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UK Green companies outperforming US equivalents

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Green companies in the UK are generating greater returns for their clean energy investments. That is according to a new report from the Imperial College Business School. The research found that Yieldcos – companies engaged in renewable energy projects...

Britain sets new coal-free power record

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New data published by the National Grid in recent days reveals that the UK set a new record for coal-free power generation last week, having powered Britain for more than two days straight without relying on the prominent fossil fuel. According to the...

Government urged to review RHI scheme before end of 2018

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A new report published by prominent industry group Energy UK has called on the Government to undertake a full review of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) before the end of the year. In its Kick-starting the decarbonisation of heat report, Energy UK has...

New BEIS report reveals uplift in renewable energy generation

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A new report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in recent days has revealed a substantial uplift in renewable energy generation across the UK. According to the latest Energy Trends report, overall renewable...

British charities save millions of pounds by working alongside renewable energy network, report reveals

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A new report suggests that a large group of UK-based charities has saved £6.97 million on energy by being part of a prominent British renewable energy network. The research, which was published by the UK’s Fit for Future network last week,...

GMB union criticises PM's green energy plan

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s green energy plan has been criticised in recent days amid concerns that renewable energy sources are not generating enough power for the UK. In its Wind Watch report published towards the end of last week, the GMB union...

Call for changes to how clean energy is funded

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A prominent industry research group has said that the UK’s richest households should pay a greater contribution towards supporting subsidies for clean energy initiatives. According to the UK Energy Research Centre (UKerc), the country’s...

Low carbon energy sources responsible for 50 per cent of British electricity in 2017

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New research has revealed that exactly half of Britain’s electricity came from low carbon energy sources last year. The latest Electric Insights report from Imperial College London suggests that electricity generated by the likes of biomass, solar,...

Wind power will be a fierce competitor for grid dominance by 2024, report finds

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Britain will be one of the world’s first countries to see renewable wind power become a fierce competitor for energy grid dominance – but only if the nation is able to take full advantage of its onshore wind potential, a new report suggests. The...

Proposed RHI reforms could give "vital boost" to green gas production

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New Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) regulations laid before Parliament in recent days could give a “vital boost” to green gas production in the UK, according to the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association. The comments come after...

Vast majority of UK households support renewable energy, BEIS survey finds

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A new report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) suggests that the number of UK households in support of renewable energy has risen by five per cent year-on-year. BEIS’ latest figures reveal that 79 per cent...

UK hugely successful in reducing high-carbon coal use, report reveals

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A new report published in Brussels in recent days has revealed that Britain’s energy industry has succeeded in significantly reducing the nation’s use of high-carbon coal power in recent years. According to the report, the share of coal in the...

Concerns that Brexit could pose problems for maintaining UK energy supply

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Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU) could have an adverse effect on energy trading between the UK and the EU, a new report has warned. The comments, which come from the House of Lords’ EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee,...

Energy trade body launches Anaerobic Digestion certification scheme

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The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) has launched a new AD certification scheme aimed at supporting operators of AD plants. The trade body said the voluntary scheme would improve the operational, environmental and health and safety...

Cost of generating onshore wind falling at an "unprecedented" rate

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A new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in recent days suggests that the cost of generating power from either onshore wind or solar energy has plummeted dramatically in recent years. According to IRENA’s Renewable...

Low-carbon energy sources generated more than half of all UK electricity in 2017

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New research has revealed that low-carbon and renewable energy sources accounted for more than half of all electricity generated in the UK last year. According to data published by Carbon Brief last week, a combination of renewables and nuclear power...

Government's long-awaited industrial strategy backs clean energy growth

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The Government’s newly-unveiled industrial strategy has cited clean growth as one of four “Grand Challenges” it intends to solve in coming years. In its long-awaited white paper, the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy...

Concerns that UK renewable energy consumption is lagging behind other EU nations

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The UK is lagging behind other European Union (EU) nations when it comes to renewable energy consumption, a new study suggests. A new report from IT consultancy Capgemini claims that the UK is “a laggard” in comparison with other EU nations when...

Ambitious solar energy site could power 110,000 homes a year by 2020

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The company behind ambitious plans to build an 890-acre solar energy farm in Kent has said that the project could potentially power some 110,000 households a year by 2020. Cleve Hill Solar Park – a new company formed by prominent market players Hive...

Public support for renewable energy at all-time high

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New official research into public attitudes toward energy has revealed that renewable power sources are growing in popularity among members of the public. According to the latest public attitudes tracker from the Department for Business, Energy and...

Another win for renewable energy

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In the second quarter (Q2) of 2017, renewable power generation soared to account for nearly a third of the UK’s total energy mix, new research has revealed. The latest official Government data suggests that the nation’s share of renewable...

UK energy policy needs change to push green transition, report claims

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A new industry report suggests that major change is needed to the UK’s existing energy policy in order to effectively aid a true transition to clean energy. The report, entitled Gridlock in UK Power Markets , which was produced by InfluenceMap in...

£557 million in funding unveiled for new renewable energy auctions

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Up to £557 million in funding will be up for grabs for renewable energy projects and organisations in the next set of auctions due to kick off in spring 2019, the Government has confirmed. The news, which has been unveiled in recent days as part of...

Rumours that onshore wind 'could return' to play major role in UK energy subsidy competition

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A number of UK energy ministers have told delegates at the Conservative Party Conference that onshore wind could return to play a major role in the UK’s energy mix in terms of competing for future subsidies. The news comes after a landmark report...

Renewable sources accounted for almost a third of all UK electricity generation in Q2

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In another win for the renewables sector, the latest official data has revealed that renewable energy sources accounted for almost a third of all UK electricity generation in the second quarter (Q2) of 2017. Figures from the Department for Business, Energy...

Residential renewable power generation and storage will be a "game-changer" by 2030, study predicts

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A new study suggests that residential renewable power generation and storage will begin to become profitable by the year 2030 – a move which could be a “game-changer” for the energy and utilities sector in years to come. Using a new...

Local authorities pushing green energy projects to receive £3 million in Government funding

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As part of its upcoming Clean Growth Plan, it is thought that the UK Government will extend financial support to a number of cities and local authorities interested in setting up new clean energy initiatives. A recent report in The Guardian suggests that...

Costs of offshore wind power fall to "astounding" lows

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The costs for developing offshore windfarms in the UK have fallen to “astounding” lows, after a recent Government auction saw developers far keener than expected to bid for subsidies. According to a report in BBC News , two firms have said that...

Government rumoured to reignite plans for £50 billion 'hydrogen gas grid'

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The Government is rumoured to be considering reigniting a multi-billion pound plan to reimagine Britain’s gas grid for hydrogen use, in an ambitious attempt to crack down on harmful carbon emissions. According to a report in The Telegraph , the...

Solar energy farm gets the green light

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Ambitious plans for what will soon be one of the UK’s largest solar energy farms have been given the go-ahead by planners in recent days. The news comes at a time when the Government is facing mounting criticism over its lack of support for the...

'Policy uncertainty' casting shadow of doubt over future of UK renewables

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The future of the UK’s rapidly expanding renewable energy sector could be under threat due to “policy uncertainty” beyond 2020, leading energy bodies have said. The comments come from Renewable UK and the Renewable Energy Association...

BEIS report reveals record low public support for fracking

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A new report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has revealed a drastic drop in the number of people lending their support to shale gas fracking in the UK. According to the Department’s latest Energy and...

Energy policy instability criticised by REA

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The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has criticised UK energy policy amid concerns of instability and unsustainability, after a new report found that employment in the UK’s renewables sector is slowing significantly. A report published by the REA in...

Calls for Government to reconsider stance on onshore wind farms

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Energy groups are calling on the Government to reconsider its stance on onshore wind farms, after a report revealed that such farms could be developed in the UK for around half the cost of gas or nuclear power plants such as Hinkley Point C. According to...

National Grid energy report criticised by campaigners amid mounting climate change concerns

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A flagship energy report published by The National Grid in recent days has come under fire over its ‘lack of ambition’ amid mounting concerns that the UK is not on track to meet its climate change targets. Environmental campaign group WWF has...

BEIS: more than a quarter of UK electricity was generated by renewables in Q1

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A new report published by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in recent days suggests that renewable energy generated more than 26 per cent of the UK’s electricity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017. According to...

Industry professionals fear UK energy policy is 'on pause'

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A far-reaching new survey suggests that the majority of industry professionals believe that the UK’s energy policy is ‘on pause’ and Britain is no longer on track to meet its target to cut carbon emissions by more than half by 2030. ...

Doubts cast over Conservative Party's controversial fracking proposals

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Reports suggest that controversial Conservative plans to develop a national ‘shale wealth fund’ for the UK are now unlikely to go ahead after the party failed to win an overall majority on 8 June. Previously, the 2017 Conservative Manifesto had...

Renewable energy goes from strength-to-strength

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Britain’s renewable energy industry has achieved its highest ever output. It was confirmed last week that the nation’s wind turbines and solar panels had helped to meet more than half of the UK’s power needs. According to data compiled by...

Conservative manifesto pledges 'fracking revolution'

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The Conservative Party’s 2017 manifesto contains pledges to support the UK’s existing climate change commitments – despite proposing a controversial ‘fracking revolution’ which would see increased support for Britain’s...