ROCs articles

Solar sector beats floods to install 1GW before April subsidy cuts

Ketton cement works solar array

News comes as Greg Barker and Michael Gove launch campaign to encourage more schools to fit solar arrays

03 Apr 2014

Updated: RES shelves £300m biomass scheme

woody biomass at Sky CCHP plant

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

06 Mar 2014

DECC rejects call for subsidy deadline extension for flood-hit solar parks


Industry warns weather could delay connections needed for higher ROC payments, but government rules out extension

19 Feb 2014

UK solar farm market tops European league table in 2013

New figures reveal UK installed 443MW of utility scale solar last year as PwC predicts up to 2GW could be constructed this year

24 Jan 2014

Thrifty government could derail renewables ambition, warns NAO

National Audit Office warns Treasury and DECC could be focusing on controlling costs at the expense of decarbonising energy sector

28 Nov 2013

Renewables support here to stay, says government

Green energy industry welcomes signal from government that renewables schemes will continue amid ongoing debate over future of environmental policies

31 Oct 2013

Fresh coalition battle looms over attempts to water down low carbon policies

FT reports carbon price floor, ECO, and renewables subsidies to be reviewed as Conservatives react to Labour's energy price freeze

07 Oct 2013

PensionDanmark venture snaps up straw-powered biomass plant

Eco2 sells Brigg renewable energy plant for £160m to Danish pension fund and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

15 Aug 2013

MPs to debate biofuel subsidies for power stations

New subsidies raise prospect of palm oil - blamed for fueling rainforest destruction - being used in UK power stations

06 Mar 2013

Breaking: Government strikes solar support compromise

Subsidy rates fall less than expected while new, higher banding for building-mounted systems is introduced

18 Dec 2012

Solarcentury gets green light for Eastleigh solar farm

More than 25,000 photovoltaic panels to be installed before April 2013

17 Dec 2012

Solar investment 'flounders' as government fails to confirm subsidy cuts

Government denies it has delayed latest Renewable Obligation decision, but industry says continued uncertainty is harming solar farm investment

06 Dec 2012

Wind farms ready to boost community payments five-fold

But RenewableUK says additional payments will only be possible if subsidy remains intact

03 Dec 2012

Hive creates buzz with 60MW solar plans

Hampshire company intends to have nine solar farms built by April 2013 and has a further 108MW of capacity in planning

30 Nov 2012

Government moves to allay independent suppliers' Energy Bill fears

Ed Davey to chair independent generator summit tomorrow after unveiling Energy Bill

28 Nov 2012

Biomass could chip in more power than predicted

Deloitte report says clear regulation and sustainability safeguards could help biomass provide over a fifth of UK electricity by 2020

05 Nov 2012

Lord Heseltine backs Severn Barrage to boost economic growth

As coalition splits emerge over wind farm support, Conservative grandee calls for long-term investor certainty in energy policy

01 Nov 2012

Drax aims to raise £180m for biomass conversion

UK's largest power plant unveils share placement to fund conversion of three boilers to burn wood pellets

26 Oct 2012

Microgenerators to remain eligible for RO subsidy

Government ditches proposals that would have left projects between 50kW and 5MW dependent on feed-in tariffs

03 Oct 2012

Government reveals plans to boost community benefits of wind farms

Value of rewards for local residents hosting onshore wind farms could feed into review of technology costs

20 Sep 2012

DECC predicts latest solar subsidy cuts could open door for gas

Industry 'terrified' that reductions under Renewables Obligation scheme could halt building of new solar farms

18 Sep 2012

Biomass generators to face sustainability criteria

Government proposes Renewables Obligation support be subject to meeting certain standards, along with a cap on payments to dedicated biomass

07 Sep 2012

Solar support set to be cut again

New consultation proposes dropping payments to large solar installations by 25 per cent to 1.5 ROCs per MW

07 Sep 2012

Report: Wind power is 'unequivocally' reliable and green

Wind energy firms welcome IPPR report detailing carbon reduction and energy security benefits of turbines

30 Aug 2012

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