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Reports: UK nuclear plans 'threatened' by Areva struggles

Cooling towers at a nuclear power station

French company's projects in Finland and France run into difficulties, raising questions over £25bn Hinkley Point reactors

20 Nov 2014

Government unveils £10m fund to boost community renewables

Repower Balcombe cooperative

DECC confirms new measures to support community-owned wind and solar power schemes, but scraps plans to increase support for 5MW-10MW schemes

13 Nov 2014

A broader and bolder vision for community solar

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Leonie Greene of the Solar Trade Association welcomes new plans to boost community ownership of solar projects, but warns against side-lining alternative mechanisms for encouraging community engagement

12 Nov 2014

Government accused of 'losing the plot' over clean energy

Green businesses and NGOs accuse ministers of eroding confidence in UK renewable energy market

07 Nov 2014

Ed Davey: Renewables investment has doubled

"Short term populism is the most dangerous enemy energy and climate change policy has," warns Energy and Climate Change Minister

06 Nov 2014

Solar farms not welcome in UK, says Energy Minister

Amber Rudd underlines government's opposition to solar farms, but disagrees with Liz Truss' claim they are 'ugly'

06 Nov 2014

DECC argues households are better off due to green policies

Government publishes annual energy bill analysis, detailing how green policies have helped to curb household energy costs by an average of £90 this year

06 Nov 2014

Report: Ofgem prepares action over energy firms' failure to meet efficiency goals

Telegraph reports fines are likely as Ofgem nears completion of long-running investigations

06 Nov 2014

Davey powers forward with community energy drive

Government to follow up shared ownership framework with fresh funding for local projects

06 Nov 2014

Three-quarters of Brits offer overwhelming support for renewable power

Latest government survey again confirms strong support for renewable power, as opposition to fracking exceeds support for the first time

04 Nov 2014

Row ignites over BPVA Powering Knowledge solar schools campaign

Friends of the Earth rejects claim it is 'working closely' with controversial trade association, as row sparks host of questions over schools-focused lead generation initiative

31 Oct 2014

Friends of the Earth distances itself from BPVA Powering Knowledge solar schools campaign

NGO says it is not 'working closely' with trade association, despite BPVA's claims to the contrary

31 Oct 2014

Could DECC cut solar farm subsidies yet again?

Officials insists there are 'currently no plans' to reduce support for smaller solar farms, but ministerial statement leaves door open for pre-election cuts

23 Oct 2014

Davey downplays supply fears after Didcot B Power Station blaze

Demand management initiatives likely to continue, as fire fuels energy supply fears

20 Oct 2014

Davey: 'People are ready to do a deal'

Energy and climate change secretary explains why he is optimistic the EU is about to agree to a bold and ambitious new energy and climate change package

17 Oct 2014

UK to allow fracking companies to use 'any substance' under homes

Proposed amendment in Infrastructure Bill would make mockery of world class shale gas regulation claims, campaigners say

14 Oct 2014

Is the government really putting 'rocket boosters' under rooftop solar market?

DECC impact assessment says deployment could fall 150MW by 2020 despite its ambition to increase onsite solar PV investment

10 Oct 2014

Hinkley nuclear reactor will be 'most expensive power plant ever built'

Renewable energy industry insiders criticise EU state aid approval for UK plant, saying the deal could finance 7GW of wind energy capacity

08 Oct 2014

Can crowdfunding power the UK's deep geothermal industry?

Geothermal Engineering reveals plans to install 10 small wells across the UK to provide renewable heat to communities and housing projects

08 Oct 2014

Ed Davey to offer £100m Green Deal energy efficiency boost

Announcement due at Lib Dem conference where party is due to vote on plans to back expansion of Gatwick Airport and pledge to ban coal power plants from 2025

07 Oct 2014

Green heating technologies handed £9.4m government boost

DECC announces funding for developers and councils as part of bid to lower bills and cut carbon through the use of green heat technologies

03 Oct 2014

Why solar farms are up in arms over subsidy shake up

Labour wades into latest row, accusing government of undermining support for burgeoning green energy market

03 Oct 2014

Green energy contracts bad for consumers, MPs say

Government failed to achieve competitive prices and spent too much of its budget in awarding £16.6bn of early contracts, report claims

03 Oct 2014

Government's £95m subsidy increase leaves renewables industry 'underwhelmed'

RenewableUK welcomes funding increase, but predicts extra cash will deliver just 200MW of additional offshore wind farm capacity

02 Oct 2014

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