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Greg Barker articles

Cameron urged to overrule solar subsidy cuts

David Cameron

More than 150 businesses call on government to revisit proposals to halt solar farm subsidies

07 Jul 2014

Labour: Government solar cuts could slash development pipeline by a third

Solar panels at IKEA

Shadow energy minister says government's own figures show changes to subsidies could reduce predicted deployment by 30 per cent

19 Jun 2014

Tory ministers underscore commitment to green economy


Greg Barker outlines plans to build on Green Investment Bank success, as Michael Fallon stresses ongoing government support for offshore wind energy

11 Jun 2014

Government ducks questions over controversial solar subsidy review

Response to parliamentary question confirms only that planned changes to solar subsidies are "intended" to take effect from next April

08 May 2014

Barker pledges to tackle renewable energy connection waiting lists

Climate Minister says he is committed to removing more of the barriers faced by community-scale clean energy projects

01 May 2014

Solar industry responds angrily to threat support will be "slashed"

Industry demands urgent clarification on nature and scale of prospective changes to subsidy regime

30 Apr 2014

UK to lead new climate finance 'lab'

Greg Barker reveals plan to find new ways of driving large scale investment into low carbon projects in developing countries

11 Apr 2014

Breaking: Government launches Renewable Heat Incentive for homeowners

Hotly anticipated domestic RHI expected to kick start "revolution" in green heat market

09 Apr 2014

An effective UK solar strategy means investor stability

Solar Trade Association's Leonie Greene welcomes the government's new strategy, but asks why Ministers have to detract from the launch by bashing solar farms?

08 Apr 2014

Greg Barker: Solar energy should be default option for UK businesses

Energy and Climate Change Minister says new strategy will provide a major boost to commercial solar rooftop sector

04 Apr 2014

UK Solar Strategy - At a glance

From the goal of deploying 20GW of solar capacity to new plans for public sector buildings, we look at the main commitments from the government's new Solar Strategy

04 Apr 2014

Government to put rooftop "solar hubs" at heart of renewables strategy

Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes long-awaited solar strategy

04 Apr 2014

Local councils to roll out renewable heat networks with £2m funding

Government confirms latest funding round to help local authorities recycle excess heat

26 Mar 2014

Greg Barker defends carbon tax freeze

EXCLUSIVE: Energy and climate change minister says move will allow both manufacturing and clean energy to flourish

25 Mar 2014

Unlocking the community energy opportunity

The government's community energy strategy is an encouraging step in the right direction, argues Good Energy's Juliet Davenport

28 Feb 2014

Blow to anaerobic digestion industry as subsidy rethink ruled out

Exclusive: Cuts to support levels for anaerobic digestion plants to take effect from April, but ministers hint improvements to policy regime could be in pipeline

19 Feb 2014

Government eyes crowdfunding to drive community energy revolution

Ministers see crowdfunding as key strand of drive to finance and increase participation in community projects

28 Jan 2014

Government mulls scrapping Green Deal’s ‘golden rule’

As new figures reveal take up of energy efficiency scheme slowed in December, DECC reiterates commitment to Green Deal

22 Jan 2014

Climate Minister hints carbon price floor is here to stay

Greg Barker seeks to reassure low carbon businesses that "green levy" review has finished

10 Jan 2014

DECC ministers set out interconnector and solar priorities

Davey and Barker hint at plans for the New Year designed to help accelerate the roll out of clean power while curbing energy costs

02 Jan 2014

Greg Barker predicts solar resurgence in 2014

Climate Change Minister pledges to knock down barriers faced by "under-deployed" commercial solar rooftop sector

16 Dec 2013

Climate Change Minister warns industry over 'monster solar farms'

Greg Barker says inappropriately sited projects could destroy good reputation currently enjoyed by sector

16 Dec 2013

Barker: the wind revolution is moving offshore

Climate Change Minister says cuts to onshore wind support in favour of offshore wind farms reflects direction of government policy

05 Dec 2013

Barker: Government will compensate for higher ECO emissions

Minister promises new measures to cover "short term" fall in carbon reduction as a result of changes to energy efficiency scheme

02 Dec 2013

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