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DECC officially announces first contract for difference allocation dates

RWE Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm

Baroness Verma confirms timetable for first contract for difference allocation

29 Aug 2014

Community energy needs flexible rules to succeed, sector says

Solar panel at Fulston Manor in Kent

Ministers must authorise Ofgem to positively discriminate towards community renewables if UK is to reap benefits of locally-owned power generation

29 Aug 2014

Advertising watchdog tears up government's 'misleading' Green Deal ads

DECC Green Deal ad

ASA says DECC was wrong to claim energy efficiency policy would save consumers money and push up house prices

27 Aug 2014

Government celebrates 'one of the biggest months' yet for domestic energy efficiency

Statistics suggest Green Deal scheme is starting to pick up steam with 20 per cent rise in live finance plans during last month

22 Aug 2014

UKIP steps up assault on green policies with renewed pledge to repeal Climate Change Act

MEP Tim Aker outlines UK Independence Party's plans for energy and environment manifesto pledges

21 Aug 2014

Cameron defends latest proposed solar subsidy cuts

Prime minister says solar power is 'priority' in renewable energy mix, but refuses to meet with industry to discuss looming subsidy changes

19 Aug 2014

Industry warns subsidy allocation means many planned offshore wind farms "cannot be funded"

RenewableUK boss voices fears UK's world-leading offshore wind pipeline is being undermined by crippling policy uncertainty

18 Aug 2014

Government must tear down community energy barriers

The latest challenges faced by community energy projects can be easily addressed - it is time for Ed Davey to act

15 Aug 2014

Government under fire over "misleading" fracking consultation

Greenpeace calls on DECC to re-run consultation on controversial plans to relax fracking trespass rules, as Scottish government objects to proposed changes

15 Aug 2014

UK renewables industry celebrates record start to 2014

Government figures confirm renewables generation was up 43 per cent compared to first quarter of 2013

14 Aug 2014

Are installers betting on Green Deal voucher payments?

Insulation companies say they have been forced to make redundancies because of late payments from Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

13 Aug 2014

Government survey: UK opposition to fracking on the rise

DECC survey reveals declining support for shale gas, as industry survey showing growing support comes under attack

12 Aug 2014

The growing pains of small energy suppliers

Ed Davey has been accused of "dodging green taxes" by switching to a smaller supplier, but what will happen as these challenger companies start to join the mainstream?

08 Aug 2014

Court of Appeal ruling deals blow to Drax biomass plans

Shares in Drax plunge as court reverses previous judgment, leaving company unable to access financial support contract for biomass conversion project

07 Aug 2014

How DECC found itself facing legal action over solar cuts once again

Four solar companies are seeking a judicial review over the government's plans to end Renewables Obligation subsidies to large solar farms - but how will it impact the industry?

07 Aug 2014

Could this man really save the world?

Could GE Hitachi's Eric Loewen deliver the next generation nuclear reactor capable of providing the clean energy the world desperately needs?

06 Aug 2014

Will Amber Rudd tackle the energy giants' ECO windfall?

Andrew Warren argues the government could, in one swoop, boost energy efficiency and deliver the carbon savings it promised by cracking down on the Big Six's latest windfall

06 Aug 2014

Changing the rules for community renewables

Nathan Goode argues for a much broader policy canvas to transform the community energy sector

05 Aug 2014

UK not doing enough to support green start-ups, MPs warn

Low carbon innovators faced with muddled landscape of support measures and huge funding gaps when bringing clean technologies to market

04 Aug 2014

Solar firms to sue government over subsidy cuts once again

Solarcentury, Lark Energy, TGC Renewables, and Orta Solar Farms to seek judicial review over DECC plans to close Renewables Obligation to large solar farms

03 Aug 2014

Why Ed Miliband should raise the 'green flag'

Ed Miliband once won plaudits from across Westminster for his ambitious approach to climate change - could re-engaging with the issue that once defined him help tackle his leadership woes?

01 Aug 2014

Green Deal Finance Company reviews business model as it prepares for uncertain future

EXCLUSIVE: GDFC considers direct sales and marketing business model in a drive to increase energy efficiency installations

01 Aug 2014

UK green electricity output soars 30 per cent in 2013

Official figures show renewables accounted for almost 15 per cent of total electricity generation after 4.2GW rise in capacity

31 Jul 2014

Consumers urged to consider renewable heat savings with new DECC calculator

Government launches RHI calculator to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies

31 Jul 2014

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