NextEnergy completes two new subsidy-free solar farms

The Llanwern solar farm in Wales, with a total capacity of 75MW, is claimed to be the largest subsidy-free solar farm built in the UK

Government proposes making tobacco industry pay to clean up cigarettes litter

Research has found smoking-related litter makes up 68% of all littered items

EDF Renewables acquires two solar farms in England and Wales

The solar projects are predicted to collectively produce enough energy to power 19,000 homes

UK to launch Interim Office for Environmental Protection

The new Office will be set up from July in non-statutory form to provide independent oversight of the government’s environmental progress and to accelerate the foundation of the full body

SSEN procures 348MW of flexible energy service contracts

That’s equivalent to the electricity needed to power around 91,000 homes

Government sets out new strategy to reduce fuel poverty

It includes a plan to increase help for vulnerable energy consumers with fuel bills and green upgrades to their homes, with low income families expected to save as much as £500

Ofwat consults on what the water sector should look like by 2040

It has launched the ‘Future Ideas Lab’, where ideas can be submitted on how the regulator could evolve the price review to meet the challenges faced by the water sector

UK’s Air Quality Expert Group seeks evidence on fine particulate matter

Responses from scientific experts will help inform government’s approach to reducing the pollutant

Government extends Green Homes Grant by a year

The year-long extension will give homeowners across England more time to have energy efficiency upgrades, helping up to 600,000 households save up to £600 on their energy bills

UK doubles Green Recovery Fund to £80m to support jobs and create new national parks

It is part of the government’s plans to help kickstart the nation’s green recovery, including the expansion of protected landscapes, increased access to nature and stronger flood resilience