Cuadrilla submits plan to frack at Lancashire site

Cuadrilla Resources has asked permission to hydraulically fracture or frack for shale gas at a Lancashire site. It has submitted plans to Lancashire County Council for drilling, fracking and testing the flow of gas from up to four wells at Preston New Road. The company announced its plans in February to apply for permission here […]

N Ireland to scrap planning rules for heat pumps

Householders in Northern Ireland will no longer need planning permission for a renewable type of heat pump in their homes, Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister announced yesterday. Mark H Durkan said the change would help people trying to save money on their energy bills. From 10 March planning permission for installing, altering or replacing air source […]

Cuadrilla rules out fracking at Balcombe

Cuadrilla has confirmed it won’t be using the controversial technique of fracking at its site in West Sussex. The firm said it won’t need to frack anymore as the rocks are “naturally fractured” but it still plans to test the site’s oil supply suitability using flow testing. Flow testing is done to check the quantity […]

Cuadrilla is caving in at Balcombe, crow campaigners

Drilling firm Cuadrilla has withdrawn its application for extra time to complete its drilling and testing programme in Balcombe. Its test site has been at the centre of media attention ever since protestors set up camp outside last month (pictured). Cuadrilla had originally applied to West Sussex Council to change its existing planning permission, a […]

Community energy projects stuck in bottleneck

Community energy projects in Scotland are being held back by planning permission delays, according to the Sustainable Community Energy Network (SCENE). It estimates a massive 180 MW – enough to power Aberdeen – of community-sized renewable energy is “queued up” in various stages of the planning process. The new report from the group, which aims […]

Wales wants to be ‘renewables hub’ with new plan

Wales wants to be a “renewables hub” under new plans set out by its First Minister Carwyn Jones yesterday.The ‘Energy Wales’ report sets out ambitions to create thousands more jobs in building projects and generating renewable energy. Acknowledging that energy is “a defining issue for our generation”, the First Minister said: “There is no escaping […]