Capacity market provides another twist in the Government's air quality battle
As the UK Government returns to court over illegal air quality levels, new analysis from think-tank Sandbag has warned that up to £800m could be spent in the UK to subsidise a plethora of new diesel generators during the next 15 years.
BEIS aims to rollout emissions reduction plan in February
The permanent secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alex Chisholm revealed that he expects an emissions reduction plan to be published by the end of February 2017.
Corbyn pledges to create £300m energy research agency: report
Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to create a new £300 million US-style energy research agency to help combat climate change, Labour List has reported.
Uncertainty is 'built into' the Levy Control Framework, warns expert
Uncertainty is "built into" the Levy Control Framework because the factors which determine the cost of renewable subsidies are themselves "variable and uncertain", an expert from the University of Exeter has warned.
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).
Scotland's renewables sector threatened by political 'cloud of uncertainty'
Despite successfully expanding renewable energy capacity, Scotland's renewable energy sector is in a "state of flux", with policy amendments to the Renewables Obligation (RO), Feed in-tariffs (FiT) and Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions all contributing to an uncertain future.
UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal
Ban Ki-moon's climate change envoy has accused the UK and Germany of backtracking on the spirit of the Paris climate deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies.
Andrea Leadsom: However we choose to leave the EU, we remain committed to dealing with climate change
Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom took to the plinth in her capacity as Energy Minister at the Utility Week Energy Summit, insisting that the UK "remains committed to dealing with climate change", no matter the outcome of Brexit.
Green policy continuity the biggest challenge for energy professionals
The UK Government has faced a double dose of criticism over the effectiveness of its current green strategies by leading environmental groups, after surveys revealed that energy professionals and businesses view energy policy continuity as the biggest challenge for their sector.
More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts
The solar power industry says it has seen the loss of more than half its 35,000 jobs due to recent changes in government energy policy, just at a time when solar power has eclipsed coal as a major generator of Britain's electricity.
G7 nations commit to ending 'inefficient' fossil fuel subsidies by 2025
Plans to drive a low-carbon transition as part of the recent Paris Agreement have been given a timely boost, after the G7 nations agreed a landmark deal to end the majority of fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.
Government urged to subsidise energy storage systems
If renewables are to become fully integrated into the UK's energy mix, the Government will have to incentivise energy storage systems through the introduction of subsidies, researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have claimed.
UK renewables cuts 'risk slowing shift to clean energy'
The UK government risks slowing the shift to clean energy sources by cutting support for renewable energy and strongly backing gas as a transitional fuel, according to the UN's environment chief.
Ecotricity gains planning permission for 'future of energy' hybrid parks
Green energy provider Ecotricity has gained planning permission to create some of the first hybrid energy parks in Britain, by combining current wind farms with two new "sun parks" in Devon and Leicestershire respectively.
Could Donald Trump 'dramatically threaten' the Paris climate deal?
Former COP21 president Laurent Fabius has warned that having a "climate change denier" as US president could "dramatically" threaten global action on climate change agreed upon as part of the historic Paris accord.
Elon Musk: Politicians taking 'easy path' with fossil fuel subsidies
Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk has accused politicians of bowing to the "unrelenting and enormous" lobbying power of the fossil fuel industry, warning that a global "revolt" may be needed to accelerate the transition to more sustainable energy and transport systems.
DONG Energy offers subsidised renewable electricity to UK businesses
Utility company DONG Energy will offer UK businesses the chance to purchase renewable electricity at a subsidised rate, by absorbing cost premiums to ensure that green energy prices are no higher than traditional "brown energy" sources.
Sir David King: UK should shift renewable energy subsidy focus to offshore wind
The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) should concentrate its limited renewable energy subsidy budget on offshore wind, in an effort to drive down costs and increase investor demand, the UK's chief climate envoy has told edie.
EU dropped climate policies after BP threat of oil industry 'exodus'
The EU abandoned or weakened key proposals for new environmental protections after receiving a letter from a top BP executive which warned of an exodus of the oil industry from Europe if the proposals went ahead.
Commission draws fire over support for British fossil fuel subsidies
New European Commission research has highlighted failings in the different state subsidies offered to electricity utilities across the EU, while giving qualified support to the 'market-based' model used in the United Kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
One of the last big solar farms launches under Renewables Obligation
Developers of a new solar farm in Hampshire that reached completion this week have warned the site may be the last utility-scale solar park built in the UK for a long time, due to impending subsidy changes.
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.
Zero carbon emissions target to be enshrined in UK law
The UK will enshrine in law a long-term goal of reducing its carbon emissions to zero, as called for in last year's historic Paris climate deal.
Chancellor urged to invest public money in renewable energy
Building more renewable energy capacity with public money would cost less than the current subsidy regime in the UK, a new analysis has found, despite government claims that subsidies are too expensive.
Britain's first subsidy-free wind farm planned for Cornwall
A community-owned wind farm that can run without financial aid or Government subsidies looks set to become a reality after UK-based green energy firm Good Energy submitted proposals for a new site in Cornwall.
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.
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.
Energy industry demands 'urgent review' of Levy Control Framework
The trade association for the UK energy industry Energy has called on the Government to "urgently review" the Levy Control Framework (LCF), providing clarity to companies and investors.
Britain in 'make or break' year for renewables, says EY
The UK "must try harder" to attract investment into renewable generation capacity, as the global power market enters "a year of reckoning", analyst EY has warned.
Opening up CfDs 'could save £2bn'
Opening up future contracts for difference (CfD) to a wider array of technologies and reforming the auction process to better reflect their true costs, could save consumers around £2bn, according to research commissioned by Drax.
0.01% of Britain's vans are ultra-low emission - FoI figures
Despite the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) on Britain's roads continuing to increase year-on-year, 'green' vans represent just 0.01% of light goods vehicles on the road, according to new analysis from insurance provider Direct Line for Business.
Solar firms renew court battle against Government subsidy cuts
Two of the UK's largest solar companies will take on the Government in court today (2 February) over the early closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO) to large-scale solar projects in early 2014.
Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap
The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .
DECC is a hostage of the Treasury, says energy committee chief
The head of the Parliamentary committee that holds DECC to account has launched a scathing attack on the Department which he says is held captive by the treasury and lacks a coherent strategy.
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).
Fossil fuel industry pressed to pay for share of climate damage
More than 60 environmentalist organisations are calling for a tax on fossil fuel extraction that would see energy giants pay compensation to countries being impacted by climate change.
Major energy U-turn needed to meet Paris targets, government warned
The government has been warned that a major U-turn in energy policy is required if it is to avoid charges of blatant hypocrisy following the commitments it made in the Paris climate deal this weekend.
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.
COP21 Day 1 review: Cameron says poor nations must be supported in climate fight
Poorer nations must be given the financial support to develop low-carbon infrastructure and to deal with the impacts of climate change, Prime Minister David Cameron told the UN and other world leaders as the Paris climate talks got off to a flying start.
End to fossil fuel subsidies 'would cut global emissions by 12%'
Cutting subsidies for fossil fuels could result in an 'immediate boost' of a 10%-12% reduction in greenhouse gases, according to a director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership'.
Rudd's 'reset' speech: 12 things you need to know...
Amber Rudd has delivered an historic speech today (18 November), laying out a new direction for UK energy policy - including a target end-date for coal generation, plans for more gas-fired power plants and potential subsidy auctions for offshore wind.
G20 faces 600,000-strong call to dump fossil fuel subsidies
Almost 600,000 people have signed a petition calling on G20 Governments to end fossil fuel subsidies and reallocate the funds towards helping poor countries deal with climate change.
UK and India strike £3.2bn clean energy and climate change deal
The Prime Ministers of the UK and India met in London yesterday (12 November) to agree on a new climate deal between the two countries that will establish a £10m joint research collaboration into new low-carbon technologies.
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.
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.
£1.5bn Galloper windfarm in Suffolk to go ahead with new backers
Construction of a £1.5bn windfarm off the Suffolk coast is to go ahead in November with the creation of nearly 800 jobs, after three new partners were found to back the project.
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.
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.
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.
£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.
Subsidy cuts threaten £369m of community energy projects
Up to 90% of community energy developers across the UK say that proposed cuts to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) would put their current projects at risk.
MPs to scrutinise EU green policies ahead of Brexit referendum
The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced it will hold a public enquiry to assess the effectiveness of European environmental policy in the UK, ahead of the nation's planned in-out EU referendum.
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.
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.
Revealed: Many more solar firms face closure if government cuts go ahead
Hundreds more jobs will be lost at solar power companies if planned changes to government policy come into force in the new year, 25 small businesses have told the Guardian.
Brighton 'Earthship' crowdsources for new energy systems
An entirely self-sufficient, off-the-grid building designed to educate students and the public about low-carbon issues has turned to crowdfunding to upgrade its own energy and water systems.
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.
National Grid: Interconnectors vital to UK energy stability
Interconnectors will play an increasingly important role for the National Grid as it strives to 'keep the lights on' this winter, according to the company's new Winter Outlook report.
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.
Conservative Party Conference: Tories get 'tough' on renewables
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has given her full backing for the cutting of subsidies for onshore wind and solar, insisting that "renewable energy can stand on its own two feet".
Solar planning applications up 84% in July with subsidy cuts looming
Planning applications for solar farms almost doubled month-on-month in July, as developers scrambled to get their projects approved before subsidy cuts come into force.
End perverse fossil fuel subsidies, says Corporate Leader Group
The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG), which represents EU business leaders from the likes of Aviva, Kingfisher and Unilever, has thrown its weight behind calls for an end to fossil fuel subsidies.
Rudd: Government taking 'pro-business' approach to decarbonisation
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has defended the Tory Government's controversial green policies, claiming they are designed to deliver climate action in a way that is "pro-growth, pro-business".
IEA under fire for 'irresponsible' and 'misleading' energy outlook
An energy watchdog has blasted the International Energy Agency (IEA) for "holding back the global energy transition", concluding that its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) reports were published with misleading projections.
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.
Utility-scale battery market to hit $8.3bn by 2024
The market for utility-scale battery storage is expected to increase 18-fold by 2024, according to analysis released today by market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
Government rejects Navitus Bay offshore wind farm
The renewable energy industry was dealt yet another blow today (9 September) as the Conservatives have rejected proposals for a £3.5bn windfarm off the south coast of England.
Energy chief: Power companies must go green or go bust
Power companies that ignore the growing business and consumer demand for green energy are in danger of putting themselves out of business, a high-ranking energy executive has warned.
DECC rejects 4 Wales wind farms
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has rejected four planned onshore wind farms in mid-Wales with a potential capacity of more than 350 MW.
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.
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.
UN: $200bn agricultural subsidies driving deforestation
International governments could be unwittingly driving deforestation through misguided agricultural subsidies, a new UN brief has found.
Planning permission granted for England's largest onshore wind farm
Plans to expand Scout Moor onshore wind farm in Lancashire have been given the green light by the local council.
Fat cat pay at fossil fuel companies drives climate crisis - report
Executives at the 30 biggest publicly held coal, oil and gas companies in the US were paid more than leaders of other major corporations, about 9% higher than the S&P 500 average, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) found.
India set to save £580m by installing 20 million LED streetlights
India's Ministry of Power has announced it will replace all conventional lightbulbs in streetlights and the domestic sector with LED bulbs by 2017.
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.
EU's five biggest energy markets add 8GW to wind and solar capacity
Europe's five biggest energy markets have added 8GW of wind and solar capacity in the first half of 2015, a new report has found.
Solar industry looks to Chinese imports to ease subsidy squeeze
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called for the EU to drop import tariffs on Chinese solar modules, claiming the cheaper equipment could help the industry overcome subsidy cuts.
Groundbreaking house can power itself and two neighbours
A new contender for Britain's greenest home has been unveiled in North Yorkshire.
France sets sights on first ever floating wind farm
The French Government has launched a tender asking for companies to submit plans to build the world's first floating wind farm.
Labour frontrunner launches ambitious environmental manifesto
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has announced a far-reaching green vision for his environmental policy in an announcement today (7 August).
Only 8% oppose onshore wind, finds new Good Energy poll
A new survey has found overwhelming support for renewable energy coming just days after a Government poll suggested a fall in support for shale gas.
FSC certification provides profit incentive for sustainable forestry
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification can provide net cost-benefits to forest operators, according to a new report from the WWF released today (5 August).
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).
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.
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.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Energy storage and interconnectors offer best route to decabarbonisation, says policy expert
Britain should drop its focus on nuclear power and carbon capture and storage (CCS) and refocus spending on optimising renewables and energy efficiency, a leading academic has urged.
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.
Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction
The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.