Norway amps up electric car incentives

Norway is to amp up its incentives to drive electric vehicles (EVs) starting in 2014. Norwegians currently pay no VAT when buying EVs and drivers that go all-electric can park for free, go through tolls without paying and make use of the country’s bus lanes. Ola Elvesten, Chair of the Committee on Energy and the […]

Green Deal doomed to fail without “swift and decisive” action

The Green Deal is doomed to fail unless the Government takes “swift and decisive” action to boost customer demand for green home improvements. That’s the warning from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which is calling on the government to provide more financial incentives. A recent survey of survey of their members found 70% thought […]

Guest Blog: Jo Butlin – Time to change the story on energy prices

Was it just me who got angry when they read the ‘shock’ news last week that British Gas was putting up prices again? And it wasn’t anger about the news per se but more that the focus of the story again pointed to profiteering from energy suppliers. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that […]

New £20m pot for businesses that cut energy use

Businesses could receive financial incentives for cutting the amount of electricity they use through a new pilot scheme announced yesterday. British firms and other organisations such as charities that install more efficient motors, air conditioning and lighting could get cash from a fund worth up to £20 million for reducing their energy usage. Energy Secretary […]

US University gets $7.2m for cutting energy use

A US University has received incentives worth $7.2 million (£4.7m) for the past three years for implementing energy efficiency measures across its campus. The University of California (UC), San Diego (pictured) saved more than 21 million kWh – reducing more than 2MW of energy demand – between 2010 and 2012 through 30 efficiency projects. That’s […]

DECC spends £20m to promote Green Deal ‘street-by-street’

DECC is inviting local authorities in England to come forward with ambitious and innovative street or area based plans and bid for a £20 million pot to boost uptake of the Green Deal. The funding is provided for a communities scheme, with local authorities expected to identify target streets and areas in their regions that […]

£128m for communities near new Hinkley Point nuclear station

Communities living near a new nuclear station at Hinkley Point in Somerset could receive benefits worth up to £128 million for hosting the power plant. The Government has announced incentives for communities around eight sites in England and Wales, worth up to £1,000 per megawatt over 40 years – the planned lifetime of Hinkley Point […]

Renewable heat incentives for householders confirmed

UK householders who generate heat from renewable technologies could get paid “hundreds of pounds a year” following incentives announced by the Government today. DECC has set tariff levels for air source heat pumps (7.3p/kWh), biomass boilers (12.2p/kWh), ground source heat pumps (18.8/kWh) and solar thermal (19.2p/kWh) as part of the new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) […]

Industry warns renewable heat projects need funding certainty

The UK Government is being urged to change budgeting rules for its flagship heat policy to unlock “hundreds of millions of pounds” of investment for large-scale renewable heat projects in the country. Two major industry groups, the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) and the Renewable Energy Association (REA), joined forces to highlight the challenge […]

Communities given powers to veto onshore wind farms

Local communities will be given more powers to stop the development of onshore wind farms but will also be offered greater incentives to host them. The Government has announced new planning guidance in England to ensure local opposition can override national energy targets and also a five-fold increase in the value of community benefits. The […]