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UK re-enters top 10 for renewables attractiveness

The UK has restored its position as one of the top 10 countries for renewable energy investment, although concerns remain about the impact that Brexit will have on future investments.

The industry body has set out a series of policy recommendations for ensuring emissions targets for the early 2030s are met

Energy UK joins calls to back 'pot one' technologies

Energy UK has called on ministers to support established renewable technologies, like onshore wind and solar, in order to provide a better deal for customers.

Data released from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) the day before the closure indicated that electricity from renewables shrunk in 2016

Shrinking renewables sector dealt further blow with Renewables Obligation closure

The UK's renewable energy industry is at risk of "rapidly shrinking" as one of the main financial support mechanisms for large-scale renewable electricity projects has now closed for new capacity developers.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) expects the energy bill for a typical firm to fall by £200,000 in 2016/17 as a result of the measure

Heavy industry to get £100m exemption from low-carbon levy

Energy intensive industries will see their annual bills cut by £100 million under plans to exempt them from the majority of the costs of the contracts for difference (CfD) scheme.

Scotland’s commitment to the future of tidal and wave energy has not been equalled by the rest of the UK

UK tidal energy plagued by cost discrepancies, says ETI

Tidal energy is at risk of being priced-out of an increasingly cost-competitive low-carbon market in the UK, unless a successful Contract for Difference (CfD) agreement can be implemented, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has warned.

The second Contracts for Difference auction reflects the Government’s pledge to spend £730m of annual support on renewable electricity projects over this Parliament

Government unveils increased support for renewables, commits to coal phase out

The UK Government has reinforced its commitment to upgrade the UK's energy infrastructure, outlining plans to provide £290m support for renewable energy projects and phase out unabated coal power generation by 2025.

Chisholm claimed that the new department would be better prepared to “repair” financing mechanisms to accelerate the low-carbon transition

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.

The first energy has been generated with a Contracts for Difference (CfD) subsidy at the Charity Farm solar project in Shropshire

Renewable energy developers pass Contracts for Difference subsidy milestone

The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has confirmed that all 39 Contracts for Difference (CfD) renewable projects in the UK have past their delivery milestone requirements as part of the second round of CfD funding.

Charity Farm solar park in Shropshire

First solar farm with contract for difference connected

A 12MW solar farm in Shropshire has become the first solar project in the UK with a contract for difference (CfD) to be connected to the gridm

The report has criticised the decision to close the RO to onshore wind early, claiming it will cost Scotland up to £3bn and put 5,400 jobs at risk

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.

Scheduled for commercial operation by late-2017, the project will deliver 1.7 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity each year through its 67 wind turbines

Confidence in UK offshore industry illustrated by new £1.3bn project

One of the world's largest offshore windfarms, set to be located off the coast of East England, has secured a £1.3bn long-term financing fund, just six months after it began a fundraising process.

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.

Sir David King gave a keynote speech at the launch of the UK Stakeholders For Sustainable Development (UKSSD) network

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.

Steam billowing from Drax power station, which has converted two of six units to run on biomass

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.

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.

The deal guarantees plant operators EDF a 35-year Contract for Difference strike price of £92.50

Hinkley nuclear deal: 6 things green businesses need to know

The Hinkley Point nuclear reactor could be producing power in 2025 after the UK Government secured a £8bn investment from its Chinese counterpart yesterday.

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.

The tidal lagoon will be situated on the eastern side of Swansea Bay, between the docks and a new university campus

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon hit by delays

Work on building the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has been delayed to spring 2017 because the government is taking "longer than expected" to finalise a contract for difference (CfD), Tidal Lagoon Power has said.

The Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 energy-from-waste project in Yorkshire

Siemens: Integrated approach to EfW could cut plant costs by 13%

EXCLUSIVE: The current system for delivering energy-from-waste (EfW) plants in the UK is not fit for purpose, according to the head of renewable power and oil and gas at Siemens UK.

The savings are the equivalent of the gas bills of more than 350,000 homes

Wind industry sets new generation records, remains in line to be 'killed off'

New Government figures released on Thursday revealed record progress for the wind industry in 2014, but that success could be short-lived thanks to recent Conservative policy, industry experts 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.

Amber Rudd is giving her first major speech on climate change since the election

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.

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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.

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.

There will be no large-scale solar farms developed in the UK this year, due to subsidy changes

Solar developers turned off by rollercoaster policies

The UK solar sector has seemingly become a victim of its own success, with big developers and investors now claiming they will not be making use of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme for large projects over the next year.

The tidal lagoon will be situated on the eastern side of Swansea Bay, between the docks and the new university campus

Swansea Bay tidal power plant approved by DECC

It's official: Britain will be home to the world's first ever tidal lagoon energy project as Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has granted planning permission for a giant tidal power plant off the coast of Wales.

East Anglia ONE is expected to deliver enough clean power for half a million homes

Major offshore wind power deal struck for East Anglia ONE

The biggest ever deal for a consented project in the UK's wind energy sector has been agreed for what will be one of the world's largest wind farms when it's built off the Suffolk coast.

The existing subsidy scheme for onshore wind power will be closed a year earlier than it was due

UK renewable energy industry warns of legal action over subsidies

The UK renewable energy industry has warned the government's new climate secretary that she will face a legal challenge if she oversees the "wilful destruction" of the industry by retrospectively curtailing subsidies.

The 448MW Neart na Gaoithe windfarm will be the first to install the two new technologies

Scottish windfarm set to provide world's cheapest offshore wind power

A windfarm in Scotland is set to provide the cheapest electricity ever produced by an offshore wind farm by using two recently launched technologies, developer Mainstream Renewable Power said.

Edie explains: Electricity Market Reform

The cost of the Government's Electricity Market Reform (EMR) landed on some electricity bills for the first time in April, undoubtedly prompting surprise for some, as around 15% of business weren't aware of the policy at all.

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).

Over 90% of people underestimated the amount of public support for wind power, believing it to receive approval ratings of just 40% rather than the actual 70% level

Poll reveals distorted view of wind power subsidies

New research has revealed the vast misconceptions held by the UK public surrounding wind power, such as the level of financial and popular support it receives.

The UK's appeal to renewable energy investors remains heavily reliant on political certainty surrounding offshore wind

Political uncertainty dampens UK's appeal for renewable energy investors

The UK is losing its appeal as a destination for investment in renewables as a continuing lack of clarity round the future of the UK's green energy mix and a policy hiatus caused by the upcoming General Election take their toll.

Ed Davey says the CfD auction has driven down prices and secured the best possible deal for new green energy

Contracts for Difference: Solar struggles, onshore wind surges ahead

Onshore wind projects are the big winners from the Government's first Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, receiving more than half of the contracts.

Solar voltaics is set to become the cheapest form of electricity production in many regions of the world following massive cost reductions

Solar energy emerging as cheapest power source, report finds

Solar is set to become the cheapest form of electricity production in many regions of the world following massive cost reductions.

DONG Energy has taken complete ownership of the 1.2GW offshore wind development Hornsea Project One

DONG snaps up world's largest proposed offshore wind farm

DONG Energy has this week taken complete ownership of the 1.2GW offshore wind development Hornsea Project One.

Germany's construction boom this year is likely to give it a major boost in the offshore wind race

Offshore wind: Political certainty needed to ensure market growth

Europe's offshore wind industry has united in a call for policymakers to provide long-term funding certainty, as new figures reveal the market slowed in 2014, will be even quieter this year and 'slump' in 2016.

The extra £25m funding will support less established technologies such as offshore wind, wave, tidal stream, anaerobic digestion, and geothermal

DECC adds £25m to CfD scheme ahead of contracts auction

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has made an extra £25m of funding available through its Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme ahead of the crucial first round of auctions for low-carbon support.

Members of the wind industry have reportedly developed

Political instability threatens future of wind power

Although wind capacity has risen by 15% in the past year, the wind industry says that political instability and unwanted intervention is becoming 'increasingly prohibitive' and may damage future growth.

The 485 turbines could power 1.4m homes

Scotland approves 2.2GW new offshore wind capacity

Almost 500 wind turbines spread across four offshore wind farms have received development consent from the Scottish Government, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced today (10 October).

73% of businesses are concerned about the cost of CfD

Energy report: Business wants affordability over sustainability

Four out of five business leaders say energy affordability is important to their company, nearly twice the amount that prioritised a low-carbon economy.

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.

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?


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