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US court finds California’s low carbon fuel laws unconstitutional

A district court in the US yesterday found California’s low carbon fuel laws unconstitutional. The ruling could come as a blow to the state which set itself up as a green example with its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, the first of its kind in the country. Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger first established the LCFS in […]

Looking back on 2011

So tomorrow marks the end of a momentous year in the energy sector. In 2011 we have had the publication of two major pieces of legislation, the Electricity Market Reform act as part of a new Energy Bill due to be published next Spring and just a month ago the biggest reform of the water […]

Windsor’s water turbines

Water wheels should generate power for a century Other Water stories: Marine turbine enters test period off Orkney ‘Alien crayfish’ invades English waterways Century-old sewers get revamp in Salisbury Committee calls for evidence on Water White Paper

Heading to the great rig in the sky

US onshore oil and gas firm Patterson-UTI Energy is retiring 31 drilling rigs this December. While some rig parts may be auctioned, the firm plans to use distribute most to spare parts inventory to support other rigs in the fleet. The firm works in American states such as Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado.

‘Alien crayfish’ invades English waterways

A “highly aggressive” American crayfish is infiltrating waterways in East London. The claims come from the Environment Agency which is tracking the spread of the crayfish by planting tiny radio transmitters on their backs. The invaders carry crayfish plague, a disease which is deadly to the UK’s only native of the species, the white clawed […]

Minister awards new North Sea licences

Energy Minister Charles Hendry today granted forty-six new licences to explore UK waters for oil and gas. Including 110 blocks on the UK Continental Shelf, the licences cover the Shetlands, North Sea, English Channel and Morecambe Bay area. The licences are part of the 26th offshore oil and gas licensing round. They were not granted […]

Oldest US coal plant switches to gas

One of the USA’s oldest coal-fired power plants could be switching to gas after tougher environmental laws were introduced, according to reports. Sunbury Generation, owner of the Shamokin Dam plant in Pennsylvania which has a total capacity of more than 400MW, plans to close five of its six coal generators and instead use gas turbines […]

DECC chief scientist: renewables offer value for money

Developing renewable energy saves each person in the UK £84 a year compared with gas and coal, according to DECC’s chief scientific adviser. Trade body RenewableUK yesterday welcomed his comments as a “timely reminder” that low carbon sources of energy are “financially prudent”. This comes as government yesterday revealed companies have invested £2.5 billion in […]

Century-old sewers get revamp in Salisbury

Work to renovate 100 year-old sewers in Salisbury will start in the New Year. Wessex Water will be relining and replacing sewers in the city which are in a “structurally poor” condition from mid-January. The revamp is taking place after engineers sent CCTV robots in to survey the pipes and found areas of damage.