Subsidy-free solar powers UK's renewable energy attractiveness
Despite a large drop in renewable energy investment in 2017, the UK has climbed three places in a ranking of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets for investors, thanks to a move towards subsidy-free solar PV.
UK's struggle and Mexico's rise: Seven surprising stats about global clean energy investment
A new report from UN Environment and Bloomberg New Energy Finance has outlined the global trends of renewable energy investment, which grew by 2% last year. edie dives through the data to bring seven surprising statistics.
Scotland smashes onshore wind record
Experts have hailed the "incredible amount" of power produced by Scotland's onshore wind turbines in the first quarter of 2018, which is up 44% on the first three months of last year.
Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK
Windfarms and solar panels produced more electricity than the UK's eight nuclear power stations for the first time at the end of last year, official figures show.
Onshore wind and solar could compete for subsidies in CfDs
Claire Perry has signalled that onshore wind and solar projects will be allowed to compete for subsidies in a future Contract for Difference (CfD) auction.
Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn
Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans in the Clean Growth Strategy in order to meet the UK's fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the Government's climate change watchdog has cautioned.
UK green energy investment halves after policy changes
Investment in clean energy plunged further in Britain than in any other country last year because of government policy changes, new figures show.
All renewables to compete on cost with fossil fuels by 2020, says IRENA
A fresh report has predicted that all renewable energy technologies will compete, and even undercut, fossil fuels on price within the next two years.
UK enjoys 'greenest year ever' in 2017
Britain achieved its 'greenest year ever' in 2017 thanks to 13 new records across the clean energy sector, according to analysis from WWF.
'Perverse' onshore wind policy could cost UK £1bn
The Government's "outdated" policy on onshore wind could cost the UK around £1bn over the next four or five years, according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).
'Historic', 'unprecedented', 'astounding': Industry reacts to falling offshore wind costs
Developers, green groups and politicians have welcomed the latest results from the UK Government's Contract for Difference (CfD) auction, which has seen the cost of offshore wind halve over the last two years to set a record low-strike price of £57.50 per MWh.
SSE issues largest ever green bond by UK firm
The green finance market has been buoyed by news that British energy company SSE has issued the biggest ever green bond by a UK company.
edie publishes free business guide to onsite energy generation
Organisations and professionals with an interest in producing and consuming energy at a particular location away from the grid now have access to a free, comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which answers all of the key questions surrounding onsite generation.
edie explains: Onsite generation
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with E.ON, provides an in- depth summary of onsite generation, which allows businesses to make and use their own energy at a particular location, rather than buying that energy through the grid.
Windy weather brings new renewable energy record
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.
SNP manifesto: Environmental protections, onshore wind support and carbon capture leadership
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has pledged to strengthen Scotland's environmental protections as the Party's newly released manifesto calls for a second independence referendum to be held "at the end of the Brexit process."
edie Live exhibitor focus: EWT
With the doors at edie Live opening in just a few days, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
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.
Reports reiterate value of strong policy signals in clean energy revolution
As new research indicates that the global decarbonisation process can be kick-started by a small group of countries with the right policy incentives, a separate study has found that the UK Government can now deliver 1GW of new onshore wind subsidy-free.
Renewables investment in UK will fall 95% over next three years - study
Investment in windfarms will fall off a "cliff edge" over the next three years and put the UK's greenhouse gas reduction targets at risk, according to a new analysis.
Britain celebrates 25 years of wind energy as tax-free ISA opens new sale avenues for wind farms
The UK's first commercial wind farm celebrates its 25th anniversary during the same week that the UK’s first wind investment eligible for a tax-free ISA achieved “fastest ever” sales for a long-term offer on Abundance Investment.
Britain loves onshore wind, contrary to popular belief
Three-quarters of the British public back onshore wind power - more than double the level of support for fracking - but there remains a clear difference between perception and reality when it comes to assessing this support, a new survey has revealed.
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.
UK Government urged to future-proof renewables amid Brexit 'volatility'
The vote to leave the European Union (EU) may have created a "fragile" confidence within the clean energy industry, but multiple organisations have called on the Government to build a cross-party coalition that provides wind energy with a viable route to market.
Global Wind Day: 10 wind energy statistics that will blow you away
On a day dedicated to discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world, edie takes a look at 10 interesting wind energy statistics on Global Wind Day (15 June).
Why the world's energy system WON'T achieve the 2C climate change target without serious investment
By the year 2040, renewables will finally have won the global energy race. The prices of coal and gas will have dropped significantly, but this will not derail the decarbonisation of our energy systems - with zero-emission energy sources making up 60% of installed capacity.
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.
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.
Green Investment Bank in £423m windfarm acquisition
A consortium comprising of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) Offshore Wind Fund and funds managed by New York investment firm BlackRock, has acquired three UK wind farms in a deal worth £423m.
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 .
RSPB to power half of UK operations with wind
Europe's largest nature conservation charity will install a wind turbine at its national headquarters in Bedfordshire that will generate enough electricity to power more than half of its 127 UK locations.
"It's total, utter nonsense": Cameron slams climate policy critics
Prime Minister David Cameron "couldn't disagree more" with all of the green groups, industry associations, opposition parties and other political figureheads who have said there is a disconnect between the UK Government's high-level engagement on climate change at the Paris climate conference and domestic energy policy.
RenewableUK snaps up DECC director as new chief exec
The national trade association for Britain's wind, wave and tidal power industries has recruited a top civil servant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as its new chief executive.
Wind energy set to be Europe's largest power source by 2030
Wind energy could be the largest power supply source in the EU by 2030 as long as governments drive ambition in climate and energy policies, according to a new European Wind Energy Association report.
Brits still back renewables despite subsidy cuts
More than three quarters of the UK public support the use of renewable energy, according to the latest opinion poll from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
£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.
Floating wind turbines could be cost-competitive in 10 years, says ETI
Floating offshore wind could be a credible, cost-effective form of low-carbon energy for the UK by the mid-2020's, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has claimed.
GIB raises £355m for world's first offshore wind fund
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has raised £355m in the second tranche of investment for its Offshore Wind Fund, bringing the total value to more than £818m.
IEA increases estimated growth in renewables
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has upped its estimations of global renewable energy growth through to 2020, with a new "accelerated case" scenario forecasting a 25% higher rate of growth than previous IEA reports.
Wind energy generates £1.25bn for UK economy, provides 30,000 jobs
Wind energy drove £1.25bn of investment into Britain's economy last year, with the industry now employing 30,500 people, according to a new report from RenewableUK.
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".
UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions
Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.
Green jobs boost for Wales with clean energy hub
Plans to build a Centre of Renewable Energy Excellence in Pembrokeshire have been unveiled in Wales, in a bid to make the area an international standard-bearing for green energy.
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.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
As we edge closer to the climate conference in Paris, this week saw a clash of horns over the energy we use. But that hasn't stopped some truly innovative green developments popping up across the globe, from Delhi to... Barnsley.
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.
Policy Exchange: Onshore wind could be as cheap as gas by 2020
Onshore wind could be cost-competitive with new gas generation by 2020 but needs continued Government support to get there, a new report from centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange has found.
Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales
Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand
Summer Budget 2015: Osborne provides further uncertainty for green business
Chancellor George Osborne has brought further uncertainty to green leaders, with an emergency Budget that confirmed more taxes for renewables along with tax-breaks for oil and gas.
Economy needs 'stable policies' to secure low-carbon future, says Aldersgate report
A new report from the Aldersgate Group has brought together voices from the economy, academia and civil society to spell out key priorities for meeting carbon targets.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.