BEIS compromises on renewable heat support, announces new heat network funding
The UK Government is seemingly beginning to take heed of advice to focus on delivering low-carbon heating systems, with two new announcements which could effectively reduce emissions from heating demand in towns and cities and begin to restore investor confidence in the neglected sector.
BEIS needs to 'completely re-think' strategy for heating
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy needs to "completely re-think" its strategy for the decarbonisation of heating, Policy Exchange has warned.
Heat and transport: UK will miss low-carbon targets 'without major improvements'
The UK will miss crucial 2020 renewable heat and transport targets and significantly damage its global reputation as a climate leader unless "major policy improvements" are rapidly enforced, a major new report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has concluded.
BEIS under fire for sudden withdrawal of renewable heat support
The newly-formed Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is being urged to reverse a cut to renewable energy subsidy support which was initiated by its governmental predecessor the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
Government must prioritise low-carbon heat and transport, says Committee on Climate Change
On the same day that Ministers accepted the proposals of the ambitious Fifth Carbon Budget, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called for stronger Government action in the areas of heating, transport and low-carbon generation in its latest progress report.
Policies 'getting in the way' of green building design, construction giant warns
EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of efficient and sustainable building practices is being hindered by Government and Mayoral politics which are attempting to "promise the Earth" rather than incentivising the built environment, infrastructure and construction firm AECOM has claimed.
Solar industry fights RHI subsidy cut
The solar industry has called on ministers to abandon plans to cut support for new solar thermal projects from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme - a move proposed in a government consultation that closes today.
Biomass sector urges Decc to 'quickly re-examine' RHI reforms
The biomass industry has called on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to re-examine its proposed reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) set out last month.
MPs launch fresh enquiry into UK's renewable heat and transport targets
The Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) of MPs has launched a new enquiry into the UK Government's progress - or apparent lack of it - on its self-imposed targets for meeting heat and transport demands from renewable energy sources.
Biomass boost for Hull as sector enters period of RHI uncertainty
A £35m biomass plant is set to provide clean energy to more than 11,000 homes in Hull when it becomes operational next year, using 'best available technology' (BAT).
Government proposes major RHI reform with removal of support for solar thermal
Another day, another shock green policy proposal from the UK Government, this time in the form of a consultation to reform the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which would see a 98% reduction in the deployment of non-domestic biomass boilers and an end to support for solar water heating systems.
Former home of oil tycoon given green makeover by National Trust
A country house in Warwickshire that was once powered by 25,000 litres of oil every year is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions.
RHI critical to UK decarbonisation, DECC research proves
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been critical to decarbonising the UK's heat sector, reports from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have found.
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.
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.
UK failing on renewable heat targets
The UK is on track to miss legally binding targets on low-carbon heat, according to a report released Wednesday by the Policy Connect think-tank.
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.
Summer Budget: 8 things green business wants to see
Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his second Budget in four months on Wednesday, and the first all-Conservative budget in nearly 20 years.
UK failing on renewable heat and transport targets
The UK is falling behind on two out of three of its 2020 renewable targets, according to analysis from energy watchdog Keep on Track.
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.
UK renewable energy generation surged by 20% in 2014
Renewable energy generation leaped up 20% in the UK over the past year, but the industry has warned that more government leadership will be needed to maintain growth.
Prep school swaps fossil fuels for wood pellets
A Warwickshire preparatory school has taken 'a huge step towards zero-carbon' by swapping its old oil-boilers for biomass systems.
Golf clubs go green with biomass installations
The biomass boom is sweeping into the world of golf with two UK clubs investing in wood pellet boiler systems to reduce energy costs and enhance their sustainability credentials.
Biomass ETS 'loophole' report slammed by renewables industry
A new study which claims the biomass industry is avoiding up to €1bn in carbon taxes due a "loophole" in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been branded "intentionally misleading" by the renewable energy sector.
Drax warms to renewable heat with wood pellet deal
Energy giant Drax is moving further into the renewable heat market with the acquisition of the UK's second-largest wood pellet distributor, Billington Bioenergy (BBE).
Renewable heat installations warm up with Government incentives
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has subsidised more than 6,000 renewable heat installations in UK homes since opening in April 2014.
Edie explains: Renewable Heat Incentive
This week's edie explains looks at the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - a Government environmental programme that provides financial incentives suppliers of of renewable heat.
Green gas now 'serious contender' to renewables market, says REA
Biomethane capacity in the UK has grown to a level that means it should now be seen as a 'serious contender' to the renewable energy market, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has said.
ED Davey: UK falling short of renewable heat and transport targets
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey has admitted that the UK is in danger of missing renewable heat and renewable transport targets for 2020.
Shropshire farm welcomes poultry sector's largest heat pump
Renewable energy supplier TGE Group has been award a £1m contract to install a 1,300kW ground source heat pump (GSHP) on a poultry farm in Shropshire.
UK biomethane gets subsidy certainty
A government proposal to introduce subsidy tiers for biomethane plants has been welcomed by the renewables industry.
Biomethane industry must show '60% greenhouse gas savings', says Government
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published further details on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), detailing how biomethane plants claiming support under the scheme must demonstrate a minimum 60% saving in greenhouse gas emissions.
Businesses warm to wood heat as installed capacity passes 1GW milestone
Almost 5,000 wood heating installations have been accredited under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) as total installed capacity passed the 1GW capacity milestone last week.
Energy industry welcomes Barker's green gas policy assurance
The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) have received a reply from energy minister Greg Barker to their joint letter regarding the renewable heat incentive (RHI) biomethane-to-grid tariff consultation.
Green heat technologies more affordable with RHI upgrade
Businesses across the country are being offered 'greater choice than ever before' on how to sustainably meet their heating requirements as long-awaited improvements to the world's first Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme come into force today (28 May).
Wood Heat Association boosts representation of low-carbon wood heating
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has launched an affiliate trade body to represent the UK's ever-growing wood heat industry.
Renewable heat incentive offers homeowners money to switch from oil
Financial incentives for homeowners off the gas grid to switch to technologies such as biomass boilers
EXCLUSIVE: Effective partnerships key to bringing sustainable products to fruition
Manufacturers, installers and retailers must come together effectively to drive consumer up-take of sustainable products and services, says Kingfisher CEO Ian Cheshire.
DECC confirms domestic RHI tariffs
Householders could be paid hundreds of pounds a year for generating renewable heat, after tariff levels for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) were published today.
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.
'Tangible' sign of support as Government doubles renewable heat funding
The amount of funding available to households installing renewable heat technologies through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP), has mostly doubled, it was announced by DECC today.
Green Deal advertising drive 'completely inadequate'
Marketing for the Green Deal is under-funded compared with the proportions of budgets allocated to marketing by large retailers, according to Travis Perkins' Matthew Wright.
Government commitment questioned as domestic RHI delayed for another year
The implementation of the struggling Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for domestic properties has been further delayed by a year.
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.
40% of all RHI funding secured by single consultancy
40% of all funding so far allocated by the government-led Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has been secured by a Cardiff-based consultancy, which is more than any other company across the UK.
Davey promises energy bill will include heat initiatives
Ed Davey has claimed that emissions and renewables targets in Britain will not be met without the support of low-carbon heat.
RHI consultations win friends - for the moment
DECC's launching of three consultations on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has drawn widespread welcome from the industry, plus a few words of early criticism.
GT Energy to develop UK's largest geothermal heating plant
GT Energy will build the UK's largest geothermal heating plant in Manchester to support the development of a low carbon economic zone.
Partnership deal targets geothermal energy development
A partnership agreement to develop five deep-geothermal heat and distribution systems has been signed by GT Energy and E.ON UK, with the first project starting later this year.
Deep geothermal can provide 20% of UK electricity needs
The UK's deep geothermal resources could provide 9.5GW of baseload renewable electricity, equivalent to nearly nine nuclear power stations, according to a new report.
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.
Luxury hotel launches new biomass plant
A four-star Welsh hotel has installed a £0.5m biomass plant on site in a bid to generate its own biomass fuel and cut its energy bills.
Council beats FITs deadline
Carlisle City Council has announced that its new solar panel system has gone live - with the work completed before the feed-in tariff (FIT) subsidy reduction came into force last month.
RHI delay a 'missed opportunity', says industry
Businesses have branded government plans to delay the second phase of the renewable heat incentive (RHI) a "missed opportunity" for the UK's carbon targets.
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".
First two successful applicants of delayed RHI revealed
The first recipients of the criticised and delayed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are an umbrella maker and holiday cottage rental business.