Budget 2017: No subsidies for green energy until 2025

Renewable energy project developers have been dealt a huge blow as the government said there will be no new subsidies until 2025. The budget for support schemes, such as Contracts for Difference (CfDs), has so far been set through the Levy Control Framework (LCF) and since the Spring Budget announcement to end the LCF, the […]

EU approves Spanish support scheme for renewables

The European Commission has approved Spain’s support scheme for renewable electricity. It found the programme, which supports electricity generation from green energy sources, high efficiency cogeneration of heat, power and waste to be in line with state aid rules. Under the scheme, projects will receive a premium on top of the market price of electricity, […]

European nations ‘spending €112bn a year on fossil fuel subsidies’

Governments in 11 European countries are handing out subsidies worth more than €112 billion (£98.4bn) every year for fossil fuel production. That’s according to a new report from the Overseas Development Institute and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, which analysed subsidies given to oil, gas and coal projects between 2014 and 2016. The countries include […]

Climate vulnerable nations urge G20 to end fossil fuel subsidies

The world’s most climate vulnerable countries are urging the G20 nations to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020. The Vulnerable 20 (V20) nations, which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Philippines, are calling for “market distorting” fossil fuel production subsidies to be removed immediately and no later than the end of the decade. According to […]

‘Egypt needs to protect poor from rising price of power’

The Egyptian government needs to start protecting the poor from rising electricity prices. According to Salah El-Haggar, Chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the American University in Cairo, a government programme needs to be put in place to ensure electricity and oil subsidy cuts don’t raise prices for the poorest part of society. There is […]

NI confirms end to onshore wind subsidies

Subsidies for small-scale onshore wind projects in Northern Ireland are to end this week. Economy Minister Simon Hamilton said 93% of those who responded to the Renewables Obligation closure consultation supported the recommendation to shut the scheme for new small-scale projects. That means those with a capacity of less than 5MW will not receive any […]

DECC proposes anaerobic digestion subsidy cuts

The government has proposed to reduce support for anaerobic digestion (AD) projects in the UK. It has launched a consultation – open until 7th July – on revised support levels for AD and micro combined heat and power (mCHP) technologies currently eligible for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme. The initiative was launched in 2010 to […]

UK government policies ‘to add £105 to energy bills by 2020’

Householders could be paying nearly £105 more for their gas and electricity every year by 2020 as a result of government policies aimed at keeping the lights on and supporting green energy projects. New research claims energy bills could increase by 124% in the next four years due to the cost of the Capacity Market, […]

UK ministers have ‘false impression of support for solar’

UK ministers have the “false impression” that solar power no longer requires financial support for deployment in the UK. That’s “deeply worrying”, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA) and Lightsource, with reference to statements made by Energy Minister Lord Bourne who gave evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) last month. In […]

Mixed reactions to solar subsidy cuts

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