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In line with current Labour policy, Lewis described community energy as an “exciting grassroots antidote” to the failures of the big six

Clive Lewis appointed as shadow business and energy secretary

Clive Lewis has been appointed as Labour's new shadow business and energy secretary as part of Jeremy Corbyn's first reshuffle since being re-elected as party leader.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark believes there is a “national opportunity” for industrial and infrastructure upgrades

Greg Clark: Britain's industrial strategy needs an upgrade fit for the future

Britain's industrial strategy will seek to provide easier routes to market for new business models and tap into the benefits of innovation and competition to allow for the creation of more sustainable products and services, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has said.

The work of the new department brings together responsibilities for industrial strategy, energy, business, consumers, employees, science, innovation, research, and climate change. Photo: BEIS

BEIS confirms ministerial make-up and key responsibilities

The newly-formed Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (1 August) unveiled its full list of ministerial responsibilities, weeks after replacing DECC in Prime Minister Theresa May's Government reshuffle.

The news comes amid a string Government cabinet reshuffles which has seen Andrea Leadsom appointed as the new Environment Secretary at Defra

DECC abolished as part of major ministerial overhaul

DECC has been abolished by new Prime Minister Theresa May, with UK energy policy set to be merged into a new ministry called the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

A flurry of resignations, currently totalling more than 40, followed the reported sacking of shadow foreign secretary Hillary Benn in the early hours of Sunday morning

Alan Whitehead resigns as shadow energy minister

Alan Whitehead has become the latest MP to resign from Labour's shadow cabinet because of concerns over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, after he quit his post as Shadow Energy Minister last week.

Labour's shadow energy and climate change secretary Lisa Nandy says Jeremy Corbyn could be leading the party towards a formal split

Lisa Nandy resigns from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet

BREAKING: Labour Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy has today (27 June) led a string of shadow ministers to resign from the Party's cabinet in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU).

Lord Barker, pictured speaking at an Aldersgate Group event last month, says DECC's recent energy figures offer

Lord Barker: No reason for UK to appoint another climate envoy

Lord Barker of Battle sees "no reason" for David Cameron to find a successor for him as the Government's climate change envoy, after the Prime Minister confirmed that no one is being lined up for Barker's now vacated post.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed details of the £175m subsidy for diesel generators in December

Rudd blames Labour for £175m 'diesel farm' subsidies

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has been forced to defend her decision to allocate a new subsidy to back-up 'diesel farms' in Parliament today (7 January).

The UK ranks fourth in the world in the World Energy Trilemma Index

UK downgraded from top tier in 'energy trilemma' rankings

The UK has been downgraded in the fifth annual World Energy Trilemma Index, due to the rising cost of its domestic energy.

Rudd told Parliament back in September that the UK is on track to meet its renewable targets

Rudd faces up to renewables shortfall following leaked letter revelations

It is "difficult to say" whether or not the UK will hit its 2020 renewable energy targets, according to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, after a leaked letter revealed there could be a massive shortfall.

Community-owned renewables projects raised £26m last year

1.85 million Brits financing 'positive investment' market

A record 1.85 million people across the UK have invested a total of £3.6bn in ways that to create positive social and environmental impact, according to a market update from investment platform Ethex.

The removal of coal from Ovo's energy mix has cut its carbon emissions by 34%

Ovo Energy shuns coal and nuclear

Independent energy supplier Ovo Energy has announced it has removed coal and nuclear generation from its entire fuel mix.

The government argues that consumer bills are being driven up by the cost of green energy such as solar power

Leading solar entrepreneur to put business into liquidation

One of Britain's leading solar entrepreneurs is set to announce that his business has gone into liquidation, in the third high-profile casualty for the sector this month.

The second close of the Offshore Wind Fund brings the total committed capital to £818m - nearing the £1bn target

GIB raises £355m for world's first offshore wind fund

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has raised £355m in the second tranche of investment for its Offshore Wind Fund, bringing the total value to more than £818m.

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.

Scotland will put its full support behind lifetime subsidy support for solar projects as well as refusing to review the level of Renewables Obligation support

Scotland to retain 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantee for solar

The Scottish Government has acted swiftly to ensure that solar investors receive 'clarity and certainty' by denouncing UK Government proposals to end 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantees.

The poll revealed that 78% would support local projects within two miles of their home

UK poll reveals 'overwhelming' public support for community renewables

More than three quarters of UK households would support renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and solar farms if the profits generated benefitted the local community, a poll has found.

Ed Davey says the chancellor is pursuing 'bonkers economics'

George Osborne accused of 'disastrous' assault on green agenda

Ed Davey, the former energy and climate change secretary, has accused George Osborne of putting tens of billions of pounds' worth of private sector investment at risk with an assault on the green agenda he pioneered.

The first 27 blocks are located mainly in the North East, North West and East Midlands

27 fracking blocks offered to energy companies

Twenty seven blocks of land across the UK have been formally offered to energy companies by the UK Government for the extraction of onshore oil and gas.

Protesters from Don't Frack Lancashire. Photo: Friends of the Earth

Government could push through fracking applications if councils delay

Fracking planing applications that are being held up by local councils could be fast-tracked by Government, following new measures announced today by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd and Communities Secretary Greg Clark.

The plans for a 50MW project fell through after changes to planning regulation

Lincolnshire wind farm falls through after Government's planning changes

Renewable energy giant Vattenfall has cancelled plans for a Lincolnshire wind farm development amid opposition from local residents.

David Cameron has been called on to make good on environmental promises

Green groups urge Cameron to address 'woeful' environmental record

Leading environmental groups have written to Prime Minister David Cameron to criticise the scrapping of 10 green policies in the first few months of the new Conservative Government.

July has seen spending cuts and, well, more spending cuts

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015

The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.

Aviva chief executive Mark Wilson committed the company to £2.5bn investment in clean energy

Aviva commits £2.5bn to green investments following climate risk report

Insurance giant Aviva has announced a target to invest £500m every year for five years in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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.

The Green Deal saw a low take-up, with energy efficiency measures installed in around 10,000 properties

Government pulls plug on Green Deal 'to protect taxpayers'

The Government's Green Deal energy efficiency loans scheme is to close in light of "low take-up and concerns about industry standards."

Financial support for many new solar farms will end under the Government's new plans

Solar subsidies to end as Government seeks to control costs

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd took part in her first Select Committee hearing earlier today

Amber Rudd lays out DECC's priorities for 2015 and beyond

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has answered crucial questions on the Government's approach to energy efficiency, fracking, renewable energy subsidies and climate change.

Chancellor George Osborne announced that the Conservative Party will cut tax exemptions for the renewable energy sector

Inside the Budget's 'climate-shaped hole'

It is 24 hours since the emergency budget, and the renewable energy sector is in a state of dismay following the new Government's decision to remove the exemption for renewables under the Climate Change Levy (CCL).

Total renewable generation for the three months stood at 21.1TWh -  a 15% year-on-year increase

UK renewables reach record heights in first quarter

Renewable sources provided a record 22.3% of the UK's electricity in the first quarter of 2015, thanks to a boom in biomass production and large-scale solar installations.

Amber Rudd praised the progress offshore wind had made but said costs would have to come down

Amber Rudd warns of 'progressive reductions' to offshore wind subsidies

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has warned that subsidies for offshore wind will need to be "progressively reduced" in order to keep the public on board with the UK's decarbonisation goals.

The early end to the RO for onshore wind could stop the construction of around 2,500 turbines

Amber Rudd: Onshore wind cuts will protect consumers and boost other renewables

The early end to onshore wind subsidies will protect consumer bills and help cut the costs of other renewable technologies, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has claimed.

The IPPR report looks at who is paying the most to fund the green and social policies that are wrapped up in our energy bills

Green policy costs hitting poorest households hardest

The cost of green energy and low-carbon policies are hitting low-income groups hardest, according to a new report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR)

The UK’s share of energy from renewable sources – which includes heating as well as electricity – was 5.1% for 2013

UK and France 'may miss EU renewable energy target'

Britain, France, Netherlands, Malta and Luxembourg are projected to miss binding goal of getting 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020

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.

The Conservatives claim onshore wind farms fail to win public support and are unable to provide a stable energy capacity

Amber Rudd confirms plans to ban onshore wind subsidies

New UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed the Conservative Party's controversial plans to stop subsidies for onshore wind farms, claiming it is top of her agenda at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

The Fabian Society report found 57% off all UK onshore projects were rejected in 2014, with only 161 approved

Six in 10 UK onshore wind farms rejected, says report

About six out of 10 new UK onshore wind farm projects were rejected last year amid tougher planning guidelines and more applications being called in for a personal decision by the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, a report has found.

Up to £30m in vouchers will be available - £24m for solid wall insulation and £6m for two additional measures

Government revives Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with £30m investment

Today (10 December), the Government has re-opened its flagship Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), with up to £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures.

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne says that AD is a dispatchable source of renewable energy

AD will help keep the UK's lights on, says Huhne

Anaerobic digestion (AD) will help the UK to keep its lights on and provide energy security because it has the ability to supply power that can be easily switched on and off, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.

The wind farm will generate enough electricity to meet the annual demand of approximately 280,000 homes

Offshore wind farm unlocks 389MW potential months ahead of schedule

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has officially opened the 389MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm which reached full power output more than two months early.

Nick Clegg gave an impassioned speech to Lib Dem activists before the 2015 General Election

Lib Dem Conference: "It's not green crap to us," says Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has brought the party conference season to a close by insisting that a sustainable environment "will remain at the heart of the Liberal Democrats' vision for Britain's future".

Ed Davey pledged a

Ed Davey gives Green Deal £100m cash injection

Household energy efficiency has been given a £100m boost with a funding add-on for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

Solar power is now the second cheapest low carbon power source

Friends of the Earth supports Judicial Review against solar policy U-turn

Green group Friends of the Earth has given its backing to a legal challenge from Britain's solar industry over the Government's plans to cut subsidies for solar power.

Professor Paul Younger: "It's now time for Scotland to focus its attention on the potential for heat pump technology to deliver low-carbon heat at reasonable cost"

Top academic urges Scotland to harness hidden heat in rivers

A leading academic has called for Scotland to follow Norway's lead and use heat pump technology to provide large-scale, low-carbon heat.

The future of community-owned green energy projects that ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the 'big six' is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party

Green energy co-ops blocked by government regulator

Financial Conduct Authority accused of undermining official policy by refusing new applications for community projects.

The UK's onshore wind generation increased by 40% in 2013

Green future 'fast becoming reality' as UK renewable electricity generation rises 30%

The UK's renewable electricity generation increased by 30% in 2013 according to DECC's annual UK energy statistics, released today (31 July).

Matthew Hancock succeeds Michael Fallon as Minister of State for Business

Cabinet reshuffle: Chancellor's allies join DECC

Amber Rudd has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), while Matt Hancock will replace the outgoing Energy Minister Michael Fallon.

Protesters dumped the welly boots outside Defra's offices this morning. The boots are cast-off from Glastonbury Festival and will be recycled. Pic: Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth urge PM to 'give Owen Paterson the boot'

Hundreds of wellington boots have been dumped outside Defra's offices this morning (9 July) by Friends of the Earth campaigners calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to sack Environment Secretary Owen Paterson for his perceived failure to take climate change seriously.

Chris Huhne says there is no political consensus on tackling climate change

Political outlook on green issues is fractured, says Huhne

The political outlook on green issues for the UK is substantially more fractured now than it was in 2010, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.

Stuart Stones is a founding partner of business lawa firm Ratio Law

How would the UK's renewable energy market fair if Scotland goes independent?

On 18 September, Scots will vote on whether they want to stay united with the rest of Britain or become an independent nation. But with the countdown to vote day well underway, there are questions arising around what will happen to the UK's renewable sector if Scotland does go independent. Ratio Law's Stuart Stones investigates.

The Government has been accused of having 'an unjustified bias against the solar industry

Solar league table: Britain's top solar-powered constituencies revealed

Andrew Lansley is top of the class, Justine Greening is bottom, and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey is lagging behind in a new 'league table' and interactive map of constituencies and solar power.

The percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected rose dramatically in the UK last year

Sharp rise in percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected

Figures show that the percentage of rejections in the UK jumped from 25-29% in 2009-12 to 41% in 2013.

Political visit to plastic film recycling facility by Ed Davey (pictured above).

Energy Secretary visits UK's first plastic film recycling facility

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has paid a visit to the UK's first shopping bag and plastic film recycling facility in London.

Ed Davey believes the nation's businesses hold the key to delivering emissions reductions

Ed Davey supports call for business action on climate and energy

Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, believes there is a 'huge business opportunity for those who grasp the green mantle' and is urging companies to adopt clean energy and support climate policy at national and international level.

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

Scottish businesses to save millions as Gov retains Hydro Benefit Replacement Scheme

Businesses and households in the North of Scotland will save a total of £50m a year on their energy bills following the Government's decision to retain a scheme to help with electricity distribution costs.

Ofgem chair-in-waiting vows to build low carbon UK

David Gray has been named as the preferred candidate to become the next chair of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA), and has pledged to help build a low carbon energy sector in the UK.

DECC insists Green Deal is 'inspiring consumers'

Almost half of households (47%) that have received a Green Deal advice report have already, or plan, to install energy-saving measures, according to figures released by DECC today.

Low carbon entrepreneurs offered £19m Government funding

The Government is today offering entrepreneurs a share of up to £19m of funding for projects relating to energy efficiency, storage and low carbon generation.

Ex-energy Minister John Hayes

Breaking: Hayes replaced by Fallon as Energy Minister

After less than seven months as energy Minster, John Hayes has been replaced by Michael Fallon in a mini reshuffle, announced this morning by Prime Minister David Cameron.

'Nervous' Osborne delays zero carbon home commitment

The Government has been urged to demonstrate its commitment for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016 by ending the delay on new Building Regulations.

Local energy schemes receive £46m cash injection

The Government has today awarded £46m to 132 projects across the UK, aimed at reducing fuel poverty, boosting energy efficiency and encouraging collective switching and purchasing.

British renewables power ahead

The Government has hailed the progress of the renewable energy industry in the UK, describing it as a "fantastic achievement".

Business sense, not the words of a 'hair-shirted hippy' said Mr Davey

Davey calls for more climate change action from Europe

Europe must to do more to combat climate change, raising its sights ever higher, and driving towards 30% as its new 2020 carbon emissions reduction target says energy secretary Ed Davey.

Agreement reached on EU Energy Efficiency compromise

The final compromise text of the Energy Efficiency Directive, delivering 17% improved efficiency by 2020, instead of the intended 20%, will be presented to the EU Energy Council later today (June 15).

Business welcomes Green Deal 'progress'

Business leaders have welcomed clarification from government on the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), but warned that there is "still plenty of work to do".

Negative energy price spikes can be halved, says Davey

Climate change polices could slash volatility in global oil, gas and coal prices by 50% by 2050, energy secretary Ed Davey has claimed.

Prime Minister David Cameron, Secretary of State Edward Davey, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Minister of State Greg Barker at the third Clean Energy Ministerial event in London

Environmental leaders slam Cameron's speech as 'hot air'

Prime Minister David Cameron has come under fire from leading environmental figures after what was heralded as a keynote green economic speech was downgraded.

Energy secretary Ed Davey outside DECC

Davey pledges policy driver for creative clean tech

Energy secretary Ed Davey has launched the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) by pledging that the UK will develop a policy framework with ministers worldwide that supports clean tech innovation.

UK and US to join forces on offshore floating wind turbines

The UK and US are set to forge a new agreement on greener energy initiatives, with a floating wind turbines project kicking off the partnership.

Government attempts to boost CCS with new comp

A move by government to revive its £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition and take its first steps to design the first workable demonstration project has been welcomed by industry.

Davey and Unite reach temporary resolution over fuel strikes

Trade union Unite has rejected plans for its tanker drivers to strike over Easter it confirmed today (March 30).

UPDATED: Davey attempts to save CRC with 12-week consultation

Energy secretary Ed Davey has claimed that new proposals to simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and cut red tape will save businesses millions - as he tries to save the unpopular scheme.

Supreme Court throws out Government's FITs appeal

The long-standing feed-in tariff (FIT) saga has at last reached conclusion - with the Supreme Court throwing out the Government's appeal against a ruling that its actions on the subsidies were "unlawful".

The report highlights that fuel poverty is a barrier to implementing policies that tackle climate change

Fuel poverty call for better housing & less energy waste

Combating fuel poverty requires a renewed and ambitious strategy centred on improving the housing of those at risk and cutting energy waste says the final report of a Government-backed review.

Sainsbury's will draw on its AD experience to lend support to the project

Ambitious AD start-up firm secures royal approval

The Prince of Wales and Sainsbury's are among a consortium of investors who are backing a new anaerobic digestion (AD) enterprise which plans to build over 40 plants in the UK over the next five years.

Updated: Ofgem rolls out plans to tackle Big Six market dominance

Energy watchdog Ofgem has unveiled a new 'roadmap' of reforms as part of a drive to increase competition and tackle the electricity market dominance held by the Big Six.

UPDATED: Government appeals Supreme Court FITs decision

Decc has submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court opposing a ruling which found its proposed plans to cut Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) subsides were unlawful.

YouTube challenge to Big Six goes viral

A YouTube video which features collapsing cooling towers has gone 'viral' after being viewed more 1,500,000 times in less than a week, as part of a campaign to challenge "bad behaviour" by the Big Six.

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne

Former energy secretary and ex-wife to appear in court

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce are expected to appear in court today (February 16) accused of perverting the course of justice over a speeding offence.

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