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DECC officially announces first contract for difference allocation dates

RWE Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm

Baroness Verma confirms timetable for first contract for difference allocation

29 Aug 2014

How Sheffield Solar is shining a light on PV performance

Sheffield Solar

University-based Microgen Database compares real-world performance with predictions to help make the case for solar in the UK

18 Aug 2014

Allocation, Allocation, Allocation

Maria McCaffery is chief executive at RenewableUK

RenewableUK's Maria McCaffery warns that the transition to the government's new subsidy regime risks hampering the development of an offshore wind industry Ministers have committed to expanding

18 Aug 2014

Court of Appeal ruling deals blow to Drax biomass plans

Shares in Drax plunge as court reverses previous judgment, leaving company unable to access financial support contract for biomass conversion project

07 Aug 2014

Solar firms to sue government over subsidy cuts once again

Solarcentury, Lark Energy, TGC Renewables, and Orta Solar Farms to seek judicial review over DECC plans to close Renewables Obligation to large solar farms

03 Aug 2014

Government outlines plans for heavy industry green levy compensation scheme

Consultation published on method to determine which sectors should get relief from green energy policy costs

01 Aug 2014

EDF in line for £800m windfall from subsidy scheme to keep lights on

Energy firm which operates most of UK nuclear power plants could undercut competitors at auction launch capacity market

07 Jul 2014

Northern Ireland maintains wind subsidies but cuts solar support

Minister unveils plans to keep small-scale wind support at 4 ROCs, but solar systems drop to 1.6 ROCs as technology costs plunge

07 Jul 2014

Industry welcomes EU Court ruling on national green energy subsidies

EU Court of Justice backs Swedish refusal to subsidise a Finnish wind farm, ensuring power companies cannot shop around for support

02 Jul 2014

Toshiba closes deal to build new UK reactors by 2024

Company buys 60 per cent stake in NuGen, aiming to build largest nuclear facility in Europe

30 Jun 2014

Australian states hand out $18bn in mining and fossil fuel subsidies

Figures highlighted in report by The Australia Institute does not include Federal Government support

25 Jun 2014

Fuel subsidies 'drive fishing industry's plunder of the high seas'

Spain, France, UK, US and Japan among countries giving generous fuel subsidies enabling industrial fishing far offshore, says Global Ocean Commission

24 Jun 2014

Eco2 warns policy reforms are chopping down UK biomass market

Welsh company says changes to subsidy regime will make many planned sustainable biomass power plants unviable

18 Jun 2014

Power industry: EU could save £66bn per year with single market

New Eurelectric report calls for end to national renewable energy subsidy schemes in favour of stronger carbon price

02 Jun 2014

Npower fined £125,000 by Ofgem for green energy reporting error

Company handed penalty by Ofgem after using incorrect data to calculate the amount of electricity supplied to customers

19 May 2014

Why we really need a stable solar strategy

Good Energy's Juliet Davenport argues solar can play a crucial role in a cost effective low carbon energy mix, but only if government stops chopping and changing policies

19 May 2014

Are solar farms really too costly for DECC's budget?

Industry accuses government of over-inflating cost savings from scrapping existing subsidies and refusing to consider less drastic reforms

15 May 2014

Solar industry once again falls victim to its own success

Time after time the solar industry has been hit by policy changes designed to rein back investment, but it doesn't have to be this way

13 May 2014

Green energy auctions may damage renewables development, industry warns

Plans for established renewable energy technologies to compete for subsidies could harm smaller developers and unsettle investors, government told

13 May 2014

Labour pledges to close coal finance exports loophole

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna urges government to cease export finance to coal industry and calls for new town twinning programme with Africa

30 Apr 2014

Will the EU's new state aid guidelines derail green investment?

Commissioner insists no company will close down as a result of new guidelines that aim to reduce renewables subsidies

10 Apr 2014

New EU state aid reforms promise shake-up for decarbonisation efforts

Wide-ranging reforms aim to accelerate transition towards market-based support for renewable energy projects

09 Apr 2014

Is US wind energy already as cheap as shale gas?

Senate Finance Committee approves latest extension of wind production tax credit as reports show how policy can stand in for carbon tax

08 Apr 2014

Endurance signals high hopes for UK wind market with new factory

Company chief executive calls for more stable subsidy regime as Worcestershire manufacturing plant is officially inaugurated

13 Mar 2014

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