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Could DECC cut solar farm subsidies yet again?

Ketton cement works solar array

Officials insists there are 'currently no plans' to reduce support for smaller solar farms, but ministerial statement leaves door open for pre-election cuts

23 Oct 2014

Liz Truss accused of trying to woo UKIP voters with 'minute' solar subsidy cuts

Sheep at a solar farm

Solar and farming industries slam Environment Secretary for 'misguided' attack on solar farm developments

21 Oct 2014

As renewables costs plummet, industry asks why EU coal subsidies match onshore wind

Triodos wind turbine

Report finds onshore wind is both cheaper and more environmentally-friendly than coal, yet both received €10bn subsidies in 2012

14 Oct 2014

Is the government really putting 'rocket boosters' under rooftop solar market?

DECC impact assessment says deployment could fall 150MW by 2020 despite its ambition to increase onsite solar PV investment

10 Oct 2014

Reports: Germany mulls legal action over EU's nuclear Hinkley ruling

Merkel's government could join Austria in challenging decision to approve State Aid for new UK reactors

10 Oct 2014

Hinkley nuclear reactor will be 'most expensive power plant ever built'

Renewable energy industry insiders criticise EU state aid approval for UK plant, saying the deal could finance 7GW of wind energy capacity

08 Oct 2014

Government's £95m subsidy increase leaves renewables industry 'underwhelmed'

RenewableUK welcomes funding increase, but predicts extra cash will deliver just 200MW of additional offshore wind farm capacity

02 Oct 2014

Breaking: DECC sweetens solar farm subsidy shake-up with renewables funding boost

Government sticks with controversial change in solar farm subsidies, but promises £95m increase in support for renewable energy projects

02 Oct 2014

Electric motorbikes need 'level playing field' with cars

Motorcycle Industry Association calls for clarity around for support for technology that can cut emissions and congestion

30 Sep 2014

EDF Energy inks deal to purchase power from Tidal Energy Ltd

Landmark deal will see energy giant purchase power from cutting-edge Welsh tidal energy project

26 Sep 2014

Solar's multi-billion pound potential stalled by 'unreliable' policy, industry warns

Trade body says sector can reach 60GW and power 18 million homes, but needs subsidies to help it achieve further cost reductions

25 Sep 2014

EMR: Enough Talk Already

Like Scotland, the UK energy market is gearing up for a massive shake-up - Nathan Goode hopes everyone is ready for it

17 Sep 2014

Tesla's battery Gigafactory lands in Nevada

Work on plant set to build batteries for 500,000 electric cars already underway outside Reno

05 Sep 2014

SmartestEnergy announces 'first' Power Purchase Agreements for CfD green generators

Independent energy specialist reveals new power purchase agreements specifically designed to support generators with contract for difference support

03 Sep 2014

DECC officially announces first contract for difference allocation dates

Baroness Verma confirms timetable for first contract for difference allocation

29 Aug 2014

How Sheffield Solar is shining a light on PV performance

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

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

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