoid giving tenants information on how energy efficient their property is if a tenant rents out an individual room.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81630/01/2013 00:00:00Labour call Opposition Day Debate over Warm Front SchemeRecent statistics announced by Labour expect over 50,000 low-income households are to be left cold this winter as consumers avoid the increasing energy costs. Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary revealed that as a result http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81529/01/2013 00:00:00EU must recognise benefits of energy efficiency, says business allianceThe European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) has called for the European Commission to recognise the full role of energy efficiency in creating jobs and economic growth. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81428/01/2013 00:00:00Davey launches "attractive" Green Deal Cashback SchemeEdward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary has recently announced a new Green Deal Cashback Scheme designed to assist households to make energy efficiency home improvements alongside the Green Deal. Awards under the scheme can be as much as £1,000 whttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81325/01/2013 00:00:00Climate change policies on track, despite "dangerous emissions growth"The Global Legislators Organisation has recently released the 3rd edition of its Climate Legislation Study. The study was published in partnership with Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81224/01/2013 00:00:00OFT sends shot across bows of energy efficiency sectorIn the OFT’s bid to raise compliance standards across the installation sector, the OFT has written over 50 leading suppliers and installers of double-glazing, solar panels and insulation asking them to continue providing a consistently good standard of serhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81123/01/2013 00:00:00Energy matters to be prioritised under Irish EU presidencyMinister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte has described his focus for Ireland’s Presidency of the EU saying:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=81022/01/2013 00:00:00DECC boosts bioenergy entrepreneursGreg Barker, Energy and Climate Change Minister, has recently awarded seven British entrepreneurs a share of a £292,000 fund in a bid to support innovation in bioenergy. The investment is part of the DECC’s three phase wetlands biomass to bioenergy £2 millhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80922/01/2013 00:00:00Businesses face fines under new energy performance rulesThe Groceries Code Adjudicator will have a range of remedies available to them for companies found to have breached the industry guidelines. Remedies include making recommendations, naming and shaming defaulting companies, levying fines and being able to ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80821/01/2013 00:00:00Nearly a quarter forced to choose between heating and eatingA recent survey by internet forum, Netmums has found that nearly one-quarter of mothers are having to make a decision on whether to eat or heat their homes. This comes as a result of rapidly increasing energy costs. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80718/01/2013 00:00:00DECC outlines winter support for most vulnerableEnergy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has urged for the elderly and vulnerable to take advantage of UK schemes to assist in keeping them warm this winter. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80617/01/2013 00:00:00Council in line to save thousands on energy costsThe Council is in line to save up to one-third of its annual energy costs as a result of installing a range of energy efficiency measures in its corporate properties. Energy services company, Anesco Energy Services (South) Limited is providing the upgradeshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80516/01/2013 00:00:00UK leads EU scheme to drive bioenergy innovationThe UK has partnered with seven other EU countries in a scheme designed to develop innovative bioenergy projects. The UK has pledged £10 million towards the fund. Bioenergy is recognised by experts to be one of the most versatile forms of low carbon and rehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80415/01/2013 00:00:00Jersey energy plan aims for 80% cut in carbon emissionsJersey’s new draft energy plan describes their aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. The Department for the Environment has suggested a long-term plan which would involve the use of alternative energy resources to include wind and tidal enhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80314/01/2013 00:00:00Lovegrove confirmed as DECC permanent secretaryThe appointment of Stephen Lovegrove as new Permanent Secretary of the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been approved by the Prime Minister together with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Lovegrove’s appointment will take efhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80211/01/2013 00:00:00Energy policy needs more clarity, say manufacturersA recent survey by engineering firm GE has found that manufacturers have “high levels of concern” about the UK’s energy policies. The survey was carried out with participants from the UK high-tech manufacturing sector. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80110/01/2013 00:00:00Scotland most attractive UK destination for renewables investmentThe Scottish National Party has welcomed a report by international law firm, Pinsent Masons which shows 84% of respondents felt Scotland is the most attractive part of the UK for the purposes of investment. The report named “Scotland’s place in the Renewabhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=80009/01/2013 00:00:00DECC funding seeks to spur offshore wind innovationThe Department for Energy and Climate Change is seeking innovative ideas to reduce the costs of offshore wind energy and has invited applicants to put their ideas into reality through the launch of two competitions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79208/01/2013 00:00:00Government heralds energy efficiency revolutionThe Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced a new strategy of energy efficiency measures with a view to cutting the UK’s energy usage by 11% by 2020. The new strategy sets out four barriers to energy efficiency improvements namely:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79107/01/2013 00:00:00European Commission "stops the clock" on EU ETS aviation emissionsConnie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action said "The EU has always been very clear: nobody wants an international framework tackling CO2-emissions from aviation more than we do. Our EU legislation is not standing in the way of this. On the contrahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79004/01/2013 00:00:00Energy efficiency investment key to boosting economy: Consumer FocusConsumer Focus has published a new report that suggests that to invest money raised from carbon taxes into a major energy efficiency programme could be the most productive way of boosting the economy whilst at the same time create employment opportunities.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=78903/01/2013 00:00:00Government consents to deepwater wellJohn Hayes, Energy Minister has given consent to Chevron North Sea Limited to drill the deepwater Cambo-5 well on the west side of the Shetland Isles. Chevron is to drill the well on behalf of the block licence operator Hess Limited.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79302/01/2013 00:00:00Government RO proposals threaten commitment to sustainable bioenergyAccording to a new report, the subsidising of large-scale power generation from wood will risk undermining the Government’s commitment to sustainable bio-energy. The report prepared by the RSPB together with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Dirtier thahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79431/12/2012 00:00:00CRC to be simplified ahead of 2016 reviewFrom 2013, the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) will be “simplified” to provide administrative savings for businesses. The announcement was made by the Treasury earlier this month. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79528/12/2012 00:00:00DECC cuts EU ETS red tapeThe Government has proposed a single regulatory instrument for Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading System which will be considered by Parliament this month. The Regulations together with the response to the consultation and details of the “opt-out” schemhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79627/12/2012 00:00:00MPs to hear evidence on Green Deal progress indicatorsThe Green Deal was introduced as the Government’s flagship scheme to assist householders and businesses to increase their energy efficiency through the introduction of energy saving measures. The scheme aims to reduce energy consumption whilst reducing thehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79724/12/2012 00:00:00New strategy will give industry confidence boost: Energy UKAngela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK has commented on the recent Gas Generation Strategy statement saying:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79821/12/2012 00:00:00UK and Germany to back climate action in developing countriesEarlier this month the German Federal Ministry for the Environment together with the Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Department for Energy and Climate Change have announced a new NAMA facility to support partner countries to introduce actionhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=79920/12/2012 00:00:00Security of energy supply a major worry for UK businessAhead of the introduction of the Energy Bill, the British Chambers of Commerce has published the results of a business energy survey. Approximately 3,500 companies were surveyed and the results show that the energy market must deliver the following:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=78614/12/2012 00:00:00Green Deal applicants to face credit checksIn response to guidance from the Office of Fair Trading, the Green Deal Finance Company, who will provide 80% of the scheme’s funding, will carry out credit checks on applications. This may exclude tenants with a poor-credit history from being able to benehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=78513/12/2012 00:00:00Global wind power market could triple by 2020Greenpeace International together with the Global Wind Energy Council have published their bi-annual report describing the future of wind energy. The recent edition is the fourth of its kind and shows that wind power could supply up to 12% of global electrhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=78412/12/2012 00:00:00Scottish government confirms further energy efficiency fundingThe Scottish Government has recently announced a further £6 million fund to install energy efficient measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation into Scottish homes. It is anticipated that this will enable a further 10,000 homes to install such measurhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=78311/12/2012 00:00:00Scottish government approve windfarm proposalsEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing has recently approved the Beinneum wind farm in the Highlands which will bring £30 million to the Highland economy. The 85 megawatt farm will have 25 turbines and will create sufficient energy to fund 40,000 homes. It is anticihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=78210/12/2012 00:00:00Heseltine review argues need for "clear and consistent" energy policyLord Heseltine has called for the Government to introduce a “clear and consistent” energy policy if it is going to ensure security in offshore wind investment and subsequently improve economic growth in the Humber-region.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=78107/12/2012 00:00:00Green investors call for fair view of energy subsidiesThe UK Government is scheduled to publish the Energy Bill next month which will have a consequential effect on how we meet the energy needs of our future generations. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=78006/12/2012 00:00:00DECC reveals renewable heating scheme beneficiariesA share of a £3.2 million fund has recently been awarded to each of 44 social housing projects with a view to getting renewable heating into social housing homes across the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77905/12/2012 00:00:00Davey reaffirms government commitment to onshore windThe Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey has affirmed the Government’s commitment to onshore wind. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77804/12/2012 00:00:00Scottish government launches Warm Homes FundThe Scottish Government has launched a £50million fund to invest in green energy projects and alternative energy sources across Scotland. The pilot scheme was announced by Housing Minister Margaret Burgess and will take place in Glasgow and the Highlands.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77703/12/2012 00:00:00FTSE 350 firms preparing for carbon reporting standardsWith new mandatory carbon reporting regulations due to come into effect in 2013, a new report has outlined that over two-thirds of the FTSE 350 firms have said that they are ready to comply and three-quarters of mid-sized firms are committed to delivering http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77630/11/2012 00:00:00Fuel poverty charity urges measures to support cold homesThe National Energy Action charity for fuel poverty is calling for George Osborne to address the matter of cold homes in his autumn statement. With colder temperatures expected this winter alongside the rise in energy bills, the charity is calling for urgehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77529/11/2012 00:00:00Government affirms commitment to CCSThe Government has recently affirmed its commitment to carbon capture and storage (CCS) and insists it will comply with the EU funding process and put forward projects to the European Commission. The reassurance results from recent rumours that developers http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77428/11/2012 00:00:00Davey plays down Doha expectationsIn his speech at the recent conference hosted by the CBI, Energy and Climate Change Minister, Edward Davey said:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77327/11/2012 00:00:00Government should keep "options open" in low-carbon transition for domestic heatingThe Energy Networks Association has published a report suggesting that gas could continue to be an essential source to heat consumer’s homes into the future. The report analyses how the various heating sources the UK currently has available could be effecthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77226/11/2012 00:00:00Government focusing on keeping bills lowIn a recent event held by the CBI, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey has outlined his commitment to providing certainty to investors through the impending Energy Bill. He has detailed that this will release extensive funding for infrastructure http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77123/11/2012 00:00:00Clear and stable policy decisions needed to meet 2020 renewables target, claims MPChair of the Parliamentary renewable and sustainability group, Alan Whitehead has urged policy makers to firm up a definitive plan for progress towards reaching UK’s 2020 renewable target. He suggested that the UK would be able to reach its target of 15% chttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=77022/11/2012 00:00:00Davey to launch £20mn CCS funding in ScotlandDavey to launch £20mn CCS funding in Scotland
Edward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Minister has toured Scotland to outline his support for the energy sector and described how it can be utilised to create jobs and business.
The Minister visited Shetlahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76921/11/2012 00:00:00Green Alliance report emphasises benefit of demand reductionA recent report published by the Green Alliance has said that policies to encourage energy efficiency could result in a 40% reduction in electricity demand by 2030.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76820/11/2012 00:00:00First national Green Deal service for landlords confirmedThe Residential Landlords Association has recently announced a Green Deal Service which is to be managed by Enact Energy and will offer free and grant funded insulation and heating works under the Energy Company Obligation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76719/11/2012 00:00:00Onshore wind has rigorous application process: DaveyEdward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary has reassured that every application for new onshore wind farms will be considered on their merits. He advised that developers were required to carry out “rigorous analysis” of the impact of their projects http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76616/11/2012 00:00:00Scottish government opens £103mn fund for green investmentFirst Minister Alex Salmond has recently opened a renewable energy investment fund (REIF) designed to stimulate private investment in sustainable energy and renewable heating projects in Scotland. The REIF is initially concerned with wave and tidal energy,http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76515/11/2012 00:00:00Suppliers committed to keeping energy bills down: Energy UKAngela Knight, Chief Executive of Energy UK has commented on the Labour Party’s Press Release named “Labour published Policy Review document on Energy Market Reform ahead of Commons debate” saying:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76414/11/2012 00:00:00Flint urges need for collective switchingLocal Government is ready to commence its largest collective energy switch project with approximately 26 Councils being in talks to join the initiative. Greater Manchester Combined Authority is part of the discussions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76313/11/2012 00:00:00Green Deal delays harming construction industry: Federation of Master BuildersAccording to the Federation of Master Builders, delays to the commencement of the Green Deal will hinder growth within the construction industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76212/11/2012 00:00:00Norstec network to discuss North Sea clean energy potentialA new network of over forty organisations, called Nortec, will join to seek a long-term vision for the deployment of offshore wind in the northern seas.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76109/11/2012 00:00:00Scottish government opens district heating fundFergus Ewing, Energy Minister has recently announced a £2.49 million fund for loans towards district heating schemes. The fund is intended to assist in cutting fuel bills and carbon emissions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=76008/11/2012 00:00:00Small-scale renewables to continue receiving RO supportEnergy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, has confirmed that businesses will be able to seek support under the Renewable Obligation for small scale renewable technologies. The Government had suggested looking to exclude new small scale solar, anaerobhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75907/11/2012 00:00:00Offshore wind "best resource" for keeping energy costs downMainstream Renewable Power, the global renewable energy company has published a report detailing the importance of wind in developing low cost energy policy within the UK. The report seeks to apply the modern investment portfolio theory to energy policy inhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75806/11/2012 00:00:00Government warned rogue traders might cash in on Green DealWith the Government’s flagship Green Deal scheduled to commence from April 2013, the Government is being urged by a group of 20 consumer advice bodies, charities and trade associations to tackle the risk of rogue traders benefitting under the scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75705/11/2012 00:00:00Businesses urged to compete for global low-carbon opportunitiesTwo recent reports have outlined the opportunities in Brazil and South Korea for low carbon business development. One report was carried out by the Carbon Trust and identified £125 billion of alternative energy source opportunities in Brazil whilst a furthhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75602/11/2012 00:00:00UK and Chinese science agencies to fund smart grid researchLeading scientists in the UK and China are partnering to develop green technologies which will advance the way electricity is distributed by the national power grids. It is hoped that it will assist the countries to reduce their carbon footprint and improvhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75501/11/2012 00:00:00Renewable Heat Incentive edges nearer for domestic sectorThe Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was announced in November last year for the commercial and business sector with an equivalent scheme intended to be launched for individuals in the summer of next year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75431/10/2012 00:00:00Smart meters to play "integral role" in energy infrastructureAn extensive set of smart meters are currently being deployed throughout Europe which is anticipated to revolutionise the electricity industry. The deployment is expected to trigger the advancement of technical innovation in electricity metering which woulhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75330/10/2012 00:00:00Lib Dems call for power sector decarbonisationThe Liberal Democrats have recently adopted motions to decarbonise the energy sector by 2030 together with approval of the Green Investment Bank being allowed to borrow money before the national debt has started to fall.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75229/10/2012 00:00:00Davey outlines new powers for OfgemEdward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary has announced a set of new powers which will be given to Ofgem to ensure the fair treatment of energy consumers. The Government is also seeking to ensure that better deals for gas and electricity are more rhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75126/10/2012 00:00:00Cities to receive share of £12mn Green Deal packageSeven cities in England are set to receive a share of the £12 million fund set aside to implement the Green Deal within the regions. The receivers have been chosen on the basis of their ambitious proposals to lower carbon emissions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=75025/10/2012 00:00:00Farmers turn to renewable energy amid cost fearsAccording to new research carried out by Barclays, 82% of farmers are looking for opportunities to invest in sustainable energy with 33% looking to make an investment within the next two years. Almost one-third of farmers anticipate that the transition to http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=74924/10/2012 00:00:00Small-scale waste project to profit from Green Investment Bank fundingVince Cable, Business Secretary has recently announced the first project for Government-appointed fund managers in the small scale waste sector.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=74823/10/2012 00:00:00Bennett confirmed as new Green Party leaderNatalie Bennett has been elected as the new leader of the Green Party in England and Wales. She has formerly been a Guardian journalist and stood for a series of parliamentary and council elections in North London. Will Duckworth, Green Party Councillor fohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=74622/10/2012 00:00:00Workforce could benefit from appointment of Hayes: RenewableUKThe trade and professional body for the wind and marine energy industry has spoken out in support of the appointment of John Hayes as the new Energy Minister. Hayes replaces Charles Hendry who has continued in the role since May 2010 when the coalition govhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=74519/10/2012 00:00:00SMEs "passing the buck" on energy efficiencyA new research report published by Eon suggests that smaller businesses are not making the more easily obtained energy savings as workers are “passing the buck”. The report looked at practices in the workplace and found that just 10% of employees in small http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=74418/10/2012 00:00:00New energy minister wants balanced low-carbon system to meet energy challengesOn the first day in his new role as Energy Minister, John Hayes has outlined his aim to achieve a low-carbon system to meet energy challenges.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=74317/10/2012 00:00:00UK passes 4GW wind energy generation milestoneUK wind farms have recently set a milestone as they reached a record level of wind power production. The wind farms have recently peaked at a 4GW production level earlier this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=74216/10/2012 00:00:00Rising number of businesses choosing renewable energy generationAccording to Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Vestas, green businesses are seeking for their energy usage to be sourced completely from renewable alternatives rather than individual purchases. The 2012 Corporate Renewable Energy Index has recently set out http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=74115/10/2012 00:00:00November launch for offshore wind sector competitionsInnovative UK companies have been invited to bid for Government funding of up to £11.2 billion to carry out feasibility studies together with development and demonstration projects. The Government hopes that this will stimulate innovation and progression ihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=74012/10/2012 00:00:00No conflict between green policies and economic growthThe Environment Agency has recently launched an initiative to recognise the assistance given by British businesses in pushing the country to go green despite the current economic climate. The UK’s green economy has grown by £5.4 billion since 2011 and numehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73911/10/2012 00:00:00European Parliament adopts energy information exchange mechanismIt has recently been announced that the European Parliament will be adopting the Karins report to set up an information exchange mechanism for intergovernmental agreements between Member States and third countries on sustainable energy sources.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73810/10/2012 00:00:00Davey disbands common myths surrounding the Energy BillEdward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has set aside the common speculations surrounding the new Energy Bill. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73709/10/2012 00:00:00Barroso says more work needed on climate changeJose Manueal Barroso, EU Commission President has called for further efforts from the EU towards an effective global solution to climate change. Borroso called for the EU to lead by example on international issues. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73608/10/2012 00:00:00Lord Deben confirmed as new Climate Change Committee chairThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently announced Lord Deben PC to be the new Chair of the Committee on Climate Change. Deben is the founder and director of Sancroft, a Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy company which consults wihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73405/10/2012 00:00:00Tax measures to encourage North Sea investment confirmed by governmentThe Chancellor of the Exchequer has recently announced a new tax measure in a bid to support extensive investment in older oil and gas fields in the North Sea. It is anticipated that this will increase tax revenues within the industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73504/10/2012 00:00:00Government to fight EU VAT rulingThe VAT on energy efficiency products had previously been reduced to 5% in a bid to address fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. However the EU has recently ruled that the UK must raise the VAT on such products to 20% and the Government is now challenhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73303/10/2012 00:00:00Multi-million pound boost for electric vehicle battery technologyThe Government has recently announced a new UK Energy Storage Research and Development Centre to advance electric and hybrid vehicle batteries in a bid to offer assistance to the automotive industry. The Centre, which has been co-funded by the Government ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73202/10/2012 00:00:00EU adopts Energy Efficiency DirectiveA new EU energy efficiency directive has recently been approved which will see the introduction of mandatory energy-saving measures together with energy saving schemes for utilities, large firm energy audits and renovation of public buildings. The Directivhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73101/10/2012 00:00:00New industrial strategy calls for sector strategiesThe Business Secretary has recently spoken out on his vision for the progression of the British energy industry. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=73028/09/2012 00:00:00Landlords set to take advantage of Green DealA recent panel consultation has been carried out by the National Landlords Association which has shown that the majority of landlords are keen to take the opportunity to carry out energy efficiency measures that will be available from October. A significanhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72927/09/2012 00:00:00Sustainability criteria for biomass generators to be enhancedNew Government proposals will see biomass power stations having to meet strict sustainability criteria if they are to receive government subsidies. The Government published a bio-energy strategy statement early this year which outlined that burning wood, whttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72826/09/2012 00:00:00Davey defends commitment to carbon budgetsEdward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has reaffirmed his commitment to carbon budgets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72725/09/2012 00:00:00MPs urge government to work with China to encourage low-carbon growthA report by the Energy and Climate Change Committee has said that by assisting China on its low-carbon development, it would in turn help the UK to tackle climate change whilst securing high-value business opportunities.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72624/09/2012 00:00:00Highland Council consults on small wind power developmentsThe Highland Council has prepared a guidance document on planning for Small Scale Wind Turbine Proposals. The document will be available on the Council’s website until 4th October 2012 so that the public can consider and give their feedback.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72521/09/2012 00:00:00Green Deal support offered to London SMEsThe Energy Saving Trust has launched a new support system for SMEs to highlight the opportunities brought by the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation. Together with the European Regional Development Fund, the Energy Savings Trust has made available twehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72420/09/2012 00:00:00More impetus needed for sustainable energy transition says IEAThe IEA Executive Director has described how the worldwide goal of a 2 degree Celsius temperature increase limitation is still possible. However she continued to warn that the current international policies have the potential to cause an increase of one-thhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72319/09/2012 00:00:00EU and Australia to link emissions trading systemsIt has recently been announced that Australia and Europe will be linking their emissions trading systems. The Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Hon Greg Combet and the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard hhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72218/09/2012 00:00:00Cornwall renewable energy schemes to benefit from new guidanceNew guidance documents are now available through the Council to assist with applicants for planning under the renewable energy scheme in Cornwall. The guidance documents give both design and preparation advice on the application together with information thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72117/09/2012 00:00:00Scottish government issues guidance for windfarm planning applicationsFergus Ewing, Energy Minister has set out guidance on planning applications for wind energy developments aimed to assist developers, planning authorities and communities in their applications.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=72014/09/2012 00:00:00Government urged further to research Severn barrage plansWWF Cymru, a leading conservation organisation has called for caution to be taken for the plans for a Severn barrage.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71913/09/2012 00:00:00Carbon Trust launches guides to help make energy savingsThe Carbon Trust has recently launched two guides with a view to helping businesses to make energy savings. It has previously been shown that even small or no cost actions by businesses can make a saving of 10% of energy costs. In a lot of cases this is eqhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71812/09/2012 00:00:00Wiltshire wind turbine plans to be put before publicWiltshire Local Authority will shortly be consulting with the public on their local wind farm proposals.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71711/09/2012 00:00:00DECC low-carbon heating scheme open to applicationThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently opened its low carbon heating scheme for communities to applications.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71610/09/2012 00:00:00Government unveils energy efficiency guidanceGuidance published by the Home Energy Conservation Act has requested local authorities prepare a report on their plans to achieve energy efficiency. The guidance sets out how local authorities can improve the efficiency of their residential housing and reqhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71507/09/2012 00:00:00Government affirms commitment to consumption-based emissions reductionIn response to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee’s report on Consumption-Based Emissions Report, the Government has recently published its response.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71406/09/2012 00:00:00Energy efficiency measures could save UK universities nearly £14mnIt is anticipated that by adopting a new energy management standard from the British Standards Institution, approximately 115 universities within the UK could make a saving of up to £13.8 million each year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71305/09/2012 00:00:00Ambitious emissions reduction targets advocated in MPs' reportThe Energy and Climate Change Committee has recently published a report on the future of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Department suggests that Europe should set a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% on 1990 levels by 2020 in order thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71204/09/2012 00:00:00Roc banding review brings good news for onshore windMPs have said that a review of the banding for the Renewables Obligation could incentivise £20-25 billion of new investment in the economy between 2013-2017 which in turn would support further jobs and a reduction in costs to the consumer.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71103/09/2012 00:00:00Government failing industry on green and growth ambitionsThe UK’s manufacturers are calling for the government to review its climate and environment policies ahead of the upcoming Spending Review. They say that the current “complex, costly and incoherent” policies are failing to provide the right incentives to ihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=71031/08/2012 00:00:00Irish windfarms to supply UKThe National Grid has recently announced a firm grid connection of 3000MW has been awarded to Element Power, a global renewable energy developer. This is the first dedicated connection offered to an Irish renewable energy exporter and it will allow Elementhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70930/08/2012 00:00:00Energy sector to benefit from Treasury guarantees schemeA new UK Guarantee scheme has been launched by the Government in an attempt to increase infrastructure investment and give support to UK exporters. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70829/08/2012 00:00:00EU dominates offshore wind capacityThe Wind Energy Update has described how in 2011, developments progressed at a slower rate than in 2010 with only 788.1MW of additional offshore wind capacity being created on the previous year’s 1139.9MW.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70728/08/2012 00:00:00DECC reports slight emissions drop in first quarterThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently reviewed the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK during the first quarter of the year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70627/08/2012 00:00:00Cold weather impacts Scottish emissions levelsEnvironment and Climate Change Minister, Stewart Stevenson has advised how the prolonged periods of cold weather conditions in 2010 has had a major impact on Scotland’s emissions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70524/08/2012 00:00:00EU wind power installations increase sharplyA total of 523.2 megawatts of energy has been created through the connection of 132 new offshore wind turbines being connected to the grid in Europe during the last six months.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70423/08/2012 00:00:00Government responds to CCA consultationsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recognised that it needs to be aware that energy intensive industries need to remain competitive and it is therefore establishing a new policy whereby certain industries can obtain a discount of up to 65% onhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70322/08/2012 00:00:00Significant failures found in Olympic sustainability performanceWWF-UK and BioRegional have recently launched a new report named “Towards a One Planet Olympics Revisited” which recognises that London’s Olympic Games have been the most sustainable Games to date although it goes on to recognise considerable failings.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70221/08/2012 00:00:00Southwest sees major growth in renewable energy capacityA new report by independent experts, Regen SW named the “Renewable Energy Progress Report” has set out how renewable energy has more than doubled in the last year in the south west of England alone. The report reveals the following main findings:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70120/08/2012 00:00:00Barker touts importance of micro-generationAt a recent speech to the Micropower Council, Greg Barker summarised the importance of micro-generation. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=70017/08/2012 00:00:00IEA sees renewable energy growth accelerating over next five yearsA report from the International Energy Agency has set out that it anticipates renewable power generation will continue to grow over the next five years. The report sets out the expectation for power generation from solar, hydropower, wind and other renewabhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69916/08/2012 00:00:00EU Commission bids to improve smart project developmentThe next step for the EU in achieving smart and sustainable environments is consideration of how best to adapt their cities to meet the challenges offered. Approximately 75% of Europeans live in cities which accounts for 70% of the EU’s energy consumption.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69815/08/2012 00:00:00Environmental taxes defined by TreasuryIn an attempt to encourage effective policy making the Government has recently announced its definition of environmental taxes. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69714/08/2012 00:00:00Barroso advocates more ambitious commitments on climate changeCommission President Jose Manuel Barroso has described how the European Union needs to use extra efforts if it is to reach its 2020 green targets. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69613/08/2012 00:00:00Ireland needing major renewables increase to meet energy targetsThe Chief Executive of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Dr Brian Motherway has advised that if Ireland is to meet its binding 2020 target together with reducing CO2 emissions by 8 million tonnes and create 13,000 jobs, then they need to more than dhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69510/08/2012 00:00:00DECC publishes research on solar PVPhotovoltaic (PV) solar cells/panels are renewable electricity-generating systems, which are installed at an optimal angle on a supporting roof or wall. Each solar cell is made from one or two layers of semi-conducting material, such as silicon. When solarhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69409/08/2012 00:00:00Solar energy set to make major impact by 2050A roadmap launched by the International Energy Agency has set out how solar energy could account for one-sixth of the world’s total low-temperature heating and cooling needs by 2050. This would replace approximately 800 megatonnes of carbon dioxide emissiohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69308/08/2012 00:00:00Fourfold increase needed in place of measures for reducing emissionsIn its latest annual progress report, the Committee on Climate Change has reported that despite greenhouse gas emissions falling by 7% in 2011, it is only 0.8% of this that can be accounted for through implementing carbon lowering measures.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69207/08/2012 00:00:00Ireland needing major renewables increase to meet energy targetsThe Chief Executive of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Dr Brian Motherway has advised that if Ireland is to meet its binding 2020 target together with reducing CO2 emissions by 8 million tonnes and create 13,000 jobs, then they need to more than dhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69006/08/2012 00:00:00Ireland needs green investment to meet energy targetsThe International Energy Agency has reported that Ireland has maintained its ambitious energy targets despite the economic downturn. However the Agency has advised that to meet its targets, Ireland must continue to invest even more in renewable technologiehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68903/08/2012 00:00:00NDA agrees plutonium swap dealThe Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has assumed ownership of an amount of German plutonium as part of a commercial deal expecting to financially benefit the UK and secure international nuclear security. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68802/08/2012 00:00:00Energy Efficiency Directive continues legislative progressThe new EU Energy Efficiency Directive agreed by MEPs and the Council recently has now achieved the endorsement of the Energy Committee. The Directive introduces mandatory measures such as renovating public buildings and schemes promoting energy efficiencyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68701/08/2012 00:00:00UK tops global energy efficiency rankingIn the first “International Energy Efficiency Scorecard” published by American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy, the UK has achieved first place, followed closely by Germany, Italy and Japan.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68531/07/2012 00:00:00Davey assures MPs over State Aid rulesEdward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Minister has reassured that the Government would seek to ensure its Electricity Marker Reform was consistent with European State Aid Rules.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68330/07/2012 00:00:00DECC considers Green Deal cashback propositionEarly adopters of the Government’s Green Deal scheme are expected to be able to access generous cashback offers under current plans by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Chancellor George Osborne announced a £200 million fund available to assist http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68427/07/2012 00:00:00More action needed on low-carbon agenda, says Aldersgate GroupIn response to the recent Progress Report published by the Committee on Climate Change, Peter Young, Chairman of the Aldersgate Group has spoken out in the support of further action.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68626/07/2012 00:00:00Government to consult on energy efficiency savingsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently published two key papers that look to the future of the UK’s electricity network. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=69123/07/2012 00:00:00Davey stresses importance of local councilsIn his speech at the LGA Annual Conference, Ed Davey spoke in support of local councils and recognised their importance. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68220/07/2012 00:00:00Bulgaria cuts preferential prices for renewable energyAs a result of the increasing electricity prices, Bulgaria’s energy regulator has taken steps to cut the guaranteed rates for electricity generated by wind and solar power parks. The regulator has cut the preferential feed-in tariff by 50% for the obligatohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68119/07/2012 00:00:00Ban declares Rio+20 a "success"Senior Officials of the United Nations have highlighted the achievements of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development has a global movement in the change in governments, the private sector and civil society towards protection of the environmhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=68018/07/2012 00:00:00Lord Smith sets out Green Investment Bank prioritiesLord Smith of Kelvin, as the new chairman of the Green Investment Bank has detailed his key focus areas over the next three year. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67917/07/2012 00:00:00Greener homes planned for ScotlandAt present more than 25% of Scottish homes suffer from fuel poverty however with the Scottish Government’s latest programme to provide £2 billion worth of investment to homes over the next ten years it is anticipated that the nation will become more energyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67816/07/2012 00:00:00MEPs seal agreement on Energy Efficiency DirectiveA provisional agreement has recently been reached between MEPs and Council negotiators on the Energy Efficiency Directive. Under the Directive, Member States would be required to set national targets and to make specific energy efficiency measures such as http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67713/07/2012 00:00:00Hendry welcomes progress on EU 2050 Energy Road-mapUK Energy Minister Charles Hendry has attended the talks whereby the Energy Council agreed Presidency Conclusions that have gained the support of 26 Member States on the 2050 Energy Roadmap.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67612/07/2012 00:00:00Government's endorsement of wind power welcomed by industryRenewable UK on behalf of the energy industry has welcomed the endorsement of the key role played by the industry in delivering a secure supply of clean electricity throughout the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67511/07/2012 00:00:00Smart meter consumer engagement needs to be "strengthened"The Department for Energy and Climate Change has outlined that it considers consumer engagement to the essential factor in the success of the smart meter roll out.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67410/07/2012 00:00:00UN Sustainable Development conference gets underway in RioAt the Rio+20 Conference world and business leaders, together with participants of governments, private industry and other organisations will discuss the progression of reducing poverty and the advancement of social equity and environmental protection.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67309/07/2012 00:00:00Gemserv chosen as Green Deal oversight bodyThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently announced two appointments for the management of the Green Deal programme. The appointments are:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67206/07/2012 00:00:00Extra £5mn for home renewables in ScotlandEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced further financing to help home owners to install green heating systems in their homes. The fund, valued at £5 million will be available from August where home owners can apply for loans of up to £10,000 to fund rehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67105/07/2012 00:00:00Barker welcomes "fantastic" Sunsolar Oldbury announcementGreg Barker, Climate Change Minister has labelled the new plans for a solar photovoltics manufacturing plant in the West Midlands as “fantastic news”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=67004/07/2012 00:00:00EU Energy Committee paves way towards common energy policyA provisional agreement has been reached between the Council and Energy Committee recently with a view to strengthening the EU countries that are negotiating bilateral energy agreements. The agreement is set to progress a common EU energy policy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66903/07/2012 00:00:00Davey sets out future of wind power sectorAt the annual Global Offshore Wind Energy conference, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey has spoken in support of the expansion of the UK’s renewable industry. Davey confirmed that he was “determined that the UK will remain in the best placehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66802/07/2012 00:00:00Blair backs Clean Revolution step change in renewable energy investmentTony Blair together with a group of international business leaders has said that a “clean revolution” is required to bring the country out of the recession. This would involve a step change in investment in renewable energy, clean technologies and infrastrhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66729/06/2012 00:00:00UK to sign energy agreement with Norway Prime Minister David Cameron has recently visited Norway to discuss a landmark agreement with Prime Minister Stoltenberg. Cameron intends for the agreement to secure an affordable and reliable energy supply to the UK for the future.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66628/06/2012 00:00:00Scotland "leading the way" on green economyStewart Stevenson has set out Scotland’s role in leading the world in the development of renewable energy and is championing the need for climate justice for the world’s more disadvantaged areas.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66527/06/2012 00:00:00Offshore wind industry to cut costs by over 30% in next seven yearsA new report published by the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force has detailed that the UK is on target to reduce the cost of electricity over the next seven years through the use of offshore wind. The report sets out 28 specific recommendations on achhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66426/06/2012 00:00:00Nearly 7,000 businesses sign UN-backed carbon pledgeA global survey has been carried out to look at business policies and actions taken to advance sustainability. The survey, “UN Global Compact 2011 Implementation Survey”, carried out anonymously by 1,300 businesses outlined the following key findings:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66325/06/2012 00:00:00Low-carbon transition compatible with economic growthAt this year’s Hay Festival, Edward Davey, Secretary of State has set out that a move to a low carbon economy would be compatible with growth. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66222/06/2012 00:00:00Low-carbon heating systems for social housing to get government backingAs a result of the success of last year’s social housing landlord competition under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment, the Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently launched a similar scheme. The latest scheme worth £10 million, is aimed at inhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66121/06/2012 00:00:00Ireland sets out potential for renewable energy exportsPat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources has described the scope for Ireland to export renewable energy on a significant scale. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=66020/06/2012 00:00:00UK signs energy agreement with IcelandThe UK and Iceland have recently signed an agreement towards geothermal power whereby Iceland’s volcanoes will provide electricity to the UK. The agreement was initiated by the visit of Charles Hendry, UK Energy Minister to Hellisheidi geothermal field on http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65919/06/2012 00:00:00UK green economy grew £5bn in 2011A new report has been published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that outlines the UK’s success last year in advancing the growth of the green economy. The UK’s goods and services market is shown to have increased to over £122 billion http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65818/06/2012 00:00:00IEA applauds UK's low-carbon visionA recent report published by the International Energy Agency has set out how the UK is leading by example in tackling the low-carbon investment challenge. The report, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – United Kingdom 2012 review” recognises the UK’s long-http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65715/06/2012 00:00:00Green Deal panel for most vulnerable meets for first timeThe ‘Green Deal Hard to Reach Households Panel” has been established by the Government to review how those who are most disadvantaged and vulnerable within the UK are still able to access the benefits created by the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligationhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65614/06/2012 00:00:00DECC promotes Green Deal to SMEsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change together with the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings are holding a number of briefing conferences to advise businesses and consumers on the opportunities available to them as a result of the Green Deal.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65513/06/2012 00:00:00REA welcomes DECC’s fossil fuel reportA new report published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been welcomed by the REA as a “first-step” towards reaching a better understanding of benefits.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65411/06/2012 00:00:00Hendry stresses importance of energy securityCharles Hendry has recently spoken at the All Energy Conference in Aberdeen to explain the governments approach to energy security.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65308/06/2012 00:00:00EWEA after more wind energy investmentEuropean leaders are scheduled to meet to discuss achieving economic growth despite the current financial challenges. They are being called to focus on wind energy which it is argued by experts will create jobs as well as economic benefits.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65207/06/2012 00:00:00Which? issues government five challenges on Green DealThe Government’s flagship Green Deal is due to be launched in October in a bid to encourage consumers to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes with the cost of improvements being repaid through energy bill savings. However, Which? has challenghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65106/06/2012 00:00:00Government rejects renewable energy reportRenewable UK published its Wind Energy Charter in April of this year which commits signatories to investment in the UK wind market, to create jobs and to assist in the reduction of wind power costs. To date approximately 100 businesses have joined in the phttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=65005/06/2012 00:00:00Deregulation agenda stalls green economy plansThe Environmental Audit Committee has recently warned that the Government needs to ensure its plans to “rationalise” the UK’s environmental regulations do not result in a screen for softer rules on health, countryside and wildlife protection. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64904/06/2012 00:00:00Davey sets out next steps on collective purchasingEnergy Secretary, Ed Davey has published a practical advice guidance sheet to advise energy consumers on getting a better deal on their gas and electricity through “collective switching”. He has published an equivalent guidance for businesses and suppliershttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64801/06/2012 00:00:00Davey encourages focus on carbon cutsThe UK’s Secretary for Energy and Climate Change has called for Europe to focus on cutting carbon emissions rather than continuing to repeat its existing range of EU policy targets. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64731/05/2012 00:00:00Climate change talks begin in BonnInternational diplomats are meeting in Bonn in an attempt to restart climate-change negotiations following the Durban Summit last year. The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action was a global effort to tackle climate change agreed at the Summit and is an insthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64630/05/2012 00:00:00Green Construction Board secures £1mn investmentBusiness Minister Mark Prisk has recently announced a £1 million funding has been secured by the Green Construction Board.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64529/05/2012 00:00:00Government should advertise green initiativesIndustry experts are calling on the Government to relax its prohibition on spending on advertising and has launched a new national communications campaign calling for the adoption of upcoming green initiatives such as the Green Deal and the smart-meter rolhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64428/05/2012 00:00:00Government advisor believes UK renewables targets are achievableThe Chair of the Government’s Office of Renewable Energy Deployment, Bernie Balkin has advised that the UK’s 2020 target of 15% renewable energy can be achieved.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64325/05/2012 00:00:00Ewing welcomes green initiative savingsEnergy Minister Fergus Ewing has welcomed the research finding by the Department for Energy and Climate Change that household bills will be £94 lower with green carbon policies and renewable energy that if we continue without them.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64224/05/2012 00:00:00New report shows economic benefit of onshore windA recent report commissioned by BiGGAR Economics has outlined the UK’s onshore wind sector as being worth £548 million. The report shows how onshore wind has created jobs and growth at both local and national levels.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64123/05/2012 00:00:00New report advocates benefits of collective switchingConsumer Focus has published a new report named “Get it, together” detailing that collective switching is the way forward to achieve a better deal for consumers and to refresh the currently unresponsive markets such as energy, telecoms and financial servichttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=64022/05/2012 00:00:00New industry group looks to boost commercial opportunities for the Green DealA new not-for-profit organisation named the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings has recently been launched to be the largest network of potential Green Deal providers, financers and suppliers. The Partnership has received the backing of its foundinhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63921/05/2012 00:00:00Climate change minister welcomes Korean emissions trading legislationClimate Change Minister, Greg Barker has spoken out in support of the announcement that the South Korean National Assembly has passed a landmark legislation on emissions trading.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63818/05/2012 00:00:00Barker to lead trade mission to the USIn a bid to further the trade relationship between the UK and the US, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker will visit the States of Houston, San Antonio and Atlanta in a bid to reinforce the economic and business need for a transition to a low-cahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63717/05/2012 00:00:00Ban urges business commitment to green agendaThe Rio+20 Summit is due to be held next month in Rio de Janerio, Brazil which will be attended by world leaders. The Corporate Sustainability Forum includes 6,000 companies who have pledged their commitment to becoming more sustainable. The Forum is callihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63616/05/2012 00:00:00Labour says UK will miss solar power targetsAs a result of the Government’s cuts to the Feed-in Tariff, Caroline Flint, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary has warned that the UK is likely to miss its target for solar power by over 160 years.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63515/05/2012 00:00:00Scottish government publishes offshore renewables investment mapFirst Minister Alex Salmond has made a recent announcement to invest in offshore wind, wave and tidal power as highlighted in a published map. The Scottish Government has shown their commitment to produce thousands of further jobs across the country and tohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63414/05/2012 00:00:00Renewable industry could support 400,000 jobs by 2020New research carried out by REA and Innovas named “Renewable Energy: Made in Britain” has revealed the following.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63311/05/2012 00:00:00MPs call for government to "get a grip" on smart metersWith the Government aiming to install smart meters in every UK home by 2020, John Healey MP has called for the Government to “get a grip on the smart meter roll-out” Healey reiterated Which?’s request for a review and warned that there is a lack of controlhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63210/05/2012 00:00:00Infrastructure Cost Review programme “on track” to deliver savingsThe Government has recently published the first annual report of the Infrastructure Cost Review programme which was launched in March 2011 and led by Infrastructure UK. The programme plans to reduce the costs of delivering infrastructure in the UK by £2 tohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63109/05/2012 00:00:00DECC gives green light to Elgin relief wellThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has given TOTAL its unlimited consent to the drilling of a relief well to assist the Elgin G4 gas leak.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=63008/05/2012 00:00:00Launch of non-domestic Green Deal to be delayedGovernment Ministers had planned to introduce the Green Deal into both houses and businesses in October however the Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently discussed their new intention for a phased introduction.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62804/05/2012 00:00:00Will Tiny Forests Brighten Our Future?Douglas Stewart discusses the latest breakthroughs in renewable energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62903/05/2012 00:00:00Salmond determined to ensure Scotland reaps offshore wind benefitsFirst Minister Alex Salmond has told US businessman Donald Trump that he is committed to ensuring Scotland sees the full benefits of offshore wind opportunities. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62703/05/2012 00:00:00Government should set emissions targets on a consumption basisA recent report of the Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned that the Government needs to be clearer of the effect the UK’s energy consumption is having on the rest of the world. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62602/05/2012 00:00:00Green Investment Bank to be "fully operational" by the end of the yearOliver Griffiths, Executive Director of the Green Investment Bank has announced that he anticipates the organisation to be “fully operational” by the end of the year. The main matter outstanding now is State Aid approval.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62501/05/2012 00:00:00New research looks at impacts of collection of credit data on energy consumer behaviourConsumer Focus has been working closely with the energy industry to gain an insight understanding of the impact of using credit reference data. The aim is to develop a sharing of best practice and promote learning between companies.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62330/04/2012 00:00:00UK Public Opinion Shows Strong Appetite For Renewable EnergyDoug Stewart discusses the results of a recent poll.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62427/04/2012 00:00:00New proposals to put Citizens Advice at the heart of consumer advocacyThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has recently announced a New Trading Standards Board and proposed to make the Citizens Advice Service at the forefront of consumer information.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62227/04/2012 00:00:00New building regulations will not encourage energy efficiencyEnergy and Climate Change Committee Chair, Tim Yeo has outlined his concern that recent government proposals may force home owners to make energy efficiency improvements to their property when they are extending their home.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62126/04/2012 00:00:00Government invests £60mn in climate programmeA £60 million investment into the Met Office Hadley Centre’s Climate Programme has recently been announced by the Government. The fund aims to maintain the UK’s place as a global leader in climate research and modelling.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=62025/04/2012 00:00:00Barker calls for tighter EU emissions reduction targetEnergy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has called for a more ambitious EU carbon reduction target to be introduced.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61924/04/2012 00:00:00“Smart moves on meters” but costing needs work, says Consumer FocusIn response to the DECC’s announcements on smart meters, Audrey Gallacher Director of Energy at Consumer Focus has outlined:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61823/04/2012 00:00:00Energy UK launches as "new voice for the energy industry"A new trade association, Energy UK has been established which will bring together around 70 gas and electricity based companies. The association will act as a representative for the industry in securing a sustainable energy future for its members and the Uhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61720/04/2012 00:00:00Energy Savings Trust launches energy advice lineThe Energy Savings Trust has recently launched a new telephone line to provide public access to energy saving advice. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61619/04/2012 00:00:00Hendry puts consumers at the “heart” of smart meter roll-outThe Government has recently announced its intention to install smart meters in 30 million homes and small business across the UK by 2019. The scheme is intended to enable all consumers to access accurate information about their usage and dispense with the http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61518/04/2012 00:00:00DECC sets sail on new £20mn marine energy fundingThe Government has recently launched a £20 million Marine Energy Array Demonstrator scheme. The MEAD scheme is intended to support 2 pre-commercial projects demonstrating the operation of wave and/or tidal devices.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61417/04/2012 00:00:00Cable focuses on green economy in Hereford visit Business Secretary Vince Cable is scheduled to visit Hereford and Worcester to discuss manufacture methods and the green economy. He will advise businesses on the Government’s action plan to attain a green and growing economy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61316/04/2012 00:00:00New Centre for Carbon Measurement opens to “improve climate future”The National Physical Laboratory has launched the Centre for Carbon Measurement in an attempt to secure the UK’s lead in climate change modelling and global carbon markets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61213/04/2012 00:00:00European Environment Agency launches new tool for climate adaption policy-makingThe website European Climate Adaption Platform has recently been launched by the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. The web-based platform is available to the public and is designed to provide support to EU, national, regional and local climate-chahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61112/04/2012 00:00:00Government reveals low-carbon heat plans In the coming days a second phase of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme is to be launched with an anticipated value of £10 million more than phase one. The scheme gives money off renewable technologies to include biomass boilers and solar thermal pahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=61011/04/2012 00:00:00Supergrid a key ingredient to a sustainable EU electricity system Five grid initiatives covering a range of the global energy industry have called for decision-makers to hasten the move towards a pan European electricity infrastructure. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60910/04/2012 00:00:00Copenhagen Declaration commits EU to sustainable urban development Mayors and Presidents of EU Member States have recently adopted the Copenhagen Declaration. The Declaration strives to make cities greener and more economically competitive. Signatories have declared they will make sustainable urban development a key focushttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60805/04/2012 00:00:00Businesses urge government to reveal CRC proposalsBusinesses are requesting for the government to implement clear guidelines on mandatory emissions reporting as they anticipate the announcement of plans to simplify the carbon tax regime through the Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60704/04/2012 00:00:00Davey defends onshore windfarm subsidies Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and Ed Davey, Climate Secretary have led a fight-back campaign against Conservative MPs calling for the government subsidies for wind power to be cut.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60603/04/2012 00:00:00Davey defends onshore windfarm subsidies Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and Ed Davey, Climate Secretary have led a fight-back campaign against Conservative MPs calling for the government subsidies for wind power to be cut.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60403/04/2012 00:00:00Davey defends onshore windfarm subsidies Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and Ed Davey, Climate Secretary have led a fight-back campaign against Conservative MPs calling for the government subsidies for wind power to be cut.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60503/04/2012 00:00:00Davey defends onshore windfarm subsidies Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and Ed Davey, Climate Secretary have led a fight-back campaign against Conservative MPs calling for the government subsidies for wind power to be cut.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60303/04/2012 00:00:00CCS competition to receive £20mn boostEd Davey, Energy Secretary has launched a competition with a value of £20 million to fund the development of Carbon Capture and Storage technology. He has welcomed bids to develop more efficient and cost-effective CCS components and systems for a pilot demhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60202/04/2012 00:00:00Going for growth means going greenIn response to industry criticism, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has joined with Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey to send clear support for green growth and green jobs to remain at the centre of the Coalitions move towards economic recoveryhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60130/03/2012 00:00:00UK will push for 30% emissions target, says DaveyUK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey has reaffirmed the UK’s push for a 30% emissions target after an EU Environment Council meeting in Brussels.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=60029/03/2012 00:00:00Rio+20 countdown begins As at 12 March 2012, the countdown to Rio+20 has commenced. The “once in a life time opportunity” as described by UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, is now only 100 days away.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59828/03/2012 00:00:00Rio+20 countdown begins As at 12 March 2012, the countdown to Rio+20 has commenced. The “once in a life time opportunity” as described by UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, is now only 100 days away.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59928/03/2012 00:00:00Rio+20 countdown begins As at 12 March 2012, the countdown to Rio+20 has commenced. The “once in a life time opportunity” as described by UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, is now only 100 days away.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59728/03/2012 00:00:00UK firms could save £400mn though efficient boiler useGuidance published by the Carbon Trust has advised of the potential for UK organisations to save £400 million each year by taking simple actions towards improving the efficiency of their hot water boilers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59627/03/2012 00:00:00Green Deal suffering skills shortage, but SMEs will see profits, claims surveyNew research has been released which outlines that more than 400 employers and training providers are finding the task of building an environment workforce ahead of the launch of the Green Deal is “immense”. The study namely “Research to support the develohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59526/03/2012 00:00:00Remote islands to see fuel price reductionFrom this month the motorists of remote island communities are to benefit from a discount of 5 pence per litre on fuel. Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury has announced that EU clearance has been obtained for a rural fuel rebate pilot scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59423/03/2012 00:00:00Green Deal can be exported to EuropeEdward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary has set out his vision for Brussels to adopt a similar ambitious energy efficiency plan that would enable the UK to export our financing model to other Member States.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59322/03/2012 00:00:00Government finalising secondary legislation for “flagship” energy efficiency schemeThe Government is due to launch its flagship energy efficiency scheme in October and the Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker has warned that it will consist of a “soft launch”. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59221/03/2012 00:00:00Energy Savings Trust to run new energy savings advice serviceThe Energy Saving Trust has been awarded the Government’s contract to provide an advice service on energy savings. It will be a free telephone advice line that will be open for public use from April.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59120/03/2012 00:00:00Consultants launch certification company for energy sectorDNV and KEMA have received regulatory clearance to allow them to unite in creating a world-leading consulting, testing and certification company within the world-wide energy industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=59019/03/2012 00:00:00Davey “seas” wave power in actionSecretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey has recently visited Scotland to participate in a round-the-table discussion of Scottish renewable energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58916/03/2012 00:00:00Davey says diversity is the key to future energy securitySecretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has written to The Telegraph outlining his thoughts on diversity being the key element to a future of energy security.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58815/03/2012 00:00:00Clegg sets out Liberal Democrat vision for ScotlandNick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister has advised the Liberal Democrats to enter the Scottish Council Elections with their “heads held high”. This is further to the election of the Scottish Parliament last May which led to the number of Lib Dem MSP’s being redhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58714/03/2012 00:00:00Davey responds to Guardian wind power articlesEdward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has told The Guardian:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58613/03/2012 00:00:00Cable sets out goals for long-term green growthVince Cable, Business Secretary has spoken about his strive for long-term green growth. Speaking at a London Conference recently he commented:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58512/03/2012 00:00:00Scotland makes last-minute push for Green Investment Bank bidIn a final attempt to secure the Green Investment Bank is situate in Edinburgh, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has recently met with the bank members. Edinburgh submitted its bid in January and a decision is expected to be announced this month. There is alrehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58407/03/2012 00:00:00Regional Growth Fund receives £1bn boostNick Clegg, Deputy Prime Ministerhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58306/03/2012 00:00:00Prime minister calls for transparency on business carbon emissionsThe Prime Minister has announced the launch of the Open Business Forum working group which will investigate how businesses can be more transparent and help consumers and investors to differentiate between them. Early suggestions have included a comparison http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58205/03/2012 00:00:00Green Deal set to boost UK and US trade The Government and representative business leaders are due to visit Boston and California in an attempt to discuss the UK’s Green Deal and its economic and environmental benefits.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58102/03/2012 00:00:00Hendry boosts energy security for WalesEnergy Minister Charles Hendry has provided his approval to Wales and West Utilities to construct a 22 kilometre gas pipeline from Llanwrin, Powys to Dolgellau, Gwynedd.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=58029/02/2012 00:00:00Davey provides ministerial support to low-carbon economyThe UK and France has reaffirmed that a green economy and energy security are at the heart of their relationship. Companies from both countries have recently announced a number of energy deals to include:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57928/02/2012 00:00:00Calls grow for more work towards energy efficient homesThe NHBC Foundation has carried out new research that suggests that whilst purchasers of the new energy efficient homes show high satisfaction, energy efficiency is still not completely satisfying consumers. The report found that 95% of occupiers of the hihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57827/02/2012 00:00:00Scotland sets out blueprint for offshore renewableA report has been published by Marine Scotland alongside environmental regulators, renewable developers and The Crown Estate which sets out a blue print for the planning and consenting of offshore renewable developments.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57723/02/2012 00:00:00Government takes action on metal theftEnvironment Minister, Lord Taylor has announced that scrap metal dealers that are associated with metal theft will have their licences “torn up”. He reassured that anyone found guilty of the offence will be restricted from legitimately working in the scraphttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57622/02/2012 00:00:00Government increases ambitions for renewable energySir Graham Watson, the Liberal Democrat MEP and ELDR President has said that the move to a green economy is now just as much an energy security issue as an environmental requirement.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57521/02/2012 00:00:00Scotland making “good progress” towards emissions reductionsIn the first report of the Scottish Government’s progress towards meeting climate change targets, the Committee on Climate Change has reported that Scotland’s 2009 emissions fell three per cent below its 2010 target.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57420/02/2012 00:00:00MPs agree renewables must benefit communitiesEnergy Minister Charles Hendry has identified East Anglia as the region best placed to take advantage of the increasing demand for new and off-shore energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57317/02/2012 00:00:00Ministers issue Winter Warmth AppealAs the depth of the winter conditions reaches the UK, the most vulnerable of our population are being urged to take advantage of the Government’s Warm Front Scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57216/02/2012 00:00:00Government will not make smart meter uptake obligatoryThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has given a public assurance that the uptake of smart meters will continue to remain voluntary. They reassured that it will not be compulsory for households to have the smart energy meter fitted.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57115/02/2012 00:00:0032 bids received to host Green Investment BankVince Cable, Business Secretary has been in receipt of 32 bids within the UK to host the Green Investment Bank. The location process was initiated by requesting interested parties to assess themselves against a set of given criteria. The interested partieshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=57014/02/2012 00:00:00Scottish Government announces programme to help businesses save energyThe new Scottish Energy and Resource Efficiency Service web portal is now available. Its purpose is to assist in supporting and advising businesses and the public sector to save money, cut waste and reduce carbon.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56913/02/2012 00:00:00New programme to make hydrogen travel a “reality”Business Minister Mark Prisk has announced a new UKH2Mobility programme to ensure the UK is ready for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. The programme will investigate the potential for hydrogen as fuel for Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles and http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56810/02/2012 00:00:00Millions missing out on big energy bill savings, says consumer advocateDuring the recent Big Energy Week Consumer Focus and Energy UK have called on consumers to contact their energy suppliers to query the savings they could make on their energy bills by enquiring on different usage tariffs and insulating their homes.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56709/02/2012 00:00:00Huhne announces UK will aid UN green climate fundThe Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Huhne has outlined that policies such as the Green Deal and Carbon Floor Price are key in reaching a deal at the UN conference on climate change. In response to George Osborne’s statement that “we're not going thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56608/02/2012 00:00:00Scotland sets 2014 for independence referendumIn the autumn of 2014 it is planned that the Scottish Government will hold an independence referendum. Alex Salmond, First Minister announced the plans early in January 2012 after a meeting of the Cabinet.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56507/02/2012 00:00:00Greening confirms high speed rail link will go aheadJustine Greening, Transport Secretary has announced the first stage of a new high-speed rail network from London to Birmingham. She indicated that high-speed trains will begin to use the line from 2026. She is expected to outline that the first stage is sihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56406/02/2012 00:00:00European Commission calls for measurement tool for energy performanceThe European Commission has requested that a framework is put in place to measure its energy and environmental performance and to advise on the methods to use to maintain this performance. The request was directed to the information and communication technhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56303/02/2012 00:00:00Energy minister visits Olympic Park energy centreThe Secretary of State, Chris Huhne has visited the Olympic Park earlier this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56202/02/2012 00:00:00Scotland to sign renewables agreement with innovator MasdarIt is anticipated that First Minister Alex Salmond is due to visit the Middle East in the coming weeks to sign a new renewable deal. The deal will sign Scotland up to a ground-breaking agreement to develop tangible green energy products with Masdar, the wohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56101/02/2012 00:00:00Businesses call for greater green policy certaintyA recent GreenWise poll suggests that businesses are calling for the Government to provide greater certainty in ensuring growth and jobs in the transition to a green economy. There is clear business confidence that the green goods and services sector will http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=56030/01/2012 00:00:00DECC holds industry day on CCS programmeOn the 16th December 2011, a CCS Industry Day was held with the purpose of giving an update on the CCS programme and to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide thoughts on the design of the programme before its completion.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55927/01/2012 00:00:002011 "best year for Scotland’s renewables sector"Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has outlined 2012 as being a “momentous and ground breaking year” for the Scottish renewable energy industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55826/01/2012 00:00:00Government has failed to be greenest ever, says oppositionLabour’s Shadow Climate Change Minister, Luciana Berger has warned that the Government has failed in its attempt to be the “greenest Government ever”. At a speech to the Westminster Energy Forum she outlined her thoughts that the Government has made the wrhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55725/01/2012 00:00:00EU and US partner on smart grid researchAt the Transatlantic Economic Council, the European Union and United States have strengthened their economic ties by announcing a number of initiatives. These initiatives include the strengthening of their cooperation on electric vehicle and smart grid reshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55624/01/2012 00:00:00Huhne addresses Durban climate conference …At the Durban Climate Change Conference a deal was agreed to seek a new climate change treaty to cut emissions in poorer countries. This will cost British tax payers in the region of £6 billion.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55523/01/2012 00:00:00UK retail sector shows green ambitionThe British Retail Consortium has outlined that despite the recession, UK retailers are continuing to recognise the benefits of reducing their carbon emissions in respect of both their reputation and financially.
The BRC has recently carried out a study thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55417/01/2012 00:00:00CBI provides three steps to achieving greater resource efficiency…The CBI has recently commented that the Government and industry need to work together if they are to combat barriers to the use of fewer resources, achieve increased energy efficiency and to source business solutions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55316/01/2012 00:00:00European Commission proposes €80bn investment to boost competitionThe European Commission has recently announced a programme of measures to boost research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe. The €80 billion programme, named Horizon 2020 was announced by Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research Innovation ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55213/01/2012 00:00:00Consumers key to smart metering roll-outEnergy Minister, Charles Hendry has outlined that it will be the customer that is key to realising the benefits of smart meters. The Government is due to hold a consultation early into 2012 on a customer engagement strategy. They have identified that custohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55112/01/2012 00:00:00Government unveils £30mn boost to green communities and public sector buildingsChris Huhne, Energy Secretary has recently announced £10 million of funding for local community energy projects. He further announced funding of £ 20 million to support the existing public sector energy efficiency loan scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=55011/01/2012 00:00:00Young executives provide hope for a "sustainable generation"A Sky survey of 750 young executives has found that 70% regard sustainability as a major area of opportunity for businesses. They indicated their desire to work for companies with strong environmental records. The survey focused on graduate trainees, MBA shttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54910/01/2012 00:00:00Ewing urges Scotland to take advantage of “massive renewables opportunity”Fergus Ewing, Energy Minister has urged the experts of the energy industry to take up the opportunities presented by renewable energy in Scotland. He outlined that this would be a “criminal waste”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54809/01/2012 00:00:00Water efficiency set to benefit from the Green DealEnvironment Secretary Caroline Spelman had warned that if the UK does not change its attitude to water shortages then it could face a future of water shortages, rivers running dry and lasting environmental damage.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54706/01/2012 00:00:00Cable announces £125mn initiative to spur growth in low-carbon energy sectorThe Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative will supply funding to support innovative UK projects in the advanced manufacturing sector such as aerospace and automotive. It will focus on these areas as those where the UK could be well placed to take http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54605/01/2012 00:00:00Renewable energy sector gets approval from OFTRenewable Energy Assurance Limited has become is leading the energy sector being the first trade body to obtain OFT approval for its Code of Practice. Approval has been obtained under the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54504/01/2012 00:00:00Prime Minister launches business growth packageThe Prime Minister has recently announced a business growth package to assist small and medium enterprises to create jobs, secure financing and expert to new and wider markets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54403/01/2012 00:00:00Next Green Car launch MPG Monitor campaignNext Green Car has reported that they are receiving a constant stream of complaints that buyers of new cars are not reaching the fuel economy claimed by the manufacturer. As a result Next Green Car are inviting motorists to give their views and sign petitihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54302/01/2012 00:00:00New measures will significantly reduce shipping emissionsAn IMO commissioned study has found that new mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping will result in a considerable reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from ships. Further reductions of carbon dioxide are expected as a resulthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54230/12/2011 00:00:00IEA calls for development of clean energyThe G20 leaders have openly endorsed the new IEA Report named “G20 Clean Energy, and Energy Efficiency Deployment and Policy Progress”. The Report has been prepared through a combined effort of the IEA and the G20 Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Workinghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54129/12/2011 00:00:00European Environment Agency forecasts "huge" renewable energy growth this decade ...The capacity of offshore wind energy in Europe is set to increase 17-fold between 2010 and 2020. It is further anticipated that renewable technologies such as concentrated solar power and wave/tidal power will increase 11-fold.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=54028/12/2011 00:00:00Wind power could enable 30% EU emissions reductionIt is anticipated that European wind power production will meet 31% of the emissions reductions required under the EU climate target.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53927/12/2011 00:00:00Government maps out renewables investment structureThe Government has set out its plans to invest in renewable and create jobs in an investment map. The map provides the following.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53823/12/2011 00:00:00European Parliament votes for dedicated wind energy research budgetThe European Parliament has voted to create a dedicated budget for wind energy research and development with €1 million for 2012.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53722/12/2011 00:00:00Huhne defends renewables subsidiesChris Huhne, UK Energy Secretary has spoken out in support of renewable subsidiaries. He has commented that renewable technologies could trigger a third industrial revolution and has responded to sceptics who have commented that they are “uneconomic, unrelhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53621/12/2011 00:00:00World is heading for irreversible climate change, IEA warnsThe IEA has warned that the world is heading for irreversible climate change. It stated that with the number of fossil-fuelled power stations, energy-dependent factories and ineffective buildings, over the next five years it will become increasingly diffichttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53520/12/2011 00:00:00Chancellor delivers Autumn Statement to ParliamentGeorge Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced his autumn budget. In it he has provided for the followinghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53419/12/2011 00:00:00MPs approve motion to scrap fuel duty increaseRobert Halfon, Conservative MP has spoken out that the Government should scrap a planned increase in fuel duty to help “hard-working, vulnerable Britons. The Government must show it is one that cuts taxes for millions of British people and not just millionhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53316/12/2011 00:00:00Treasury announces extra £100mn for Scotland's renewables ...The Chancellor and Chief Secretary to the Treasury have this month announced £100 million of further funding for Scottish renewable energy to include marine renewables.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53215/12/2011 00:00:00Global climate deal an "absolute necessity", says HuhneChris Huhne has spoken out that a new deal to tackle the issue of global warming which covers all the major countries is an “absolute necessity”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53114/12/2011 00:00:00World is heading for irreversible climate change, IEA warnsThe IEA has warned that the world is heading for irreversible climate change. It stated that with the number of fossil-fuelled power stations, energy-dependent factories and ineffective buildings, over the next five years it will become increasingly diffichttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=53013/12/2011 00:00:00Isle of Wight sets out self-sufficiency plansWestminster has announced plans to ensure the Isle of Wight is self-sufficient by 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52912/12/2011 00:00:00Cameron searches for potential offshore wind investorsMinisters will meet with potential investors in offshore wind projects this week to discuss what can be done to increase investment in the floundering area. Groups being invited to contribute include investment funds, pension funds and sovereign wealth funhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52809/12/2011 00:00:00WWF demands more renewables investmentA new report by WWF has said that renewable sources of energy could meet between 60-90% of the UK’s electricity demand by 2030, and recommends that the government sets its target at no less than 60% for renewable energy generation to provide certainty for http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52708/12/2011 00:00:00UK and Norway sign energy agreementA cooperation agreement between the UK and Norway will extend ties on renewable energy and fossil fuel energy sources. The move comes as carbon capture and energy efficient schemes in the UK come under threat with cuts from the UK government. Enhancing lhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52607/12/2011 00:00:00Co-operative Bank Lending to Renewable ProjectsThe Co-operative Bank actively seek to facilitate lending to projects within the renewable energy and carbon reduction sectors. They have a track record in funding a wide range of renewable energy projects, with onshore wind being a particular specialism. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52506/12/2011 00:00:00Plans to include air travel in emissions trading scheme is legal, says EU courtAn advisor to the EU Court has said that plans to include any airline landing or take off on EU territory in an emissions trading scheme are legal.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52405/12/2011 00:00:00No change in direction of carbon budgets, says HuhneChris Huhne, Energy and Climate Change Secretary has spoken out in support that he is “completely on board” with Chancellor George Osbourne’s suggestion that the UK should not adopt green policies that risk damaging the competitiveness of carbon-intensive http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52302/12/2011 00:00:00Landlords association calls for more action on energy efficiency for private letsJones Lang LaSalle, a Global Property Management Company has launched its new tool designed to assist property managers to efficiently assess whether buildings are suitable for onsite renewable energy technologies.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52201/12/2011 00:00:00Investors step-up calls for urgent policy action on climate change ...The world’s largest investors have urged the Government to take new and reassuring steps to fight against climate change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52130/11/2011 00:00:00Increasing motorway speed will up emissionsUKERC researchers Dr Jillian Anable, University of Aberdeen and Dr Christian Brand, University of Oxford have calculated that a rise in the national speed limit to 80 mph will increase CO2 emissions by almost 2% per annum.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=52029/11/2011 00:00:00Huhne opens £20mn offshore wind turbine production facilityTAG Energy Solutions hosted the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change officially opening its £20 million offshore wind turbine tubular production facility.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51928/11/2011 00:00:00Hendry appoints members to offshore wind task forceThe Energy Minister, Charles Hendry, has announced the launch of the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force. This is an industry-led group chaired by Andrew Jamieson of Renewable UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51825/11/2011 00:00:00Funding announced for research into energy developmentsThe UK Energy Research Centre has applied over £2 million of funding to support new research in UK and overseas energy developments.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51724/11/2011 00:00:00Foresight report finds climate change will trap people in inhospitable areasA Foresight Report has said that refugees that have been forced to leave their homes due to global warming weather conditions may end up in areas that have been more negatively affected.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51623/11/2011 00:00:00Firms urged to sign up to 2oC Challenge CommuniquéOver 90 of the world’s largest businesses are being urged to sign up to the 2oC Challenge Communiqué. The group has been collaborated by the UK-based Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and the global Corporate Leaders Network.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51522/11/2011 00:00:00Carbon Trust provides verification for corporate carbon emissionsThe Carbon Trust has recently launched its new service, “Footprint Verification” which will provide for companies to identify their corporate carbon footprints. The verification is a two-staged process. The first is an analysis of whether there are omissiohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51421/11/2011 00:00:00Businesses could see £800mn benefit from Green Deal by 2020, says reportErnst & Young have published their latest report named “Making energy efficiency your business – understanding the potential of the non-domestic Green Deal”. The report looks at the policy of the Non-Domestic Green Deal and the potential for incentivising http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51314/11/2011 00:00:00Businesses can save millions by turning down heatThe Carbon Trust has published guidance that outlines their advice to businesses and the public sector. They suggest that if heating in the workplace is reduced by just one degree, then it could save the sector over £35 million per year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51211/11/2011 00:00:00UN chief demands action on climate changeThe UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon has called on world leaders to hasten their efforts to reaching reductions on global emissions as he warns that time is running out to avoid the more sever impacts of climate change. He will set out his concerns at thehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51110/11/2011 00:00:00TSB to invest £4.5 million in carbon reduction competitionThe Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is due to invest in the region of £4.5 million so as to support the development of new carbon abatement technologies.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=51009/11/2011 00:00:00Rural areas could do more to reduce emissions, report saysA study carried out by global consultancy Ecofys has reported that Europe’s rural areas play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It suggests that a switch from heating oil and coal to renewable energy in such rural areas could reduce chttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50908/11/2011 00:00:00Renewable energy offers returns for businessesThe renewable energy technology market is proving to be stronger than ever. New research has shown that the average return on investments in onsite renewable energy systems is in the region of 11-12%.
The research paper has been published by the Carbon Trhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50807/11/2011 00:00:00PM targets energy deals in RussiaThe Prime Minister alongside Foreign Secretary William Hague and Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green have recently had a one-day visit to Russia in which the Prime Minister delivered a speech to the delegates of a conference at the Moscow State Univerhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50731/10/2011 00:00:00Military servicemen and women in high demand for offshore wind constructionOffshore wind is an up and coming industry pushing from its early testing stages into a full and established Europe-wide market. The potential generation of wind farms and turbines is outstanding with a single offshore wind farm being able to power multiplhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50628/10/2011 00:00:00Huhne sets out measures to protect consumers and earmarks £35mn for energy efficiency innovationChris Huhne, Energy Secretary has set out his proposals on giving energy consumers more protection and suggests more powers of enforcement to Ofgem.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50527/10/2011 00:00:00Government urged to reduced VAT on Green Deal measuresThe Government has been urged by bodies including trade associations, business groups and environmental organisations to cap the level of VAT on Green Deal measures to 5% to assist in encouraging the support of consumers. The lower VAT rate will give consuhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50426/10/2011 00:00:00Government reports on UK response to deep water hydrocarbon releaseThe Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee has outlined that the UK do need to take precautions to ensure that we are not the victims of a deepwater drilling disaster as has been experienced in other countries. However, they did comment that a http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50325/10/2011 00:00:00Committee report shows UK offshore wind requires greater links with EuropeThe Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee has put together a report that outlines that to connect the UK’s electricity system with neighbouring countries would allow the National Grid to balance supply and demand more effectively. This has beehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50224/10/2011 00:00:00MP warns wind-farms could destroy mid WalesMP Glyn Davies has spoken out that he feels the plans to include hundreds of onshore wind turbines in mid Wales will make “no economic or climate change sense whatsoever”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50121/10/2011 00:00:00Law firms agree to voluntary carbon reporting Many of the UK’s Law Firms have united in their approach to reducing their carbon footprint. Almost one-third of Solicitors and legal practices in England and Wales are due to announce their carbon emission targets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=50020/10/2011 00:00:00Installation of smart meters will near 1bn units by 2020Utility companies are accelerating their introduction of smart grids throughout the UK and worldwide in an attempt to achieve energy efficiency and management.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49919/10/2011 00:00:00Government paves way from green economy ...A report has recently been published which is thought to be the basis of further discussion between the Government, businesses and local communities. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49818/10/2011 00:00:00Salmond drives forward Scotland’s renewables plansAlex Salmond as First Minister has confirmed the commitment of the Scottish Government to drive forward the renewable industry in Scotland. He outlined the Government’s continued support in a meeting with the Moray Offshore Renewables Limited which is a johttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49717/10/2011 00:00:00European funding to help businesses in south ScotlandFirst Minister Alex Salmond and the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment have united to announce a £2.16 million investment into local businesses in Southern Scotland. The funding will come from European Structural Funds and is provihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49614/10/2011 00:00:00Hendry praises Olympic Park sustainabilityWith the 2012 Olympics in sight, the Energy Minister Charles Hendry has visited the Olympic Park and its attached Energy Centre. Hendry says “it’s amazing to believe that in a year’s time the Olympic Games would have started, athletes from around the worldhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49513/10/2011 00:00:00Green Buildings Council welcomes Government’s green economy plansThe UK Green Buildings Council has welcomed the publication of the report named “Enabling the Transition to a Green Economy: Government and business working together”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49412/10/2011 00:00:00Climate change is a “threat multiplier”, says HuhneChris Huhne is preparing himself to make a speech to defence experts this week that will identify his thoughts on climate change creating an increased threat of war, violence and military action.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49311/10/2011 00:00:00Carbon Trust supports South Wales' first tidal stream deviceTidal Energy Limited has been awarded a £390,000 grant from The Carbon Trust’s Entrepreneurs Fast Track scheme. The grant is around 60% of the amount needed to monitor the environmental impacts of Wales’s first tidal stream renewable energy device. Impactshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49210/10/2011 00:00:00Deutsche Bank accused of allowing carbon fraud to occurSix employees are standing trial accused of evading over 200 million Euros in VAT as fraud within the carbon market.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49107/10/2011 00:00:00Clean energy revolution will put the globe on a safer path, says UN secretaryUN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon has spoken out in support of a clean energy revolution to put the world on a cleaner and safer path.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=49006/10/2011 00:00:00Renewables bodies establish partnershiphttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48905/10/2011 00:00:00Rented homes should have legal energy efficiency standard, says Consumer FocusConsumer Focus is requesting the Government improves the energy efficiency of 3 million UK rented homes.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48804/10/2011 00:00:00University of Edinburgh unveils low carbon finance MastersThe University of Edinburgh has recently announced and since launched the world’s first Masters course in Low Carbon Finance.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48703/10/2011 00:00:00Labour hits out at "abandonment" of vehicle recharging pointsThe Government has recently published a report which in summary will mean focus will be taken away from the commitment to a network of roadside charging points for electric vehicles and instead providing for charging to be home or work based.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48630/09/2011 00:00:00Government must go back to basics with smart metersThe Government has previously set itself the aim to have smart meters in every UK home by 2020. However Landis & Gyr has advised that this is only a possible goal if the industry “works as one”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48529/09/2011 00:00:00European Commission launches energy efficiency fundThe launch of a European Energy Efficiency Fund has recently been announced in Brussels.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48428/09/2011 00:00:00Scotland leads on small-scale renewable energyThe Scottish Council for Development has published a report which shows that Scotland is leading the UK into the future in small-scale renewable energy. In the last twelve months, its capacity to produce renewable energy has almost doubled.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48327/09/2011 00:00:00Government publishes micro-generation planLast month the DECC published a Microgeneration Strategy along with an Action Plan in attempt to focus on a cleaner, greener Country in the Government’s mission to become the greenest Government ever.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48226/09/2011 00:00:00David Cameron to cut business class flights for Ministers and Civil ServantsIn an attempt to create a greener Government, David Cameron – Coalition Prime Minister has announced that its members will now travel in economy seats. Ministers and Civil Servants will no longer travel by business class flights and this will be consideredhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48123/09/2011 00:00:00Environment Council fails to adopt a stricter emissions reduction targetLast month the EU Environment Council met in Luxembourg to discuss the failure to reach agreement with discussion of the European Commission’s recent 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=48022/09/2011 00:00:00Coventry Cathedral reveals solar power plansA recent application to Coventry City Council for planning permission has been made which if approved, will mean that Coventry Cathedral may become the first in the world to have solar panels installed on its roof.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47919/09/2011 00:00:00Public "lacks understanding" of Green DealA You Gov survey of 2,022 adults recently carried out has shown that the British public are keen to go green but do not know how.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47816/09/2011 00:00:00Small businesses see tax and red tape as barriers to environmentalismA recent environmental panel survey has been carried out whereby businesses where asked for their thoughts on the progress made in obtaining a green economyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47716/09/2011 00:00:00Opposition calls for Government to bring back Warm Homes amendmentShadow Climate Change Minister Luciana Berger has warned that the Government needs to support the Warm Home amendment otherwise she fears the Green Deal could fail before it even starts.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47614/09/2011 00:00:00Energy Bill needs a boostCaroline Lucas, MP (as Leader of the Green Party) has recently blogged in her regular environment column in The Guardian that the Government needs to take more action on its commitment to energy efficiency.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47509/09/2011 00:00:00Commissioner launches smart cities and communities conferenceGünther Oettinger as EU Commissioner for Energy has spoken recently at a Brussels Conference to 500 representatives of cities, energy industries and the financial and research sectors. He announced the EU’s initiative for “energy efficient cities of tomorrhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47309/09/2011 00:00:00European Commission proposes new set of energy efficiency measuresThe European Commission has proposed a new energy efficiency directive that intends to replace the Energy Services Directive (2006/32/EC) and the CHP Directive.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47408/09/2011 00:00:00CBI backs mandatory business carbon reportingThe CBI has confirmed its request to the Government to make it mandatory for businesses to have to carbon report and advised it would be sensible for this to coincide with existing regulations on measuring emissions. The organisation feels that this would http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47207/09/2011 00:00:00World Resources Institute ReportTo stay competitive, companies will need to find ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change. While single weather events can’t be definitively linked to climate change, the vast majority of scientists agree that with the rise in temperature that is exhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47105/09/2011 00:00:00Waste ManagementWaste management is the collection, transport, processing, recycling or disposal, managing and monitoring of waste materials. The term usually relates to materials produced by human activity, and is generally undertaken to reduce their effect on health, thhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=47002/09/2011 00:00:00The Green Energy CampaignRenewable energy trade association RenewableUK has launched a new campaign that calls for Britain to generate greater amounts of clean, green energy from wind, wave and tidal power. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46901/09/2011 00:00:00Eurostar Abandon Carbon Offsetting Eurostar has announced the end of carbon offsetting and carbon neutral journeys. As it launched the second phase of its green Tread Lightly programme, the train operator said research found many people did not understand the concept of carbon offsetting, whttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46831/08/2011 00:00:00The Carbon LotteryA Carbon Lottery initiative offering businesses and individual the opportunity to win €4 million (£3.5 million) each week, while offsetting emissions was launched on 27th April.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46730/08/2011 00:00:00Rio +20The world is facing a mounting crisis. In recent years we have experienced a combination of a global financial crisis, a food crisis, volatile oil prices, accelerating ecosystem degradation and an increasing number of climate-induced extreme weather eventshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46629/08/2011 00:00:00Poor RoadworksThe Local Government Association (LGA) has suggested that utility companies should pay for the costs of poorly repaired road surfaces after they have carried out work.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46526/08/2011 00:00:00Increasing Climate Change AwarenessOnly a quarter of Britons believe climate change is one of the most important environmental issues facing the UK today, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI and released to the Ecologist last month.
Ambivalence in the UK is in sharp contrast to Ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46425/08/2011 00:00:00EU Draft Budget focuses on sustainable growthLast month, the European Commission presented its 2012 draft budget for the European Union (EU), seeking an increase of 4.9 percent over this year at a time when EU governments are tightening their belts amid the debt crisis.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46324/08/2011 00:00:00BIS launches further funding for engineeringScience Minister David Willetts has announced further funding of £790,000 to promote national science and engineering events in an attempt to stimulate the public. The announcement was made at the 10th Cheltenham Science Festival.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46223/08/2011 00:00:00Berger urges ministers to back Warm Homes amendment in green dealShadow Climate Change Minister Luciana Berger has advised that clear ambition is needed if the Green Deal is going to be successful.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46122/08/2011 00:00:00Huhne comments on World Environment DayThe World Environment Day is held each year on 5 June. The United Nations organises it to raise awareness worldwide of the environment and green issues in a hope to create responses and actions from the public, businesses and the Government alike.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=46019/08/2011 00:00:00Green Deal must win consumer trust, says Consumer FocusThe Green Deal is the Government’s plan to make UK homes warmer and yet cheaper to run. This is by home owners and tenants being able to take out energy efficient measures without the upfront cost and then these will be repaid as instalments with the savinhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45918/08/2011 00:00:00Governments have unavoidable responsibility to progress climate objectives, says climate chiefUNFCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has advised that the Government has “an unavoidable responsibility to make clear progress towards the 2011 climate objectives which they agreed in Cancun.”
Whilst at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn thhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45817/08/2011 00:00:00Defra shows commitment to anaerobic digestion energy generationEarlier this week the Government announced that it wants to see an increase in the energy the UK produces from anaerobic digestion of waste products. The announcement was made as a result of the Government’s Anaerobic Digestion Round Table meeting.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45716/08/2011 00:00:00Corporate leadership "key to cutting carbon"New findings have been published that show even though the UK has committed itself to ambitious new carbon targets, only actually 59% of FTSE 100 companies have a clear and thorough plan to cut their carbon emissions. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45615/08/2011 00:00:00Cities show positive signs of carbon emission reportingMajor cities globally are showing strong leadership in implementing climate change strategies. According to the first global cities report from the Carbon Disclosure Project, 58 core cities of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group – which represents 8% ohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45512/08/2011 00:00:00Talks begin at Bonn climate summitAhead of the Climate Change Conference due to be held in December in Copenhagen, initial discussions are due to commence in a pre-meeting in Bonn, Germany. The meeting is in an attempt to ensure agreement can be met at the Copenhagen summit.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45411/08/2011 00:00:00Scotland to benefit from RHIScotland is due to introduce new support mechanisms in an attempt to make renewable heating cheaper. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has partnered with the UK Government and as a result Scotland has joined the UK Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45310/08/2011 00:00:00Report shows low-carbon projects at riskThe RWE has recognised that the red tape procedures currently followed for energy utility providers and their consumers needs to be reduced as they are currently the most restrictive and complex regulatory systems in the world.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45209/08/2011 00:00:00Plastic bag ban "would show commitment to waste reduction"An industry expert has called for a ban on single-use carrier bags in an attempt to showing the public how serious Europe is in its approach to being green.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45108/08/2011 00:00:00Next phase of Government’s Growth Review launchesThe latest budget set out the Country’s first “Plan for Growth” and this has been applied to date. It set out factors that the Government wanted to achieve in a bid to help the economy recover. To date that have continued to meet these factors including cuhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=45005/08/2011 00:00:00Huhne gives evidence on carbon budgetsChris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has set out to the Government his advice on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In his speech he recognised that the latest Carbon Budget was ambitious but reassured that there would be reviews hhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44901/08/2011 00:00:00Shale GasThe UK government should put a moratorium on shale gas operations until the environmental implications are fully understood, a report says.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44826/07/2011 00:00:00Zero Carbon HomesAs 2010 drew to a close, the government cemented its commitment to the zero carbon agenda, with Grant Shapps, Housing Minister, announcing plans to develop a community energy fund as part of the effort to meet the zero offset for homes built after 2016. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44725/07/2011 00:00:00Lake VyrnwyThe company behind a deal to sell a 23,000-acre (93 sq km) estate in Powys is expected to make a decision about its future later on this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44622/07/2011 00:00:00Energy Road MapThe European Commission is consulting, until 7 March, on its so-called Energy road map 2050. Initially, a report will summarise contributions in April. On the basis of this document, the Commission should work towards an Energy road map 2050, to be proposehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44521/07/2011 00:00:00CBI’s Planning DoubtsFigures from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) suggest uncertainty is undermining the coalition’s pledge to be the “greenest government ever”. The government has again been urged to clear the backlog of delayed planning applications after new fighttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44420/07/2011 00:00:00Carbon ComplianceThe Zero Carbon Hub - which has been created by the government to help the country achieve its emissions targets by improving building regulations - has outlined plans that include carbon compliance recommendations to be implemented from the design stages http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44319/07/2011 00:00:00Welsh ports denied fundingPembrokeshire ports, including Milford Haven, are to be denied vital funding to enable them to service the offshore wind industry, according to environmentalists. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44218/07/2011 00:00:00The Risk Response NetworkThe goal of the Risk Response Network is to create a more resilient world by identifying and mitigating global risk while finding opportunities and engaging in collective response. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44115/07/2011 00:00:00Scotland and Offshore RenewablesScotland’s efforts to become a leader in offshore renewables is setting a ‘fine example’, according to a report from the European grid co-ordinator Georg Adamowitsch.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=44014/07/2011 00:00:00Co-op pledges to increase support for renewablesThe Co-operative Group has recently announced its major pledges in The Co-operative’s new Ethical Operating Plan. The Plan will promote radical changes and advances to sustainability and will create corporate history in recruiting members and helping buildhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43913/07/2011 00:00:00Electric vehicles threatened by lack of appropriate grid managementThe success of widespread introduction of plug-in electric vehicles has been challenged by Accenture in their latest report.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43812/07/2011 00:00:00Green energy 'could unlock £12bn in cash for local councils'The New Local Government Network think-tank has produced a report outlining the opportunities for local Councils to release £12 billion worth of funding over the next 20 years by taking advantage of the schemes the Government has made available.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43711/07/2011 00:00:00BT announces new green procurement strategyBT has recently announced its new Company Policy in line with energy efficiency. The Company now requires all of their suppliers to prove that they are making a significant contribution in cutting their carbon emissions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43608/07/2011 00:00:00Commission adopts 2011 energy work-planParliament has adopted the Annual Work Program related to the European Union legislative affairs for 2011.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43507/07/2011 00:00:00Carbon Trust calls for South West to adapt to low-carbon growthThe Carbon Trust has commissioned a report that outlines that whilst the South West has a huge potential in the green economy they are failing to utilise the opportunities.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43406/07/2011 00:00:00Businesses “can boost UK low-carbon future”An influential report has recently been published named “Energy Efficiency: The Untapped Business Opportunity“ which has gained support throughout the various political groups.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43305/07/2011 00:00:00Building industry criticises Green DealAs part of the Green Deal, the Government has announced that it will fund 1,000 apprentices to be trained. The funding will support current apprentices in roles such as with Carillion and E.ON Energy Solutions. It will provide training on energy programmeshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43204/07/2011 00:00:00Wind and solar set to boost storage market, says consultantThe Boston Consulting Group has published a report that outlines that the growth of the UK’s renewable energy capacity is set to grow over the coming decade by £8.4 billion. This rise is anticipated to be due to the development of the battery and electricihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43101/07/2011 00:00:00Survey reveals increasing support for offshore renewablesThe Crown Estate has released the result of a positive survey for the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters. The survey shows outstanding local support for wave and tidal projects in the region.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=43030/06/2011 00:00:00Green energy electric vehicle charging points to be rolled outCharging points for electric vehicles are on course to become available in the UK so that electric cars can be run throughout the UK in an attempt to use more green energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42929/06/2011 00:00:00Environment Agency seeks views on green infrastructureSouth East Dorset are planning to address their green infrastructure strategy in an attempt to have a more effective co-ordination of their existing infrastructure, products and services which they hope will also result in financial savings.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42828/06/2011 00:00:00Commission consults on energy infrastructure permitting processA Consultation period from 01/03/2011 to 30/04/2011 is taking place to consider the energy infrastructure permitting process.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42727/06/2011 00:00:00Energy group launches green gas schemeThe launch of a new scheme that certifies the “green-ness” of energy purchased has received support from some of the UK’s leading energy providers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42620/06/2011 00:00:00Clegg confirms Green Investment Bank will begin lending next yearThe Green Investment Bank has been one of the major introductions made by the coalition Government. Nick Clegg has recently announced that as of April 2012 the Bank will be launched and begin lending. The Minister anticipates the Bank’s first investments whttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42517/06/2011 00:00:00Government closes quality scheme for carbon offsettingOn 20 May 2011 the Government announced that it would be closing the Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting to take effect from 30 June 2011.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42416/06/2011 00:00:00Energy Saving Trust seeks charitable statusThe Energy Saving Trust has recently announced that it plans to become a social enterprise with a view to obtaining charitable status.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42315/06/2011 00:00:00DECC launches pylon design competitionThe Department of Energy and Climate Change has recently raised a challenge whereby disciplines such as architects, designers, engineers and students in such industries are to attempt to re-think the current design of the electricity pylon.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42214/06/2011 00:00:00North Sea Environmental InspectionsSafety inspections of North Sea oil and gas installations are to be almost doubled, in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico spill. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said the number of checks would rise from 80 to 150, after an earlier increase from 60. The decision http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42113/06/2011 00:00:00Wind sceptic says UK missed 2010 renewables targetWind sceptic says UK missed 2010 renewables targethttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=42006/06/2011 00:00:00UK can meet carbon targets without nuclear powerCharles Henry, a Junior Minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change has spoken out that the UK can meet its target reduction of greenhouse gas emissions even if nuclear power developments are delayed or do not produce.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41903/06/2011 00:00:00Sustainable energy week discusses EU Ecodesignhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41802/06/2011 00:00:00Sustainable businesses get Queen’s Awards for EnterpriseThe Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2011 is the UK’s highest recognition for UK business success.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41701/06/2011 00:00:00Renewable UK urges next Welsh Government to promote renewableRenewable UK Cymru has published a manifesto ahead of the Welsh general election to urge the next Welsh Government to continue developing new policies for more wind, wave and tidal energy. The manifesto seeks to promote the next Government to create new adhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41631/05/2011 00:00:00PwC warns companies to avoid penalties by submitting accurate CRC reportThe Carbon Reduction Commitment has meant that over 3,000 organisations – most of which with energy bills of over £500,000 will now have to submit annual reports, the first of which is due on 31 July 2011, which show their energy usage figures.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41530/05/2011 00:00:00Nuclear uncertainty causes electric cars to face questionable futureThe motor industry has a large part to play in the UK meeting their targets for a greener and cleaner economy with their introduction of petrol-electric hybrid and electric cars. However the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan has raishttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41427/05/2011 00:00:00New campaign raises awareness of energy labellingEnvironment Secretary Caroline Spelman has introduced a new campaign whereby from June a new energy label will appear on electrical goods such as TVs, washing machines and fridge freezers so as consumers can make an informed choice on their product’s effechttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41326/05/2011 00:00:00London Mayor to miss home efficiency targetThe London Mayor; Boris Johnson has recently suffered public questioning as his environmental policies are thought to create insufficient capital to come anywhere close to the 2012 target of 200,000 homes being energy and water efficient. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41225/05/2011 00:00:00Government supports developing countries emissions reductionThe UK Government has recently spoken out and shown its support for helping developing countries to reduce their carbon emissions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41124/05/2011 00:00:00CBI shows policy uncertainty “barrier to low-carbon growth”The CBI has announced that the UK needs to be wary that it is failing to attract the full amount of investment required to develop our low carbon infrastructure. It outlined that with ever pressing emissions targets and the UK due to lose a third of its enhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=41023/05/2011 00:00:00Government launches consumer empowerment strategy …New plans have recently been announced by Consumer Minister Edward Davey to give more power to the consumer. Consumers will now have more choice and options in how and when they buy goods and services and this is in an attempt to ensure they can take advanhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=40920/05/2011 00:00:00Figueres calls for “continued momentum on climate change”http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=40819/05/2011 00:00:00Cities are underserved by Carbon marketsCities worldwide use two-thirds of the world’s energy and also produce two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore to tackle the effects of climate change, cities need to be targeted.
The Cancun Climate Conference highlighted that carbonhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=40617/05/2011 00:00:00Carbon Trust offers finance for green equipmentThe Carbon Trust has set up in partnership with Siemens to provide UK businesses with finance to fund green equipment.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=40516/05/2011 00:00:00Carbon Tax shows “lack of trust” in Europe, says industry lobbyLast year the UK proposed to introduce a new Carbon Tax which would become payable when the price of EU permits fell below a set level. It was expected that this would pay for the introduction of newer more advanced power sources but also contribute to cuthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=40409/05/2011 00:00:00Zero carbon school contract awardedA London School, namely Wilmott Dixon is to be the first zero carbon school. It has been announced that the school has been awarded £13 million to pursue the project.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=40306/05/2011 00:00:00Tighter security on carbon markets will “pay for itself”, says PwCAs a result of the complete ETS system (emissions trading scheme) having to be closed down recently, the European Commission is urging for investment to be made in preventing further cyber attacks.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=40205/05/2011 00:00:00Scotland publishes responses to public bodies climate change duties guidanceThe Scottish Government has published a guidance document, namely “Public Bodies Climate Change Duties: Putting Them Into Practice” as a result of the new Climate Change (Scotland) Act that has recently come into force. The document aims to assist public bhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=40104/05/2011 00:00:00Global carbon project calls on businesses to “green” their supply chainsThe Carbon Disclosure Project has released its latest report; 2011 Supply Chain Report which addresses carbon emissions produced by its member companies and its suppliers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=40025/04/2011 00:00:00Commission launches flagship initiative for sustainable growthThe European Commission has set out a strategic framework that they intend will make a more sustainable use from our natural resources. The framework covers such natural resources as being food, water, air and ecosystems as being fundamental.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39922/04/2011 00:00:00Wind farms set to pass on financial benefits to local communitiesThe wind farm industry has adopted a Protocol on making payments from their wind farms into a community fund. The announcement by the UK’s leading renewable energy association RenewableUK has set a minimum amount per year of £1,000 per megawatt installed ahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39821/04/2011 00:00:00PM grilled again on forest sell offConsideration of a bill in Parliament which would result in the Government selling its entire public forest estate to commercial buyers has been challenged by some of the UK’s prominent names.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39720/04/2011 00:00:00Green Economy Council holds first meetingA new Green Economy Council group has been created in an attempt to unite the Government and the industry in addressing the low carbon challenge.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39619/04/2011 00:00:00Government defines carbon budgetThe Government has given clarification as to what it considers to be the meaning of a “carbon budget”. Under the Climate Change Act, three sets of five-year budget periods must always be in place – focusing on 15 year periods into the future.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39518/04/2011 00:00:00Green Investment BankThe U.K.’s proposed Green Investment Bank may be sited in Edinburgh because of the city’s expertise in energy financing says Energy Secretary Chris Huhne. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39408/04/2011 00:00:00Fair Fuel StabilisersDavid Cameron has recently come under mounting pressure to honour his commitment to curb soaring fuel prices.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39307/04/2011 00:00:00Waste Heat StorageA group of experts are to begin a study into the feasibility of capturing and using waste heat from power stations for warming homes and offices.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39206/04/2011 00:00:00Warm Home DiscountA new Warm Home Discount could benefit two million homes and provide up to £130 off electricity bills for poorer pensioners.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39105/04/2011 00:00:00Offshore Wind in EuropeEurope's offshore wind potential is enormous and able to power Europe seven times over. Over 100 GW of offshore wind projects are already in various stages of planning. If realised, these projects would produce 10% of the EU's electricity whilst avoiding http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=39004/04/2011 00:00:00March for Zero CarbonSeveral thousand took part in the Campaign Against Climate Change annual march to Parliament calling for urgent action over climate change including a Zero Carbon Britain by 2030.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38901/04/2011 00:00:00Low Carbon ChallengeThe UK construction industry faces the biggest transformation since the Victorian era to respond to the low-carbon challenge, according to a new report.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38831/03/2011 00:00:00Greenhouse Gas BenefitsDespite no mandatory reporting requirements or consistent measurement standards, a new research study by PwC and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) shows large businesses, which are measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions are experiencing nhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38730/03/2011 00:00:00Free Energy AdviceHundreds of thousands are not taking advantage of free help with their energy bills. The survey commissioned by Home Heat Helpline shows that many households in each region are missing out because they think assistance is not meant for "people like me".http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38629/03/2011 00:00:00Energy ConservationEnergy conservation refers to efforts made to reduce energy consumption. Energy conservation can be achieved through increased efficient energy use, in conjunction with decreased energy consumption and/or reduced consumption from conventional energy sourcehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38528/03/2011 00:00:00Daylight SavingThe campaign to give Britain more hours of daylight in the evenings has been stepped up as MPs consider a plan to move in line with Central European Time. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38425/03/2011 00:00:00Anaerobic Digestion FrameworkThe Coalition Government in England has produced its first draft action plan on Anaerobic Digestion (AD) to help increase the production of energy from biowaste.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38324/03/2011 00:00:00Council to make £10 billion from green energy dealsNLGN (localism think tank) have requested Councils to bear some of the financial pressures currently felt by making greater use of the green energy grants and subsidies that are available. It is estimated that the current total amount available for such ishttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38223/03/2011 00:00:00Yorkshire ambulances “to be fitted with fuel-cells”In a bid to contribute to energy reductions and financial savings, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is planning on introducing fuel cell technologies into the ambulances to cut down on their consumption.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38122/03/2011 00:00:00Welsh Assembly aims to help sharpen businesses "green edge"The Welsh Assembly Government has joined with RWE NPower Renewables – one of the largest investors in the Welsh energy industry in the introduction and funding of a new informative event.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=38021/03/2011 00:00:00UK and China join forces on low-carbon growthOn the Chinese Vice Premier's visit to England, China and the UK have united in their attempt to achieve low carbon growth in our respective countries. The Vice Premier, Li Keqiang instigated the agreement from the earlier visit made by Chris Huhne and thehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37918/03/2011 00:00:00Study finds skill gap will damage the economyThe Institute of Engineering and Technology has warned that a technology related skills gap is likely to cause damage to the economy.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37817/03/2011 00:00:00PM unveils strategy for growthThe Prime Minister has announced the Government’s plan to promote the industry’s growth and the creation of further jobs throughout the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37716/03/2011 00:00:00PM promises new jobs to rebalance the economyThe PM has shown his confidence in the UK’s private sector by committing himself to creating thousands more jobs within the UK this year.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37615/03/2011 00:00:00Plans forming for £200 million technology and innovation networkDavid Cameron has recently announced his plan to introduce Technology and Innovation Centres throughout the UK. The Technology Strategy Board will be leading the project and has published a report outlining the strategy of the introduction.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37514/03/2011 00:00:00Marine renewables could create over 5,000 south west jobsIt is expected that over 5,000 jobs could be created by the development of the marine renewable industry in the south west of the country.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37411/03/2011 00:00:00DECC examines proposals for Climate Change AgreementsThe Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently published its report on the prospects of Climate Change Agreements which outlines the most and least popular proposals in tackling the green issue.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37310/03/2011 00:00:00Countries need to keep-up climate change momentumLord Hunt of Chesterton has acknowledged that “monumental changes” must be made after the recognition last year that environmental conditions cannot be preserved.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37209/03/2011 00:00:00Cornwall Solar Farm plans approvedPlans for a large solar farm in Lostwithiel, Cornwall have been approved by the Cornwall Council. The farm will have the resources to produce a capacity of 5MW of power a year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37108/03/2011 00:00:00Private Sector is vital in climate change fightA large set of decisions has recently been made at the United Nations Annual Climate Conference in an attempt to not only battle the changes but to create certainty within the market, particularly for investors.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=37007/03/2011 00:00:00On the path towards low energy houseshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36928/02/2011 00:00:00Minister writes on heating oil shortageMany UK households have to rely on the delivery of heating oil to their homes as they do not have a direct connection to the natural gas grid.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36825/02/2011 00:00:00Marks & Spencer and Co-op named greenest supermarketsMarket leaders, Marks & Spencer and the Co-op have recently been announced as the greenest British supermarkets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36724/02/2011 00:00:00Government sets out electricity market reformsThe Government has recently announced its plans to reform the electricity market. They intend for there to be £110 billion of investment in infrastructure by 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36623/02/2011 00:00:00Government looks for infrastructure savingsThe UK Government is looking to make savings in the region of £3 billion of energy within the construction industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36521/02/2011 00:00:00EU to link its greenhouse gas emissions trading system with SwitzerlandIt has recently been announce by the EU that it is going to continue into negotiations with the Swiss Government in an attempt to combine each of their greenhouse gas emission trading systems (ETS).http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36418/02/2011 00:00:00Energy efficient market will continue to grow in 2011Whilst the economic market has suffered international recession, the energy efficiency market has continued to show outstanding growth. It is felt that the main push behind this growth is the desire for financial savings by improving the energy performancehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36317/02/2011 00:00:00Consumer Watchdog calls for minimum energy efficiency standardsThe Consumer Watchdog has recently called for action to be taken on the heating oil market.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36216/02/2011 00:00:002011 “make or break” for electric carsThe recently developed electric vehicle market within the UK is thought either “make it or break it” in the up and coming year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36115/02/2011 00:00:00Which? calls for minimum standardsWhich? has requested that Ofgem, regulator of the energy industry, introduce minimum standards within the energy market so as to provide consumers with more certainty of the gas and electric tariffs that are available to them. Which? has made this suggestihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=36014/02/2011 00:00:00UK will miss out on CRC ConsultationThe Government has recently announced changes to the Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme (CMC) and it has been suggested by leaders in the carbon and energy field that this will mean over 15,000 organisations in the UK will lose the opportunity to have the http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35911/02/2011 00:00:00UK promises “shining example” at climate change talkshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35710/02/2011 00:00:00UK could lead in smart gridsA team of leading energy firms including British Gas, have come together and launched a smart-grid project. The project will involve providing 14,000 local homes and businesses in the North East of England and Yorkshire with smart-meters to collect data onhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35809/02/2011 00:00:00Scotland and Maldives agree marine energy partnershipThe Maldives has a huge potential in marine energy and as a result of which, Scotland has agreed to support the Country in developing this renewable source of energy. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35608/02/2011 00:00:00Marketing campaign carbon calculator launchedStarcom MediaVest Group (SMG) and Envido have together introduced a new carbon calculator project. The carbon calculator allows its holder to anticipate the impact on the Planet through calculating the carbon footprint of the UK’s advertising campaigns.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35507/02/2011 00:00:00Energy Bill starts in the Lords ...As part of the Green Deal to be launched in 2012, Chris Huhne has announced that strict legislation is to be introduced to protect home owners when they insulate their properties.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35404/02/2011 00:00:00DECC takes control of smart meter roll-outThe Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has now taken over control of the plan to provide 50 million UK homes with smart meters. This project has to date been run by Ofgem, the industry’s regulator.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35303/02/2011 00:00:00Huhne tells Parliament of Cancun successThe Government Ministers have recently announced reforms in the areas of electricity investment, a growing clean energy industry and ensuring best deals for consumers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35202/02/2011 00:00:00Green taxes to fund growthThe Government has indicated a rise in environmental taxes in the New Year to fund the country’s move to a low carbon economy. This plan came to light from the recent Treasury and Business Department Growth Review in an attempt to enable long term economichttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35101/02/2011 00:00:00Policy Exchange calls for simplification of energy marketsThe Governments plans within the electricity market remain uncertain and this is causing organisations to be wary in their actions and consequently are unlikely to invest.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=35031/01/2011 00:00:00Formula One team McLaren awarded Carbon Trust StandardIn recognition of its reduction in carbon emissions, the first Formula One team; McLaren has been awarded the status of Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of their success.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=34928/01/2011 00:00:00DECC and Crown Estate increase support for offshore windThe Government and The Crown Estate have agreed to work together to progress the offshore wind capacity within the UK. The parties have agreed to develop the necessary infrastructure i.e. ports and harbours, so as to ensure the efficiency of the transportahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=34827/01/2011 00:00:00De Boer notes a lack of faith in green growthThe outcome of the next instalment of the international climate negotiations due to be held in Cancún, Mexico is “anybody’s guess”, commented by a lead negotiator.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=34724/01/2011 00:00:00Scottish Minister highlights opportunities of low-carbon economyThe current Climate Change Minister, Stewart Stevenson is to present a united front with the rest of the UK in support of international action on tackling the effects of climate change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=34621/01/2011 00:00:00UK and Sweden to create “green jobs”The current Prime Minister, David Cameron has recently announced that the UK and Sweden will work together in an attempt to create further new green jobs.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=34520/01/2011 00:00:00Coal to gas to cut costsIt has been anticipated that a switch from coal to gas power could save the EU 450 billion Euros within the next twenty years and consequently will also reduce CO2 emissions over this time.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=34419/01/2011 00:00:00Businesses underestimate energy efficiency returnsThe Carbon Trust has recently indicated that some of the UK’s largest businesses are underestimating the returns that can be made in energy efficiency, even as much as half. This missed opportunity is thought to be wasting such businesses in the region of http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=34318/01/2011 00:00:00The World Climate SummitFollowing the approval of the Copenhagen Accord at the UNFCCC COP 15, there is now a need to accelerate solutions to mitigate climate change. Fortunately, many of these business, finance and technological solutions already exist, and they must be implementhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=34217/01/2011 00:00:00Renewables TargetsThe Renewables Directive is a European Union directive which mandates levels of renewable energy use within the European Union. Published 23rd April, 2009, its official title is 2009/28/EC. The directive requires member countries to produce a pre-agreed prhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33910/01/2011 00:00:00Ireland’s Renewable EnergyNew funding is being made available for renewable energy companies in Ireland. The funding is being provided through NER300, a financing instrument managed by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and Member states.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33807/01/2011 00:00:00Excess Winter MortalityCold, badly insulated homes are associated with poor health, unaffordable fuel bills and high carbon emissions. Friends of the Earth is urging the Government to tackle these social and environmental problems by ensuring all UK homes are made energy efficiehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33706/01/2011 00:00:00DecarbonisationA new report has given the UK an 'E' rating for its climate policies, despite being a world leader in climate legislation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33605/01/2011 00:00:00Green GrowthChris Huhne delivered a speech on green growth to the London School of Economics on Tuesday 2 November calling for a 'more balanced, more sustainable economy'. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33504/01/2011 00:00:00Scottish Wind IndustryPorts and shipyards in Scotland are being given £70m to help tackle a multibillion pound funding gap facing the offshore "green economy", Alex Salmond has announced.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33431/12/2010 00:00:00Wave HubWave Hub’s pioneering GBP42m marine energy project underwent its first full test as it was connected to the grid network via a new substation, located in Hayle, Cornwall, where its 33kV cable comes ashore. By building a grid-connected socket on the seabedhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33330/12/2010 00:00:00UK green business performance ‘improving’The Environment Agency has recognised that UK businesses have improved their environmental performance but has commented that the energy sector is still lacking in improvement levels.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33229/12/2010 00:00:00UK ERC presents road-map for marine energyThe Marine Energy Technology Roadmap 2010 which was published this year outlines the issues within the marine energy sector. These include problems with current technology and inefficient areas of the deployment system.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33124/12/2010 00:00:00Open shop doors ‘waste 10 tonnes of carbon emissions’A new study published has recommended that UK retailers should shut their doors in an attempt to save up to 10 tonnes of carbon per year. During the winter months this could create a financial saving of 50% just to close doors.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=33023/12/2010 00:00:00Local Government urges Whitehall to “Paint the town green”A Report has been published that suggests that the Government’s “Green Deal” programme is at risk of failing to reach the households that are in need of being more energy efficient most.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32922/12/2010 00:00:00Government to accelerate smart meter roll outThe Government has revealed its plan for the introduction of smart meters. As a part of the Annual Energy Policy, this introduction will be much faster than previously anticipated. The Government has requested the industry involved to agree on the functionhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32821/12/2010 00:00:00Energy inefficiency costing businesses £6 billion a yearThe recently published Greener Business Report has outlined the UK’s 2009 green performance and effects on the environment made to date.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32720/12/2010 00:00:00Business Minister charts way forward with local enterprise PartnershipsMark Prisk, Minister for Business and Enterprise hosted a network event in an attempt to acknowledge the development made by and plan the future for local enterprise Partnerships.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32617/12/2010 00:00:00Scotland launches boiler scrappage schemeScotland has launched its latest green scheme, the boiler scrappage scheme. The scheme will offer cashback in an attempt to entice Landlords of private premises to invest and install a more efficient boiler for their tenants.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32516/12/2010 00:00:00Ministers call for greater climate cooperationA report has been published by the Government in an attempt to deal with the consequential effects of climate change and to also help participating Countries to set their economy on track to a low carbon route into the future.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32415/12/2010 00:00:00EU approves funds for low carbon energyIn a plenary session held recently, Parliament voted to use €146 million worth of funds which is currently unused within the EU. The EU Commission has suggested that this money should now be available to fund energy saving projects, energy efficiency in gehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32314/12/2010 00:00:00DECC gives green light to energy projectsSection 36 environmental consents have been granted to two major green energy projects. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has approved the projects with a view to stabilising and securing the energy industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32213/12/2010 00:00:00SME’s should go for green growthSmall and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) are being encouraged by Lloyds Banking Group and the CBI to take advantage of low-carbon opportunities as soon as possible.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32110/12/2010 00:00:00Scottish low-carbon strategy could create 60,000 jobs by 2020The Scottish Government’s latest low-carbon economic strategy is set to create 60,000 new jobs within the Country within the next ten years. The Government has said that it will work hand-in-hand with employers to create the newer, more necessary skills thhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=32009/12/2010 00:00:00Smart meter market set for growthMore and more of the UK’s utility firms are attaching to the smart meter project in a bid to keep up with their competitors. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31908/12/2010 00:00:00Businesses kick start low-carbon collaboration between UK and India"It's absolutely vital that India and the UK work together to create sustainable low carbon economies and greater business involvement in shaping low carbon solutions will help make this a reality," said Sir Stuart Rose, Marks and Spencer Chairman. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31807/12/2010 00:00:00UK Power ReformThe electricity market will need at least three major changes to pave the way for new nuclear power in the biggest industry shake-up since privatisation, according to the Energy Minister. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31706/12/2010 00:00:00Welsh Energy InstallersA new support network has been set up in Wales for people working in the renewable energy installation industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31603/12/2010 00:00:00Offshore DrillingThe UK economy would lose up to £6bn of investment a year if the government stopped developing the North Sea, ministers said, as they granted 144 new oil and gas exploration licences.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31502/12/2010 00:00:00Power market reforms needed soonPower market reforms needed soon, says National Grid. The UK has set itself the target of reducing emissions by 34% by 2020 and as much as an 8% reduction by 2050. To do this it is widely felt that reforms are needed to ensure this renewable energy target http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31401/12/2010 00:00:00Materials for energy efficient vehicles to be developedA new engineering facility is being developed to advance the efficiency of car and aircraft engines by concentrating on more economical materials for construction.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31330/11/2010 00:00:00Green Deal is a "no brainer"Green Deal is a “no brainer”, says Huhne.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31229/11/2010 00:00:00Increasing support for windGovernment needs to increase support for wind, says Hillier
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31126/11/2010 00:00:00Government backs small businessesIn an attempt to further rescue the economy, the Government has announced plans to back five million businesses throughout the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=31025/11/2010 00:00:00Expert calls for more renewable fundingJohn Barwise, Chairman of the Cumbria Green Business Forum, and an expert in the energy field is campaigning to the Government for more finance to be put into the UK’s renewable industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30924/11/2010 00:00:00Dorset’s first solar farm proposedA Dorset company, Eco Sustainable Solutions is putting forward plans to build Dorset’s first solar farm.
At the unveiling of the plans, local residents, councillors and interest groups congregated to consider and discuss the project.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30823/11/2010 00:00:00Cornwall Wave Hub scheme plugged into National GridIn an attempt to test the ability to convert wave power into electricity, an energy scheme running on the Cornish coast has been plugged into the National Grid.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30722/11/2010 00:00:00Scottish wind industry gets £70 millionFirst Minister Alex Salmond has recently announced an investment fund totalling £70 million so as to ensure Scotland remains at the forefront of the global offshore wind industry. Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive Lena Wilson said: "Now is the time to buhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30619/11/2010 00:00:00Committee on Climate ChangeThe Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an expert, independent, statutory public body, created to assess how the UK can best achieve its emissions reduction targets for 2020 and 2050 and to assess progress towards the statutory carbon budgets. It was crehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30518/11/2010 00:00:00Offshore RenewablesOffshore renewable energy projects around the South West coast of England could generate enough electrical power for 5 million homes, more than double the domestic needs of the whole of the South West.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30417/11/2010 00:00:00EU Carbon CutsThe EU has agreed a unilateral target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 1990 levels by 2020. Furthermore, it has pledged to increase its target to 30% if other countries make comparable commitments.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30316/11/2010 00:00:00Renewable Heat Incentive funding confirmedThe government has recently announced as a result of the spending review, that over £800 million of funding will be put forward to the Renewable Heat Incentive throughout 2011-2012.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30215/11/2010 00:00:00Public “buying into” low carbon materialA research study has recently been carried out that shows that almost all of Britain’s population has, at some point within the last twelve months, bought a product that is low in carbon material.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30112/11/2010 00:00:00Economic factors “driving energy-saving values”Latest research has suggested that it is actually economic factors rather than environment aspects that cause consumers to adopt a more “energy saving” attribute.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=30011/11/2010 00:00:00Businesses urged to slash emissionsA study carried out by Carbon Trust Standard has suggested to businesses that they should attempt to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by two per cent each year so as to achieve long-term reduction targets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29910/11/2010 00:00:00BT launches smart meter consortiumBT has launched its most recent project, the smart metering consortium SmartReach which is proposed to be a nationwide end-to-end solution. BT has launched this project alongside Arqiva and Detica. These companies are well established and trusted both natihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29809/11/2010 00:00:00Barker urges green businesses to “invest with confidence”Greg Barker, current climate minister, is encouraging more businesses to invest in low carbon projects. He has said that in light of the spending review that has clearly shown the coalition governments determination and commitment to a green economy, it ishttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29708/11/2010 00:00:00Public Body ReformThe government's "bonfire of the quangos" looks more like a towering inferno to the thousands of people affected directly. As expected, bodies on the periphery of government that advise on environmental issues or perform important green functions have beenhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29629/10/2010 00:00:00Renewable Heat IncentiveOn 1 February 2010, the Government published a consultation on the introduction of a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which it aims to introduce in April 2011. The consultation seeks views on the proposed scheme.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29528/10/2010 00:00:00Patents and Clean EnergyA joint study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) on the relationship between patents and the development and transfer of clean-enerhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29427/10/2010 00:00:00Energy Price RisesCustomers could be told in advance about energy price rises rather than notification up to two months after the event.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29326/10/2010 00:00:00Conservative Party Conference 2010In the strongest indication to date that a Renewable Heat Incentive will be introduced, Conservative cabinet office minister Oliver Letwin has claimed that a subsidy for heat will sit within the government's "one coherent vision" for renewables.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29225/10/2010 00:00:00Climate Change GuideThe Royal Society, the UK's leading scientific establishment, has earlier this month, published its own layman's guide to the science of climate change, in the hope of countering the confusion and inaccurate claims that continue to surround the topic.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29122/10/2010 00:00:00UK’s Largest Offshore Windfarm OpenedThe world’s largest offshore wind farm, Vattenfall’s Thanet facility off the UK’s Kent coast, was opened late last month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=29021/10/2010 00:00:00Scotland’s Climate Change TargetsScotland is halfway to its target of reducing carbon emissions 42% by 2020, with emissions falling over 20% since 1990, according to the latest official figures.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28920/10/2010 00:00:00Electricity Distribution NetworksElectricity distribution networks carry electricity from the transmission systems and some generators that are connected to the distribution networks to industrial, commercial and domestic users.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28819/10/2010 00:00:00Carbon Capture and StorageAn agreement has been signed in a bid to redevelop a North Sea gas field as a potential CO2 storage facility for a major government project.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28718/10/2010 00:00:00Calls for Gas to play a bigger roleMore emphasis should be placed on gas in the UK's future energy strategy an influential consultants report says. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28615/10/2010 00:00:00UK reaches 5GW of wind capacityOn 23 September 2010, the UK’s wind industry celebrated reaching 5G of installed wind energy capacity. This is enough to power 3 million homes.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28514/10/2010 00:00:00Scotland raises renewable energy targetFirst Minister, Alex Salmond has recently announced that Scotland’s previous renewable electricity target of 50 per cent is, for the next decade, to be raised to 80 per cent. This announcement was made in anticipation of the international conference due tohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28413/10/2010 00:00:00Public bodies aim to cut energy bills by £1 millionAfter recently joining a Carbon Trust programme today it is hoped that eight authorities in the East Midlands will cut their energy bills by over £100,000 each.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28312/10/2010 00:00:00New wave and tidal opportunities for Scotland announcedThe Crown Estate has recently announced plans for further leases for wave and tidal energy projects in Scotland. This is as a result of the Saltire Prize.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28211/10/2010 00:00:00Scotland supports extending permitted development for micro-renewablesScotland anticipates that increasing the types of minor development that are free from the requirement of planning permission will facilitate the response to climate change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28106/10/2010 00:00:00Electric vehicle support scheme announcedOne North East, a regional development agency, has created a support scheme “Charge Your Car” which will educate motorists about charging points in their local area.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=28005/10/2010 00:00:00Demand for sustainable homes “will grow”Gordon Miller, sustainability and communication director of Sustain Worldwide, expert within the industry, has said it is ‘inevitable’ that the demand for sustainable homes will increase.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27904/10/2010 00:00:00Cuts could kill the green economy, warns biogas associationA recent report has set out the extent the Government will need to go to so as to maintain its commitment to “a huge increase in energy from waste through anaerobic digestion”.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27801/10/2010 00:00:00The Green Deal SchemeA "quiet green revolution" that avoids "green gimmicks" and instead focuses on delivering low carbon jobs is what Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claims the coalition government is aiming for.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27730/09/2010 00:00:00Carbon Emission CutsThe UK government needs to be open about the true extent of carbon emissions cuts, according to a leading scientist.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27629/09/2010 00:00:00Arctic Oil Rig is shut downGreenpeace claims to have shut down offshore drilling by a British oil company at a controversial site in the Arctic after four climbers began an occupation of the rig just after dawn.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27528/09/2010 00:00:0075W LightbulbsIn line with policy to conserve energy and cut emissions, the European Union this month banned the manufacture and import of 75W incandescent light bulbs in the bloc.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27427/09/2010 00:00:00Whirlwind BasementHurricane Exploration PLC (HEX) is an oil and gas exploration company headquartered in the UK.
HEX comprises a small technical team who are focused on realising shareholder value through the exploration of niche hydrocarbon plays. Such plays have become vhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27324/09/2010 00:00:00Transformers pose riskThe scarce supply, heightened demand and increasing age and cost of electrical transformers poses a catastrophic risk, warns Lloyd's.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27223/09/2010 00:00:00SAICASpanish paper and packaging group SAICA has almost completed work on its £290m recycled paper mill at Partington Wharfside in Trafford. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27122/09/2010 00:00:00RenewablesAny failure to invest in grid and port facilities could jeopardise Scotland's potential to maximise its offshore wind industry, Scottish Renewables warned.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=27021/09/2010 00:00:00Browne’s VisitMember of Parliament for Taunton Deane, Jeremy Browne has recently returned from his second ministerial overseas tour since becoming Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. During his tour of South America Jeremy Browne spent three days in Colombia before thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26920/09/2010 00:00:00The Crown Estate awards four companies offshore wind demonstration sitesThe Crown Estate has recently announced that four companies have been awarded offshore wind demonstration sites. The awards follow pledges by various organisations. The projects will aim to address the technical and cost challenges to date so as to enable http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26817/09/2010 00:00:00Offshore wind sector set to create 60 times more jobs in the next ten yearsScottish Renewable and Scottish Enterprise have published a report which anticipates that Scotland’s offshore wind industry is set to create 28,000 jobs by 2020. This is alongside a further 20,000 jobs created indirectly in neighbouring industries. In turnhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26716/09/2010 00:00:00Mansell lands £3.9 million offshore wind farm facility contract at Ramsgate PortMansell has recently won a contract to the value of £3.9 million to construct an Operations and Maintenance Base at Ramsgate Port.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26615/09/2010 00:00:00Local Authorities could profit from renewablesThe latest approach by the Government is to turn town halls into mini-power stations by allowing Local Authorities to sell green electricity to the national grid.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26514/09/2010 00:00:00Forestry Commission launches carbon offset standards testing periodA new quality assurance scheme is due to be tested by the Forestry Commission in an attempt to verify the standards of tree planting projects in tackling the carbon issue. Until now there have been no required standards, or way of measuring such to prove thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26413/09/2010 00:00:00ETI launches energy storage demonstration programmeThe Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is asking for organisations to get involved to develop technologies that can help the UK in reducing carbon. The ETI is asking businesses to assist in the design, build and demonstration of ETI’s project that will sthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26310/09/2010 00:00:00Clegg opens solar farmNick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister has officially opened a major solar farm at the University of Sheffield.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26209/09/2010 00:00:00Branches of low carbon restaurant chain to open in the UKOtarian, the low carbon restaurant chain has opened its first UK branch in London. The restaurant operates on the basis of a no air freight policy and so all produce is delivered by road, and failing that the dish is altered.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26108/09/2010 00:00:00Cable announces more low-carbon investmentTo reinforce its commitment to stabilising the UK economy, the Government will announce its latest financial advance of £4.6 million from the Tees Valley Industrial Programme (TVIP) for 14 projects in that region. The Government hopes that providing supporhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=26003/09/2010 00:00:00Labour’s LegacyLabour squandered taxpayer's money in a pre-election spending "bender", the coalition claimed earlier this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25902/09/2010 00:00:00BiocharBiochar is charcoal created by pyrolysis of biomass, and differs from charcoal only in the sense that its primary use is not for fuel, but for biosequestration or atmospheric carbon capture and storage. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25801/09/2010 00:00:00Too few UK firms ‘factoring in climate risk and opportunities’ The government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has recently carried out a survey that has found that less than a quarter of UK firms recognise climate risk and opportunities within their business plans.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25731/08/2010 00:00:00Public money ‘needed to meet climate change finance targets’Public money ‘needed to meet climate change finance targets’ under the Copenhagen Accord, it was agreed the £63 billion a year needed to be spent on the control of climate change. Due to the extensive nature of funding required this will need to be sought http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25527/08/2010 00:00:00Public money ‘needed to meet climate change finance targets’Public money ‘needed to meet climate change finance targets’ under the Copenhagen Accord, it was agreed the £63 billion a year needed to be spent on the control of climate change. Due to the extensive nature of funding required this will need to be sought http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25627/08/2010 00:00:00Outlook for wind turbine prices remains grimAfter a slump in wind turbine prices in 2009, their current price in 2010 remains stagnant.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25426/08/2010 00:00:00Greenbank should be in Scotland argues MSPWith the recent announcement of plans to create a Green investment bank, it is suggested by some that this should be based in Scotland.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25320/08/2010 00:00:00Wave Energy TechnologyCornwall's innovative alternative energy project, The Wave Hub has been given an extra £1.5m funding boost by the government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25219/08/2010 00:00:00Scottish Ban LiftedCouncils across Scotland will be allowed to sell green electricity they generate to the National Grid in a move UK ministers hope will kick-start a new energy revolution.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25118/08/2010 00:00:00Nuclear PlantsThe British new coalition government's Energy Secretary Chris Huhne told the House of Commons last month that wind power and privately-financed nuclear power were the tools with which the country could avoid a looming energy crisis. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=25017/08/2010 00:00:00Green Investment Bank in ScotlandThe UK Government is being urged to base a new £2billion green investment bank in Scotland.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24916/08/2010 00:00:00UK needs carbon tax, says think-tankIt is felt that a carbon tax would be a more cost-effective way of ensuring that Britain goes greener more quickly and more efficiently.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24811/08/2010 00:00:00New job potential in renewableThe development of 3 regional offshore energy manufacturing sites in Scotland could create over 5,000 jobs.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24710/08/2010 00:00:00Huhne delivers first Annual Energy StatementChris Huhne, leading Liberal Democrat of the cabinet has delivered his first Annual Energy Statement this week. In summary, the Statement has included the following provisions:http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24609/08/2010 00:00:00Grant Shapps outlines local approach to delivering zero carbon homes by 2016As part of the coalition Governments desire to be the greenest Government ever, Housing Minister Grant Shapps has indicated that much more flexibility may be given to Councils and developers in meeting eco-standards. This is in an attempt to make all new hhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24506/08/2010 00:00:00Government investment in green cars “not brave enough”The Governments recent announcement that it will provide a £5000 financial incentive to purchasers of low-carbon cars is felt by some to be insufficient.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24405/08/2010 00:00:00Chris Huhne to announce increase in wind turbinesMr Huhne, one of the leading Liberal Democrats in the cabinet has spoken out in support of windpower. This vocal support of such scheme is likely to cause further strain to the Conservatives as the opposing party of the coalition.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24304/08/2010 00:00:00New car emissions dropped 5%New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show a reduction in the amount of carbon emissions from new vehicles.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24203/08/2010 00:00:00£5000 incentive for buyers of low-carbon carsThe latest scheme launched by the Government taking effect from January 2011, is a £5000 incentive for motorists when they purchase a low-carbon car.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24102/08/2010 00:00:00UK Shelves Green Investment PlanAt an infrastructure conference held recently by City and Financial, the Conservative government has put aside the Labour government’s previous plans to use the proceeds of various asset sales to fund green energy products. The plans included using such sahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=24028/07/2010 00:00:00Impacts of four degrees centigrade warmer worldTo show the effects of climate change on the world, the Government has recently launched an interactive Google earth map that shows the impact on the world of an increase in the global average temperature of just 4°C.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23927/07/2010 00:00:00Highway Agency ups carbon reduction measuresIn Britain’s attempt to reduce its carbon footprint, the Highway Agency has announced their latest approach to reduce light pollution.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23826/07/2010 00:00:00Council Tackles Fuel PovertyFuel poverty is a complex issue and one which the energy industry takes very seriously. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23723/07/2010 00:00:00Code for Sustainable HomesThe Code is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23622/07/2010 00:00:00Climate Change TrackerClimate change remains one of the most critical issues affecting the UK, but in tough economic times it is at clear risk of slipping down the political agenda. Urgent action to cut emissions must be delivered if the UK is to hit government emissions reducthttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23521/07/2010 00:00:00Carbon FootprintsThe carbon footprint of every local council in England was published for the first time, earlier this month. The new figures calculate the CO2 produced by councils in powering and heating their buildings, such as libraries, schools and leisure centres, as http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23420/07/2010 00:00:00Brighton’s Eco RallyA convoy of low and zero-emission vehicles have completed a rally from Brighton to London. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23319/07/2010 00:00:00T-SystemsDrawing on a global infrastructure of data centres and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. T-Systems provides integrated solutions for the networhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23216/07/2010 00:00:00The Lighter Later CampaignCampaigners are claiming that pushing clocks in the UK ahead one hour would save hundreds of thousands of tonnes in CO2 emissions each year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23115/07/2010 00:00:00Ireland’s Renewable Energy TargetsIreland is already getting more than 15% of its energy from renewable sources, a considerably higher percentage than that currently achieved by the UK. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=23014/07/2010 00:00:00Green Jobs SummitThe IPPR’s first Green Jobs Summit, a day-long conference, put on earlier this month, aimed to spark new ideas, approaches and collaborations to help make decent green jobs a reality in the UK. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22913/07/2010 00:00:00EU Carbon TaxOn June 23rd the European Commission (EC) held an initial debate on a Carbon Tax proposal brought forward by Algirdas Semeta, EC Commissioner on Taxation. The debate resulted in the EC only resolving to engage in an impact assessment of an EU-wide Carbon Thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22812/07/2010 00:00:00The Low Carbon Transition PlanThe UK Government has published two White Papers called The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan and The UK Renewable Energy Strategy 2009, in which it announced that on current levels of emissions global temperatures could rise by up to 6°C by the end of this cehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22701/07/2010 00:00:00Sustainable Energy"Green energy systems are no longer just 'nice to have,' but are essential in securing our energy supply and protecting the environment," according to a new report from Lloyd's 360 Risk Insight and UK think tank Chatham House, entitled: Sustainable Energy http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22630/06/2010 00:00:002009’s Reduced Energy ConsumptionDespite the global recession driving energy consumption lower in 2009 than the previous year, power usage is on the rise in developing nations according to BP’s 2010 Statistical Review of World Energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22529/06/2010 00:00:00Monitoring UK’s Oil RigsBritain is doubling inspection of drilling rigs after the BP oil spill, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has said. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22428/06/2010 00:00:00Missing the Renewable Energy TargetThe National Audit Office (NAO) works on behalf of Parliament and the taxpayer to hold government to account for the use of public money and to help public services improve performance.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22325/06/2010 00:00:00Carbon Emission ExtensionMEPs have voted to extend the deadline by which some fossil-fuel power stations must meet the requirements of the proposed EU industrial emissions Directive (IED). http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22224/06/2010 00:00:002020 Carbon TargetsThe outgoing United Nations climate chief says he no longer expects the world to agree to sufficient cuts in greenhouse gases by 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22123/06/2010 00:00:00The Institute of DirectorsThe Instiution of Directors, (the IoD) is the longest standing organisation to serve and support business leaders, with over 100 years of service in raising professional standards worldwide. The organisation carry out a number of means to improving the UKhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=22017/06/2010 00:00:00Responding to the Queen’s SpeechThe Queen outlined the Energy and Green Economy Bill in her 2010 speech. Her plans include setting up a green investment bank, which will make loans available to households for energy efficiency measures and renewable energy installations, the ‘pay-as-youhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=21916/06/2010 00:00:00New Energy BillThe UK Government last month unveiled its plans for an energy and green economy bill in the Queen’s Speech at the opening of Parliament but leaves as many questions as answers.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=21815/06/2010 00:00:00International Energy OutlookThe U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) newly-released International Energy Outlook projects a growth in global renewable energy, but a world still dominated by fossil fuels due to massive increases in energy demand. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=21614/06/2010 00:00:00BASELondonMayor of London, Boris Johnson was among the speakers at the Base London sustainability conference at the newly opened London ICC at Excel at the end of last month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=21511/06/2010 00:00:00Tidal EnergyConsultants Mott MacDonald and Halcrow have teamed-up to promote tidal energy projects. The two organisations will collaborate on the identification and delivery of tidal energy opportunities throughout the world. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=21404/06/2010 00:00:00The Covenant of MayorsThe Covenant of Mayors is a commitment by signatory towns and cities to go beyond the objectives of EU energy policy in terms of reduction in CO2 emissions through enhanced energy efficiency and cleaner energy production and use. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=21303/06/2010 00:00:00MaplecroftBritain faces a medium risk of disruption to its energy supplies in the future, according to new research.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=21202/06/2010 00:00:00Industrial Emission LimitsThe European Union (EU) has announced its plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and de-carbonize the energy sector, resulting in a reduction in the air pollution that is currently contributing to chronic respiratory disease in millions of people across http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=21101/06/2010 00:00:00Increased Utility BillsHM Revenue & Customs is expecting to collect an extra £10 billion in income tax, of which almost £9 billion will be paid by those earning more than £40,000. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=21028/05/2010 00:00:00Carbon Windfall LevyMinister for Energy, Communications and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan announced earlier this month, that he will be introducing a carbon windfall levy on electricity generators as part of the Biofuels Obligation Bill, currently going through final stages inhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20927/05/2010 00:00:00The “Green” ElectionThe 2010 election campaign has left low carbon businesses unsure whether to celebrate the "greenest election" on record or commiserate at the way environmental issues were sidelined by economic concerns.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20826/05/2010 00:00:00Coalition Government and Climate ChangeThe new coalition government could help the UK to slow down climate change, an expert has said. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20725/05/2010 00:00:00Wind Power Reduces Spot Electricity PricesA new independent study performed by a consulting firm, reveals that wind power reduces consumer electricity costs.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20617/05/2010 00:00:00Scottish Investment Bank LoanA £50m package to help firms through the tough economic climate has been announced by the First Minister. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20514/05/2010 00:00:00Grounded planes cause a fall in carbon emissionsThe eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is unlikely to have any significant impact on climate but did cause a small fall in carbon emissions, experts say.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20413/05/2010 00:00:00Energy Saving in the RecessionA recession provides more investment opportunities than a good economy, because prices and the market are generally low during these times. This allows you to get in at a better investment price, so there is a greater return potential. Good investment strahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20312/05/2010 00:00:00Carbon Capture and StorageCarbon capture and sequestration (CCS) could be one of few potentially viable answers to how we can keep burning fossil fuels without the carbon dioxide consequences.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20211/05/2010 00:00:00The General Election 2010After the election, whatever party wins, it seems, Britain will be embarked on the biggest economic transformation since the Industrial Revolution. The three main parties are vying with each other to pledge their commitment to green growth and a ‘low carbhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20110/05/2010 00:00:00Energy Wasting TelevisionsEight leading electrical retailers – which between them account for more than 50 per cent of television sales in the UK – have joined a new scheme to remove the least energy efficient TVs from their shelves.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=20016/04/2010 00:00:00Car FuelResearchers in Bath and Bristol are working to discover if carbon dioxide extracted from air could be turned to car fuel. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19914/04/2010 00:00:00Smart Meter PrepaymentsThe SmartMeter Prepayment water system is a revolutionary and complete ‘water metering solution’. SmartMeter Prepayment water metering provides many benefits to both water companies and end users, including guaranteed revenue and arrears collection, extenshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19813/04/2010 00:00:00Low Carbon MarketsThe UKTI figures, compiled by consultants Innovas, show that the UK low carbon sector grew by 4.3 per cent in 2009, despite the recession.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19712/04/2010 00:00:00Healey’s Green OverhaulCouncils planning to integrate green measures into their region's homes have received a financial grant.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19609/04/2010 00:00:00Fuel PovertyFuel poverty levels could rise to a new high unless more is done to improve the energy efficiency of homes, charities have said. A coalition of campaigners say that a government target to end fuel poverty in England by 2016 will be "impossible to meet" unhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19508/04/2010 00:00:00Climate Change TaskforceThe Department for Energy and Climate Change will appoint a third sector champion to represent the interests of the sector in the formulation of the department's policies. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19407/04/2010 00:00:00China and India join climate dealChina joined India earlier this month in giving qualified approval to the Copenhagen climate accord calling for voluntary limits on greenhouse gas emissions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19306/04/2010 00:00:00Business Energy InvestmentSome £50 billion of investment in business energy infrastructure could be at risk due to regulation issues, a new report has warned.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19201/04/2010 00:00:00Long Term Climate ChallengesInfrastructure is vital to the country – energy, telecommunications, transport and water systems move key resources around the country and provide our global links.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19122/03/2010 00:00:00Increasing the UK’s Sea ResourcesRenewable UK (formerly BWEA), the country's leading renewable energy trade association, called at its annual wave and tidal energy conference for the Government to invest a further 150-200 million in the two technologies, with a view of solidifying the UK'http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=19019/03/2010 00:00:00Homeowners want to ‘save money’Residential property owners are concerned about energy efficiency, but mainly because it saves them money, not the environment, a new survey has found. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18918/03/2010 00:00:00Green Building Manifesto LaunchThe UK Green Building Council is calling for the government to force the worst performing non-domestic buildings to be made more energy efficient.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18817/03/2010 00:00:00Greener Homes StrategyHouseholders are to be loaned money to help them install renewable energy technologies and make their homes more energy efficient under a new strategy launched earlier this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18716/03/2010 00:00:00Food Packaging PledgeThe retail sector's war on packaging and plastic bags has opened up on a new front today with the adoption of a range of new voluntary targets designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the packaging of supermarkets and food companies.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18615/03/2010 00:00:00The UK and India work togetherUK and Indian researchers will collaborate on health research and the changing global water cycles – which both present huge challenges for our societies as we adapt to a changing climate. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18511/03/2010 00:00:00The Sustainable Community Infrastructure CampaignUtilising waste and biomass to generate energy for distribution at a community level could help the UK to achieve its target of all new homes being zero-carbon by 2016, as well as contributing towards the 2020 renewables targets, according to a recently puhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18410/03/2010 00:00:00Newcastle set to build world’s largest turbine bladesA Californian company is to build a factory in the north-east of the UK that will make the world's biggest wind turbine blades.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18309/03/2010 00:00:00New Energy and Climate Action Directorates-GeneralThe directorates-general at the heart of the European Commission are being reorganised so that they are in line with the new commissioners’ portfolios.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18208/03/2010 00:00:00Boiler Scrappage VouchersHouseholders who are considering taking advantage of the government's boiler scrappage scheme still have the opportunity to do so, despite huge demand for the vouchers already.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18124/02/2010 00:00:00States vow to decrease Federal Government’s carbon emissionsBarack Obama used his presidential authority to help advance his climate change agenda by announcing that the US federal government and agencies would cut their giant carbon footprints by 28% by 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=18023/02/2010 00:00:00Scottish Offshore Wind SitesScottish Enterprise has identified 11 sites which could be potential bases for the offshore wind industry. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17922/02/2010 00:00:00Waste FoodSainsbury’s has signed a three-year contract with waste management firm Biffa to send food waste from 40 of its Midlands stores to the Birmingham-based firm’s anaerobic digestion facility in Leicestershire.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17819/02/2010 00:00:00Environmental Agency call for international agreementThe chairman of Britain's Environment Agency has called for governments to build on the international agreement made in Copenhagen and move the process of introducing international environmental legislation forward.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17718/02/2010 00:00:00Changing Britain’s Energy PolicyThe UK government is rumoured to be on the verge of ripping up its historic 12 year energy plan which has seen monumental changes in the UK energy market. Ed Miliband, the energy and climate change secretary, has hinted that the government will bring in nehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17617/02/2010 00:00:00Cash Rewards for Low Carbon Electricity and HeatingFrom April, the British government plans to start paying cash rewards, called a feed-in tariff, to citizens who generate their own energy with micro-turbines or solar panels. It also wants to begin offering similar incentives next year for homeowners who ihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17516/02/2010 00:00:00Offsetting Carbon Dioxide EmissionsEveryday actions such as driving a car, heating a home or taking a plane journey consume energy and produce carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17411/02/2010 00:00:00Increased Energy BillsWith freezing temperatures hitting the UK in the last few weeks, many consumers are worried about paying their energy bills, reveals a new survey from Which? Switch.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17310/02/2010 00:00:00Improving RecyclingRecycling boxes could be on their way to hundreds of London blocks of flats - after mayor Boris Johnson suggested chutes be adapted to work with a specific green waste area.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17209/02/2010 00:00:00Growing Off Shore Wind PowerGrowth of 54 per cent was registered in offshore wind installation taking place across Europe last year and the region now has 828 operating wind turbines in total, a new report shows.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17108/02/2010 00:00:00European Union Emission Trading SchemeThe European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS) is the largest multi-national, emissions trading scheme in the world and is a major pillar of EU climate policy. The ETS currently covers more than 10,000 installations with a net heat excess of 20 MW in http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=17029/01/2010 00:00:00Environmental Audit CommitteeThe UK's Environmental Audit Committee has called on the Government to set tougher targets for cutting carbon emissions and warned that a failure to reverse the increase in the global emissions before 2020 could render UK’s domestic action meaningless. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=16928/01/2010 00:00:00Carbon Tax"It would be wrong timing at this stage to turn to the tax tool," Connie Hedegaard told the European Parliament. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=16827/01/2010 00:00:00The Pre-Budget ReportChancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling delivered his pre-budget report on 9 December 2009, identifying digital, bio and low-carbon technologies as sectors for investment and growth.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=16722/01/2010 00:00:00Climate Chief’s WarningAir travel will have to get "a lot more expensive" over the next four decades if aviation emissions targets are to be met, the head of the UK's climate change committee has warned.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=16621/01/2010 00:00:00Climate AidDeveloping countries and aid agencies have derided the latest pledges by richer states to tackle global warming. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=16520/01/2010 00:00:00Low Carbon ZonesTen London boroughs have won funding to develop "low-carbon zones" with schemes ranging from "energy doctors" to solar panels for schools and electric car charging points, London Mayor Boris Johnson recently told.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=16415/01/2010 00:00:00Saving AfricaAn announcement, made by the World Bank on the sidelines of the UN climate meeting taking place in Barcelona, will bring music to the ears of the millions of Africans suffering from climatic changes. The decision made by the trustees of the Climate Investhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=16314/01/2010 00:00:00Electric Car SchemeMayor Boris Johnson has pledged every Londoner will be no more than one mile from an electric car charge point by 2015. His £60m plan would see 22,500 charge points at workplaces, 500 on the street and 2,000 in public car parks.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=16113/01/2010 00:00:00Marine Bill receives Royal AssentThe Marine and Coastal Access Bill, which will establish a series of marine conservation zones around England and Wales, is set to finally become law.
http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=16018/12/2009 00:00:00The Low Carbon PathEleven climate vulnerable countries, including the Maldives, adopted a declaration last month to show moral leadership and begin the process of greening their economies ahead of the UN climate change summit at Copenhagen this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15916/12/2009 00:00:00France and Brazil Reach AgreementBrazil and France endorsed a common position on fighting global warming before next month's U.N. climate change conference, pledging to pursue the goal of reducing emissions to 50 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15815/12/2009 00:00:00Finalising CopenhagenMost world leaders plan to attend a climate summit in Copenhagen this month, boosting chances that a new U.N. deal to fight climate change will be reached. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15711/12/2009 00:00:00The Big SixEnergy giants are to be forced by law to give their cheapest gas and electric deals to their poorest customers. Following this, the Queen announced a new Energy Bill at last month’s state opening of Parliament.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15610/12/2009 00:00:00Low Carbon Communities ChallengeThe Low Carbon Communities Challenge is a two-year programme to provide financial and advisory support to 20 ‘test-bed’ communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are seeking to cut carbon emissions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15509/12/2009 00:00:00The Severn Barrage Tidal ProjectThe UK Government says it is still interested in the idea of a tidal barrage across the Severn estuary after a report the plan could be dropped.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15430/11/2009 00:00:00Saving AfricaAn announcement, made by the World Bank on the sidelines of the UN climate meeting taking place in Barcelona, will bring music to the ears of the millions of Africans suffering from climatic changes. The decision made by the trustees of the Climate Investhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15327/11/2009 00:00:00Reducing Shipping and AviationEU environment ministers have agreed on plans that would see the aviation sector set a target of reducing emission 10% on 2005 levels by 2020, while shipping would have a 20% reduction target.
The plans will be presented at the climate change meeting in Chttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15226/11/2009 00:00:00Marine ProjectAn £8 million project that will produce tools capable of accurately estimating the energy yield of major wave and tidal stream energy has been approved by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15120/11/2009 00:00:00Green AidThe European Union proposed at the end of last month that rich countries should give developing nations up to €50bn (£44.7bn) a year by 2020 to help them fight climate change, but stopped short of stating how much the 27-nation bloc was willing to contribuhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=15019/11/2009 00:00:00Global Carbon Dioxide CutsEurope toughened its climate change targets – by adding aviation and shipping to the sectors earmarked for emissions cuts as part of a global deal in December.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14918/11/2009 00:00:00Essex’s Landfill Gas ProjectAn innovative new waste management project in Essex received a major boost yesterday after the government announced it has awarded more than £100m in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits to fund the proposals.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14817/11/2009 00:00:00Jobs for the Wind IndustryMeeting last month in Liverpool at the British wind industry's annual conference, leaders from the UK power sector business, government and academia signed up to a new sector training and skills route map to train up to 60,000 new technicians and engineershttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14711/11/2009 00:00:00Ofgem predicts Energy Price RiseThe UK may need to invest up to £200bn to secure energy supplies and meet environmental targets, according to energy watchdog Ofgem. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14610/11/2009 00:00:00Fuel PovertyOfficial figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed the number of fuel poor in the UK have doubled from 2 million in 2004 to 4 million in 2007. During the same period domestic energy prices rose by up to 80 per cent. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14509/11/2009 00:00:00MP seeks fair Climate ChangeThe MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, Mark Lazarowicz, wants to improve climate change management and energy efficiency in the UK.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14406/11/2009 00:00:00The VAT ScrapB&Q is introducing “eco-advisors” in its stores and paying the VAT on energy saving products in a bid to help customers be greener at home.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14305/11/2009 00:00:00Global Carbon Dioxide CutsEurope toughened its climate change targets – by adding aviation and shipping to the sectors earmarked for emissions cuts as part of a global deal in December.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14204/11/2009 00:00:00India and China tackle Climate Change togetherIndia and China, two of the world's big economies are serious about finding an alternative path to dealing with climate change while trying to attain sustainable development, said a top United Nations official.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14103/11/2009 00:00:00The Infrastructure Planning CommissionThe Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has started work to an enthusiastic welcome from industry and business bodies.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=14030/10/2009 00:00:00London and Climate ChangeThe London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP) recently commissioned a two-stage study to examine the potential impacts of climate change on London over the next 80 years and to start to address the responses needed for adaptation.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13929/10/2009 00:00:00Eco-labelling for tyresEuropean Union negotiators are on the brink of agreeing new rules to inform consumers about the eco-performance, noise and wet grip of tyres, diplomats said. However, critics charge the draft has been softened and lacks teeth.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13828/10/2009 00:00:00Carbon CaptureScotland-based companies and the government hope proximity to the rapidly-depleting oil and gas fields of the North Sea will put the country at the forefront of a potentially lucrative new industry – storing carbon dioxide.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13727/10/2009 00:00:0010-10 CampaignClimate change secretary Ed Miliband is urging all Labour councils to commit to the 10:10 campaign and cut their carbon emissions by at least ten per cent by next year. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13626/10/2009 00:00:00CrossrailCrossrail will be spared from the Chancellor's public spending cuts, Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has recently signalled.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13523/10/2009 00:00:00Britain’s Mild WinterMet Office scientists have staked their reputation on a mild winter. They came under fire earlier this year after predicting a “barbecue summer” which turned into a damp squib.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13422/10/2009 00:00:00Save it! Energy Efficiency DaysThe Section for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure of the EESC (European Economic and Social) organized an event called “Save it! Energy Efficiency Days” which were held in Brussels between 22 and 25 September as a prelude to the "Overshoot Day", an intehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13321/10/2009 00:00:00Hybrid CarsGoogle Inc. is in the early stages of looking at ways to write software that would fully integrate plug-in hybrid vehicles to the power grid, minimize strain on the grid and help utilities manage vehicle charging load.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13220/10/2009 00:00:00Clipper WindpowerClipper Windpower, the company that makes wind turbines and develops wind power projects, last week said it was in advanced negotiations with a number of multi-national industrial companies and financial investors in connection with a capital injection. Thhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13119/10/2009 00:00:00Carbon FootprintsThe green efforts of the great British public are showing a small pay off, according to figures released by the Climate Change Department. More than three-quarters of local councils in the UK have seen their carbon emissions fall over a two-year period, wihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=13005/10/2009 00:00:00Wind turbine closureWorkers at the Vestas wind farm, Newport who held a sit-in protest over learning of its planned closure, ended the protest last week after 19 days when they were evicted by bailiffs. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12902/10/2009 00:00:00The World’s Biggest Turbine Bladeshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12801/10/2009 00:00:00The Automotive Industry in the UKTata Motors European Technical Centre plc (TMETC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors in the UK, has received a £10 million loan, under the UK government's Automotive Assistance Programme (AAP), to develop and manufacture the Tata Indica Vista Electrhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12730/09/2009 00:00:00Reducing Greenhouse EmissionsThe recession has resulted in a “significant” fall in greenhouse gas emissions as manufacturing falls, according to a study by the International Energy Agency. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12629/09/2009 00:00:00A Climate Smart FutureThe global climate problem can be solved, achieving a “climate smart” world, if developed countries are willing to invest $100-$700 billion annually to convert the energy into “clean energy”, a World Bank report has stated.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12528/09/2009 00:00:00High speed rail to cut journey timesThe company, which is responsible for the maintenance of existing track infrastructure, pressed its case for an ambitious £34 billion programme, which would link the capital to major cities in the Midlands, north west England as well as Edinburgh and Glasghttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12425/09/2009 00:00:00The Eco-Friendly TownPlans for an "eco-friendly" new town based on co-operative principles in South Lanarkshire have been unveiled. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12324/09/2009 00:00:00The Big Business RefitSmall firms are being urged to cut their energy costs by scrapping their old equipment and replacing it with more energy efficient kit, in a new campaign launched by the Carbon Trust. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12222/09/2009 00:00:00Britain’s Black OutsBritain’s Black Outshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12121/09/2009 00:00:00Making Use of Cooking OilUsed cooking oil is being collected from restaurants in Nottinghamshire and turned into bio-fuel to power vehicles. Mansfield environmental firm Untapped Resource started the service to stop caterers pouring fats down the sink and blocking drains. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=12016/09/2009 00:00:00Decreasing Carbon EmissionsThe European Environment Agency (EEA) has issued provisional estimates on the EU's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for 2008. The figures show a decrease in emissions for the fourth year running. The EEA estimates that emissions from the EU-15 member states http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11915/09/2009 00:00:00Clean Tech and RenewablesA new survey of business leaders showed that cleantech and renewables will become two of keystones of the UK's economy by 2020. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11814/09/2009 00:00:00Artificial TreesThe Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has called on the UK government to support geo-engineering as a possible solution to the problem of climate change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11711/09/2009 00:00:00“No Need to Cut Travel”Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has said that as a result of new technology, people will not need to change their lifestyle to combat climate change. His view is that “if you can radically cut emissions as a result of new transport technology, it is not nhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11610/09/2009 00:00:00‘Green’ LightsTraffic lights in London will get an environmental makeover when they are replaced by a longer lasting and energy-efficient design.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11509/09/2009 00:00:00Eco-townsEco-towns must make plans to help existing communities the government has recently said. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11408/09/2009 00:00:00Better PlaceA developer has claimed thousands of the low carbon vehicles will be produced by 2011. Project “Better Place” is seeking to pioneer an innovative business model where car drivers sign up to a monthly subscription plan, similar to those operated for mobilehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11307/09/2009 00:00:00Adapting to Climate ChangeThe balance between preventing global warming and adapting to its effects is one of the most important policy questions of our time. It is often ignored.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11204/09/2009 00:00:00The Chevrolet Volt’s Decreasing Fuel ConsumptionGeneral Motors has revealed that its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car would boast fuel consumption of 230 miles per gallon in city driving making it far more efficient than existing environmentally friendly cars.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11102/09/2009 00:00:00Scrappage Scheme SuccessOfficial figures recently released show that orders for the scrappage scheme have reached 154,927, approximately half of the money set aside by the government. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=11001/09/2009 00:00:00Scottish Wind FarmsTwo windfarm developments with the capacity to power approximately 43,000 homes have been approved for building by the Scottish Government.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=10928/08/2009 00:00:00Expanding Heathrow AirportCampaigners fighting Heathrow expansion said that they were “delighted” after being granted a court hearing to challenge the Government’s decision to approve a third runway. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=10827/08/2009 00:00:00Australian Carbon Scheme RejectedAustralia's parliament recently rejected a wide-ranging climate change and carbon trading bill after the government lost a Senate vote on the legislative package.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=10726/08/2009 00:00:00Leaf PowerThrough photosynthesis plants use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugar.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=10625/08/2009 00:00:00Green ICTThe Greening ICT Strategy calls for government IT to be carbon neutral by 2012, with office carbon emissions down 11.5 percent by 2011.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9624/08/2009 00:00:00Make Britain SustainableThe Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has unveiled a list of ‘breakthrough ideas’ to transform Britain into a sustainable society. The 19 “breakthrough ideas for the 21st century” include free bikes to encourage cycling for journeys under five milehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=10514/08/2009 00:00:00The Low Carbon Industrial StrategyThe Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last week launched a Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, setting out the actions it hopes will allow the UK to maximise the economic benefits and reduce the costs of moving to a low carbon economy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=10413/08/2009 00:00:00The UK Low Carbon Transition PlanThe government has announced plans earlier this month that will intervene directly to accelerate the rollout of renewable and low-carbon technologies as part of its wide-ranging Low Carbon Transition Plan. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=10312/08/2009 00:00:00The Threat of Fuel PovertyDespite signs that the UK economy is starting to stabilise, hundreds of thousands of homes across the UK are either in fuel poverty or very much on the borderline. Fuel poverty is a situation where a household spends in excess of 10% of overall income on ehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=10210/08/2009 00:00:00Lime in the oceanAbout half of the CO2 released into the air by humans each year is absorbed by the oceans. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=10007/08/2009 00:00:00Laser IgnitionFord Motor Co. and researchers at the University of Liverpool are developing a car ignition system that swaps spark plugs for a laser beam to start vehicles while generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9906/08/2009 00:00:00Household bills to riseEd Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary has this month, set out a raft of measures to cut greenhouse gases by more than a third by 2020. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9805/08/2009 00:00:00Green Technology FamiliesThe UK faces two major and urgent challenges – securing energy supply and cutting emissions – and it needs to identify 'technology families' and fund their commercialisation in order to meet them.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9704/08/2009 00:00:00Ventus FundsInvestment firm Climate Change Capital is looking for opportunities within the UK renewable energy sector after raising a further £13.85 million through its Ventus Funds.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9531/07/2009 00:00:00Fuel PovertyRising unemployment, high energy bills and the cost of “green” measures could push hundreds of thousands more households into fuel poverty, a Government advisor has recently warned.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9430/07/2009 00:00:00Carbon Trading MarketsThe Group of Eight summit that opened earlier this month in Italy was a "unique chance" to jointly take on climate change, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9329/07/2009 00:00:00Banks to invest in Renewable Energy SchemesState-controlled banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group should be forced to invest in renewable energy schemes, helping to kick-start a transition to a lower-carbon economy. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9228/07/2009 00:00:00A Green ScotlandScotland can meet all of its electricity needs from green energy alone by 2030, a report has claimed. The major report has confirmed that renewable energy can power Scotland’s energy revolution and create enough power to export additional electricity resouhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9127/07/2009 00:00:00Wind PowerBritain is capable of producing a large amount of its energy from wind power, according to a new report published by leading environmental groups. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=9022/07/2009 00:00:00Whole house green makeovers for British homesThe UK Government yesterday announced plans to increase investment in measures designed to improve the energy efficiency of the country’s homes to £3.5 billion.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8921/07/2009 00:00:00The Carbon Trust StudyWind and wave power could generate up to £70bn for the UK economy, according to a new report from the Carbon Trust. The report, which focuses on the economic benefit of new energy technologies, said that almost 250,000 jobs could be created by wind and wahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8820/07/2009 00:00:00Low Carbon BusesThe UK Department for Transport is launching a £30 million fund to encourage the purchase on low-carbon buses in England.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8717/07/2009 00:00:00G8 Emission GoalsThe U.S., European Union and 12 of the world's largest nations plan to embrace "an aspirational goal" of reducing emissions of global-warming gases by 50% by 2050, according to a draft declaration by world leaders released earlier this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8616/07/2009 00:00:00The International Renewable Energy AssociationAbu Dhabi will host the global headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), it has been decided, despite criticism that per capita it has the largest carbon footprint in the world. The aim of the organisation is to offer advice http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8515/07/2009 00:00:00South West Marine Energy ResearchSea-energy projects in the South West have received a boost through £10.3 million in research funding for the Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE).http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8413/07/2009 00:00:00China and India to reduce Carbon EmissionsThe chances of concluding a new global climate change pact remain slim unless China, India and Brazil make significant cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, a senior Swedish climate change official claimed earlier this month.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8312/07/2009 00:00:00Rising Carbon Dioxide LevelsThe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record high, according to the latest figures, renewing fears that climate change could begin to slide out of control. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8209/07/2009 00:00:00Passenger Tax on Carbon EmissionsAirline passengers should pay a global tax on carbon and accept an increase in the cost of flying for the sake of the environment, the chief executive of British Airways recently claimed. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8108/07/2009 00:00:00Livestock Rearing’s Environmental EffectCattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgentlyhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=8007/07/2009 00:00:00Energy Efficient SchoolsBritish schools could save £70 million per year off energy bills by making school buildings more energy efficient, the Carbon Trust said yesterday. That’s enough to fund 230,000 extra computers or 4.5 million extra text books per year.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7906/07/2009 00:00:00Climate Change Action PlanThe UK Government has this month, launched a five point action plan for the country in response to the threat of climate change.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7803/07/2009 00:00:00Climate Change ForecastsScientists have produced a detailed map of how climate change is expected to strike every part of the UK over the next century. Experts from the Met Office used sophisticated computer models to build up a picture of how temperature and rainfall are likely http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7702/07/2009 00:00:00Building RegulationsDevelopers will be given more time to start building and further flexibility to adapt plans, under a package of new measures announced by Housing Minister John Healey earlier this month, in order to support the industry during the recession.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7601/07/2009 00:00:00Build-Up PortalThe European Commission ‘Build Up’ initiative supports EU Member States in implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Its new interactive web portal offers access to a wide range of information on best practices, technologies and lehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7530/06/2009 00:00:00Act On CO2The Act on CO2 Campaign is a cross- governmental campaign devised by Defra and the Department for Transport. Launched on 11th March 2008 the campaign website is accessible through the Direct Gov website: direct.gov.uk. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7429/06/2009 00:00:00Riversimple’s Hydrogen CarA new hydrogen-powered city car has been launched in the UK, which attempts to sidestep the three main hurdles to the dream of hydrogen- fuelled highways. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7326/06/2009 00:00:00Dorset’s Low Carbon HomesDeveloper ZeroC, in conjunction with the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency), has submitted a detailed planning application for 77 new low-carbon homes at Osprey Quay, Portland in Dorset. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7225/06/2009 00:00:00Airline Emission ReductionsA consortium of airlines has refined its proposal to cut down on aviation industry carbon emissions in advance of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen this December.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7124/06/2009 00:00:00The Carbon Emissions Reduction TargetThe Carbon Emissions Reduction Target is all about reducing CO 2 emissions, one of the main causes of climate change. CERT came into effect in April 2008, and it obliges energy companies to take steps to ensure that the amount of CO 2 emissions from homes http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=7023/06/2009 00:00:00The Green Sainsbury’sSainsbury’s, the third largest British supermarket chain has just unveiled a new energy system that generates power from the vehicles entering the parking lot of its new store in Gloucester.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6922/06/2009 00:00:00Whitewashing CitiesSteven Chu, the US Secretary of Energy and a Nobel prize-winning scientist, last month claimed that making roofs and pavements white or light-coloured would help to reduce global warming by both conserving energy and reflecting sunlight back into space. Ithttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6817/06/2009 00:00:00The “Green” Scottish GovernmentThe Scottish Government recently published its Carbon Management Plan, which aims to reduce its carbon footprint, but its own figures reveal that it is missing its green targets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6716/06/2009 00:00:00The Call for a New Climate TreatyBusiness leaders from around the world last month issued a manifesto advocating an international climate change treaty that will offer certainty, jump start investment and help “rev up” the ailing global economy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6615/06/2009 00:00:00Railways of the FutureRadical changes to Britain's rail network will be required to cope with the predicted increase in demand for travel, according to a recent new planning document published by the rail industry.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6512/06/2009 00:00:00Missing energy targetsGovernment policies to reduce carbon emissions from shops, offices and factories by 2050 will fail, according to a report by the British Property Federation (BPF).http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6411/06/2009 00:00:00A Sustainable Future for WalesThe Sustainable Development Scheme, which is among only three such legally binding plans in the world, aims to see a former coal-mining region in Wales reduce its use of carbon-based energy by 80-90%.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6310/06/2009 00:00:00Scotland’s Onshore WindfarmEurope's largest onshore wind farm is to be expanded further, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has announced. Mr Salmond was speaking as he officially switched on the 140-turbine Whitelee wind farm on Eaglesham Moor in East Renfrewshire. Whitelee nowhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6209/06/2009 00:00:00Clean Car LoansThe European Investment Bank (EIB) has recently approved loans to EU automotive companies worth a total of €750m (£495m), under the condition that the fresh funds are used to design and build low-emission vehicles.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6108/06/2009 00:00:00The Carbon Free HomeHaving weaned themselves completely from fossil fuels in their conventional 1930s urban house, Rebekah and Stephen Hren have published a book about the trials and tribulations they encountered along the road to carbon neutrality.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=6005/06/2009 00:00:00UK Energy Efficient PlansThe UK Government’s energy efficiency plans to tackle fuel poverty are underfunded, untargeted and under-prepared, says consumer group Consumer Focus. More than 5 million pensioners, families and disabled people across the UK are affected by fuel poverty,http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5904/06/2009 00:00:00UK and China Carbon CaptureThe UK will share and develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology with China and other economically developing nations.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5803/06/2009 00:00:00New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT)The ‘New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team’ (NAIGT) vision for the automotive industry in the UK ishttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5702/06/2009 00:00:00Internet’s Carbon FootprintWith more than 1.5 billion people online around the round, scientists estimate the carbon footprint of the internet is growing by more than 10 per cent each year. Many internet companies are struggling to manage the costs as energy bills soar, while theirhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5601/06/2009 00:00:00Green Advertising WorkshopsThe government will this month join forces with the advertising industry to host a series of free green advertising workshops designed to help firms shape the forthcoming green ad guidelines and ensure their environmental claims are accurate.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5529/05/2009 00:00:00Energy Efficiency of ProductsThe European Parliament has recently voted through a directive that requires energy-consumption information to be included in adverts for all energy-related products. The legislation also suggests that a product's energy classification should only be valihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5428/05/2009 00:00:00Climate Change WarningsMP Colin Challen accuses motor manufacturers of not telling the whole truth in green claims. According to the Labour MP, car adverts should carry prominent climate change “health warnings” akin to those on cigarette packets.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5327/05/2009 00:00:00Tyre LabellingWith a quarter of all CO2 emissions in the European Union coming from road transport, many believe the urgency of reducing this is compelling. Just having a perfectly good set of tyres on a vehicle at the wrong pressure can cause an increase in fuel consumhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5226/05/2009 00:00:00The battle against Climate ChangeMajor developing countries like China are doing far more to address climate change than most Americans realise, the top climate change official at the United Nations said only last month, after a meeting in Washington of ministers from the world's biggest http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5122/05/2009 00:00:00Sustainable Government Procurement TargetsThe National Audit Office last month published a report entitled, ‘Addressing the environmental impacts of government procurement.’ It clearly sets out the inadequacy of government attempts to make procurement greener.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=5021/05/2009 00:00:00Smarter GridsThe London School of Economics released a report last month that outlines the potential benefits of a large-scale, technology-focused economic stimulus plan in the UK. The report, The UK's digital road to recovery, presents an economic model for working ohttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4920/05/2009 00:00:00Buildings and Global Energy TargetsThe building sector is not investing enough in energy efficiency to reach emissions reductions targets, according to a scathing report published by World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) last month. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4819/05/2009 00:00:00Offshore Wind CompetitionA new multi million pound competition intended to identify improved foundation designs has been launched. UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, has announced a global competition in conjunction with the Carbon Trust to find newhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4718/05/2009 00:00:00Zero Energy BuildingsThe European Parliament has called for all buildings built after 31 December 2018 to ensure they produce as much energy as they consume on-site. Although the Commission proposal did not include any specific target dates for completely zero-energy buildingshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4615/05/2009 00:00:00The Warm Front SchemeA Government initiative called the Warm Front Scheme saw significant funding changes recently. Warm Front is the Government's largest scheme designed to combat fuel poverty in the private owner occupied and rented sector of housing in England. Published inhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4514/05/2009 00:00:00UK Recycles Its WasteIn 2008, UK businesses recycled close to two-thirds of all packing waste produced, which equates to saving about 8.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Data from the Department of Energy, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) shows 2008 was a record yehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3813/05/2009 00:00:00Spam’s Carbon FootprintLeading up to Earth Day, the "Carbon Footprint of Spam" study commissioned by security software giant McAfee was conducted by ICF climate research experts based in the UK. It found the amount of energy wasted in one year creating, storing, viewing and thenhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4312/05/2009 00:00:00Obama’s Earth Day MessagePresident Barack Obama marked Earth Day recently by unveiling a program to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable thttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4211/05/2009 00:00:00Investing in Low Carbon Britain?The UK’s supposed transition to a low carbon economy has had a huge setback. The transition was claimed to change every aspect of our lives, our work, and our society. The recent strategy was built on the Government’s vision for a Low Carbon Industrial http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4108/05/2009 00:00:00Building Britain’s FutureIn a new policy statement “Building Britain’s future – New industry, new jobs”, The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) identifies some of the key areas identified for immediate reform, centred around innovation, skills, finahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4007/05/2009 00:00:00The Global RecessionThe UK recession deepened more than expected in the first three months of this year, but this should prove to be the worst of the quarterly falls in GDP and the recession is expected to moderate in the second half of 2009, the CBI has said.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=4406/05/2009 00:00:00The Green Budget 2009The UK government’s 2009 budget promises to boost the low carbon economy, increase investment in renewable energy, and reduce UK carbon emissions by 34% by 2020.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3905/05/2009 00:00:00The Low Carbon RoadBusiness Secretary Peter Mandelson and Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon recently confirmed details of the UK Government’s electric car initiative. The initiative aims to make electric cars more affordable and attractive to motorists by providing a £2000-500http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3701/05/2009 00:00:00The Focus on Renewable EnergyThe Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has warned that Britain could miss out on tens of thousands of green jobs unless government puts more focus on renewable energy.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3630/04/2009 00:00:00Fuel PovertyFuel poverty - where a household cannot afford to keep warm - damages the health of those living in cold homes and affects their quality of life. The old, children, and those who are disabled or have a long-term illness are especially vulnerable. The main http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3529/04/2009 00:00:00Car Scrapping SchemeAlistair Darling has announced that from next month any car more than ten years old can be exchanged for £2,000 against the price of a replacement. Controversially, however, only half of that amount will come from the Government, with the other £1,000 takehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3428/04/2009 00:00:00Birmingham’s Green IT InitiativeMountains of IT waste otherwise destined for landfill have been recycled or re-used in the community thanks to an environmentally friendly initiative by Birmingham City Council. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3327/04/2009 00:00:00Airlines Emissions Trading SchemeUnder the Climate Change Act, aviation and shipping are now part of the UK Government’s targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Aviation is responsible for about two percent of global greenhouse gas pollution and that share is expehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3224/04/2009 00:00:00Approving the Climate and Energy PackageThe EU is committed to reducing its overall emissions to at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, and is ready to scale up this reduction to as much as 30% under a new global climate change agreement, when other developed countries make comparable efforts. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3123/04/2009 00:00:00UK Climate PolicyThe UK government has done more than most others to set a framework for climate change. The climate change act commits the UK to cut CO2 emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. It’s vital that the right policy strategy is set out, so that action can behttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=3022/04/2009 00:00:00The Green Empire State Building One of the world's most famous skyscrapers - the Empire State building in New York - is going green. A project is underway to reduce the amount of energy used in the building by more than a third, saving millions of dollars a year. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2921/04/2009 00:00:00‘Green Economy’ BudgetPrime Minister Gordon Brown is promising this month's Budget will plot a "green" route to economic recovery. Trials of electric cars, a roadside network of vehicle-charging points and incentives for environmentally friendly carmakers are among planned meahttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2820/04/2009 00:00:00Resource EfficiencyResource efficiency is all about managing raw materials, energy and water in order to minimise waste and thereby reduce cost. Resource efficiency can potentially save money and make a business more competitive, particularly with growing supply chain presshttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2717/04/2009 00:00:00The Energy Efficient Fiscal StimulusBold investment in energy efficiency measures could now provide tangible short-term and long-term benefits to our economy - boosting employment, reducing the problems of fuel poverty, and delivering substantial carbon savings. This investment must be made http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2616/04/2009 00:00:00Higher Energy Efficiency Standards in the UKFridges, freezers, televisions and washing machines are to have minimum energy standards and energy labels following an EU ruling.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2515/04/2009 00:00:00Severn Embryonic Technologies SchemeThe tides in the Severn Estuary are amongst the highest in the world, and have the potential to deliver approximately five per cent of the UK’s electricity. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2414/04/2009 00:00:00Sea Based Renewable EnergyThe UK is currently number one in the world for operating offshore wind farms, with an astounding 598 mega-watt capacity. The UK overtook Denmark for this title in October 2008. By end of 2009, the UK will have 1042 mega-watts of offshore wind operating,http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2309/04/2009 00:00:00Solar Powered CarsSolar Powered Cars are traditionally defined as cars which run on energy from the sun. They got their first recognition as a possible transportation method through the series of annual races across Australia, known as The World Solar Challenge.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2208/04/2009 00:00:00Environmental Taskforce LaunchedA new taskforce launched by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will help the government and the third sector to tackle climate change and environmental issues. The group will be jointly chaired by Defra, Department of Energy andhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2107/04/2009 00:00:00The Confidence Building BudgetLeading business group, The Confederation of British Industry (the CBI), has called on the chancellor to use the Budget for "confidence-building" measures to boost jobs, investment and competitiveness. It says the "alarming" state of public finances shoulhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=2006/04/2009 00:00:00Wind FarmsWind farms have been blamed for everything from causing headaches to risking the lives of air travellers. However, if Britain is to stand a hope of meeting its commitment to renewable energy, it must take wind farms to its heart.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1903/04/2009 00:00:00Saving VestasWith a 23 per cent market share, and 38000 wind turbines installed, Vestas is the world's leading supplier of wind power solutions. The Vestas wind turbine manufacturing plant, near Campbeltown, Scotland, which employs 92 people, was set to close, after ihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1802/04/2009 00:00:00Eliminating Non-Energy Efficient LightingThe European Commission has adopted regulations to improve the energy efficiency of both household lamps and also of office, street and industrial lighting products. http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1701/04/2009 00:00:00The Great British RefurbWhole-house energy efficiency refurbishments to make all homes almost zero-carbon will be part of "the Great British Refurb" announced last month, by energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband. It is hoped that all homes in the UK will be near zero bhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1631/03/2009 00:00:00European Green Cars InitiativeEurope’s strong and innovative automotive industry plays a key role in the European economy. One-third of the world’s passenger cars are produced in the European Union, and approximately 40 percent of EU automotive exports are bound for the United States.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1530/03/2009 00:00:00Buying Green despite the Credit CrunchWith the dawn of a troublesome economic era well and truly underway, news that consumers still want to buy green despite this, is a welcome surprise. New research from the Carbon Trust Standard (an independent company set up in 2001 by the Government in rehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1427/03/2009 00:00:00Hydroelectric SchemesBritish Waterways has been responsible for water networks in England, Scotland and Wales since the late 1940s when the waterways were nationalised. In recent years, however, the country’s waterways have started to be used for much more for energy saving phttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1326/03/2009 00:00:00How Far Does Your Food Travel to Reach Your PlateIn recent years people have become increasingly aware of global warming and its effects on the environment. The temperature of the world is rising and this is being evidenced by melting ice caps, rising sea levels and extreme flooding. Although global warhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1225/03/2009 00:00:00Climate Change and PovertyWhile climate change is a global phenomenon, its negative impacts are more severely felt by poor people and poor countries. They are more vulnerable because of their high dependence on natural resources, and their limited capacity to cope with climate varihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1124/03/2009 00:00:00Making Britain’s homes more energy efficientMore than one third of existing homes are classed as 'hard to treat' in terms of raising energy efficiency, a legacy that cannot be ignored if ambitious carbon reduction targets are to be met. The obstacles that prevent homes from improving energy efficiehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=1023/03/2009 00:00:00Burying your car in a green graveInterest in green cars has soared in recent years as people are beginning to feel a moral obligation to protect the environment from further effects of global warming. This coupled with economic concern over rising fuel and running costs is further steerihttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=920/03/2009 00:00:00Low Carbon Building Initiatives in the UKDomestic housing in the United Kingdom presents a possible opportunity for achieving its part in the 20% overall cut in UK carbon dioxide emissions targeted by the Government for 2010. However, the process of achieving that drop is proving problematic givehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=819/03/2009 00:00:00To Recycle or Not to RecycleIt may surprise many to know that despite all of the publicity surrounding recycling and efforts that have been made around the UK in recent years; we are still producing enough waste in one hour to fill the Royal Albert Hall, with only 12% of this being rhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=718/03/2009 00:00:00Capping Aviation EmissionsAir transport performs numerous important purposes in modern societies. Aviation facilitates economic and cultural exchanges and is a significant source of employment and growth in many regions. However, aviation also contributes to global climate change, http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=617/03/2009 00:00:00Reducing Car Emissions: But At What Cost?Cars are a significant source of carbon dioxide emissions and energy use. Despite emissions from other sources reducing over time, those from transport are still rising. In order to tackle this problem a number of countries have attempted to reduce CO2 emhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=516/03/2009 00:00:00Green Streets 2009Green Streets, the year-long social experiment in energy saving has come to an end, resulting in a huge 25% cut in energy use and a 23% cut in carbon dioxide. Eight streets and sixty four homes were enlisted by British Gas to take part in the eco-social ehttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=413/03/2009 00:00:00Recovering the economy with a low carbon solutionPrime minister, Gordon Brown, was very clear when stating:'If we do not reduce our emissions from their present path — by at least half, globally, by 2050 — we will bring upon ourselves a human and economic catastrophe that will make today’s crisis look smhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=310/03/2009 00:00:00Have We Underestimated Global WarmingAlarm bells have been ringing around the globe following Professor Chris Field, author of the landmark report on climate change, latest suggestion that future temperatures will be beyond anything predicted.http://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=109/03/2009 00:00:00Energy Saving Measures Do Not Have to 'Cost the Earth'Is it really possible to 'go green' saving the planet whilst at the same time making savings in your wallet too? If you are willing to do a little research, then there are ways where the everyday household can in fact save money and also receive governmenhttp://www.greenenergyuk.com/Article.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=204/03/2009 00:00:00