Industry news archive

  • 03 March 2017
    In several states in Australia over the last 5 months there have been at least 4 major power outages which has impacted millions of customers says GMB. 
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  • 01 March 2017
    Across Scotland more than one hundred organisations are to benefit from almost £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.
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  • 27 February 2017
    In the UK, the Briton's understanding is that climate change is real and man-made steadily becoming more prevalent. A growing majority of British adults (64%) have said that climate change is happening, and that it is primarily due to human activity. 
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  • 18 January 2017
    Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy Jobs and Fair Work, has written to the UK Government to discuss concerns over the progress of the Green Investment Bank privatisation. Mr Brown has expressed concerns over reports that the completion of the transa
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  • 16 January 2017
    The GMB has said that when the full costs of decarbonising the economy are laid out for all to see, paying for them out of general taxation is actually the fairer way to proceed.
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  • 02 December 2016
    Green Alliance, have published a number of league tables ranking renewables in England and Wales over the past year. The tables reveal that Gwynedd and mid Glamorgan are the most improved as far as solar and wind power are concerned.
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  • 01 December 2016
    A new Scottish Power survey has outlined that small and medium-sized businesses across the UK are missing opportunities for important energy savings. Only 1 in 10 SMEs have said their energy consumption has decreased over the last 12 months. Furthermore ov
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  • 30 November 2016
    James Court, Head of Policy & External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association has commented on the Autumn statement.
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  • 28 November 2016
    The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has released Ireland’s official national energy statistics. They show a significant level of growth in energy use across all sectors of the economy last year.
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  • 07 October 2016
    A Government fund has been established worth £10 million to support people in making their homes warmer and more water tight. The scheme will be piloted in Glasgow, Argyll and Bute and Perthshire. Each equity loan will be worth up to £40,000 and will be av
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  • 29 September 2016
    The Science and Technology Committee has reported that the Government has been ambiguous on the benefits of smart meters. The Government has 11 different objectives for the roll out project. These benefits include saving consumers money on energy costs. Ho
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  • 29 September 2016
    The Science and Technology Committee has reported that the Government has been ambiguous on the benefits of smart meters. The Government has 11 different objectives for the roll out project. These benefits include saving consumers money on energy costs. Ho
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  • 28 September 2016
    Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a review of planning policies on renewable energy and countryside development.
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  • 28 September 2016
    Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a review of planning policies on renewable energy and countryside development.
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  • 27 September 2016
    A new £5.8 million scheme intended to generate energy from sea waves has been launched. The project is located off the Pembrokeshire coast. £4 million of its funding came from EU funding through the Welsh government.
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  • 26 September 2016
    New research has been published highlighting the need for better more efficient homes as social landlords come under increasing pressure to cope with reductions in funding and lower incomes.
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  • 23 September 2016
    Richard Black, Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has commented on the appointment of Greg Clark as the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
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  • 22 September 2016
    Policy Exchange has said that the Government must create a new strategy to decarbonise the heat sector that is more cost effective that the current plans. A report issued by the think tank has said that the plan to roll out electric heat pumps in 80% of ho
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  • 21 September 2016
    MP’s on the Energy and Climate Change Committee have warned the Government that if the country continues in the same vein, it will fail to achieve its 2020 renewable energy target.
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  • 20 September 2016
    Transport Scotland has awarded 39 projects a grant of £10,000 each, from the £8 million European Regional Development Fund. The grants will allow them to develop their idea in preparation for the launch of the ERDF Low Carbon Travel and Transport.
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  • 19 September 2016
    Nick Hurd, Climate Change Minister has refused to provide a timeframe within which the UK will ratify the Paris Climate Agreement. It has said it will take place “as soon as possible.”
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  • 16 September 2016
    The Office for Low Emission Vehicles, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK are to invest up to £24 million to create an industry led research project for vehicle technology that provides significant reductions in real
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  • 15 September 2016
    Renewable electricity has increased significantly through 2015. It now contributes to one-quarter of all electricity used. The findings have been published by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The report, Renewable Electricity in Ireland 2015
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  • 14 September 2016
    Peak temperatures are setting new records. However with the heat is an increase in the use of air conditioning. The global demand for space cooling is expected to increase over the next ten years.
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  • 13 September 2016
    GMB has said that National Grid is complacent in its claim a smart energy revolution could help secure the UK’s supply and avoid blackouts when power stations close.
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  • 12 September 2016
    The Energy Performance Certificate rating is set to become more important for homeowners. The Conservative think tank Bright Blue has proposed that properties should be required to meet a minimum energy efficiency standard before sale.
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  • 09 September 2016
    A €3 million fund has been established to study the environmental impact of offshore wind. The Swedish energy company, Vattenfall launched the programme in an attempt to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind.
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  • 08 September 2016
    New analysis from uSwitch.com has revealed that the price of fixed energy deals has continued to increase over the summer, some as much as £219. 21 energy suppliers have replaced their cheapest fixed price deals with a more expensive offering, since June.
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  • 07 September 2016
    Oxford Economist Dieter Helm has said that Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark, needs to “reset the balance between the market and the state and [avoid] more patching up of what he has inherited.” He further added that the energy sector is “not in goo
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  • 06 September 2016
    Co-operatives UK has called for action after policy changes by the Government have caused a drop in community energy start ups by more than 80%. The figures suggest that there were only 10 new community energy organisations registered between 1 January and
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  • 05 September 2016
    GMB, the Union for Energy Workers has offered comment on Jeremy Corbyn’s energy and environment manifesto recently launched. The manifesto outlined generation of 65% of UK electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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  • 02 September 2016
    A new national phone line has recently been launched for reporting of power cuts. The telephone number is 105 and assists people to contact the relevant person who manages electricity in their area.
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  • 01 September 2016
    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has appointed Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
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