Boris Johnson hails ‘world leading’ fusion energy research in Oxfordshire

The prime minister visited the research centre, marking the government’s plans for a new fast-track visa route for the best scientists to continue to move to the UK after Brexit

BMW unveils Brit-built fully electric MINI

It has a 135kW motor, with a maximum range of up to 144 miles per charge

Thames Water makes no bones about Iron Age skeletons discovery

Human skeletons were found as the water company was preparing to lay new pipes in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire to trial £40m smart local energy grid project

It will explore the growth in local renewables, EVs, battery storage and demand side response and how a flexible system could help reduce costs for consumers

Investors sought for 19 community energy projects

An Oxford-based social enterprise is seeking investors for community energy projects worth £3.5 million. Low Carbon Hub’s new share offer will finance a 440kW hydro project in Sandford Lock Hydro which is expected to power 450 homes. It also aims to fund 18 solar projects in schools and businesses across the region. People can invest between […]

One casualty in Didcot Power Station ‘explosion’

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£5,000 fine for illegal waste wood in Oxfordshire

A landowner has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines for illegal waste wood in Bicester, Oxfordshire. According to the court, Mr Gordon Jones accumulated an “extensive amount” of waste wood at his agricultural holding called ‘Field Farm’ site. The Environment Agency received reports of waste wood deposit and storage in 2013. It stated […]

Oxfordshire firms fined £21k for illegal waste

Two firms have been ordered to pay a total of £21,000 for illegally depositing 3,000 tonnes of waste at a farm in Bampton. Francis Stewart-Wood, the landowner of Elmwood Farm and Stephen Radband, a director of SJ Radband Haulage, appeared before Oxford Crown Court last week. The waste, known in the industry as ‘trommel fines’, […]

Oxfordshire’s £205m energy-from-waste plant open

A new £205 million energy-from-waste plant in Oxforshire has officially been opened. The Ardley Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) can process 300,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste into renewable energy. The plant has a capacity of 26MW – enough electricity to power 38,000 homes. That’s equivalent to more than two-thirds of Oxford. Ian McAulay, Chief Executive of Viridor […]

Oxfordshire charity helps locals save energy

An Oxfordshire charity is helping communities save energy by installing energy efficiency measures. The ‘Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment2’ has so far allocated more than £160,000 for measures such as double glazing, wall insulation and energy lighting. The programme called ‘Energy Reduction in Community Halls’ (ENRICH) which has been running for three years, expects to provide […]