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Chisholm claimed that the new department would be better prepared to “repair” financing mechanisms to accelerate the low-carbon transition

BEIS aims to rollout emissions reduction plan in February

The permanent secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alex Chisholm revealed that he expects an emissions reduction plan to be published by the end of February 2017.

The first energy has been generated with a Contracts for Difference (CfD) subsidy at the Charity Farm solar project in Shropshire

Renewable energy developers pass Contracts for Difference subsidy milestone

The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has confirmed that all 39 Contracts for Difference (CfD) renewable projects in the UK have past their delivery milestone requirements as part of the second round of CfD funding.

Charity Farm solar park in Shropshire

First solar farm with contract for difference connected

A 12MW solar farm in Shropshire has become the first solar project in the UK with a contract for difference (CfD) to be connected to the gridm

The report has criticised the decision to close the RO to onshore wind early, claiming it will cost Scotland up to £3bn and put 5,400 jobs at risk

Scotland's renewables sector threatened by political 'cloud of uncertainty'

Despite successfully expanding renewable energy capacity, Scotland's renewable energy sector is in a "state of flux", with policy amendments to the Renewables Obligation (RO), Feed in-tariffs (FiT) and Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions all contributing to an uncertain future.

Scheduled for commercial operation by late-2017, the project will deliver 1.7 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity each year through its 67 wind turbines

Confidence in UK offshore industry illustrated by new £1.3bn project

One of the world's largest offshore windfarms, set to be located off the coast of East England, has secured a £1.3bn long-term financing fund, just six months after it began a fundraising process.

The EY report warns that the current record levels of financial support for new projects could fall even further in 2017, in the aftermath of renewable energy final subsidy deadlines

Britain's renewable energy attractiveness 'on a landslide'

The UK's attractiveness as a destination for investment in renewable energy has reached an all-time low, due to a series of unexpected green policy U-turns and the on-going uncertainty surrounding the role of renewables in our energy mix.

Sir David King gave a keynote speech at the launch of the UK Stakeholders For Sustainable Development (UKSSD) network

Sir David King: UK should shift renewable energy subsidy focus to offshore wind

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) should concentrate its limited renewable energy subsidy budget on offshore wind, in an effort to drive down costs and increase investor demand, the UK's chief climate envoy has told edie.

Steam billowing from Drax power station, which has converted two of six units to run on biomass

Opening up CfDs 'could save £2bn'

Opening up future contracts for difference (CfD) to a wider array of technologies and reforming the auction process to better reflect their true costs, could save consumers around £2bn, according to research commissioned by Drax.

DECC is expected to see budget cuts of around 30%, with up to 200 staff made redundant

Autumn Statement and Spending Review: The green business wish list

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his update on the Government's plans for the economy, known as the Autumn Statement, in Parliament today. The hopes are high, but expectations are seemingly low among green groups and industry.

The deal guarantees plant operators EDF a 35-year Contract for Difference strike price of £92.50

Hinkley nuclear deal: 6 things green businesses need to know

The Hinkley Point nuclear reactor could be producing power in 2025 after the UK Government secured a £8bn investment from its Chinese counterpart yesterday.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing hosted a Renewables Roundtable event in London this week

Scotland takes renewables debate to London

The Scottish Government has brought its campaign on the future of renewable energy to Westminster as it renewed calls for the Conservative Party to rethink its recent subsidy cuts.

The tidal lagoon will be situated on the eastern side of Swansea Bay, between the docks and a new university campus

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon hit by delays

Work on building the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has been delayed to spring 2017 because the government is taking "longer than expected" to finalise a contract for difference (CfD), Tidal Lagoon Power has said.

The Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 energy-from-waste project in Yorkshire

Siemens: Integrated approach to EfW could cut plant costs by 13%

EXCLUSIVE: The current system for delivering energy-from-waste (EfW) plants in the UK is not fit for purpose, according to the head of renewable power and oil and gas at Siemens UK.

The savings are the equivalent of the gas bills of more than 350,000 homes

Wind industry sets new generation records, remains in line to be 'killed off'

New Government figures released on Thursday revealed record progress for the wind industry in 2014, but that success could be short-lived thanks to recent Conservative policy, industry experts warned.

Lord Nick Bourne is DECC's newest ministerial recruit, having joined the Department a week after the election

Lord Bourne: Green policy shake-up necessary to curb energy bills

EXCLUSIVE: After a flurry of shock green policy announcements, the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says such drastic changes were needed to drive down consumer bills.

Amber Rudd is giving her first major speech on climate change since the election

Rudd reiterates Tory commitment to climate action

After a week that has seen the Conservative Government cut renewable energy subsidies and close off key energy efficiency schemes, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has said "it cannot be left to one part of the political spectrum to dictate the solution" to climate change.


DECC postpones next Contracts for Difference auction

On the same day as announcing that solar power subsidies will be cut, DECC has confirmed it will postpone the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction for large renewables projects.

Labour MP Alan Whitehead was speaking at an energy-from-waste industry conference held by Siemens in London this week

DECC's subsidy budget reaching crisis point, warns Labour MP

The Government's Levy Control Framework (LCF), which is meant to provide clean energy subsidies through to 2020/21, is "effectively completely bust", a Labour MP has warned.

There will be no large-scale solar farms developed in the UK this year, due to subsidy changes

Solar developers turned off by rollercoaster policies

The UK solar sector has seemingly become a victim of its own success, with big developers and investors now claiming they will not be making use of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme for large projects over the next year.

The tidal lagoon will be situated on the eastern side of Swansea Bay, between the docks and the new university campus

Swansea Bay tidal power plant approved by DECC

It's official: Britain will be home to the world's first ever tidal lagoon energy project as Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has granted planning permission for a giant tidal power plant off the coast of Wales.

East Anglia ONE is expected to deliver enough clean power for half a million homes

Major offshore wind power deal struck for East Anglia ONE

The biggest ever deal for a consented project in the UK's wind energy sector has been agreed for what will be one of the world's largest wind farms when it's built off the Suffolk coast.

The existing subsidy scheme for onshore wind power will be closed a year earlier than it was due

UK renewable energy industry warns of legal action over subsidies

The UK renewable energy industry has warned the government's new climate secretary that she will face a legal challenge if she oversees the "wilful destruction" of the industry by retrospectively curtailing subsidies.

The 448MW Neart na Gaoithe windfarm will be the first to install the two new technologies

Scottish windfarm set to provide world's cheapest offshore wind power

A windfarm in Scotland is set to provide the cheapest electricity ever produced by an offshore wind farm by using two recently launched technologies, developer Mainstream Renewable Power said.

Edie explains: Electricity Market Reform

The cost of the Government's Electricity Market Reform (EMR) landed on some electricity bills for the first time in April, undoubtedly prompting surprise for some, as around 15% of business weren't aware of the policy at all.

It was widely expected that the two solar farms would not be able to deliver electricity at £50/MWh

No large-scale solar farms to be built in 2015/16

No large-scale solar farms are scheduled to be built in the UK this financial year, as the two solar projects that won funding in the recent Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction will not go ahead.

The large-scale solar subsidy cuts were a mistake and could prevent it from competing with fossil fuels, Leonie Greene says

Why solar needs a serious strategy from the new Government

The treatment of non-domestic solar is illogical and leaves this star industry bewildered, writes Leonie Greene, head of external affairs at the Solar Trade Association (STA).

Over 90% of people underestimated the amount of public support for wind power, believing it to receive approval ratings of just 40% rather than the actual 70% level

Poll reveals distorted view of wind power subsidies

New research has revealed the vast misconceptions held by the UK public surrounding wind power, such as the level of financial and popular support it receives.

The UK's appeal to renewable energy investors remains heavily reliant on political certainty surrounding offshore wind

Political uncertainty dampens UK's appeal for renewable energy investors

The UK is losing its appeal as a destination for investment in renewables as a continuing lack of clarity round the future of the UK's green energy mix and a policy hiatus caused by the upcoming General Election take their toll.

Ed Davey says the CfD auction has driven down prices and secured the best possible deal for new green energy

Contracts for Difference: Solar struggles, onshore wind surges ahead

Onshore wind projects are the big winners from the Government's first Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, receiving more than half of the contracts.

Solar voltaics is set to become the cheapest form of electricity production in many regions of the world following massive cost reductions

Solar energy emerging as cheapest power source, report finds

Solar is set to become the cheapest form of electricity production in many regions of the world following massive cost reductions.

DONG Energy has taken complete ownership of the 1.2GW offshore wind development Hornsea Project One

DONG snaps up world's largest proposed offshore wind farm

DONG Energy has this week taken complete ownership of the 1.2GW offshore wind development Hornsea Project One.

Germany's construction boom this year is likely to give it a major boost in the offshore wind race

Offshore wind: Political certainty needed to ensure market growth

Europe's offshore wind industry has united in a call for policymakers to provide long-term funding certainty, as new figures reveal the market slowed in 2014, will be even quieter this year and 'slump' in 2016.

The extra £25m funding will support less established technologies such as offshore wind, wave, tidal stream, anaerobic digestion, and geothermal

DECC adds £25m to CfD scheme ahead of contracts auction

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has made an extra £25m of funding available through its Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme ahead of the crucial first round of auctions for low-carbon support.

Members of the wind industry have reportedly developed

Political instability threatens future of wind power

Although wind capacity has risen by 15% in the past year, the wind industry says that political instability and unwanted intervention is becoming 'increasingly prohibitive' and may damage future growth.

The 485 turbines could power 1.4m homes

Scotland approves 2.2GW new offshore wind capacity

Almost 500 wind turbines spread across four offshore wind farms have received development consent from the Scottish Government, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced today (10 October).

73% of businesses are concerned about the cost of CfD

Energy report: Business wants affordability over sustainability

Four out of five business leaders say energy affordability is important to their company, nearly twice the amount that prioritised a low-carbon economy.

The STA has written an open letter to the Prime Minister

DECC's solar shake-up: Industry reaction

The Government has sparked a furious backlash from renewable energy campaigners and trade groups by confirming controversial changes to solar farm subsidies.

The Renewables Obligation scheme will close to solar farms above 5MW two years early

Government boosts renewables funding, confirms controversial solar subsidy changes

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced it is adding £95m to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, but also removing large-scale solar farms from the existing Renewables Obligation (RO) initiative.

There is hope for a return to 'business as usual' in Scotland following the 55% - 44% vote in favour of NO

Scottish independence: What the NO vote means for UK renewables

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. What impact, if any, will this have on the nation's renewable energy sector?

Which? has questioned whether green energy subsidies for projects such as offshore wind farms will be value for money

Consumer group Which? questions virtue of green energy subsidies

Which? warns planned green energy subsidies may not be value for money, as more cost effective options may be overlooked.

The Government has confirmed plans to close the RO scheme to 5MW+ solar farm applications

Government reveals drastic changes to solar farm subsidies

Large-scale solar farms will no longer receive financial support through the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme as of next April, under new proposals put forward by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) earlier today (13 May).

The eight Government backed projects could add a further 4.5GW of low-carbon electricity to Britain's energy mix

Government backs eight new renewable energy projects

The UK government has announced that it will financially support eight renewable energy projects that could generate enough electricity to power more than three million homes.

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver the Budget speech on March 19

Budget 2014: Energy investment must prevail

In the upcoming Budget, the Chancellor must place investment in energy at the centre of his priorities if the UK's economic growth is to continue. Mark Stewart outlines the measures required to create confidence amongst investors and the areas where clarity is needed.

PM warned rolling back green levies could 'undermine' low-carbon vision

The Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged not to "undermine" the Government's efforts to achieve a low carbon energy system with his appraisal of several 'green levy' schemes.

Secretary of State for Wales David Jones: Jones said:

Energy investment central to UK's plans for growth

The scale of investment needed in energy infrastructure "dwarfs" that needed for the transport, water, and communications sectors, says the Secretary of State for Wales.

Organisations who do not comply with the new requirements could see financial support withheld

Biomass plants must meet sustainable fuel criteria or lose funding says Gov

The Government has announced plans to take away subsidies currently available to biomass operators if they are unable to demonstrate that their fuel is from sustainable sources.

Certainty for investors as Government publishes CfD contract terms

Investors have been provided a level of certainty today as the Government publishes draft terms for its Contracts for Difference (CfDs) support mechanism offered to investors in low-carbon energy generation.

Energy intensive industries to retain competitive edge with CfD exemption

Energy intensive businesses are to be made exempt from the costs of Contracts for Differences (CfDs), under plans published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Energy Bill draft strike prices published earlier than expected

The Government has today set out strike price support levels for renewable technologies under the new support mechanism, the Contracts-for-Difference (CfDs) model, which will aim to help renewables contribute more than 30% of total power by 2020.

EU ETS £250m compensation scheme needs 'tightening' warn MPs

Large companies already profiting from the over allocation of EU Emissions Trading System allowances (ETS) could be over-compensated by the Government, MPs have warned.

'Potential opportunity missed' as Government neglects distributed generation

Distributed generation is crucial in addressing the sustainability, security and affordability of energy in the UK but the Government has failed to ensure its implementation, according to a report.

Construction is one of the most energy intensive industries

Energy intensive businesses to be exempt from low carbon costs

The Government will exempt energy intensive industries from costs arising from new long-term 'contracts for difference' (CFD), which are designed to increase investment in low carbon technologies.

Green groups up in arms as decarbonisation target abandoned

Green campaigners have reacted furiously to news that the Government have delayed a decision whether or not to set a decarbonisation target range for 2030.

ANALYSIS: Electricity market reforms fail to ignite EfW

Fears are growing that the Government's proposed electricity market reforms (EMR) could have an adverse impact on the development of future energy-from-waste (EfW) infrastructure.

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