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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

Renewables on the rise - At a glance

RWE Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm

New government figures chart the UK's transition to a low carbon economy - BusinessGreen brings you the key findings

18 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

Barnacle Goose chicks, the energy market, and the failures of state planning

Ovo Energy's Guy Newey reflects on the lessons contained for energy policy in David Attenborough's latest wildlife documentary

17 Dec 2014

Drax: Biomass plans still on track despite subsidy rule changes

Government wants to change law so that it can reduce future subsidies for biomass co-firing plants under Renewable Obligation scheme

12 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

Business energy costs predicted to rise by around a third by 2030

Committee on Climate Change urges businesses and households to embrace energy efficiency measures, as latest report predicts only modest increase in domestic bills

10 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

Government to re-launch Green Deal grant scheme with £30m fund

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund to be re-opened from this Wednesday, offering households up to £5,600 off energy-efficiency improvements

07 Dec 2014

UK low carbon electricity share tops 35 per cent

Surge in wind power output and drop in energy demand helps low carbon energy push through latest milestone, as US renewables market also gathers pace

28 Nov 2014

DECC earmarks £5m for new wave of ‘Energy Entrepreneur' funding

Energy generation, efficiency and storage start-ups share $9m of government support from Energy Entrepreneurs' Fund, as £40m boost announced for biotechnology sector

27 Nov 2014

Davey: 'Green Growth is a necessity, a reality and an opportunity'

Energy and Climate Change Secretary speech to Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme - in full

26 Nov 2014

Davey urges 10,000 businesses to embrace Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

'Regulation isn't an ideological issues, it's a pragmatic one,' says Energy and Climate Change Secretary as he makes case for latest energy efficiency rules

26 Nov 2014

Green Deal Finance Company secures £50m rescue package

EXCLUSIVE: DECC funding proposal worth £34m and £16m of private investment brings an end to liquidation fears for energy efficiency loans provider

26 Nov 2014

#BackClimateAction, but what action is best?

James Murray suggests four simple climate actions we could all take that would make a difference

25 Nov 2014

Government seeks to boost rooftop solar with new transfer rules

Businesses will be allowed to take solar panels if they move premises, as DECC extends grace period for 5MW solar farms

25 Nov 2014

How much do Brits want to see action on climate change?

The government's latest poll reveal many people are keen to see governments sign a global deal on carbon emissions next year

25 Nov 2014

DECC kicks off #BackClimateAction 'tweetathon'

Microsoft, Unilever, Marks & Spencer, and Nestle amongst the leading businesses taking part in day of Twitter engagement

25 Nov 2014

Can a Tweetathon change anything?

Hubbub's Trewin Restorick explains how DECC's day-long #backclimateaction Tweetathon aims to engage a mainstream audience

25 Nov 2014

Nearly three quarters of Brits want global action on climate change

Government-backed poll reveals deep concern among UK public over impacts of rising temperatures

24 Nov 2014

Reports: UK nuclear plans 'threatened' by Areva struggles

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

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

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

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