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Fifty years of nuclear power in the UK has generated 750,000 cubic metres of waste but the nation has still not developed a permanent disposal solution

Allow nuclear waste disposal under national parks, say MPs

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The larger tidal lagoons which TLP plans to build after Swansea would cost about the same as new build nuclear plants using the same methodology, TLP’s audit concludes

Government 'distorted figures', says Tidal Lagoon Power

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Renewables were a “golden opportunity” to make the UK greener and make energy affordable, the NIC said

Cool down nuclear plan because renewables are better bet, says NIC

Government advisers have told ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C in the next few years, because renewable energy sources could prove a safer investment.

This increased output meant that renewables’ share of total electricity generation increased to a record quarterly high of 30.1%

Renewables hit record generation share high in UK

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To provide the same level of generation through offshore wind would cost ‘at least’ £31.5bn less to build

Government says no to Swansea tidal lagoon

The government will not back plans for Swansea's pioneering tidal lagoon power plant based on figures showing that nuclear and offshore wind can generate the same amount of electricity at a third of the cost.

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Wind and solar generated 18.33 terawatt hours (TWh), with nuclear on 16.69TWh, the figures published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show

Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

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Experts estimate that excessive amounts of nitrogen oxides or NOx in the air kill between 6,000 and 13,000 people in Germany every year

German court rules cities can ban diesel cars to tackle pollution

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The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) insists that new policies will be required to close the remaining “emissions gap”

Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn

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MPs said they are looking for “far greater clarity on energy and climate change policy to ensure that industry can plan for the future

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Raising the bar on sustainability: Not just “the what” you do, but “how” you do it

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The Hinkley site has taken its first delivery of rock armour for the base of sea wall, which will be 780 metres long to protect against flooding

Hinkley C: Labour warns of 'potential timebomb' of quitting Euratom

The government's decision to quit Euratom has put a "potential timebomb" under plans to build the Hinkley C nuclear power plant, Labour's energy spokesman has warned.

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Price tag for Hinkley Point C swells by £1.5bn

Less than a year after getting the final go-ahead, Hinkley Point C is already on course to breach its budget by £1.5 billion, EDF has admitted.

What the report clearly stresses is the need for a transitional arrangement to smooth the path to Brexit

Report maps UK's 'uncertain' energy landscape post-Brexit

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Building support for bioenergy in the new political climate

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Hinkley Point C is among the projects expected to be negatively affected by UK’s planned withdrawal from the Euratom treaty

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The UK's ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned.

Wind energy output peaked at 9.5GW on Wednesday 7 June

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Windy weather brought with it a new renewable record on Wednesday lunchtime as output from wind, solar, biomass and hydro peaked at 19.3GW - more than half of all demand.

Many businesses already utilising fleet management and telematics technology have reported fuel savings of as much as two gallons per vehicle per day

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For 2016, renewables supplied more than half of the global electricity demand growth, mainly through hydro technology, which accounted for half of this share

Emissions flat for third year running as economy boom continues

The decoupling trend between economic activity and emissions continued for a third straight year, after the International Energy Agency (IEA) revealed that global energy-related carbon emissions remained flat in 2016.

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The thinktank’s analysis found that high carbon infrastructure, which it defines as fossil fuel power stations, airports and road building, was faring little better

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BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich felt that the private sector should set and provide “volume signals” to indicate that it was committed to renewable deployment and improve investor confidence

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During Q3 2016, coal accounted for just 3% of the UK's electricity

Low-carbon sources claim majority share in UK energy mix

For the first time, more than half of the UK's electricity was generated from low-carbon sources in the third quarter of 2016, a stark contrast from five years ago when the figure stood at little over 25%.

The tracker revealed a record high of 71% of people supporting onshore wind, up from the previous high of 70% in 2014

Public support for renewables rises as nuclear and fracking falls

Public backing for nuclear energy and fracking has fallen in recent months while support for clean energy continues to surge, according to the latest opinion tracker from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

John Lewis's Birmingham branch is designed to be the company's most efficient full-line department store, utilising LEDs, heat pumps and combined cooling, heating and power

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An artist's impression of Hinkley Point C, which was approved by the UK Government last week

Energy policy cannot be dependent on any single project, says UK climate watchdog

Energy policy is about more than just Hinkley and "cannot be dependent on any single project", the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.

Davey told Newsnight the most pressing concern with Hinkley is that it could be unbuildable

Ed Davey: Irresponsible Tories betting the nation on gas and nuclear

Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has accused the current Government of playing "fast and loose" with the UK's long-term energy security by prioritising gas and nuclear investment over support for low-carbon and renewable energy sources.

The controversial scheme in Somerset has been approved by Theresa May more than a decade after Tony Blair gave his backing for the development of new nuclear

From Blair to May: A complete timeline of Hinkley Point's approval

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The controversial £18bn scheme in Somerset, which has been criticised over costs and national security worries, will proceed after a new agreement was struck with EDF

Hinkley Point: Green economy reacts as Government approves nuclear power deal

The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset has today (15 September) been given the go-ahead by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, ending months of speculation and dividing opinion among Britain's industry groups and environmentalists.

Where's all the wind?

The irony of too much wind equals no wind power

Unnerved by GMB’s claims, Flexitricity are looking to introduce DR into the domestic sector, saying there is “untapped potential”

Demand response 'vital' even if Hinkley gets green light, says Flexitricity

Demand response will form a "vital part of a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future" and shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a competitive alternative to the delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear project.

The union added that National Grid’s policy of paying companies to stop working using consumer’s money is a “bonkers policy that only a natural monopoly would dare to implement”

DSR is 'fanciful nonsense', says union

GMB has slammed National Grid as being "naively complacent" over its intention to use demand-side response (DSR) to avoid blackouts, and has called for the company to be stripped of its system operator role.

The new epoch would be defined by nuclear bomb tests, plastic pollution, power plant soot and the bones of domesticated chickens among other factors

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

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EDF’s new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, got the go-ahead from the supplier at the end of July but the Government then delayed its confirmation

'State of flux': Hinkley alternatives would be cheaper and simpler, ECIU finds

The UK could meet its future energy and climate change targets without constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and the continued development of renewables and energy efficiency measures would in fact work out cheaper, a major new report has found.

EDF’s new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C got the go-ahead from the supplier last week but the government has since delayed its confirmation

Energy efficiency would be cheaper than Hinkley

Installing energy efficiency could be £12 billion cheaper than the construction of the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power plant.

The Telegraph said both EDF and government sources had thought that ministers would sign off the subsidy deal for the plant today

UK government delays Hinkley decision

Hinkley has suffered a setback almost immediately, as the government delays a decision on whether or not to approve the £18 billion nuclear project until the autumn.

A computer-generated image of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. Photograph: EDF Energy

Hinkley Point C to go ahead after EDF board approves project

Britain is set to get its first new nuclear power station for a generation after EDF's directors voted in favour of building Hinkley Point C.

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Achim Steiner, executive director of UN Environment Programme. Photo: UNEP

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.

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said contingency plans were in place to protect the UK energy security in the event of sustained Hinkley postponements

New nuclear remains in pole position to drive Britain's decarbonisation, says DECC

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has today (24 May) underlined the Government's prioritisation of nuclear energy, insisting it remains in "pole position" to drive down Britain's emissions, ahead of other technologies due to its comparatively low-cost to the UK taxpayer.

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Solar installations remain the popular choice for renewables among the public, while support for biomass has wavered slightly

Six charts that show how public support for UK renewables has reached record levels

Public support for the UK's renewables revolution has reached an all-time high, with the latest Public Attitudes survey from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) revealing that eight in 10 Brits support the uptake of clean technology.

The report says that Hinkley Point C would be the most expensive building on Earth

Scrapping Hinkley for renewable alternatives will save 'tens of billions'

Scrapping plans for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset and building huge amounts of renewable power instead would save the UK tens of billions of pounds, according to an analysis that compares likely future costs.

Investors have called on the Government to help them understand how the Levy Control Framework is calculated to provide more stability and clarity

Treasury insists low investor confidence is due to volatile energy prices

Low investor confidence in the UK energy sector is more due to "staggering volatility" of energy prices than Government policy on low-carbon, the Treasury has said.

What have we done to upset HMG?

Is it possible that one of the minor provisions of the latest Budget will fall foul of the 'Law of Unintended Consequences' and actually increase carbon emissions and climate change?

Record falls in coal production were coupled with a significant rise in crude oil production

UK's low-carbon energy generation soared in 2015, but so did oil production

Low-carbon energy sources rose to account for 43% of the UK's electricity supply last year, but oil production saw its first significant increase this millennium, provisional figures released today (25 February) have revealed.

It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

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 .

The ETI said the key to reducing the cost of CCS is delivering a small number of large plants sequentially

CCS decision will add billions to cost of UK decarbonisation, says ETI

The Government's controversial decision to scrap carbon capture and storage (CCS) funding in the UK could add £1bn-2bn a year to the cost of decarbonisation throughout the 2020's, new analysis from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has warned.

What's next for ESOS?

Tomorrow is deadline day for ESOS. If you've followed government instructions you'll have a Lead Assessor in situ and will have completed most of your audits, ready for self-certification by the end of January. Those that didn't get started in time have some grace - as long as they've notified the Environment Agency (EA) of their intention to comply. That notification needs to reach the EA tomorrow at the very latest. But what happens after that - and will it cut energy consumption?

RWE is effectively splitting the company in two as two thirds of its current 60,000 strong staff will now operate the new renewables entity

German energy giant unveils $42bn renewables branch

Germany's second largest utility company RWE has announced plans to separate its growing renewable energy initiatives from its conventional energy business in a drive that is expected to deliver $42bn in annual revenues.

Will policy changes ignite an energy shortfall in the UK?

The news agenda has been awash with stories about the heightened risk of blackouts this winter. Recent energy policy announcements, which have shaken up support for the renewable sector, have put further pressure on the UK's future capacity margins. Here, Anna Nicols, head of risk management and research at Utilyx, argues that tightening margins could also have an impact on pushing up prices for businesses in the years ahead.

The 10 year plan to close coal-fired plans will form part of a policy to make energy affordable and secure

Amber Rudd to 'reset' Britain's energy policy with coal phase-out

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has announced plans to "reset" Britain's energy policy by prioritising the closure of all traditional coal-fired plants by 2025 as Britain commits to building new infrastructure "fit for the 21st century".

CDP Climate Change Report 2015

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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.


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