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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

End to tax relief for anaerobic digestion puts £130m potential investment at risk


Industry hits out at Chancellor's plans to exclude technology from investment tax breaks, warning emerging sector will be hit hard

15 Dec 2014

NatWest and RBS boost renewable energy funding scheme

National Trust hydro scheme at Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia

Banks to start considering future earnings from anaerobic digestion and hydro-electric plants when considering loans

09 Dec 2014

Tocardo Tidal Turbines snaps up IHC Tidal Energy

Turbine specialist acquires Dutch rival for an undisclosed sum

20 Nov 2014

Has the time come for community renewable energy projects to enter the mainstream?

As the government prepares to unveil new measures to boost power for local groups, BusinessGreen explores how the community energy sector is already growing

10 Nov 2014

National Trust launches new Snowdonia hydro turbine

Charity says trial hydroelectric project marks first time system has been pre-fabricated offsite, reducing construction risks

28 Oct 2014

UK and Norway get license to trade green power

Longest sub-sea interconnector yet could be in place by 2020 helping to curb energy bills and carbon emissions

14 Oct 2014

IEA: Renewables could power prosperity in Africa

Unlocking huge hydro and solar resources, as well as wind and geothermal, key to driving economic growth, International Energy Agency says

13 Oct 2014

Green Highland Renewables starts work on latest hydro development

Company says project on north shore of Loch Arkaig will provide enough clean power for nearly 2,000 homes

09 Sep 2014

How National Trust is harnessing the power of its natural resources

BusinessGreen Leaders Renewable Energy Project of the Year winner reveals how clean energy was brought to one of National Trust's historic estates

20 Aug 2014

UK renewables industry celebrates record start to 2014

Government figures confirm renewables generation was up 43 per cent compared to first quarter of 2013

14 Aug 2014

Scottish £3m hydro scheme set to come online in 2015

The 750kW plant at Allt Choire a' Bhalachain is being developed on land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland

14 Aug 2014

Renewables set to benefit as World Bank pledges $5bn for African energy investment

President Obama's Power Africa initiative enjoys major boost as World Bank announces $5bn investment programme

07 Aug 2014

National Trust mansion restores hydroelectric heritage

Archimedes screw installed at Cragside in Northumberland, which first used power from its lakes for lighting in 1878

30 Jul 2014

Renewables industry demands support for pumped hydro

Scottish Renewables urges government not to exclude hydroelectric pumped storage from Electricity Market Reform

03 Jun 2014

National Trust starts pumping green power into to the grid

Charity's new company to sell renewable energy to Good Energy from a range of projects, including solar, hydro, and biomass schemes

23 Apr 2014

Nissan hits new heights with Bhutan electric car rollout

Japanese car maker to provide zero emissions Nissan LEAFs to support Himalayan kingdom's electric car rollout

24 Feb 2014

Scotland welcomes plan to expand Cruachan hydro power plant

Scottish Power to examine options to boost capacity of plant to 1,040MW

11 Feb 2014

Official: Wind emerges as Spain's dominant power source as emissions plummet

Grid operator confirms wind farms provided more power than any other energy source last year, driving emissions down by over 23 per cent

06 Jan 2014

National Trust's sustainable pub project goes down well with planners

100kW hydro scheme at Sticklebarn pub approved along with two other projects as charity expands its green energy push

10 Dec 2013

Lancashire residents launch bid for local hydro scheme

Whalley Community Hydro and Co-Op launch push to raise funds for renewable energy scheme in River Calder

04 Nov 2013

Report: Grid parity for renewables 'a reality in the coming years'

World Energy Council finds onshore wind and hydro are already competitive with coal and gas and expects solar to follow suit as deployment increases

17 Oct 2013

Global hydropower investment to top $75bn through to 2020

Analysts predict strong growth in Asia will see market expand by 3.5 per cent a year until 2020

15 Oct 2013

Blenheim Palace streams ahead with hydro scheme

New Archimedes Screw set to generate £18,000 in annual benefits for historic estate

07 Aug 2013

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