Commons votes to keep old coal alive

MPs have voted to reject an amendment to the Energy Bill introduced by the Lords to limit emissions from old coal-fired power stations. Under the proposed change the plants would have been subject to Emissions Performance Standards – which will apply to any new build power stations – unless they used Carbon Capture and Storage […]

Costs for decarbonisation ‘should come from general taxation’

Some of the social and industry policy obligations that the UK is trying to deliver for decarbonising the power sector should come from “general taxation” rather than be levied through the Energy Bill. That’s the view of Doug Parr (pictured), Policy Director at Greenpeace UK, who said he has been arguing the case for over […]

Blog – When shale gas met Greenpeace face to face in the lions’ den

It takes real guts (or perhaps a touch of March Hare madness) to stand in front of a room full of people doing something you’re utterly opposed to and tell them they’re wrong. That was exactly the scene when Greenpeace’s Doug Parr told around 100 shale gas experts, explorers and investors their industry posed a […]

Caroline Flint: “part-time” Energy Minister is worrying

The decision to appoint a “part-time” Energy Minister whilst the Energy Bill is still going through Parliament is “worrying”. David Cameron replaced John Hayes with Michael Fallon as Energy Minister last week to the shock of many in the industry and in the view of Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Caroline Flint (pictured) […]

Nuclear isn’t the only way to hit climate targets

The Government should not underestimate the “huge potential” of energy efficiency and renewable energy to meet climate targets especially in light of the uncertainty of new nuclear power. That’s what WWF believes in response to today’s Energy and Climate Change Committee’s report, which suggested new nuclear power stations are essential if the UK is to […]

Support for gas ‘could risk £600 energy bill rise’

Household energy bills in the UK could be £600 higher in the next few decades if there is continued reliance on gas over low-carbon technologies, it was claimed today. In a new report the Committee on Climate Change looked at the impact of carbon budgets on energy bills and found household bills could rise by […]

Osborne’s North Sea gas handout “clearly bonkers”

Chancellor George Osborne’s £500 million hand out for the North Sea this morning has been slammed as “completely bonkers”. Announcing the tax relief on the same day subsidy for onshore wind was cut by 10%, Mr Osborne suggested it will give investors in the UK Continental Shelf long-term confidence. Mr Osborne said: “Gas is the […]

Greens criticise IEA gas report

An International Energy Association (IEA) report depicting the imminent ‘golden age of gas’ has been met with a mixed reception from green groups. Speaking at its launch in London earlier, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said: “The technology and the know-how already exist for unconventional gas to be produced in an environmentally acceptable […]

Horizon reaction: Government should go green

Responding to yesterday’s announcement that energy giants E.ON and RWE have shelved plans for new nuclear plants in the UK, environmental groups have suggested there is no better time for the UK to get behind renewable strategies. Friends of the Earth’s Energy Campaigner Paul Steedman said: “With energy firms abandoning plans for nuclear across Europe, […]

Gamesa plans to build £125m wind turbine plant

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has announced plans to build a manufacturing facility in the Port of Leith. If the project gets the go ahead, it could be worth up to €150 million (£125m) of investment and is expected to support between 800 and 1,000 jobs. The factory will make blades and the generator units that […]