Hinkley C gets local go-ahead

EDF Energy’s Hinkley C nuclear plant has been given local planning permission to build in Somerset and will be the first new nuclear plant to be built in the UK for 20 years. The developments have come just 10 days after the UK Parliament approved the National Policy Statements for Energy Infrastructure. The work is […]

EDF announce huge profits

EDF Energy’s UK sales stood at €4.39 billion for the first half of the year. Despite the massive gains, the figures are down 8.5% of their last year profits. The energy giants say the dip was due to exceptionally mild weather and the streamlining of EDF Energy’s portfolio of industrial customers. Earnings before interest and […]

Government sued over air pollution

The government is facing legal action over allegedly failing to protect people from air pollution. Environmental lawyers at ClientEarth have today filed a judicial review against the Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, challenging Defra’s “refusal” to set out plans to bring emissions under the legal limit. Lawyers at the registered charity, which is bankrolled by grants […]

¾ world energy could be renewable by 2050, say scientists

Renewable technologies could supply 77% of the world’s energy by 2050, according to a report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report says strong and flexible national and international policies are needed to stimulate investment and encourage accelerated use of renewable energy. The report looked at 164 scenarios of future energy supplies […]

Irish and UK firms mount efficiency crusade

An Irish firm is teaming up with a UK energy savings expert to cut the cost of energy on the Emerald Isle. County Carlow-based energy management provider, Energy MCS and Marshall-Tufflex Energy Management (MTEM), are launching a voltage optimiser, called Voltis, in Ireland. Michael McNerney of Energy MCS said: “The cost of energy is a […]

Does the electricity market need a carbon tax?

The carbon floor price could lead to consumers paying more than they need to, according to the Chief Operating Officer of RWE npower. Kevin McCulloch told ELN that the price introduced in the Electricty Market Reform also favoured certain generators more than others: “The guys who don’t have to pay the tax, who are the […]

AD – the virtuous loop

The sustainable possibilities of anaerobic digestion

Tequila- worming its way into biofuels

One of the biggest issues facing the production of low carbon biofuels are the effects production can have on the biodiversity on agriculture. That is set to change, as scientists in the UK have have identified a plant that will deliver a shot to the arm of the biofuel industry; the Agave plant, more commonly […]

Gamesa wind power up the Greek

Spanish-founded wind firm Gamesa has sold two Greek wind farms to Enel Green Power. The projects in the Macedonia region of Greence have a combined installed capacity of 38 MW.The electricity from the wind farms will be enough to power more than 16,000 households, avoiding emissions of more than 74,000 CO2 per year. Gamesa has […]

Cable: shareholders essential for green investment

Vince Cable has touted the role of shareholders to the energy industry in a dispute over the rise of their payouts compared with the rise in bills for consumers. His comments came as Centrica – the parent company of British Gas – brought out its quarterly profits, revealing it had upped the shareholder dividend by […]