Government ‘must take charge on shift to EVs’

A clear government strategy is needed if the UK is to rapidly shift from combustion to electric vehicles (EVs). That’s according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA), which suggests ambitious policies combined with advancements in global and regional markets could drive the phase out of diesel and petrol engines before they’re banned in 2040. The […]

EV industry collaboration starts the engine

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) hosted its first Electric Vehicle Group meeting last week. More than 70 individuals from leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, grid management and charging infrastructure companies attended to start the collaborative process of accelerating the sector’s growth. The group will focus on developing intelligent charge point infrastructure, building links with the […]

Fresh trade groups for solar and energy storage

The Renewable Energy Association has formed two new trade groups, UK Solar and UK Energy Storage. Until last year, the REA was linked with the Solar Trade Association but they parted ways and with the new group, it seems, will speak more for solar firms itself. REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska said: “Solar power is one […]

Biomass loopholes ‘big enough to drive a logging truck through’

Green campaigners have attacked the revised sustainability criteria for the UK’s burgeoning biomass electricity industry. The Department of Energy and Climate and Change (DECC) says its “tough” new demands will mean biomass-fuelled generators must hit targets on how much carbon is emitted and whether enough trees have been replanted, with rules kicking in from April 2015. […]

£25m fund for sustainable UK biofuel projects

A £25 million fund has been launched for the construction of waste-to-energy and other advanced biofuel plants in the UK. Companies can bid for a share of the fund by proposing new ideas for viable demonstration-scale plants that can drive the development of the UK’s biofuel industry. The cash will be made available by the […]

Wind turbine collapses

A wind turbine in North Devon collapsed after a strong gust of wind. Welsh renewable firm Dulas installed the turbine, which was supposed to have a life expectancy of 25 years. The company said no one was injured and it is still looking into the main cause of the incident. A spokesperson said in a […]

Crown Estate plans £20m boost for wave and tidal

The UK’s wave and tidal sector could get a huge boost as the Crown Estate is considering investing up to £20 million in the industry. It plans to invest in two projects with a total installed capacity of 3MW or higher, alongside other firms and with grant support from the Government. To be eligible for […]

UK’s Green Investment Bank open for business

The UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) has officially been declared open as new details of its first investments are announced. Funded with £3 billion of Government money, the GIB is designed to encourage private sector investment in the UK’s transition to a green economy. Speaking in Edinburgh where the new bank is headquartered, Business Secretary […]

Energy Bill ‘will fail’ to meet long-term demand

The Energy Bill “will fail” to resolve the tension between the industry and the Government and will not help in meeting the UK’s energy demand in the long term, a team of academics said today. Warwick Business School’s Global Energy Group made the comment following DECC’s announcement of the details in the Bill, which is […]

Biomass ‘dirtier than coal’ based on “misleading information”

The report that suggested burning trees as biomass fuel is “dirtier than coal” is based on a paper which has “numerous factual errors”. That’s according to the Biomass Energy Centre, which commented after the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace published a report, based on the Government’s own data, claiming biomass produces more emissions […]