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Scottish ministers recently published plans to reduce emissions 90% by 2050

Scotland smashes onshore wind record

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Perry has previously said she wants to enable onshore wind projects to compete for subsidies in areas where they enjoy public support

Onshore wind and solar could compete for subsidies in CfDs

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

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The fall of 56% in the UK was the steepest decline, far out-stripping the decrease of 26% for Europe as a whole

UK green energy investment halves after policy changes

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The average cost of electricity from onshore wind is said to have fallen by 23% in the last seven years, with projects now routinely commissioned at around four cents/kWh

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Since 2012, Britain has halved its emissions in the electricity sector and now ranks as the seventh cleanest power system in the world.

UK enjoys 'greenest year ever' in 2017

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ECIU says that price reductions mean that onshore wind farms do not need a subsidy, but most developments still require centrally-agreed fixed-price contacts

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The mean average strike price for the three projects was £66.13 per MWh, well below the sector’s target to bring costs below the £100 per MWh threshold by 2020

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The bond will provide capital to be used to refinance SSE’s portfolio of onshore wind farms

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The SNP manifesto contains a pledge to press the UK Government to match Scotland’s commitment and ambition in the low-carbon sphere

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Energy UK joins calls to back 'pot one' technologies

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A new study has found that the UK Government could deliver 1GW of new onshore wind capacity at no additional cost to consumers above the long-term wholesale price of power

Reports reiterate value of strong policy signals in clean energy revolution

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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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Two thirds of people living in rural areas say they support onshore wind farms (65%) - a slightly lower rate than those living in urban areas (75%)

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With Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon exploring the possibilities of a second independence referendum, there are concerns that environmental policies could be “eroded”

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IRENA estimates that electricity costs could fall 35% for offshore wind, and 26% for onshore wind compared to 2015

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The Eveley Solar Farm installation was granted planning permission in July 2015 under the RO grace period rule and will shortly be accredited by the scheme which is set to be scrapped from start of next month.

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The plans lays out how the wind farm could be funded solely by the income from the electricity it generates

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The transaction marks the first time that operating offshore wind farms in the UK have been 100% owned by non-utility investors

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The wind turbine will be installed at RSPB headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire near to the Lodge

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Hugh McNeal will make the switch from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to RenewableUK in April

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The Aiming High report suggests that wind power has the potential to exceed gas and other forms of energy within the next decade

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Public support for green energy has never fallen below 75% since the survey in March 2012

Brits still back renewables despite subsidy cuts

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Galloper will become one of the larger offshore windfarms in British waters with a capacity of 336MW

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The ETI projected a floating turbine LCOE of £85/MWh by the mid 2020's

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The second close of the Offshore Wind Fund brings the total committed capital to £818m - nearing the £1bn target

GIB raises £355m for world's first offshore wind fund

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The IEA says electricity has expanded at its fastest rate in history, with 130GW of capacity added in 2014

IEA increases estimated growth in renewables

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The total capacity of Britain's wind energy systems now stands at just north of 13GW

Wind energy generates £1.25bn for UK economy, provides 30,000 jobs

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Amber Rudd was speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today

Conservative Party Conference: Tories get 'tough' on renewables

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Royd Moor windfarm in Yorkshire - the prime region for a low-carbon industrial zone, according to TUC

UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions

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If given consent to start building the facility, the company wants to increase investment at the site to potentially £1.6bn over the next five years

Green jobs boost for Wales with clean energy hub

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Eneco UK's Guy Madgwick was speaking at the Business for Environment Summit in London

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The reasons behind the refusals included adverse visual effects, local wildlife damage and a negative impact on tourism

DECC rejects 4 Wales wind farms

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The poll revealed that 78% would support local projects within two miles of their home

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The Scout Moor expansion would see a further 16 turbines added to the 25 existing turbines

Planning permission granted for England's largest onshore wind farm

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The think-tank said that replacing 1GW of onshore wind with the equivalent amount of power from offshore wind would increase the cost to consumers by £75-90 million each year

Policy Exchange: Onshore wind could be as cheap as gas by 2020

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Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Wales Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant have written to Rudd urging her to support community schemes

Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales

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Only 8% of those polled by Good Energy opposed onshore wind farms

Only 8% oppose onshore wind, finds new Good Energy poll

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The plans for a 50MW project fell through after changes to planning regulation

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.

Lord Nick Bourne is DECC's newest ministerial recruit, having joined the Department a week after the election

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Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd took part in her first Select Committee hearing earlier today

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.

The renewable energy companies say local planning changes are lacking clarity

Small-scale wind turbine developers protest changes to local planning laws

Small and medium-scale wind turbine manufacturers have written to Communities Secretary Greg Clark to protest changes to planning guidance for onshore wind turbines.

Investment in independent renewable energy hit £1.1m every day in 2014

Record investment in independent renewables tops £400m

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Community-owned renewables could power 100,000 Scottish homes, according to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing

Community renewables funding boost for Scotland

Twenty three renewable energy projects across Scotland will share £500,000 of funding through a scheme designed to encourage the local uptake of green technologies.

The Conservative UK government has announced a withdrawal of support for onshore windfarms. Denmark's windfarms have strong government backing

Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand

George Osborne delivered the new Conservative Government's Budget to a jubilant House of Commons

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Businesses and sustainability leaders urge a period of stable policy for a low-carbon future

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Total renewable generation for the three months stood at 21.1TWh -  a 15% year-on-year increase

UK renewables reach record heights in first quarter

Renewable sources provided a record 22.3% of the UK's electricity in the first quarter of 2015, thanks to a boom in biomass production and large-scale solar installations.

Wind energy generation was up in Scotland, but ministers say the cut to wind subsidies threatens development

Scottish wind generation hits record levels in first quarter

Scottish wind power generated a record 4,452GWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2015, enough to power almost a million Scottish homes for a year, according to figures published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The early end to the RO for onshore wind could stop the construction of around 2,500 turbines

Amber Rudd: Onshore wind cuts will protect consumers and boost other renewables

The early end to onshore wind subsidies will protect consumer bills and help cut the costs of other renewable technologies, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has claimed.

New onshore wind farms will be excluded from a subsidy scheme from April 2016, a year earlier than expected

Government confirms early end to onshore wind subsidies

The UK Government has confirmed plans to end new subsidies for onshore wind farms a year earlier than previously expected - a move roundly condemned by the renewables industry.

Scotland's onshore wind industry now invests nearly £9 million in community projects every year - the highest amount ever

Scottish wind industry gives back with record £8.8m for community projects

Community projects funded by Scotland's onshore wind industry have hit a record high of £8.8m a year.

Wind power output in Scotland saw a year on-year bump of 83% in May

Renewable electricity surge bolsters defence of onshore wind sector

Record-breaking figures from the UK renewables sector have prompted fresh calls for the Government to reconsider its proposed end to onshore wind subsidies.

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.

Queen Elizabeth II reads out the speech written for her by the Prime Minister's team

Queen's Speech 2015: Energy security and climate change on the agenda

Collaborating with other nations to combat climate change and the release of a new Energy Bill to increase energy security in the UK were among the key announcements in the first all-Conservative Queen's Speech since 1996.


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