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Renewables Obligation amended in Scotland

Amendments have been made to make the Renewables Obligation Scotland (ROS) a more effective tool to encourage clean energy generation.

The Treasury announced last summer it would be scrapping regulations on house building including a planned increase in on-site energy efficiency standards in order to streamline development

Lords reject Government decision to scrap zero-carbon homes

The Government's efforts to scale-back on key green policies has been blocked, after the House of Lords voted to reintroduce on-site carbon compliance standards for homes and extend the grace period criteria for onshore wind farm subsidies.

Energy intensive industries in the UK are currently spending around £390m a year through energy policy costs

Manufacturers seek security as Government launches consultation on energy cost relief

Manufacturers have warned that permanent exemption from energy policy costs is the 'only long-term solution' that can secure the future of energy intensive sectors such as the steel industry, after the Government opened a consultation which could save these industries £390m a year.

Lightsource will hard-wire a 4.84MWp off-site solar farm into the Belfast International Airport private network – providing 27% of the airport’s annual electricity demand

Belfast set for largest UK airport solar project

Belfast International Airport will receive power from a 4.84MWp off-site solar farm developed by Lightsource Renewable Energy in what is the UK's largest airport Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) solar project.

The the new solar farms signify what could be the last projects to benefit from the RO Scheme which will expire on Friday (1 April)

Battery-connected community solar farms completed ahead of RO deadline

Two new £5m community solar farms have been connected to the grid in Stratford and Chesterfield, representing two of the last renewable energy projects to qualify for Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy entitlement.

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.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

As we edge closer to the climate conference in Paris, this week saw a clash of horns over the energy we use. But that hasn't stopped some truly innovative green developments popping up across the globe, from Delhi to... Barnsley.

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.

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.

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.

The report details solar's impressive cost reduction over the past decade and models different scenarios to grid parity in the next five years

Solar sector sets out 'grid-parity' roadmap following subsidy cut

The UK solar industry remains on track to deliver power without subsidies by 2020, but clearer and more stable support from the Government will be needed in order to avoid a 'cliff-edge' of deployment.

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.

Investment in independent renewable energy hit £1.1m every day in 2014

Record investment in independent renewables tops £400m

Independent renewable energy received record levels of investment in 2014, totalling £417m, according to a new report from SmartestEnergy.

Wind energy generation was up in Scotland, but ministers say the cut to wind subsidies threatens development

Scottish wind generation hits record levels in first quarter

Scottish wind power generated a record 4,452GWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2015, enough to power almost a million Scottish homes for a year, according to figures published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

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

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).

Welland Bio Power Plant will divert up to 60,000 dry tonnes of dry waste wood from landfill each year

New energy-from-waste plant 'signals industry shift'

A £51.6m renewable energy power plant which will provide the equivalent of 17,000 homes with electricity generated from waste wood has been given the go-ahead to be built in Northamptonshire.

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 subsidy cut applies to all solar wind farms of more than 5MW capacity and comes into force on April 1 next year

Judicial review on solar subsidy cut dismissed by High Court

A judicial review launched earlier this year by four solar companies in response to DECC's decision to end subsidies for large solar farms was rejected this morning by the High Court.

Amber Rudd was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DECC in July

Amber Rudd speech raises questions over DECC's solar ambitions

The UK solar industry has hit back at comments made by new climate change minister Amber Rudd, with question marks being raised over DECC's level of ambition for solar after its changes to solar subsidies earlier this month.

Heat networks generate thermal energy at a central source and disperse it

£9.4m on offer for green heat technologies

The Government has launched two new low-carbon heating schemes for developers and local councils in a bid to reduce dependency on costly, imported gas.

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.

The UK has already allocated the majority of available funding to support renewable energy projects through to 2020

UK at lowest renewable energy attractiveness level since 2009

The UK's renewable energy sector is at its lowest level of attractiveness for investors in almost five years, according to a new index published today (16 September).

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.

The Government proposals offer support for up to 85% of added clean energy costs

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.

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.

45% of UK independent renewable energy now comes from onshore windfarms

UK invests £300m in independent renewables in 2013

The number of renewable energy projects in the UK has soared by 40% with almost £300m invested in commercial-scale, independent schemes last year.

There are currently 143 solar farms seeking planning permission in the UK

Pickles accused of picking on solar sector

The UK's solar farm industry has been dealt another blow following an intervention by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and the reported scrapping of two major solar projects in Suffolk.

The renewable energy industry is united in its opposing stance to today's controversial announcement

Solar subsidy changes: Industry reaction

The Government has been accused of having 'an unjustified bias against solar and decentralised energy' after revealing controversial plans to cut financial support for solar farms.

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 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'.

Support levels for ground-mounted solar have already dropped by 70% in the first two years of the Feed-in Tariff

Solar industry united against potential policy changes

With speculation mounting that support for large-scale solar is going to be cut by the Government, leading renewable energy organisations have voiced concerns that another badly handled review of the sector could spook investors and bring uncertainty to Britain's solar industry.

George Osborne announced a £7bn package to cut energy bills in today's Budget

Budget 2014: Osborne caps carbon tax as part of his 'Budget for a resilient economy'

The Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed a cap on the Carbon Price Floor at £18 per ton of CO2 from 2016-2017 to the end of the decade.

UK not expected to hit 2020 renewables target

The UK is not on track to meet its 2020 European renewables targets, according to the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

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.

Ed Davey: Independent Scotland could damage UK renewables sector

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has suggested that the rest of the UK would not be willing to subsidise Scottish renewables if the country gains independence.

DECC launches consultation on 'deeply flawed' biomass cap

DECC has today launched a four-week consultation with proposals on how to controversially limit new biomass projects under the Renewables Obligation mechanism.

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).

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.

Solar industry commends Government for commitment and vision

The Government's recent recognition and support of the solar industry has been hailed by those in the sector as an important commitment for the UK's energy future.

 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.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey

Solar industry welcomes DECC's revised support package

The Government has announced a revised support package for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry today following discussions with industry associations.

'Suppressing solar power doesn't make sense' warns trade association

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has today urged the Government to address the need for financial support for mid-sized installations in the non-domestic sector.

Banking on the GIB: boom or bust?

The Green Investment Bank is due to launch next month. Rolf Stein argues that there needs to be strict investment criteria to ensure it fulfils its objectives

Renewables subsidies not to blame for hike in energy prices

Renewable energy support schemes comprise only 2% of energy increases over the past two years according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

UK energy to derail if 2020 target not met

An influential MP has urged policy makers to make clear and stable decisions if Britain is to meet its 2020 renewables target.

Biomass investors given fresh incentive

Investors in biomass facilities heard today that they would not face mandatory price control reporting in order to qualify for subsidies.

Solar projects installed after April 1 2013, with a capacity up to 5MW, will be cut by 25%, from 2 ROCs per MWh to 1.5MWh

Government to cut solar support rates by 25%

The Government has proposed cuts to subsidy rates for solar power installations that it claims will ensure stability, certainty and sustainability for the solar industry.

ROCs support set to underpin UK gasification surge

Over 100 advanced gasification plants need to be built in the UK by 2030 if Europe is to deliver on its renewable energy targets, according to latest research.

Energy-from-waste could benefit from new electricity reforms

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

The NFU say by mid-2012, 20% of farmers and growers will be producing clean electricity

Planning permission process restricts renewables projects for farmers

A majority of farmers see the process of gaining planning permission as a barrier against carrying out renewable energy projects, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Electricity from renewable sources is rising significantly in the UK

Renewable electricity generation up 33% in 2011

Electricity generated from renewable sources in the UK increased by 33% in 2011 compared to the previous year, while energy production fell by a record 13.2%.

Onshore wind sector will continue to grow, despite 10% support cut

Wind sector breathes sigh of relief over Renewables Obligation (RO) banding review

The onshore wind sector has expressed relief following the government's Renewables Obligation (RO) banding review, cutting the sector's support by 10% compared to the 25% previously expected.

ANALYSIS: EfW hot winner in ROCs banding review

Energy-from-waste appears to have benefited ahead of other renewable energy technologies under the latest review of the renewables obligation certificate (ROC) subsidy banding.

Renewable energy will bring £25bn invetsment into the UK

Renewables Obligation (RO) review to bring £25bn of investment into UK economy

The government has set its banding review for the Renewables Obligation (RO) which suggests renewable energy will bring £25bn of investment into the UK.

The deal between Siemens and Dong Energy will supply 300 offshore wind turbines

Offshore renewables deal highlights UK's growth potential despite ROC delay

A deal to supply 300 offshore wind turbines in the UK has highlighted the region's potential to become a leader in offshore renewables, says the WWF.

The latest delay has been described as 'the most serious yet' but DECC says an announcement won't necessarily have to wait until the House reconvenes in the autumn

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.

Cost challenge to the anti-renewables lobby

Critics of public funding for renewable energy developments have been challenged to look again at the level of ongoing financial support provided to other parts of the UK's energy mix.

Lord Smith ignites fracking debate

Anti-fracking campaigners have reacted angrily after Environment Agency (EA) chairman Lord Smith gave his qualified support for the controversial method of shale gas extraction, known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking in the UK.

Hopes raised that Queen's Speech will favour waste

Waste leaders have welcomed clarification on key legislation relating to the forthcoming Energy Bill and Green Investment Bank (GIB) outlined in the Queen's Speech today (May 9).

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.

RBS bankrolls UK renewables growth

RBS has upped its commitment to UK renewable energy initiatives by lending more than £209m to fund projects in 2011 - with wind energy taking the lion's share of funding.

UK must not be at 'mercy' of international gas market

Energy watchdog Ofgem has revealed that despite opposition to onshore wind power it added less to energy bills than imported gas last year - which critics argue "dominates" the UK energy market.

Business reaction to Chris Huhne's departure

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne leaves office as a man who has taken environmental issues to the forefront of politics, but will be forever tainted by solar subsidies changes and a failure to tackle rising energy bills.

CCC urges more work on bioenergy and CCS

The highly influential Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has urged the Government to back bioenergy and carbon capture in a new report.

Changes to government renewable funding will cut green energy growth warns business

High profile plans aimed at boosting renewable energy investment could back-fire over cuts to established technologies business has warned.

Landfill gas generation could be worse off under DECC proposals

EfW and landfill gas operators lose out under RO proposals

Energy-from-waste and landfill gas operators could see their renewables obligation (RO) subsidies halve or diminish completely under new government proposals announced today by DECC (October 20).

Biomass and biogas Carbon Calculator unveiled

A new tool claims to be first to allow UK bioenergy producers to 'fairly and consistently' report emissions.

Representatives from MITIE, O-Gen UK and Una Group

MITIE joint venture powers waste wood gasification plant

Outsourcing firm MITIE is entering the energy market through a joint venture to build a 40,000-tonne waste wood gasification plant in Plymouth.

Leak reveals energy costs set to soar due to government policies

The government is 'incompetent' and 'in a shambles' over its energy policies following a leak revealing possible soaring energy prices, according to the opposition.

REA launches 'Back Biomass' campaign

A green energy trade association has launched a campaign to back biomass as a low carbon energy source.

£1M fine for British Gas mistake

British Gas has been fined £1million after it was ruled the company had lied about the amount of renewable energy it was using.

Wales has the power

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has delivered advanced digestion plants early and is moving towards energy self-sufficient wastewater treatment, says Barry Oliver, technical director at Imtech Process

Government agrees £10M loan fund to stimulate investment in AD

Funding to the tune of £10M to boost investor confidence in new anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities across England will be made available in a special loan fund, Defra has announced.

Arup renewables research predicts 35% generation by 2020

Renewable power could be as much as 35% of the UK's total power generation by 2020, according to a new report.

An artist's impression of the planned centre

Planned £30M renewable energy site cleared over 'misleading' brochure

A brochure promoting plans for renewable energy centre has been cleared by advertising watchdogs after several complaints.

Northern Ireland amends Renewables Obligation

Northern Ireland has done some fine tuning to the statutory rules covering the Renewables Obligation in the province.

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.

How green was the budget? What the trade bodies say

Organisations that represent the environmental sector and other concerned businesses have not embraced yesterday's budget with open arms, though there is some enthusiasm for the idea of a Green Investment Bank.

Scotland introduces new renewables banding system

Scotland gives a shot in the arm to renewables generators with new banding for ROCs.

Economies of Scale

In 12 years, the UK will have to generate seven times more energy from renewables than it does now. Microgeneration schemes offer a solution, and one that could prove lucrative for businesses and households. Ken Whittaker reports

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary April 2008

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the changes this month are a reduction in the landfill tax credit cap and regulations which make it easier to prosecute developers who fail to meet energy efficiency and carbon cutting standards.

Renewing energy policy

A recent speech highlighted how migrating to a low-carbon economy will involve concerted policy initiatives from across all government departments, says John Hutton MP

Rules 'must change' on energy from sludge

Water UK's Steve Ntifo, environment and science adviser, and Bruce Horton, policy development adviser, discuss the role of energy from sludge in cutting carbon emissions

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, April 2007

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. This month we see new regulations giving financial incentives for energy saving devices and a law obliging producers to recover and recycle packaging waste, while English and Welsh water undertakers are told in more detail how to prepare and publish water resources management plans.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, March 2007

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see new regulations in Britain's green energy and bio-fuel sectors, as rules on co-generation plants guaranteeing the origin of the green electricity they produce enter into force.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (March 06)

Recent changes to legislation whichth will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see EU legislation on public access to pollution information and on the marketing and use of dangerous substances, while in the UK orders on offshore installations and the renewables obligation come into force.

Fuel of the future

Camilla Anderson talks to James Beal of Renewables East, a company at the forefront of the drive to convert motorists to the cause of biodiesels

Edie environmental legislation summary (May 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: POPs, EU membership, greenhouse gas emissions trading, clean neighbourhoods, hazardous waste regulations, and much more.

Bridging the gap

RPS principal consultant Claudia Amos and consultant David Rodgers study ways of determining end markets and uses for waste-derived products

Environment sidelined as election race begins

The general election race has now officially started and the date for going to the polls announced, to nobody's surprise, as May 5th.

Edie environmental legislation summary (April 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: new aviation emission levels; GM ruling; changes to EU Energy Act; Landfill Tax amendments and the Landfill Allowances and Trading Scheme; pesticide controls; water resources regulations and more.

Just hot air?

Guy Turner, director of climate change strategy at Enviros Consulting, looks at the European emissions trading scheme in practice

Political electricity

Environmental campaigner Angela Kelly attacks proposals to increase the number of wind farms in the UK

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.

Driving biofuels

Andrew Owens of Greenergy looks at the arguments for creating a biofuels market The government needs biofuels if it is to achieve its targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and if it is to respond to EU directives on biofuel sales. But without legislative backing and fiscal support for quality, biofuels are always going to remain premium products in a price driven market.

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