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Could DECC cut solar farm subsidies yet again?

Ketton cement works solar array

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'

Ed Davey Energy and Climate Change Secretary at EU Council

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

Professor John Loughhead appointed DECC's new Chief Scientific Adviser

Executive Director of UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) replaces Professor David McKay in advising Department of Energy and Climate Change

02 Oct 2014

Government frees up fracking rules despite 99 per cent opposition

Scottish government accuses Whitehall of taking "gung-ho" approach to shale gas with new drilling regulations, but geothermal industry welcomes move

26 Sep 2014

Solar boom helps UK renewables deliver record energy share

Growth in capacity sees renewables deliver 17 per cent of UK power during the second quarter of the year

25 Sep 2014

Is the Green Deal Finance Company really on the brink of collapse?

EXCLUSIVE: Industry sources slam government's handling of Green Deal, as leaked letter reveals finance company may face liquidation

25 Sep 2014

Green Deal Finance Company warns investors it could be wound up

EXCLUSIVE: Green Investment Bank reluctant to provide further funding, leaving the government facing an October deadline to save its flagship energy efficiency scheme

25 Sep 2014

Amber Rudd: 'I'm a Thatcherite when it comes to climate change'

In her first interview since joining the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd talks climate scepticism and business investment

23 Sep 2014

'No' vote sparks questions over Scotland's energy future

Scotland tipped to remain UK’s 'renewable powerhouse' after voters reject independence

19 Sep 2014

EMR: Enough Talk Already

Like Scotland, the UK energy market is gearing up for a massive shake-up - Nathan Goode hopes everyone is ready for it

17 Sep 2014

MPs: Green Deal needs stamp duty discounts to drive home insulation

Energy and Climate Change Committee warns government that the Green Deal will continue to remain unattractive to most consumers without new incentives

15 Sep 2014

MPs urge government to double down on demand management and cut energy bills by £360m

Tim Yeo urges Energy Minister to tweak Capacity Market in order to drive greater investments in energy savings

12 Sep 2014

MPs shine spotlight on smart meter cost concerns

Public Accounts Committee voices fears over cost of smart meter deployment, but DECC insists strategy will deliver over £6bn iof net benefits to the economy

10 Sep 2014

Ed Davey: We must show the world that we speak with one voice on climate change

Energy and Climate Change Secretary's speech in full setting out his vision for a global deal on climate change in Paris 2015

09 Sep 2014

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