Electricity Market Reform
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.
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.
Government's low-carbon policies pose jobs threat for food and drink sector
More than a quarter of UK food and drink manufacturers could cut jobs and freeze recruitment thanks to rising energy costs, according to an Npower poll.
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).
Government launches consultation to compensate heavy industry for green energy costs
The Government has launched a 12-week consultation to work out which energy intensive industries (EIIs) will receive compensation to help with the financial costs of renewables policies.
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.
Renewables sector calls for 'new hydro generation'
Scottish Renewables is today (3 May) calling on the UK and Scottish Governments to join forces and create a new body to examine the potential of hydroelectric pumped storage which the organisation believes would unlock £1bn of investment and deliver 'a massive boost to UK energy security'.
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.
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.
Energy firm RWE npower axes £4bn UK windfarm amid political uncertainty
UK's green plans dealt blow by shelving of Atlantic Array, which would have powered 1m homes and created thousands of jobs
Nick Clegg to say he won't allow government U-turn on environment
Lib Dem leader to warn Tories not to abandon green policies as Treasury pushes for cutting carbon budget against expert advice
David Cameron has 'failed to address growing scepticism on climate change' report claims
Seven leading charities have assessed the green performance of coalition ministers and Labour shadow ministers since the last general election, in a new report published today.
Dieter Helm: EMR will need full review to address issues
The Government's Energy Market Reform (EMR) is supposed to "solve our energy problems" but is it a solution for the next 25 years and is it going to make sure that we achieve our low-carbon transition, keep the lights on and ensure prices are affordable? Leigh Stringer talks to professor of energy policy at Oxford University Dieter Helm
Electricity Market Reform plan attacked for 'lack of vision' beyond 2020
Campaign groups have warned that the Government's Electricity Market Reform (EMR) delivery plan lack's "a clear picture" for investors beyond 2020.
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.
UK region reaches 1GW renewable energy milestone
The total capacity of renewable electricity in the south west has grown from 714MW in 2012 to more than 1 GW, according to a report released today.
UK businesses call for clarity on Electricity Market Reform
UK businesses are "confused by the complex nature" of the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) and are concerned about the impact on competitiveness, according to a new report.
'Government action' needed to ensure UK meets second and third carbon budget
The Government must do more to ensure the UK meets its third and fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) annual progress report.
Major UK businesses call for Government clarity on decarbonising economy
An alliance of the UK's largest businesses has called on the Government to set a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector, as this is "essential to stimulating new growth" in the economy.
Lord Deben: UK must commit to low carbon technology to achieve 2050 emissions target
Investing in a portfolio of low-carbon technologies between 2020 and 2030 rather than gas-fired generation will offer "significant economic benefits", new analysis from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) shows.
Government proposes capacity market incentive for reducing electricity demand
The Government has announced plans to amend the Energy Bill to include financial incentives via the capacity market to deliver permanent reductions in the UK's electricity demand.
Renewable energy debate needs 'more evidence' and 'less media hype'
A call for fact-based research on the role of renewables within the UK's energy mix has been issued by cross-party think tank Carbon Connect.
Scottish industry 'performing well' on implementing low-carbon policy
Scotland is continuing to make significant progress on implementing its climate change strategy, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
REA chief exec to step down
Renewable Energy Association (REA) chief executive Gaynor Hartnell has today announced her decision to step down as head of the trade association.
Marine energy gets strong vote of confidence with £20m of Government funding
Two British companies have been awarded a share of £20m in Government funding in an attempt to drive growth in the UK marine energy sector.
'Worrying lack of support' puts Britain's marine energy potential at risk
Without a sufficient level of support from the Government, Britain risks surrendering its world lead in marine energy, according to a report released today by RenewableUK.
Electricity Market Reform and the Demand Side - an update
In 2011 and in response to the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) White Paper, Steven Fawkes and others argued that Demand Management, Demand Response and Distributed Generation (summarised as D3) should be at the heart of the reform of the electricity market.
Will energy reforms prove electric for EfW?
Under the new electricity market reforms, can contracts for difference support future investment for the energy-from-waste sector? Fiona Ross attempts to find out
Government's draft energy bill may reduce investment in sustainable energy projects
The Government's new draft energy bill could reduce investment in sustainable energy projects as it proposes to introduce a system of long-term contracts to give power companies a guaranteed price for the low-carbon electricity they produce.
DECC confirms there will be no ROC announcement today
The Government has confirmed there will be no immediate announcement on the level of Renewables Obligation Certification (ROC) subsidy which renewable energy projects can expect to receive through to 2017.
IEA applaud UK's low-carbon vision but also voice concerns
The UK is "leading by example" on low-carbon issues but will need huge private-sector investments in energy infrastructure if future development reality is to match the country's climate policy ambitions.
Queen's Speech: Business reacts with call for clarity
Businesses have welcomed the inclusion of Electricity Market Reform (EMR), the introduction of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) and a draft Water Bill in today's Queen's Speech - but said that clarity is needed on policy framework and clear leadership on the green economy.
Queen's Speech promises commitment on GIB, EMR and water resources
Legislative commitments on the Green Investment Bank (GIB) and Electricity Market Reform (EMR) were both included in today's Queen's Speech, along with the promise of a draft bill dealing with the reform of the water industry.