Queen’s Speech: Reactions from industry

Some in the industry have expressed disappointment about the government’s lack of commitment to the energy price cap as it was not mentioned in the Queen’s Speech today. Green energy supplier Bulb believes the price cap is necessary for householders to benefit from cheaper bills. Co-founder Hayden Wood said: “A cap would be a big […]

Hung Parliament: Uncertainty looms for energy sector

The UK election has ended in a hung Parliament in an election twist today. The Conservatives secured 42.4% of the votes winning 318 seats, while Labour at 40% ended with 262 seats. The Lib Dems stand at 7.4% with 12 seats, the Green Party at 1.6% and the Scottish National Party at 3%. Prime Minister […]

Former energy minister joins green trade body board

A former energy minister has joined the Renewable Energy Association as an independent Non-Executive Board member. Baroness Verma will be looking at the strategic role of renewables and clean technologies in the UK as well as trade opportunities for British services and manufacturing in emerging markets. She served as an energy minister during the coalition […]

Renewable trade body launches landfill gas group

A new group to cater for the landfill gas sector has been launched. According to the Renewable Energy Association (REA), while landfill gas is a declining green resource, it still generates enough electricity to meet the annual needs of more than one million homes. That’s more than enough for a city the size of Glasgow. […]

UK ‘can be leader in storage, EVs, smart grids’

The UK can be a leader in numerous low carbon sectors, including solar, bioenergy, electric vehicles, energy storage and smart grids. That’s according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA), which has launched its ‘Manifesto for Growth’ ahead of the general election. The trade body believes a low cost and low carbon energy system provides “huge […]

Renewable trade body appoints new EV chief

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has appointed its new head of electric vehicles (EVs). Matthew Trevaskis’ new role will be to champion the use of ultra-low emission vehicles such as plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles in the UK. He will be growing the REA’s EV offering, focusing on the integration of EVs into the electricity […]

Energy sector reacts to Brexit plan

The news we are leaving the Single Market as part of Brexit has caused mixed reactions from the energy sector. This morning the PM outlined her strategy for our exit from the EU in a speech which confirmed our departure from the Single Market and a host of other measures. She mentioned the energy sector […]

Oil prices forecast to grow slightly in 2017

Production cuts by members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other non-OPEC countries are forecast to provide a short term boost to oil prices. However the effects are to be offset to some extent by increases in production in Canada and the US, according to the latest price forecast by Deloitte’s […]

UK Government softens RHI reforms

The government has confirmed new reforms for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The announcement follows a consultation in March, which was criticised by the sector as BEIS proposed tariff reductions of 45% for parts of the biomass heat sector. It was believed that could lead to a 98% drop in installations. Under the new plans, the government […]

Decarbonising heat campaign launched in UK

A campaign highlighting the role of biomass as a source of renewable heat has been launched. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Wood Heat Association (WHA) are urging the government to prioritise decarbonisation of heat and support the continued use of sustainable, affordable and low carbon biomass. It follows the closure of the consultation on […]