Major energy users welcome CRC changes

“The simpler and less bureaucratic it can be, the better.” These were the words of the head of the Energy Intensive Users Group, who welcomed the proposed changes to the Carbon Reduction Scheme announced by Government today. Jeremy Nicholson, the group’s director commended the Department of Energy and Climate Change for bringing in the proposals: […]

Scottish Renewables Routemap launched

Scotland has drafted a plan which paves the way for it to become completely powered by electricity from renewables by 2020. The plan sets new targets to meet 30% of overall energy demand from renewables by 2020, and to deliver 500 MW of community and locally-owned renewable energy by 2020. The Routemap builds on the […]

Huhne defends green policy

ELN speaks to the Energy Secretary on low carbon plans

Jellyfish shut down nuclear plant

EDF have shut down their nuclear power plant in East Lothian due to high volumes of jelly fish entering the cooling systems. According to the power company, both reactors have safely shut down and there has been no danger to the public. Both units at Torness power station were manually shut down on 28 June, […]


So the CRC has been ‘streamlined’ by DECC. The major changes are a reduction in the number of fuels covered by the legislation, a move to fixed price allowances, overall simplification of the entry criteria and reducing an overlap with other schemes such as the EUETS. See our related story CRC changes announced for full […]

CRC changes announced

The Government have announced proposals that could change the Carbon Reduction Scheme. Changes could potentially reduce the burden on UK businesses and improve greater certainty in compliance with energy saving measures. Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Our proposals will make it easier and simpler for businesses to feel the benefits of using less energy […]

BG Group strike black gold

Leading player in the global energy market, BG Group, has raised the potential of the Santos Basin site to 8 billion barrels of oil equivalent. BG Group has issued a material upgrade for its interests in the Santos Basin, off the coast of Brazil. Mean Total Reserves and Resources are estimated to amount to 6 […]

UK emissions problem not being tackled

The head of the Renewable Energy Association has criticised the Coalition government’s attempts to deal with emissions and claims that the recession has been the environment’s one saving grace Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association said: “The UK is not on track, and were it not for the recession carbon emissions would […]

UK cathedral first to use solar

Coventry Cathedral has become the first in the UK to install solar panels on its roof. Working in partnership with solar specialists EOS Energy and the Renewable Energy Technology Alliance, a 50kW photovoltaic array of 178 panels is due to be installed. Jane Woodward, the Cathedral’s Executive Director said: “It’s a Grade-I listed building and […]

Smart grid needs to be secure

A report commissioned by the Energy Networks Association has said a joined up approach is needed to make any future smart grid secure from cyber attack. The report written by international consultants KMEA looked at the threats and considered how government and networks should be developing strategies to secure UK electricity infrastructure. The report found […]