Green bank gets Esta support

The government’s proposed Green Investment Bank is in danger of leaving non-domestic energy users out of the mix, according the Energy Services and Technology Association. Esta has welcomed the recent report by the Green Investment Bank Commission, but its executive director Alan Aldridge said: “There is a great deal of attention given to both the […]

Low carbon cars

As government backs electric cars we ask will low carbon transport work?

ESTA backs green bank

The green bank must serve the sector’s needs

Centrica under fire after results revealed

There are renewed calls this week for Ofgem to end the “stranglehold of the big six energy suppliers” following the publication of Centrica’s first half results. In the period to June 30, Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, pulled in revenues of £11.7bn and earnings of £886m. Robert Hammond, energy expert for watchdog Consumer […]

ESTA welcomes Smart Meter prospectus

The government’s Annual Energy Statement has been broadly welcomed by the Energy Services and Technology Association. ESTA’s executive director Alan Aldridge was pleased to see the Smart Metering prospectus issued promptly and welcomed its ambition to improve on the 2020 timescale. He told ELN: “We are particularly keen to ensure that the non-domestic sector has […]

Huhne fails to spark electricity industry

David Porter of the Association of Electricity Producers has given yesterday’s energy statement by Chris Huhne a lukewarm response. Mr Porter said the Secretary of State had said things that take the industry a little way forward on the pathway to 2050 but not enough to give clear direction. He told ELN: ” The statement […]

Institute of Directors calls for nuclear fast-track planning process

Chris Huhne’s affirmation of new nuclear during his Annual Energy statement yesterday has been welcomed by the Institute of Directors. Graeme Leach, Director of Policy at the IoD, said: “We are pleased Chris Huhne has stated unambiguously that new nuclear will play a part in meeting the UK’s energy needs. The message from business to […]

Huhne unveils energy blueprint

Energy secretary Chris Huhne yesterday unveiled plans for a White Paper on electricity reform, a review of regulator Ofgem, and a smart meter prospectus. In presenting the government’s annual energy statement in Parliament, Mr Huhne also launched 2050 Energy Pathways, a document written in consultation with scientists, engineers and economists on the best way forward […]

Government’s Annual Energy Statement

Watch the highlights of Chris Huhne’s speech to parliament about our energy future

Wave and tidal firms win £7m funding

Nine wave and tidal research and development projects have won funding worth $£7m. Some £6.6m of the money is coming from the Technology Strategy Board, a government-backed funding programme, while £400,000 is being out up by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The nine projects are run by Aquamarine Power, Aviation Enterprises, AWS Ocean […]