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UK coal subsidy loophole set to be closed

Piles of coal

Government officials confirm old coal power stations will not be eligible for funding that could have helped them stay open to the 2020s

01 Aug 2014

Government presses ahead with electricity market reforms

REG Roskrow Barton wind farm

Secondary legislation laid in Parliament for programme designed to attract £100bn of investment into UK energy sector

23 Jun 2014

France prioritises renewables with sweeping new energy legislation

West of Duddon Sands wind farm

New energy bill aims to provide a major boost to renewables as government proposes nuclear power cap

23 Jun 2014

Solar industry accuses government of attempting to "strangle" development pipeline

But DECC insiders suggest ambition will actually increase, despite planning to close support for solar farms next year

13 May 2014

UK energy too cheap, says study

Newcastle University academics argue 'fragmented' energy sector needs a strategic authority to ensure energy security

06 May 2014

Danny Alexander urges green businesses to "get behind" clean energy strategy

Chief Secretary to the Treasury argues UK is now one of the best countries in the world for renewables investment, and green firms should celebrate that fact

11 Apr 2014

Ecotricity drops out of Contract for Difference subsidy battle

Supplier confirms it will seek support for Heckington Fen wind farm through "less risky" Renewable Obligation scheme

26 Mar 2014

Updated: RES shelves £300m biomass scheme

Renewable energy developer blames government for creating uncertainty over support for dedicated biomass

06 Mar 2014

The 28 countries leading the way on climate change legislation

BusinessGreen Plus maps out where some of the most significant climate legislation was passed in 2013

28 Feb 2014

Ministers must take care as they rush to deliver final energy policy building blocks

RenewableUK's Maf Smith worries government is risking mis-steps as it completes the last few pieces of the Electricity Market Reform jigsaw

19 Feb 2014

Renewables industry downplays threat of EU state aid investigation

Bank of America Merrill Lynch reckons reports suggesting renewables projects could be blocked by state aid rules are a "bit of an overeaction"

14 Feb 2014

GDF SUEZ drops out of renewable energy subsidy battle

Scottish offshore wind farms fight it out to replace Beinn Mhor on list of projects eligible for early support

14 Feb 2014

Davey turns fire on Labour over "seriously flawed" energy price freeze plan

Energy and Climate Change Secretary may have led with his attack on climate sceptics, but much of his ire was reserved for the opposition

13 Feb 2014

DECC hits back at npower claims electricity reforms will force up corporate energy costs

Government says green generation support schemes will increase bill by just a third of the £30/MWh npower claims

21 Jan 2014

Cameron slams "irrational" and "religious" shale gas critics

Prime Minister explains how he is not prepared to set a decarbonisation target until more information is available on whether carbon capture technologies can work

15 Jan 2014

Scottish Minister accuses UK of choosing nuclear over wind

Fergus Ewing to write to Ed Davey as 2.45GW of new offshore wind investment hangs in the balance

20 Dec 2013

Is the government missing the plot on solar power?

Leonie Greene says the bottom-up solar revolution is a global story but worries DECC is still ignoring its potential

20 Dec 2013

Ed Davey holds out hope for Eggborough biomass scheme

Energy Secretary says £750m coal to biomass conversion could still gain support, but owner claims plant could shut in 2015

19 Dec 2013

Scotland misses out on fast-tracked offshore wind support

But Ed Davey maintains three Scottish projects are now in prime position to secure contracts next year

19 Dec 2013

UK renewables face subsidy battle under electricity market reforms

UK renewables set to compete for support under plan to drive £110bn of investment and create 200,000 green jobs

19 Dec 2013

We need to play the long game on energy

The CBI's Nicola Walker warns politicians against looking for a quick fix to help keep the lights on

19 Dec 2013

Energy Act - The time for action is now

The Energy Act should provide the foundations for a genuinely low carbon economy, it is time to mobilise investment

18 Dec 2013

Updated: Energy Bill granted Royal Assent

Long-awaited Energy Bill granted final approval today, as government prepares to unveil crucial delivery plan

18 Dec 2013

Spinning in the (political) wind

Alasdair Cameron assesses what could prove to be a watershed year for the UK's world-leading offshore wind industry

18 Dec 2013

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