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Matthew Farrow of the Environmental Industries Commission reflects on a flurry of green economy speeches from leading figures

19 Dec 2014

UK energy use falls, as renewable generation climbs to record levels

E.ONs Scroby Sands offshore wind farm

Records tumble as new statistics reveal falling energy use, plummeting coal demand, and soaring renewables output

18 Dec 2014

North Sea CO2 storage vision gets £2.5m boost

A coal power plant with a cooling tower

Government funding aims to help identify potential sites to store emissions trapped from power plants and factories

18 Dec 2014

Ofgem seeks to cut costs of giant renewables transmission scheme

Regulator approves £1.1bn funding for Caithness Moray transmission link, despite developers asking for £1.2bn

17 Dec 2014

Europe's 'biggest battery' sparks into life

Two-year trial of £19m 'Big Battery' in Leighton Buzzard could highlight viability of batteries to bolster UK's energy networks

16 Dec 2014

That capacity auction: it's all going well, isn't it?

Alan Whitehead takes a magnifying glass to the government's new capacity auction and uncovers fears that it may not deliver the back up that is promised

16 Dec 2014

EDF stands to rake in £3.3bn windfall from existing power plants

Controversial government plan involves consumers footing bill to guarantee nuclear, coal and gas plants will help plug future energy shortages

15 Dec 2014

Britain’s dinosaur capacity market will worsen energy ‘trilemma’

Professor Catherine Mitchell reveals why she is none too impressed with the government's new capacity market

15 Dec 2014

National Grid prepares STOR Runway for take-off in move to boost demand response market

New initiative aims to remove some of the barriers faced by emerging demand-side management services

12 Dec 2014

The Treasury data doesn't lie: The UK's green infrastructure strategy is under threat

The government's knee jerk support for high carbon infrastructure risks derailing long term plans to build a genuinely green economy - business groups must lead a fight back

09 Dec 2014

Labour calls for tougher shale gas regulations

Opposition to table 11 amendments to Infrastructure Bill in pursuit of tighter environmental restrictions on fracking projects

08 Dec 2014

Tories attacked over green infrastructure squeeze, as Miliband declares climate action a top priority

New analysis suggests high carbon projects now dominate UK's infrastructure pipeline, as Labour leader argues 'tackling climate change is the most important thing I can do in politics'

08 Dec 2014

Of nightmares and parrots

E3G's Tom Burke runs the rule over the current media hysteria over looming blackouts and reveals a tale of hyperbole and ideology

04 Dec 2014

CBI boss reasserts business community's commitment to green growth

John Cridland tells Environmental Industries Commission he has a mandate from the CBI's members to push for green growth

03 Dec 2014

UK opens capacity market to electricity interconnectors

Links to Belgium and Norway move forward as Ed Davey confirms interconnector projects will be able to bid to supply backup capacity in 2020

03 Dec 2014

Autumn Statement 2014: The green business wishlist

Leading figures in the green economy outline what path the Chancellor should take in today's economic update

03 Dec 2014

Ofgem unveils £17bn green grid investment plan

Watchdog publishes proposals to boost low carbon grid, as fines confirmed for Drax over failure to meet energy efficiency targets

28 Nov 2014

Will the EU's €315 billion investment plan deliver the sustainable growth the global economy needs?

Too much capital across Europe is sitting idle, argues Martin Schoenberg of Climate Change Capital, the EU's infrastructure investment plan provides a way to put it to a good and green use

27 Nov 2014

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