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Government dishes out £1bn to existing power plants to 'keep the lights on'

A coal power plant with a cooling tower

Demand Side Response loses out, as first capacity market auction pays £900m to old gas and coal plants to stay online

19 Dec 2014

Ofgem seeks to cut costs of giant renewables transmission scheme

EDF Energy Renewables Fallago Rig wind farm

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

17 Dec 2014

Investors call on governments to fire up green bond market


Companies including Aviva and Zurich say a pipeline of projects that can be financed by green bonds is needed

16 Dec 2014

Green crowd-funding rush continues to gather pace, as Solarcentury launches investment offer

Solarcentury teams up with Abundance to launch direct investment offer, as Trillion Fund closes in on fund-raising deadline

16 Dec 2014

Terra Firma considers washing hands of green energy developer Infinis

Announcement comes after private equity firm issues scathing attack on government's short-sighted wind farm policies

16 Dec 2014

Lima deal paves path to pragmatic and imperfect Paris Treaty

The denouement to the Lima Summit may have been wearingly familiar, but it raises hopes for a 'we'll do what we can' climate treaty that would deliver a major boost to the global green economy

15 Dec 2014

Macquarie bolsters UK onshore wind market with £60m loan

Investor provides long-term debt to Capital Dynamics to support 55MW of onshore wind

15 Dec 2014

Coca-Cola and ECO Plastics sell off UK's largest plastic bottle recycling plant

Investment firm Aurelius acquires ECO Plastics, as Coca-Cola Enterprises says it will continue to make green bottles

12 Dec 2014

Changing Diets

Martyn Jones of Alliance Trust Investments explains how growing demand for healthy and more 'natural' foods is creating new sustainable investment opportunities

12 Dec 2014

Climate Bonds Initiative lifts lid on green bond market

New list of all public climate and environmental bonds aims to boost transparency in the booming sector

11 Dec 2014

SolarAid kicks off crowd-funding push in bid to boost ‘five per cent club'

Leading solar development charity launches £250,000 crowd-funding drive at Lima Summit

11 Dec 2014

Government green lights wave of three North Sea offshore wind farms

Hornsea offshore wind farm gets the go-ahead for giant 1.2GW development

10 Dec 2014

Green Climate Fund will get $200m from Australia after Tony Abbott's about-turn

Prime minister had previously disparaged the international fund designed to help poor countries adapt to climate change, and said Australia would not contribute

10 Dec 2014

Green QE: The missing piece of the puzzle

Molly Scott Cato argues a green investment strategy could achieve social and environmental benefits while driving jobs and growth

10 Dec 2014

Mangroves need carbon finance mechanisms, UN says

Rate of loss of coastal wetlands is raising risk of flooding and damaging food and water supplies, new report finds

10 Dec 2014

Investors told to challenge oil and gas majors over climate threats

New guide aims to build shareholder engagement with fossil fuel companies in a bid to create more sustainable business models

10 Dec 2014

Triodos extends £5m green energy crowdfunding offer

Company celebrates £2m raise during offer period, but warns investors have been 'put off' by FSA rules

09 Dec 2014

NatWest and RBS boost renewable energy funding scheme

Banks to start considering future earnings from anaerobic digestion and hydro-electric plants when considering loans

09 Dec 2014

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