Green Deal boss faces industry questions

DECC’s deputy director of Green Deal legislation and finance will face questions this week from energy industry players. Dan Monzani will tackle questions at the Delivering the Green Deal debate in London on Thursday. The seminar will assess the key issues of the policy, progress that has been made so far and the industry reaction […]

Archaeology fears over wind farm

Archaeologists have raised concerns over a proposed wind farm in the Highlands of Scotland. Council planners will decide tonight whether to approve the nine-turbine facility in Caithness. While there are no known archaeological remains on the site itself, there are five Neolithic and Iron Age monuments nearby, and archaeologists want these protected if construction goes […]

Risk management stakes raised by Libya and Japan

An international energy broker is warning UK businesses of the increased market volatility caused by political turmoil in Libya and the Japanese earthquake. Experts at Bergen Energi UK say the energy market has been in turmoil and is advising companies that the need for acute energy risk management is greater than ever. Key account manager […]

Businessman slams Scottish wind farm policies

One of Scotland’s leading businessmen and a pioneer of wind turbines at his premises has slammed the Scottish government for allowing foreign firms to plan turbines on Forestry Commission land. Maitland Mackie is chairman of the ice cream and crisp manufacturer Mackie’s of Scotland. The company wants to be “the greenest in Britain” and installed […]

EC unveils Transport 2050 roadmap

The European Commission wants all conventionally-fuelled cars off the roads of Europe’s cities by 2050, and a drop of 40% in both aviation and shipping emissions by the same date. It also wants to see a 50% shift of medium-distance intercity passenger and freight journeys from road to rail and waterborne transport. These measures are […]

Tesco installs turbines at grocery centres

Tesco has installed wind turbines at three of its distribution centres in England and Wales. The retailer, which wants to be carbon neutral by 2050, has put up two 90-metre turbines at Crick in the Midlands and Magor and Newport in Wales. Tesco renewables manager Jake Ronay said: “The wind turbines will make a major […]

Energy watchdog welcomes 30 day price rule

Ofgem’s move to bring in new rules that mean energy suppliers must give consumers at least 30 days notice before putting up their prices has been welcomed by watchdog Consumer Focus. Yesterday Ofgem revealed that the new rule would come into effect on April 28 – giving the suppliers themselves 30 days’ notice. Today Audrey […]

Energy committee shale gas probe continues

The government’s Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold the next session of its Shale Gas inquiry this morning at Westminster. The committee will target five key questions: What are the prospects for shale gas in the UK, and what are the risks of rapid depletion of shale gas resources? What are the implications of […]

Fukushima could push more nuclear firms into renewables

The Japanese nuclear reactor disaster at Fukushima could speed up the push among nuclear firms to diversify into renewables, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers. In a report out yesterday looking at merger and acquisition activity in the renewables market during 2010, PwC says that activity by US and French nuclear power generators into wind and solar […]

Ofgem brings in 30 day rule for suppliers

Ofgem has today confirmed new rules that mean energy suppliers must give consumers at least 30 days notice before putting up their prices. The changes will kick in on April 28, giving suppliers 30 days’ notice themselves in which to put the rules into practice. Ofgem’s senior partner for markets Andrew Wright said: “Today’s changes […]