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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

Guy Newey

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

17 Dec 2014

That capacity auction: it's all going well, isn't it?

Alan Whitehead MP

Alan Whitehead takes a magnifying glass to the government's new capacity auction and uncovers fears that it may not deliver the back up that is promised

16 Dec 2014

EDF stands to rake in £3.3bn windfall from existing power plants

Controversial government plan involves consumers footing bill to guarantee nuclear, coal and gas plants will help plug future energy shortages

15 Dec 2014

Britain’s dinosaur capacity market will worsen energy ‘trilemma’

Professor Catherine Mitchell reveals why she is none too impressed with the government's new capacity market

15 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

UK government faces court case over "unlawful subsidy" for fossil fuels

Tempus Energy challenges Capacity Market in European Court claiming it favours polluting power stations over cheaper demand reduction options

04 Dec 2014

Steven Chu warns UK its nuclear plans risk becoming financial drain

Former US energy chief and Nobel physicist says UK plan to build various types of reactors is expensive and time-consuming

17 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

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

Why we need an independent energy infrastructure planning body

Richard Coackley of URS explains why so many businesses want to see a longer term approach to low carbon infrastructure

05 Nov 2014

The paradox of lower gas prices and low carbon subsidies

Ovo Energy's Guy Newey casts an eye over the complex implications for clean energy policy that arise from the recent fall in gas prices

27 Oct 2014

Hinkley nuclear deal to face National Audit Office probe

Financial watchdog to assess whether taxpayer-funded £92/MWh contract represents value for money

17 Oct 2014

Greenpeace slams standby payments for coal power plants

National Grid lists 62GW of generation eligible for capacity payments that green groups fear may extend life of polluting power plants

06 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

Breaking: DECC sweetens solar farm subsidy shake-up with renewables funding boost

Government sticks with controversial change in solar farm subsidies, but promises £95m increase in support for renewable energy projects

02 Oct 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

UK should ditch 'dying' utilities for localised wind and solar revolution, think tank says

IPPR argues policies favouring large nuclear and offshore wind are costly and outdated when compared to distributed energy systems

08 Sep 2014

SmartestEnergy announces 'first' Power Purchase Agreements for CfD green generators

Independent energy specialist reveals new power purchase agreements specifically designed to support generators with contract for difference support

03 Sep 2014

National Grid hails 'positive response' as demand management edges towards mainstream

Grid operator again downplays blackout concerns and reveals how new scheme promises to curb demand by up to 300MW at peak times

02 Sep 2014

Government launches electricity demand reduction pilot project

Government invites applications from companies seeking financial support to help them install energy efficient technologies

02 Sep 2014

DECC officially announces first contract for difference allocation dates

Baroness Verma confirms timetable for first contract for difference allocation

29 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

Allocation, Allocation, Allocation

RenewableUK's Maria McCaffery warns that the transition to the government's new subsidy regime risks hampering the development of an offshore wind industry Ministers have committed to expanding

18 Aug 2014

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