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Bristol's solar revolution continues with innovative stadium PV partnership

Bristol Sport's Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol Football Club and Bristol Rugby, has partnered with Bristol City Council to install solar PV panels on one of its stands as part of a major refurbishment of the ground.

To combat the dramatic cuts, DECC is suggesting an introduction of a default degression to the tariffs

DECC launches consultation proposals to slash biogas subsidies

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has delivered another blow to the UK's clean energy industry, after proposing to completely cut Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes for large anaerobic digestion (AD) site and "severely" reduce subsidies for small and medium scale plants.

The move will see Ecotricity enter the domestic solar market for the first time

Ecotricity snaps up solar business from struggling SunEdison

Ecotricity has taken its first step into the UK domestic solar market, with the acquisition of the home rooftop solar business of troubled US company SunEdison.

Aviva's new rooftop solar systems all qualify for feed-in tariff subsidies, having been registered before the 15 January reduction in tariff rates

Aviva on the road to 100% renewables with rooftop solar investment

Aviva has invested in rooftop solar PV systems across three of its UK sites as part of the investment providor's commitment to use 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

 There was 21MW of small solar installed in February and March this year compared to 81MW for the same period in 2015, according to Ofgem

UK solar power installations plummet after Government cuts

The amount of household solar power capacity installed in the past two months has plummeted by three quarters following the Government's cuts to subsidies, according to new figures.

Under the new ruling – which has gained cross-party support - it is expected that the House of Commons will agree to keep solar and other renewable sources in the lower VAT tax band

Good news: Solar VAT hike set to be vetoed in Parliament

After enduring a series of policy changes, Britan's solar community could finally be set for some welcome political news as it has been reported that a potential VAT hike on solar installations will be vetoed.

Nuclear plants and innovation funds are part of the steps DECC has introduced to boost investor confidence

10 ways DECC is boosting investor confidence in the UK's energy market (according to DECC)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released a list of ten ways it will stimulate investor confidence in the UK's energy market in the wake of widespread criticism aimed at numerous abrupt policy amendments.

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom was involved in a heated exchange with ECCC chair Angus MacNeil in Parliament yesterday (2 March)

Andrea Leadsom is 'sick and tired' of green policy critics

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is "sick and tired" of the barrage of complaints being fired at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) over its punitive cuts to renewable energy subsidies.

The report cites the UK’s slide out of the top 10 of analysts EY’s respected international league table on renewable energy as a cause for concern

MPs warn of 'dented' investor confidence over UK energy policy

The Government is risking higher energy prices and stalling new investment through 'sudden and numerous' energy policy changes that are denting investor confidence in the UK energy market, MPs have warned today (2 March).

The STA believe that solar can make up a large proportion of the energy mix in Scotland

20 ways Scotland can ignite a solar revolution

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has released a new document of 20 ways the Scottish Government can catalyse significant growth in the deployment of solar energy across the country.

Once operational the solar farm will add to Swindon’s renewable capacity of 140MW

Swindon welcomes first UK council solar bond

The UK's first ever council solar bond has been launched in Swindon, offering councils and local authorities the chance to raise capital for a 5MW community solar farm.

London is performing worse than any other major British city in regards to solar growth, Greenpeace claims

Next London Mayor urged to ignite solar energy revolution

A London-exclusive feed-in tariff (FiT) subsidy scheme and a new solar taskforce are among the new approaches to renewable energy generation that should be taken by the next Mayor of London, a new report from Greenpeace has claimed.

An existing Green Highlands hydro project in Wester Ross

£13.5m hydro project underway in the Highlands

Scottish renewable energy company Green Highland Renewables has started work on a £13.5m hydropower scheme in the Scottish Highlands.

The £200,000 installation was completed in ‘record time’ to be finalised before the lower feed in tariff subsidy came into effect on 15 January

Brighton University installs rooftop solar array in 'record time' to beat subsidy deadline

The University of Brighton has unveiled a new solar panel array that will reduce carbon emissions at its Falmer campus by 82 tonnes annually, placing Brighton as one of the top universities in the UK for on-site renewable energy production.

Under the new subsidised cuts the tariff rates for domestic solar installations has decreased from 12.03p/kWh to 4.39p/kWh

Solar installations surge to beat subsidy cut-off date

Domestic and commercial solar installations in the final quarter of 2015 shot up by approximately 63% year-on-year, as developers scrambled to get projects up and running before subsidy cuts took effect.

Trade body says solar panel installation is still attractive for consumers but average payback period will almost double

Solar still a good option despite subsidy cut and VAT hike, says industry

Solar panels still make financial sense for consumers despite a double whammy of subsidy cuts and a rise in VAT rates, the industry has said.

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).

Total UK solar PV capacity reached 8.4 GW as of November 2015

National Grid seeks more accurate solar data to refine power balancing act

The National Grid has enlisted the help of Sheffield University's solar research team to better understand how much power the UK's ever-growing array of solar panels is producing.

Many traders are unwilling to take on another installer's work due to a fear of being found liable for hidden faults

Confidence boost for solar sector with new repair scheme

A new solar trade agreement has been launched which allows member companies of the Solar Trade Association (STA) to repair and maintain damaged installations that were constructed by other companies.

Solar companies have gone bust, community projects have closed and some energy experts are now predicting the end of the UK solar industry

Updated Feed-in Tariff timeline: The rise and fall of solar subsidies

With the Government's decision on major cuts to solar subsidies finally revealed, edie charts the rise and fall of the successful feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme which have been slashed by 64%.

Just over seven months ago, the UK was boasting the third-largest utility-scale solar capacity in the world

Anger from renewables industry as key technologies set for VAT hike

Solar panels, wind and ocean hydro turbines could all be subject to a 15% VAT increase - from 5% to 20% - under new proposals from the Government.

The Autumn Statement document included a pledge to reduce the projected cost of green policies on the average annual household energy bill by £30 from 2017

7 questions George Osborne didn't answer in his Spending Review

Chancellor George Osborne spoke for an hour and the Government released a 154-page document detailing the changes made to Britain's economic plan today, but when it comes to green policy, there STILL seems to be more questions than answers.

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.

DECC's Paul van Heyningen was speaking at a Food and Drink Federation event in London. Photo: FDF

Carbon reduction incentives could ease 'complex' policy landscape, says DECC

UK businesses are operating within a "complex" energy policy environment and need to engage with Government over the potential introduction of new financial incentives to stimulate carbon reductions, a DECC official has claimed.

Public support for green energy has never fallen below 75% since the survey in March 2012

Brits still back renewables despite subsidy cuts

More than three quarters of the UK public support the use of renewable energy, according to the latest opinion poll from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The solar energy sector has already lost 1,000 jobs as a result of planned subsidy cuts

Government to cut tax relief for community green energy schemes

The government plans to cut tax reliefs for community energy schemes to build new renewable power capacity such as solar and wind in a move that will deal a further blow to the UK's embattled renewables sector, green campaigners have warned.

80% of participants believe that the FiT changes will reduce annual installation capacity by 80%

FiT cuts would 'cripple' 70% of solar industry, survey finds

A new survey launched on the back of the Government's controversial feed-in tariff (FiT) consultation has found that 70% of solar installers are concerned that the anticipated cuts to subsidies could 'cripple' their financial stability.

Once completed the Godley site will dwarf the only other solar site in the UK, an 800 panel pilot scheme in Berkshire

Manchester set for Europe's largest floating solar project

Installation has started today (26 October) on Europe's largest floating solar power system which will generate 2.7GWh of renewable, zero carbon energy each year on a reservoir near Manchester.

50% of roofs in London are suitable for solar PV panels

Mayor Boris backs 'gentler' cuts to Feed-in Tariff

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for a gradual reduction of solar subsidies rather than the 'cliff edge' cuts suggested by the Government.

The STA is calling for £95m in subsidies over the next three years

£1 solar rescue plan gets cross-party backing

A plan to 'save the solar industry' by adding £1 on to consumer bills has received support from a cross-party coalition of 30 MPs.

Hybrid renewable energy parks combine wind and sun generation in the same project, using the same grid connection to maximise efficiency and reduce initial costs

Ecotricity to build three 'hybrid' energy parks

Green energy provider Ecotricity has announced plans to build three new 'hybrid' renewable energy parks, combining wind and solar power generation in the same project.

The UK has managed to increase its renewable capacity by threefold over the last five years to 28.4GW

Renewables lowered electricity costs by £1.5bn in 2014, report finds

A new report has revealed that renewable energy in the form of wind and solar photovoltaics reduced the wholesale annual cost of electricity by £1.55bn.

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.

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

Construction begins on Britain's first 'split-ownership' solar farm

The first UK solar farm to be part-owned by both community and commercial groups is now being built at Braydon Manor Farm near Swindon.

A diverse range of companies have urged the government to 'support a thriving local renewables industry in the UK'

Power to the people: Big businesses back calls for feed-in-tariff rethink

Ikea, Panasonic and DuPont are among a wave of businesses have thrown their weight behind calls for the UK Government to reconsider the "extreme" and "damaging" proposals to cut the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme.

The letter labelled the threat of closing the FiT to new entrants in January 2016 as 'unfair'

UK renewables 'tripped at the last hurdle' by subsidy cuts

Moves to slash renewable energy incentives will have a "drastic impact" on the UK's low-carbon future and increase the 'boom or bust' potential of key funding mechanisms, warns a joint trade association letter sent to the Government.

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.

Residents and the wider community will be able to invest in Energise Barnsley, through a community share offer which is likely to give an annual return of 5%

Barnsley launches UK's largest community rooftop solar scheme

Barnsley residents are being invited to invest in a £10m solar rooftop community energy scheme - the largest of its kind in the UK.

DECC said that technology deployment costs had fallen by more than 50% in some bands, leading to an installation boom which had created

Feed-in Tariff could be closed to new applicants by January 2016

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, which offers subsidy support to small scale renewables, could be closed to new applicants by January 2016, the Government announced today.

New ABDA figures showed that AD now provides more capacity than the Wylfa nuclear power plant in Wales

UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station

The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.

China's emissions were found to be around 14% lower than thought

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week in numbers has seen some surprising electric vehicle developments and exciting new figures for renewable energy and e-waste recycling.

The REA fears small projects on schools and farms could be killed off

Feed-in tariff changes will 'kill deployment' of small renewables, industry warns

Community renewables and anaerobic digestion (AD) are most at risk from the proposed changes in the Government's feed-in tariff (FIT) review, the renewable energy industry has warned.

Subsidy cuts could reportedly threaten Scotland's small-scale renewable projects

Scotland now home to 660,000 solar panels

New figures have revealed the massive amount of small-scale renewable projects deployed in Scotland, but industry figures warned that further development could be crippled by recent subsidy cuts.

Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Wales Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant have written to Rudd urging her to support community schemes

Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales

Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.

A canopy over 40 car-parking spaces, featuring 448 solar panels, will deliver up to 55.7MWh of electricity per year

Nottingham installs UK's largest solar carport

Nottingham City Council has built the UK's largest solar carport at the city's newly redesigned Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre.

Scientists found the butterfly's wings were 7C warmer when held at a 13 degree angle compared to flat

Butterfly bio-engineering could boost solar panel output by 50%

Mimicking the structure of a butterfly's wings could boost the output of solar panels by almost 50%, researchers from the University of Exeter have claimed.

ADBA says the farming anaerobic digestion has driven a surge in biogas electricity

Farming biogas leads 40% increase in sector electricity generation

Growth in the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) sector has seen electricity generation from bioenergy surge by 40% from 2013-14, according to figures from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).

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.


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.

The Soil Association claims maize produced for AD is destroying arable land

Runaway maize? AD sector fends off criticism over damage to land

The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has hit back at criticism from the Soil Association which claims that soil destruction caused by biofuel production is threatening the UK's food security.

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.

The world is set for record large solar installations after 8GW was added in the first half of 2015

UK doubles large-scale solar capacity with world set for new installation record

The UK has doubled its installed utility-scale solar capacity in 2015, taking it to more than 4GW, according to new figures released today (14 July).

Waitrose’s Leckford Estate farm expects the array to save around 7 tonnes of CO2 annually thanks to the solar array

Waitrose dairy farm unveils rooftop solar array

A Waitrose dairy farm in Hampshire is now generating its own renewable energy after installing a 186 KWp solar array on the roof of a milk parlour.

The First Milk  Cumbria factory will be the first dairy processing site in Europe to deliver biogas to the grid

Construction milestone for UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant

First Milk, one of the UK's largest cheese creameries, has announced the completion of the first phase of construction of a bio-energy plant at its dairy factory in Cumbria.

The STA has previously raised concerns that design of the FiT, means just a small amount of solar deployment can trigger a very large cut in the tariff

Subsidy cuts will hurt small solar farms, STA warns

Cuts to the Feed-in Tariff, which come into force today, will disproportionately hurt large solar roofs and small solar farms, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has warned.

The solar array on the roof of F1's Leicestershire factory

Metal manufacturer targets £170,000 solar savings

A UK metalwork manufacturer expects to save £170,000 on its energy bills after installing a 28.5kWp solar PV array on the roof of its Leicestershire factory.

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.

The Solar Independance Plan explains the importance of backing the domestic industry with stable and predictable policy support

2020 vision: STA unveils master plan to make solar cheaper than fossil fuels

Greg Barker led DECC in the last Conservative Government and was the longest-serving UK energy minister in a generation

Greg Barker: Clean energy subsidies tops list of challenges for DECC

EXCLUSIVE: "It's not going to be an easy ride" for the new ministerial team at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), with the Levy Control Framework (LFC), domestic energy efficiency policies and Paris climate talks all posing significant challenges within the next year.

The UK will add 801 MW in 2015, a 1.5% drop from 2014

UK to lose offshore wind top spot to Germany

Germany will install more than 2,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in 2015, taking the UK's crown as the global installation leader.

The subsidy rate for standalone ground-mounted solar projects will drop from 6.16p/kWh to 4.43p/kWh in the third quarter of this year

Government announces more solar subsidy cuts

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is reducing feed-in tariff payments for ground-mounted solar farms by 28% this summer.

Further development of the industry is expected to be hampered by supply chain security, especially food waste contracts, and a 'perverse' cost control mechanism

Food waste shortages already impacting AD industry, says NNFCC

EXCLUSIVE: Rapid expansion in the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry over the past year has taken it from an 'emerging, niche waste treatment industry' to one providing a significant contribution to the UK's electricity production.

The majority of people (55%) have now heard of the Government's 'Feed-in Tariff' (FIT) scheme

Majority of UK consumers would install rooftop solar, survey finds

As many as 60% of UK consumers would consider installing solar panels for the first time in the next five years.

European renewable energy markets have historically been a low risk investment proposition, thanks to Feed-in Tariffs

Renewables investors face rising volatility

The market for investors in renewable energy is about to become a lot more volatile as Governments around Europe wind down subsidy support.

The increased flexibility will make solar PV a much more attractive investment for businesses, says Decc.

Government announces 'roaming' solar Feed-in Tariff

Businesses will soon be able to take solar panels with them when they relocate without losing subsidies, the Government has announced today.

A record-breaking year for global wind installations is

Record-breaking year for wind turbine manufacturers in face of future uncertainty

International wind turbine manufacturers saw a record-breaking year for global installations in 2014, but this is "disguising underlying challenges facing the industry", according global business advisory firm FTI consulting.

If the loophole is not closed by the end of 2015, it could cost the taxpayer £400m

Feed-in frenzy: Wind industry plays down subsidy scandal

The wind industry has dismissed accusations that turbine operators helped themselves to £175m of public money through a loophole in the Government's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) subsidy.

The UK now has over 650,000 solar installations

UK solar capacity doubles in 2014

Decc figures show that UK solar generation almost doubled over the last year, with approximately 5GW of capacity installed by the end of 2014, compared to 2.8GW at the end of 2013.

UK wind power generation rose by 15% last year, but Pingree could have been more

Wind exec: Britain's subsidies among best in the world

A senior figure at one of the world's largest wind-turbine manufacturers has praised the UK Government's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme for increasing demand in renewable energy, but says planning delays are continuing to stifle the development of more wind projects across the country.

Asian companies dominate the global PV device supplies market, with seven Chinese companies currently among the top manufacturers worldwide

Global solar PV capacity to triple by 2020

The global installed capacity of solar PV will rise from 135GW in 2013 to 414GW by 2020 - around five times the total current UK capacity.

The uptake of rooftop solar could save UK companies more than £5bn a year

Big solar systems and subsidies could move with owners

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has today unveiled proposals that would let businesses and factories take their solar panels with them if they move location.

Any large-scale renewable electricity generator with a capacity larger than 5MW can apply for accreditation under RO.

Edie explains: Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)

The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the main support system for renewable electricity projects across the country. In this week's 'edie explains,' we bring you everything you need to know about Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

The FIT rates vary depending on the technology, but on average a business or home can expect an annual ROI between 5-8 %

Edie explains: Feed-in Tariffs

In this week's 'edie explains' we take a look at the renewables subsidy Feed in Tariffs (FiTs). Although the small-scale focus of the scheme means it's very popular for domestic buildings, it can also benefit many SMEs.

In her letter, Rudd outlines the main benefits of solar to schools

UK Government backs solar PV in schools

Following the April announcement from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of updates to its Solar Photovoltaic (PV) strategy, Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd has published a letter to local authorities highlighting the potential benefits of solar PV for schools.

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?

The regeneration project will see 706 new homes connected to an energy efficient heat and power system. Image courtesy of Conran & Partners

Landlord goes green with Green Man Lane project

One of the UK's leading landlords has boosted its environmental credentials with a £136m regeneration programme connecting new homes to an energy efficient heat and power system.

The project includes two separate floating arrays, one with 1.7MW capacity and another with 1.2MW

Kyocera introduces world's largest floating solar farm

Japanese electronics and ceramics manufacturer Kyocera has today (3 September) announced that it is beginning work on what will be the world's largest floating solar installation.

The triggering of a 10% FiT cut in October for hydro follows a 5% cut in April this year, and precedes another 10% cut planned for next April

FiT cut will cost 500kW hydro schemes £250,000

The latest Feed in Tariff (FiT) reduction for the hydro sector, due in October this year, will cut returns for a typical 500kW hydro development by £13,000 a year, adding up to a lifetime earnings loss in excess of £250,000.

The High Court ruled the DECC had acted unlawfully in 2012, failing to adhere to consultation rules over Feed-In Tariff cuts

Solar firms entitled to pursue £132m claim against Government

The High Court has ruled that 14 British solar and construction companies can pursue up to £132m worth of compensation over the Government's illegal cuts to feed-in tariff subsidies for solar installations in 2011.

According to DECC's own polls, 85% of the public favour solar technology

Uncertainty 'damaging' UK solar industry, businesses warn PM

More than 150 businesses have called for Prime Minister David Cameron to support the UK solar industry in a letter to Downing Street today (7 July).

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker gave the keynote speech at the Eco Technology Show today (26 June)

Greg Barker: 'Greenest Government ever' is delivering on its promise

The Energy Minister has hit back at claims that the coalition Government has failed to deliver on its promise to be 'the greenest ever', insisting that David Cameron's administration is actually 'delivering like no other' on climate change.

The Carbon Trust believes Chinese wind turbines are less reliable than those made by European counterparts

British expertise can help China hit 'critical' offshore wind targets

The UK is leading the way when it comes to offshore wind; with new reports from the Carbon Trust claiming that our expertise could help China hit a deployment target of 5GW of offshore wind by 2015.

The proposed consultation has already sparked a wave of criticism from the solar industry

Government confirms controversial solar subsidy review

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has stated that a public consultation proposing changes to financial support for the large-scale solar industry 'will be issued shortly'.

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.

Growing signs that renewables are 'coming of age' for SMEs

Using renewable energies to power your business more efficiently - from solar panels and biomass heating, meet the small businesses using green energy alternatives.

The new solar system is expected to save 1.8 tonnes of CO2 per annum and provide a return on investment of 5.6% per year

19th Century church battles planning authority to cut carbon

St Paul's Church in Newton Abbott has overcome planning issues to have a new solar PV system, which is expected to save 1.8 tonnes of CO2 per annum, installed on its roof.

Reduced stamp duty could boost energy efficiency retrofits by 1.5 million

Additional incentives such as reduced stamp duty or council tax payments could increase the number of annual energy efficiency retrofits by up to 1.5 million, according to a report from the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC).

Government must adopt RHI 'lock in' mechanism says industry

Two industry groups have called on the Government to change budgeting rules for the renewable heat incentive (RHI), to increase investor certainty and unlock hundreds of millions of pounds of funding.

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.

Survey reveals majority of businesses lack confidence in renewable energy framework

British firms across the renewable energy sector have expressed major concerns over Contracts for Difference and other focal Government energy policies, according to a survey from the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

Gaynor Hartnell

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.

Renewable generation up but coal leads in UK energy mix

Last year's third quarter saw a 2.6% increase in the amount of UK electricity generated using renewables compared with the third quarter of 2011.

RHI feed-in tariff style plans not delivering investor certainty

A long-term budget plan, which will see the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme modelled on the solar feed-in tariff, has been unveiled by the Government today.

Climate change minister, Greg Barker

Greg Barker announces 'go-to' guide for PV installers

Climate change minister Greg Barker has unveiled a new guide for solar PV installers that will ensure grid-connected PV systems meet current UK standards and best practice.

 Greg Barker

Solar industry has emerged 'leaner and wiser' says Barker

Solar PV will play an essential role in the UK's energy future after coming through a 'testing period', says Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker.

Moving in with energy efficiency

The Government is tackling the UK's building emissions challenge in the residential sector through the Green Deal and ECO. But what about the non-residential side - commercial and industrial buildings in particular, asks Alex Savidis.

Steven Fawkes

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.

Ed Davey

Energy Bill 'welcome boost' to business

The Government's long awaited Energy Bill, published today, has been well received by businesses and industry, despite the absence of a 2030 decarbonisation target.

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