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The letter warns that the Government would “struggle” to alleviate fuel poverty and reach a 12% renewable heat target for 2020 without the aid of solar thermal installations

Solar industry 'left in limbo' over delays to RHI decision

The Solar Trade Association (STA) and the Energy Saving Trust are among a group of 21 organisations that have penned a letter to the minister of state for energy and intellectual property Baroness Neville-Rolfe, calling on her to retain solar thermal within the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Moixa expects savings to customers to increase over time, with electricity prices forecast to rise 17 per cent buy 2020

Moixa launches solar-storage scheme

Battery storage company Moixa has launched a domestic solar-plus-storage offer which it says will help housing associations cut fuel poverty and reduce emissions, and protect households from rising energy costs.

Our older homes are among the most energy-wasting the world and can be expensive to keep warm in winter

UK mortgaging the future by scrapping zero-carbon homes, says ECCC chair Angus MacNeil

The chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) has warned that the UK government's failure to build new homes that are energy efficient will see future generations dealing with our costly mistakes.

While the Government achieved its target to improve one million energy-poor homes through the Green Deal, only 1% of households actually applied for loans

'Neglected' Green Deal failed on energy savings, report finds

The UK Government's recently-folded Green Deal scheme to insulate and provide on-site renewable generation to homes delivered just 30% of what predecessor schemes achieved in terms of carbon reductions, a new report has found.

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.

The new scheme will make it easier and cheaper for Scots to heat their homes

Scotland begins national drive to tackle fuel poverty

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (15 September) announced the launch of a £224m energy efficiency scheme to tackle the growing issue of fuel poverty across the country.

Sheffield City Council says it plans to deploy the heat meters to 6,000 homes on its district heating network

Sheffield heat meter pilot saves locals £238 on heating bills

A trial of heat meters in 227 council homes in Sheffield has cut heating bills by approximately £238 per house.

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.

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.

A national energy efficiency programme would create up to 108,000 jobs and cut natural gas imports by 26%

Government must establish 'more ambitious' energy efficiency scheme

A more ambitious energy efficiency investment programme would pay for itself within 10 years and add £13.9bn annually to the UK economy by 2030.

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.

The UK has more than 25 million homes, most of which are hugely energy inefficient, according to the UK-GBC

Osborne's Budget must 'stop spiralling energy bills' by prioritising energy efficiency

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is today warning that the UK must retrofit one million homes a year over the next 25 years if it is to end spiralling energy bills and curb carbon emissions.

David Cameron has defended 'necessary' green subsidies on energy prices. Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Energy price rise: David Cameron defends green subsidies

PM says green levies necessary to fund wind and nuclear power after energy giant SSE partly blames 8.2% price hike on state-imposed subsidies

Carillion is restructuring its energy division to ensure that it is

Struggling Green Deal forces Carillion to restructure energy division

Construction and support services company Carillion has said it is to restructure its energy services division due to the slow uptake of the Government's energy efficiency scheme, the Green Deal.

UKIP's Roger Helmer

UKIP hails shale gas and slams Gov's 'over reliance on renewables'

The Government's "obsessive reliance" on renewables is driving energy intensive businesses offshore, while pushing households and pensioners into fuel poverty, according to UKIP's Roger Helmer.

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.

Scottish district heating plan to reduce carbon emissions and create jobs

The Scottish Government has today launched its District Heating Action Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and energy bills while giving a boost to businesses and creating jobs

Upcoming Budget must prioritise energy efficiency of UK homes

The Budget must include measures to make Britain's homes more energy efficient, boosting the construction industry and reducing household bills, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned Osborne.

Glasgow investigates geothermal potential of sub-city mines

Water in a network of abandoned mines underneath Glasgow could be used to generate up to 40% of the city's heat.

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.

Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change, Tim Yeo

UK's energy system must undergo significant changes

The Energy and Climate Change Committee is today launching an inquiry to investigate energy prices, profits and poverty.

Government called on to invest carbon taxes in energy efficiency

Consumer Focus has urged the government to use carbon taxes to invest in a large-scale energy efficiency programme.

Government announces £40m local energy funding initiative

A £40m Government-funded competition aimed at driving local initiatives to boost energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty has launched today.

Many in the industry feel the Green Deal is at risk of failing

Green Deal: 'a car crash waiting to happen'

Eco Environments sales & marketing director David Hunt slammed the Government's Green Deal in a presentation at Energy Solutions yesterday. In an exclusive interview with edie he explained why.

Companies are reluctant to switch to biodiesel through a lack in confidence for the alternative fuel

Calor declines move to biodiesel on risk to reliability

Calor has decided against switching 30% of its vehicles to biodiesel fuel after a review found that the move would impact on the reliability of the company's transport operations.

The loan provided to TGDFC will help protect consumers upgrading their homes under the Green Deal

Government boost to Green Deal will help protect consumers

A £7m loan secured by The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFG) will encourage businesses to become Green Deal certified and protect consumers, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

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".

Welsh Government allocates £9m to flood risk and fuel poverty

Wales is set to benefit from a new £9m investment which aims to reduce flood risk and tackle fuel poverty.

Welsh housing estate to get a green facelift

A major project to regenerate a deprived housing estate in Wales into an eco-friendly hub and slash domestic fuel bills has been unveiled.

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.

The local leader

In five years as Crawley Borough Council's environmental manager, Anya Ledwith is proud of all that she has achieved. But she couldn't have done it alone, she tells Tom Idle

Power house: City Hall now has more clout

New powers for London Mayor give clear steer for environment

Ken Livingstone may not have quite got the independent city state he jokingly claimed to have wanted, but Westminster proposals giving more self governance to the capital will transfer a raft of new powers to the Mayor and Greater London Authority, many of which will impact on environmental policy.

Turning down the heat

Stricter building regulations demand new homes be better insulated and more efficiently heated. Phil Marris reports on the latest in heating and ventilation

The Environment Business Interview

Energy provider RWE npower's Anita Longley speaks to Tom Idle about making corporate responsibility part of the company ethos

Time to deliver

After a minor reshuffle following the election, it's all systems go for the Labour Party cabinet. Tom Idle of EB looks at the likely environmental focus for this term's government.

The Future for Energy is diverse, local and reliable, says Tim Yeo MP, Conservative Shadow Environment Secretary.

It is now becoming common practice amongst well-meaning politicians to wring their hands with despair over global climate change - "the single most important issue that we face as a global community", to quote the Prime Minister.

It's time to renew our obligations towards heat.

Gaynor Hartnell of the Renewable Power Association outlines the benefits of a renewable heat obligation.

An impressive vision - but where is the route-map?

The Energy White Paper paints a picture of a low carbon future. But while long on vision, it is short on the detail of what needs to be done, argues Simon Napper

Engaging SME’s in Environmental Projects

Engaging businesses in environmental initiatives and projects is notoriously difficult. Granted individual projects nationwide may achieve high levels of participation but on the whole most projects involving SME’s struggle to gain business participation. George Padelopoulos, Acting Manager for SIEnA, a non-profit environmental business support service for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, outlines a research project into engaging SMEs from the Port of Southampton in waste management.

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