Increasing power imports from Europe ‘threatens Britain’s supply’

Britain is importing an “increasing amount” of electricity from continental Europe which is putting its supply at risk. A new report projects the UK will receive 67TWh of power from interconnectors by 2030 – a 10-fold increase in the projection made five years ago. In the 12 months to March this year, the UK imported […]

Cheer up energy’s not in bad shape says Minister

Industry and Energy Minister Jesse Norman has said he doesn’t share the “very gloomy” or “disastrous” outlook on energy. Speaking last night at the Centre for Policy Studies’ fringe session, ‘Keeping the Lights on’ at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, he said it is “charming” the think tank is calling for new policies and […]

Shale gas ‘key to filling UK power supply gap’

Shale gas is key to filling the UK’s power supply gap by 2020. That’s according to a study by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). It stated current oil and gas prices “should not be an excuse” to delay the development of shale gas in the country. Daniel Mahoney, Head of Economic Research told ELN: “Probably […]

Caroline Lucas MP charged over Balcombe fracking protests

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has been charged following her arrest at the Balcombe anti-fracking protests last month. Nigel Pilkington from the Crown Prosecution Service South East said: “After careful consideration, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Ms Lucas for breaching a police […]

£113m in compensation for energy intensive companies

Energy intensive users can now claim up to £113 million in compensation for the extra power costs caused by the impact of European carbon pricing schemes. The UK Government has published guidance for steelmakers and ceramics companies and those firms that are eligible will be able to apply for the cash starting next month. It […]

Schools, hospitals & factories saved from energy tax burden

Certain schools, hospitals and factories which have their own back-up power using oil, gas or coal will be saved from a new energy tax in the new financial year. Organisations which use fossil fuels in stand-by power stations or combined heat and power (CHP) plants generating less than 2 megawatts (MW) will not have to […]

Huhne charged

Chris Huhne will be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice following a decision by the head of the CPS this morning. Mr Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were both charged in relation to a speeding points offence from 2003. Making a rare statement the Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer told the press: […]

Huhne speeding decision due tomorrow

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will find out on Friday morning whether he faces charges over allegedly dodging a speeding fine. The Crown Prosecution announced that they will be announcing the decision live at 10am tomorrow. An investigation into Mr Huhne began after his ex-wife Vicky Pryce made allegations he shifted points for a speeding offence […]