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Coal gets cold shoulder from Denmark and Germany

A coal power plant with a cooling tower

Danish minister says country is looking at ways to ditch coal power within 10 years, while Germany mulls shutting down capacity

31 Oct 2014

UK unveils first commercial-scale green hydrogen fuelling station

UK's first commercial-scale green hydrogen refuelling facility opens in Swindon

Consortium launches Swindon facility that boasts first UK hydrogen production and refuelling site to be powered by the sun

31 Oct 2014

Green Investment Bank marks second birthday by passing £5bn milestone

London Array offshore wind turbine

Prime Minister hails bank's work to cut emissions and boost green energy investment, as first energy efficient datacentre project is unveiled

31 Oct 2014

Giant offshore wind farm hits power target earlier than expected

Ed Davey opens 389MW West of Duddon Sands wind farm, after project achieved full power two and a half months ahead of schedule

30 Oct 2014

Labour slams Liz Truss' latest 'ideological' cuts to solar farms

Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle says government made latest decision with 'no underpinning evidence just an ideological prejudice'

30 Oct 2014

Germany CO2 emissions to fall in 2014, as renewables deliver a record 28 per cent of country's power

New report by AGEB shows energy demand at 24 year low, thanks to mild winter and increase in renewable energy capacity

30 Oct 2014

Sainsbury's says 'fill up with something new today' with first hydrogen refuelling station

Supermarket's Hendon store to host Air Products' hydrogen dispenser for zero emissions vehicles

30 Oct 2014

Fracking investments under threat from falling oil prices

Shale gas companies and oil majors seeing profits eaten away as crude prices dip to $80 a barrel

29 Oct 2014

IKEA goes Dutch with solar retail offer

Retail giant extends Hanergy partnership to bring solar offer to the Netherlands

29 Oct 2014

Japan edges back towards nuclear power with vote to restart reactors

Legislators in Satsumasendai agree to restart Sendai plant, first to win approval since Fukushima earthquake disaster of 2011

29 Oct 2014

Shell seeks to extend Arctic drilling licences beyond 2017

Letter obtained by Oceana shows Shell is seeking five more years for controversial exploration programme

29 Oct 2014

InterContinental Hotels bed in new environmental programme

IHG to roll out Green Engage scheme across all 4,700 hotels

29 Oct 2014

Emerging economies challenge industrialised nations clean energy dominance

New report shows developing nations added 37GW of new green energy last year, compared to 43GW in OECD countries

29 Oct 2014

EU could cut emissions 24 per cent by 2020

Preliminary figures suggest bloc is on track to meet all three 2020 climate and energy goals

28 Oct 2014

Defra admits it has no idea about size of solar farm impact on food production

Written ministerial answer confirms no estimate has been produced as to the amount of land taken out of fruit and veg production to make way for solar farms

28 Oct 2014

National Grid: 'The country has the ability to meet its energy needs in a cold winter'

National Grid again seeks to downplay blackout fears, but admits electricity supply margins have tightened

28 Oct 2014

Fresh reports reveal how solar and wind are closing in on grid parity

Rooftop solar set to be as cheap as grid energy in all 50 US states by 2016, while forecasts for huge wind energy growth raise prospects of falling costs

28 Oct 2014

Alevo exits stealth mode to charge up energy storage market

After 10 years development and $1bn raised, US start-up is to start producing non-flammable, long life batteries that cut grid emissions and boost green energy

28 Oct 2014

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