Green policy could cost householders ‘£600 a year’

The move from fossil fuels to green energy could cost British households £600 a year by 2020, according to an industry analyst. A new report by think tank Civitas claims the total price tag of pursuing renewables could rise above £16 billion a year when VAT is included. Dr John Constable (pictured), Director of the […]

Are climate change policies on the right track?

ELN reporter Vicky Ellis speaks to industry experts about climate change policies.

DECC: “Bargain basement” energy plans won’t cut it

DECC has hit back after the Government’s planned new laws for the energy sector came under fire for “invisibly loading bills” with extra costs. Today Energy Secretary Ed Davey released the draft Energy Bill, with plans to upgrade the electricity market to cope with new forms of energy such as renewables and cope with rising […]

70% wind applications receive consent

Despite calls for planning laws to be relaxed to encourage more installations of renewable technologies, 70% of applications for onshore wind receive consent according to research from think tank the Renewable Energy Foundation. Dr John Constable, Director of REF said: “The government’s own data shows that in spite of unpopularity and known problems, such as […]

National Grid’s ‘secret’ £12.7m payment to wind farms

National Grid paid energy firms £12.7million to turn off their wind turbines in the last three months of 2011, according to new figures revealed by Energy Minister Charles Hendry in Parliament. The National Grid will not reveal which energy firms were paid to make up this total. Think tank Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) criticised the […]

DECC loses solar FiT appeal

DECC’s appeal is refused at the High Court

Anti-wind report creates a storm

The on-going debate over the cost of renewable technologies took another turn yesterday as the director of policy and research for the Renewable Energy Foundation gave wind power a battering. Speaking on BBC 5Live John Constable said: “You have to bear in mind that all the subsidies and extra costs imposed by wind are paid […]

Climate change levies add £15bn on consumer costs?

Climate change levies could pile an extra £15billion – around 1% of the UK’s GDP – onto consumer costs by 2020, according to the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF). The independent research body calculates that VAT charged to energy firms on these levies alone could amount to almost £2billion. REF is warning these costs could be […]

The true cost of the EMR

The EMR may have good intentions, but at what cost?

EMR White Paper published

How will the industry react to the EMR white paper?