Pickles makes U-turn on Suffolk solar farm
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has made a surprise U-turn decision on the expansion of what would be one of the UK's largest solar farms.
Pickles cuts red tape for large solar rooftop schemes
Businesses will be permitted to install rooftop solar arrays of up to 1MW in size without the need for planning permission, under new Government changes expected to be confirmed by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today (25 March).
Wind exec: Britain's subsidies among best in the world
A senior figure at one of the world's largest wind-turbine manufacturers has praised the UK Government's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme for increasing demand in renewable energy, but says planning delays are continuing to stifle the development of more wind projects across the country.
Six in 10 UK onshore wind farms rejected, says report
About six out of 10 new UK onshore wind farm projects were rejected last year amid tougher planning guidelines and more applications being called in for a personal decision by the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, a report has found.
Stop meddling in onshore wind projects, renewables sector tells Pickles
Secretary of State Eric Pickles has been sharply criticised by the renewable energy industry for delaying the approval of many onshore wind energy developments in which he has intervened.
Councils improve recycling rates by adopting reward schemes, new study finds
Local authorities that introduce recycling incentives for households tend to have higher recycling rates than those that offer compulsory recycling systems, according to new research.
Pickles reiterates stance on weekly bin collections
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has reiterated his stance on weekly bin collections and claimed that the previous Labour Government ignored the electorate by focusing on fortnightly collections.
Pickles announces £5m recycling incentives fund
English councils that only offer fortnightly bin collections are 'short-changing residents with an inferior service' according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles who has today (29 August) launched a £5m recycling fund to reward areas that offer weekly refuse collections.
Tory MPs more likely to oppose windfarms than British public - poll
Conservatives opposition undermining projects and investment in renewables, say wind energy companies.