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Updated: Celtique Energie’s Sussex fracking application rejected


West Sussex County Council throws out plans for exploratory drilling near Wisborough Green

22 Jul 2014

Updated: Fracking neighbours seek to block Celtique's shale application

Shale gas site picture by DECC

Residents in South Downs National Park inform government they refuse permission for fracking beneath their land

21 Jul 2014

Wind farm industry failing to halt Pickles' planning attack

A picture of a wind turbine against a blue sky

Banks Renewables ditches Killington scheme ahead of public inquiry while Ecotricity fails to challenge government over Black Ditch project

01 Jul 2014

Updated: High Court quashes Eric Pickles' solar farm block

Judge rules against Secretary of State over Lark Energy's Ellough solar park in Suffolk

23 Jun 2014

Breaking: Government green lights giant East Anglia One offshore wind farm

Department of Energy and Climate Change says wind farm off the coast of East Anglia will drive £520m of investment and create around 2,900 jobs

17 Jun 2014

Pickles launches public inquiry into approved wind farm

RenewableUK says 40 wind farm projects have now been called in for review by Communities Secretary

11 Jun 2014

Pickles deals fresh blow to UK solar farm sector

Communities Secretary blocks a further two solar farm projects, fuelling fears of a war on renewables

09 Jun 2014

Ed Davey admits fears over Eric Pickles' wind farm block

Renewable energy groups also concerned planning rejections undermine government's community renewable energy strategy

06 Jun 2014

Could the Queen's Speech deliver a surprise boost to community renewables projects?

Guardian reports government is planning new legislation to give communities the right to take a stake in local renewables projects

04 Jun 2014

Queen's Speech: Greens blast move to ease fracking planning rules

Caroline Lucas warns new infrastructure and competitiveness Bill would undermine efforts to tackle climate change and counter public opinion of shale gas

03 Jun 2014

Reports: Eric Pickles to end renewables-blocking reign as Communities Secretary

Paper says Esther McVey could replace Pickles at DCLG, with the Communities Secretary moving to become Conservative Party Chairman

02 Jun 2014

Fracking payments raised as new oil reserves identified in southern England

Government set to allow drilling under homes without permission as it strives to access estimated 4.4 billion barrels of oil under southern counties

23 May 2014

Could work really start on the Swansea tidal lagoon next year?

Tidal Lagoon boss reckons he can transform the UK's energy landscape, starting with a £850m project in Swansea Bay

22 May 2014

Cuadrilla prepares next wave of fracking planning applications

Controversial company confirms it will submit applications to drill four exploration wells in Lancashire in the coming weeks

20 May 2014

Scotland green lights latest £65m wind farm

But similar sized project in the Scottish Borders is rejected over noise concerns

19 May 2014

Sharp rise in percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected

igures show that the percentage of rejections in the UK jumped from 25-29 per cent in 2009-12 to 41 per cent in 2013

14 May 2014

Monbiot's attacks on biodiversity offsetting are wide of the mark

Policy Exchange's Guy Newey argues "natural capital" mechanisms could offer a better means of protecting natural habitats than the status quo

13 May 2014

Navitus Bay offshore wind farm proposal accepted

Planning Inspectorate has three months to decide whether to approve plans for £3bn wind farm off the Isle of Wight

09 May 2014

UK solar market to lead Europe in 2014

New NPD Solarbuzz figures suggest large scale solar farms will play a key role in efforts to hit 20GW goal by 2020

29 Apr 2014

Green firms urge Lib Dems to retain local energy saving rules

Sustainable Energy Association and Association for the Conservation of Energy write to MPs over fears that local authority powers will be ditched

15 Apr 2014

Why are the Lib Dems trying to water down energy efficiency regulations?

Local authorities could be forced to ditch their energy saving targets under plans being pushed through Parliament

15 Apr 2014

Pickles takes further steps to block onshore wind farms

RenewableUK warns decision to extend recovery powers is a "costly mistake", as new report warns Tory wind farm cap would push up costs of decarbonisation

10 Apr 2014

Wind farms can reduce house prices by up to 12 per cent, says LSE

Findings contrast with earlier study – and will fan homeowners' demands for compensation when wind farms are approved

09 Apr 2014

Humber offshore wind hub hits fresh planning setback

Parliament agrees to review consent decision after rival port developer unveiled conflicting plans

07 Apr 2014

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