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Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion and leader of the Green party of England and Wales writes exclusively for edie about the future of UK energy supplies and her first year in Parliament.

Why FITs cuts are good for the solar industry

There's been a lot of discussion FITs cuts and the potential impact on consumers, but Sunny Britain chief executive, Barak Goldstein explains why he believes this is actually a good thing for his business.

Renewables Obligation amended in Scotland

Amendments have been made to make the Renewables Obligation Scotland (ROS) a more effective tool to encourage clean energy generation.

Cracking the zero carbon code

The building industry has an integral role to play in enabling the country to move to a sustainable future. Ensuring the code guiding this transition evolves in a consistent and responsive manner will be key to meeting government's target of zero carbon homes by 2016, writes Paul King

Futureproofing your data centre

As vital as they are to our modern economy, data centres are not immune to the onslaught of energy-efficiency legislation. But staying one step ahead is not as daunting as it seems

Carbon economy hots up

The gloves are coming off. Carbon now means big business, and the consultancy world heavyweights are shaping up to help companies handle 'just another variable', says Rob Bell

Renewing energy policy

A recent speech highlighted how migrating to a low-carbon economy will involve concerted policy initiatives from across all government departments, says John Hutton MP

Wave Hub looms off the Cornish coast

A renewable energy project is about to be built off the coast of Cornwall. Wave Hub could generate power for 7,500 homes, and save thousands of tonnes of CO2

Bristol leads by example

As the public sector faces huge challenges over energy efficiency, and environmental targets, the need to know more about how energy is being used in buildings is now crucial

Rules 'must change' on energy from sludge

Water UK's Steve Ntifo, environment and science adviser, and Bruce Horton, policy development adviser, discuss the role of energy from sludge in cutting carbon emissions

Climate Change Bill: An opportunity missed?

The government's proposed Climate Change Bill promises great things but may lack real legal muscle. Peter McMaster reports

The great grant farce

The Low Carbon Building Programme's 'inefficient' grant system is a mess, according to Robert Kyriakides of Genersys. Is it time to find a replacement?

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, April 2007

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. This month we see new regulations giving financial incentives for energy saving devices and a law obliging producers to recover and recycle packaging waste, while English and Welsh water undertakers are told in more detail how to prepare and publish water resources management plans.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, March 2007

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see new regulations in Britain's green energy and bio-fuel sectors, as rules on co-generation plants guaranteeing the origin of the green electricity they produce enter into force.

The green team

Civil-engineering supplier Burdens has streamlined its water and environmental products and services into a new division, Burdens Environmental. WWT's acting editor, Natasha Wiseman, reports

Ecobuild: Bigger than ever

Dubbed as Britain's biggest green building information programme, Ecobuild will showcase truly sustainable construction in action. John Haven reports

Keeping renewables green

Renewable Energy Systems, a world-leading wind farm developer, wanted to make sure its environmental management system met international standards. So it called in SGS

A shore thing

Interest in marine renewable technologies has never been so high. So why aren't more products making it to the marketplace? Kevin Cleminson explains how two key words - reliability and maintainability - are vital to success

Blazing the trail

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of UK carbon dioxide emissions. Rob Bell asks whether the planned 120,000 homes at Thames Gateway can act as an example of energy efficiency for the housing sector

Ikea begins bag revolution

When Tom Idle visited Ikea to ask UK environment manager Charlie Browne why it decided to charge for its carrier bags, he met a company constantly striving to be the best

What's it all about...? Energy storage

With energy saving policy dominating the headlines, significant savings could be achieved through the storage of energy, argues Tim Hennessy

Glasgow wind farm will be Europe's largest

The go ahead for Europe's largest wind farm has been announced.

Hidden cost of renewables

The Government wants 10% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2010. But any business that installs a renewable-energy system on its property faces increased rates. The British Retail Consoritum asks why As industry ponders the future of Britain's energy supply, political pressure is mounting on the Government from a range of disparate voices. The environmental lobby wants clean and green energy. The private sector is concerned by both rising costs and fears about security of supply, while voters (hit by soaring gas and electricity bills) simply want an energy bill they can afford.
It is against this tense background that the DTI is conducting the major energy review currently under way. Clearly, the nuclear option looms large (an option explored on page 16), but the scale of a nuclear build needed to meet Britain's energy demand may remain an unpalatable political decision for this current Government. But we shall have to wait and see.
In the build-up to Kyoto, and following its implementation last year, the Government has worked hard to secure creditability globally with its commitment to climate change. Only a few months post-Kyoto, Tony Blair lectured his G8 colleagues on the threat of climate change at Gleneagles, calling it "probably, long-term, the single most important issue we face as a global community".
Thus, in recent years, we have seen a range of policy drivers designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the property market. These have included regulatory spurs, such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, and changes to the Building Regulations, and incentives via a range of grants and reliefs (for example the Clear Skies programme and business rates relief for good-quality combined heat and power plant).
For the moment, at least, the Government continues to maintain its support for renewable energy and is publicly committing to generating 10% of the UK's electricity supply from renewable energy sources by 2010. Clearly we are still some way off meeting this goal - at present, less than 3% of the UK's electricity supply comes from renewable sources. In order to meet the 10% target, the UK will need to install approximately 10,000MWe of renewable capacity by 2010, an annual build rate of more than 1,250MWe.

Small scale
Until recently, the Government has focused on the potential for large-scale renewable systems - but this is set to change. Small-scale renewable systems have now been developed which can be installed on just about any structure and most locations
- including the high street.
Voices within government have recognised the potential for business to drive up the UK's generating capacity from renewable sources and have identified the planning system as one of the best mechanisms. With this end in mind, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) published a new planning guidance document on renewable energy at the end of 2004 called Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22): Renewable Energy.
Although this document is barely 18 months old, there is already talk in some Government circles about whether to begin work revising and presumably extending PPS22. And the ODPM and the DTI have been engaged in an interesting series of exchanges about whether or not there would be a redraft.
A growing number of local authorities are beginning to flex their new planning powers to implement the Government's 10% target. And we are increasingly beginning to see individual wind turbines and solar photovoltaics (PV) appearing in the most unlikely of places - standing alongside a supermarket, a DIY retailer or attached to a petrol station forecourt.
The Mayor of London has taken this further with the introduction of legislation that means all major developments in the Greater London Authority area should generate at least 10% of the site's energy needs from on-site renewable energy. No doubt, as new development schemes designed under this new regime begin to come online, we will witness an explosion of micro-renewables across the Capital.
Despite all these laudable attempts to promote the growth of the fledgling renewables market, the Government is in danger of undermining all its good intentions by penalising private-sector investment in renewable energy. It is a little-known fact that an anomaly in the system of business rates means that any business that installs a small-scale renewable energy system on its property - be it a 30kW wind turbine or a small panel of PV - faces a supplementary increase in their business rates levy. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which administers the business rates regime on behalf of the ODPM, fails to make a distinction between fossil fuel burning plant and machinery and renewable plant.
Accordingly, an incongruous situation has emerged
where retailers who look to reduce their carbon emissions by investing in renewables
are penalised with increased
rates liability.
Clearly this small branch of Government has not kept up with the rest of Whitehall thinking on renewable energy and climate change. And, given the already high start-up costs associated with renewable technologies, many leaders in the retail community have voiced the opinion that this practice is a deterrent from taking up these important technologies.
This point is also picked up in Ernst & Young's global renewable energy market report. Although the most recent edition ranks the UK as one of the two most attractive countries in the world for investment in renewable technologies, the UK's position is downgraded for the first time because of the Government's business rates regime.

Iniquitous practice
The retail sector and others in the business community feel they have the potential to go some way in helping the Government meet its ambitious target of generating 10% of the UK's electricity from renewable energy by 2010. However, at the present time it is still more cost effective for retailers to source their energy needs from the national grid.
The rating of micro-renewables further reinforces this situation. The British Retail Consortium is currently campaigning to ensure the Government puts a stop to this iniquitous practice.

Why is renewable energy use penalised?

The Government wants 10% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2010. But any business that installs a renewable-energy system on its property faces increased rates. The British Retail Consoritum asks why

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (March 06)

Recent changes to legislation whichth will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see EU legislation on public access to pollution information and on the marketing and use of dangerous substances, while in the UK orders on offshore installations and the renewables obligation come into force.

Western horizons

South West Water's Martin Ross talks to Tom Idle about his vision of the future and how to wrestle with a limit budget

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Fuel of the future

Camilla Anderson talks to James Beal of Renewables East, a company at the forefront of the drive to convert motorists to the cause of biodiesels

The Eneco wind farm in Lochluichart

Unilever goes 100% renewable across all UK manufacturing sites

Unilever has today (23 May) revealed that all of its UK manufacturing sites are 100% powered by electricity generated from certified renewable sources.

While poultry litter biomass has received a boost across the country, using ground coffee waste for a similar purpose is expanding outside of London

Coffee grounds and poultry litter proving a viable biomass option in the UK

As innovative waste coffee recycling firm bio-beans expands its collection service across the University of Birmingham, the UK Government has revealed that Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants using poultry litter will receive the highest tariffs under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

The solar farm  will save 3,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions at the CCEP factory in Wakefield - equal to taking more than 1,700 cars off the road

Coca-Cola bottler sourcing 100% renewable electricity

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a new solar farm in Yorkshire to coincide with news that the firm is now sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy.

Elsewhere on the index, both China and India have surpassed the US which fell to third following policy changes introduced by the Trump administration

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.

Labour has unveiled pledges costing £48.6bn, to be funded from extra tax revenue, in its election manifesto. Photo: @paulwaugh / Twitter

Labour manifesto: Renewables revolution, air quality crackdown and SDG push

The official Labour Party manifesto has been broadly praised by green groups for including a raft of bold pledges to ramp up renewable energy generation, tackle air quality and embed the Sustainable Development Goals into central government.

Tesco has  had its goal to become a zero-carbon business by 2050 approved by the independent Science-Based Targets initiative

Tesco commits to 100% renewables by 2030

Tesco has pledged to deliver 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as the supermarket giant unveils tougher Science-Based Targets to help achieve its long-term emissions reduction plan.

The project is the first time the 8MW turbines have been commercially used anywhere in the world

Mersey feat: world's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool

The planet's biggest and most powerful wind turbines have begun generating electricity off the Liverpool coast, cementing Britain's reputation as a world leader in the technology.

Whitbread has ambitious growth plans to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to around 85,000 by 2020

Whitbread now powered by 100% renewable electricity

Britain's biggest hospitality can now stake claim to being powered by 100% renewable sources after striking a deal for green electricity to be supplied to its hotels, restaurants and coffee shops across the country.

The manifesto proposes that all energy investment will be directed towards “clean, renewable energy”

'An inspiring vision for the natural world': Green Party unveils environment manifesto

The Green Party has today (11 May) made a swathe of green promises in its General Election environment manifesto, which aims to build a "prosperous, thriving future" for UK businesses and citizens.

A Clyde project will develop the UK’s first water source heat pump for medium temperature district heating to service existing buildings

Scotland unveils winners of £40m low-carbon innovation fund

A string of pioneering district heat networks and a battery storage project are among the biggest winners in a £43m fund announced by the Scottish Government in an effort to boost low-carbon infrastructure across the country.

The manifesto notes that renewable energy companies will invest more than £15.6bn in UK infrastructure between 2016 and 2021 to boost capacity and production

Next Government must prioritise renewables to boost economy, says RenewableUK

As the Conservatives confirmed plans for a price cap for energy bills, RenewableUK has launched its manifesto for the General Election and called on the next Government to embrace renewables and flexible energy to match the needs of the UK economy.

SmartestEnergy believes there would be more stability if wind and solar were brought back into the contracts for difference (CfD) auction system

UK energy storage predicted to grow 100-fold by 2020

SmartestEnergy has called for renewables and storage to be able to compete on a level playing field with other forms of energy, as it publishes a new report highlighting how independent developers are turning to batteries.

The UK is the biggest importer of wood pellets in the European Union (EU), shipping in more than seven million tonnes from the US and Canada in 2015

Biomass 'carbon neutrality' debate continues to divide opinion

Using biomass, specifically energy derived from burning wood, as a crux in the UK's effort to transition towards a low-carbon economy has come under scrutiny again, after the former secretary for energy and climate change and his ex-special advisor clashed over its use.

Tim Farron lambasted the “disastrous plan” to sell of the Green Investment Bank “just as it is getting established”

Tim Farron: It's time for a green industrial revolution

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called on the UK Government to spur a new "industrial revolution" of clean technology to help the country reduce net emissions by 100% by 2050.

NewClimate Institute policy analyst Sebastian Sterl believes that negative CO2 emissions will be necessary at large scale at some point from mid-century onwards

What steps must be taken now to achieve the Paris Agreement?

A sustained low-carbon shift in energy production, transportation and land use are some of the most important actions required to keep global governments and businesses on track with the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, NewClimate Institute policy analyst and edie Live speaker Sebastian Sterl has said.

From dangerous levels of pollution to unpredictable rain patterns and drought, the impacts of climate change already being felt, but solutions are available

edie explores sustainability megatrends: Part 1 - Climate change

Kicking off edie's new series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends. The Climate Group's corporate partnerships director Mike Peirce explores how climate change is radically changing the way we do business.

The study emphasised the importance of taking a whole system approach to analysing the relative merits of different technologies

Flexibility needed 'urgently' to avoid spiralling renewable costs

The Government needs to "act urgently" to deliver a more flexible power system and avoid "spiralling" costs from the integration of renewables, the UK Energy Research Centre has warned.

The project will assess the financial case for installing batteries at solar parks and the various ways this can be managed

Innovative battery system links solar park to the grid

A pioneering £1m battery storage system in Somerset will transfer power to the local electricity network after linking directly to a nearby 1.5MW solar park.

Hull, Grimsby, Great Yarmouth and the Isle of Wight are among the UK coastal areas that are benefiting from offshore wind energy developments

Record-breaking offshore wind construction in 2016

Offshore windfarm construction in the UK hit a record level last year, according to new figures.

Warwickshire's Upton House is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions. Photo: National Trust

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.

Solar costs have fallen by more than 80% in less than decade

Renewables reaching cost-parity with fossil fuels, research finds

Low-carbon technologies are now reaching cost-parity with fossil fuels, according to a new report which states that solar cell technology is likely to have a "major impact" in the near future.

The report has been released in the same week that UK ministers have announced a £78m investment for British coal plants to secure supply for the coming year

EU must phase out coal by 2030 to meet Paris goals, report claims

The last European coal plant must be closed by 2030 if the continent is to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, a new report from non-profit institute Climate Analytics has stated.

Despite Europe’s installed wind power capacity now standing at 153.7GW, it is still a relatively small fraction of the region’s 918.8GW of total power capacity

Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe's electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent's rapid shift away from fossil fuels.

The Laggan hydro dam. Organisations are concerned that hydropower had been singled-out for

Scotland's renewable energy schemes 'crippled' by business rates revaluation

Small Scottish renewable energy schemes could be faced with new business rates of up to 650%, rousing fears that future investment into renewables could be stunted in the country.

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has set aside £1.6m in emergency funding for flood-affected clubs this year

Lord's becomes first cricket ground to run on 100% renewables

Lord's has become the first UK cricket ground to run completely on clean energy, as new figures reveal that extreme weather linked to climate change has caused £3.5m worth of damages to the sport.

The programme has started in Aberdeen with the launch of a two-month energy-focused exhibition which includes turbine demonstrations, workshops and other associated activities

Vattenfall launches Scottish offshore wind education project

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has joined forces with a Scottish science centre to launch a programme aimed at educating the population about offshore wind energy.

The firm revealed late last year that it was also attempting to sell-off its oil and gas arm to raise funds for future renewables investment

DONG Energy pledges to phase-out coal by 2023

Utility company DONG Energy has today (2 February) announced an "important step" in its green transformation, with a pledge to completely phase-out coal from its heat and power generation by 2023.

The UK’s apparent inability to hit the EU’s RED targets is likely to incense campaigners, many of which are of the belief that the 20% targets aren’t ambitious enough

UK 'falling behind' on EU renewable energy targets

The European Union (EU) is on track to hit a 20% renewable goal for 2020, despite nations such as the UK, Ireland and Luxembourg struggling to increase the share of renewables in transport and heat sectors, a new European Commission (EC) report has found.

Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team have set an ambitious  goal to be the most sustainable sports team

Solar power to put wind in sails of Ben Ainslie Racing

UK-based renewable energy investment firm Low Carbon has today (1 February) unveiled a new project which will help reduce the carbon footprint of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team.

Ministers revealed details of a £50m fund for 13 low-carbon, heating and storage projects across Scotland will be announced next month

Scotland unveils 50% renewable energy goal for 2030

Scotland's new target to deliver 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 has been hailed as a "landmark moment" in the country's low-carbon transition.

The pledges from the three European organisations arrived on the same day (18 January) that the Climate Group released the second RE100 annual report

Gatwick Airport joins RE100 campaign

Gatwick Airport has joined the Climate Group's RE100 initiative alongside Dutch Royal Philips and the Danske Bank Group, as a new report revealed that existing members of the renewable energy initiative have already created a 107TWh demand for clean energy.

SmartestEnergy's chief executive Robert Groves says that the firm is seeing more business customers asking for certificate-backed renewable electricity products

SmartestEnergy launches UK's first certified 100% renewable electricity product

Independent green energy supplier SmartestEnergy has launched the UK's first independently certified 100% renewable electricity product for businesses.

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.

SNP Energy spokesperson Callum McCaig remains confident that Scotland’s renewable sector will continue to flourish despite a “devastating” reduction of renewables investment

SNP calls on UK Government to end 'shameful' renewables record

The Conservative Government's "shameful" renewable energy policy record risks threatening the UK's economic prosperity and investment opportunities in a "thriving" industry, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has warned.

The industry claims that ethanol produced in Europe has 64% greenhouse gas (GHG) higher savings compared to petrol, which is equivalent to the annual GHG emissions of 4 million cars

EU risks missing climate goals without 'sustainable' biofuels, experts warn

The European Commission's proposal to gradually phase out "sustainable" first generation biofuels will prevent the EU from meeting its 2030 climate goals, experts claim.

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

Swansea Bay: £1.3bn tidal lagoon project earns much-needed backing from Hendry Review

Plans to build the world's first tidal lagoon-based renewable energy system in Swansea Bay have today (12 January) received support from a long-awaited, Government-commissioned review assessing the viability of the project.

Three major coal power stations were closed in 2016, leading to a substantial fall in generation

UK wind energy surpasses coal generation for first time

The UK made history 2016, with new analysis revealing that energy from wind turbines dwarfed energy sourced from coal power stations for the first time ever.

FSB conducted a survey showing that 86% of its members were concerned about import dependence, while security of supply proved the biggest concern for most small businesses

Small businesses key to UK low-carbon transition, report claims

A tenth of UK small businesses now produce their own electricity, according to a new report which calls on the Government to make it easier for small firms to contribute to green energy generation.

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

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.

This should be a year to remember for the green economy, for all the right reasons

Happy New Year: Seventeen big reasons for the green economy to be excited about 2017

From new sustainability standards and ambitious green policy strategies through to major renewable energy projects and autonomous vehicle trials, we look ahead to some of the most promising trends and developments set to boost the green economy in 2017.

New Years Eve fireworks fill the Edinburgh skyline as part of the city's Hogmanay festival

Can Scotland continue its climate lead in 2017?

New figures show that Scotland is leading the UK in reducing the climate impact of electricity generation, but green groups are calling for the country to go further and "blaze the trail" for global pollution-free power by instilling a national 50% renewable energy target.

The site became the first in the UK to offer its own local tariff in 2013, enabling around 170 local households to benefits from 100% renewable energy at a special rate

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.

We take a look at the 16 sustainability stories that have shaped the past 12 months for the green economy

16 from 2016: the crucial sustainability stories of the year

With the year drawing gradually to a close, edie examines the major highlights that defined the global environmental and sustainability agenda in the past 12 months.

KPS claims that its kite power technology can transform the global offshore wind market due to the cheap manufacturing costs, which can reduce capex by as much as 50%

Energy giants throw financial weight behind Britain's kite energy aspirations

Three major energy firms, including E.ON and Shell, have secured a £5m investment into an innovative British company that aims to deploy the country's first high-altitude wind facility.

Wind turbines near a canal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. At present, the EU's energy system remains centralised and dominated by large power plants

Europe eyes 'big bang' in power savings from industry and SMEs

While standards for toasters, fridges, and TV sets have so far grabbed the most attention, the biggest potential for power savings actually lies in integrating industries and small businesses to the electricity system, a senior EU official has said.

Engineers said that their methodology could be applied to create more accurate estimates of future emissions savings and readings for energy developers, planner and policymakers

Report: British wind farms cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes

Renewable energy generated from wind farms in Britain has prevented the creation of around 36m tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the last six years, a new study from the University of Edinburgh has found.

The growth in AD plants gives the UK more capacity to recycle food waste, more sustainable farming and wastewater treatment, more low-carbon baseload electricity, and more green gas in the grid

AD sector doubles in 2016 as Ecotricity targets fracking sites for new green gas plants

Britain now has almost 90 plants injecting green biomethane into the gas grid - nearly double the number in operation this time last year, according to a new report.

The record of 10,104MW was achieved between 2pm and 2.30pm on Wednesday as wind farms delivered 23% of Britain's total electricity demand for the day

Christmas bonus for clean energy as wind power breaks 10,000MW record

A new record output for UK wind farms was reached yesterday (7 December), with more than 10,000MW of electricity generated by wind turbines for the first time.

Oman said it had taken Google five years to reach the 100% target, set in 2012, because of the complexity involved with negotiating power purchase agreements

Google to be powered 100% by renewable energy from 2017

Google's data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, in what the company has called a "landmark moment".

It is feared that an increase in business rates could restrict future investment in commercial rooftop solar systems

Big brands call on UK Government to 'stop the solar tax hike'

More than 160 leading green businesses including Sainsbury's, Ikea and Kingfisher have today (5 December) called upon Chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap scheduled tax increases on solar PV.

While things look good for the EU in the short-term, the report warns that raised efforts were a necessity in reaching longer-term goals

European Union 2020 energy targets 'well within reach'

European Union (EU) Member States are collectively on course to meet 2020 targets for renewables, energy efficiency and emissions reductions, although a new report has warned that long-term objectives are at risk of falling short.

The document sets out the EU's planned transition to an energy efficient and low-carbon economy

EU winter package met with mixed green business reception

As the European Commission (EC) today (30 November) unveils its energy winter package aimed at helping to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, edie analyses the major talking points of the document's key proposals.

Ecotricity customers will be offered a return of 5% gross per annum, with a rate of 4.5% for all other investors

Ecotricity's green bond raises £12m in one month

Green energy supplier Ecotricity's latest foray in the UK renewable energy market has led to more than £12m of applications for its fourth corporate mini-bond ahead of tomorrow's (30 November) deadline.

Anaerobic digesters at Reading Sewage Treatment Works, which belong to Thames Water

Yorkshire Water cuts carbon by 4% in 3 years

Yorkshire Water has reduced its carbon emissions by 4.3% in the past three years.

The absence of a common framework is viewed by European business leaders as likely to discourage investment in the transition to renewable energy

European businesses fear 'lost decade' for renewables ahead of EU proposals

As the European Commission (EC) prepares to present its energy package for 2030 on Wednesday (30 November), a coalition of multinational businesses including BT, Philips Lighting and Kingfisher has called for more ambitious energy legislation to replace the current renewables directive.

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

Michael Liebreich: Policy alignment needed to make Britain a low-carbon leader

The UK can "truly be a leader" in the global low-carbon economy, but only if a policy alignment is introduced that allows considerations of the energy mix to also shape trade, tax and research and development (R&D) legislation, the chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has said.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement speech to a lively House of Commons this afternoon, but it contained little to get excited about

Autumn Statement 2016: Chancellor confirms carbon price floor freeze and low-carbon transport funding

Philip Hammond has confirmed that the UK's carbon price floor will be capped through to 2020, and announced £390m of new funding for low-carbon transport, as the Chancellor delivered his first - and last - Autumn Statement on behalf of the UK Government.

Will new Chancellor Philip Hammond dedicate any part of his first Autumn Statement to the green economy? Stay tuned to edie on Wednesday

Autumn Statement 2016: 10 green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's first budget announcement

From unveiling a low-carbon Industrial Strategy and confirming post-Brexit support for renewables through to enabling a smart, flexible energy system and providing more expenditure to prevent flooding - will new Chancellor Philip Hammond deliver on our green policy wishlist in his first Autumn Statement?

BEIS Committee chair Iain Wright says the low-carbon economy will be 'front and centre' of the Committee’s role in scrutinising BEIS. Photo: FEWeek

Autumn Statement: BEIS Committee chief calls for green policy turnaround

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government should use this week's Autumn Statement as an opportunity to reverse a downfall in green investment attractiveness by committing to a range of low-carbon projects such as tidal lagoons, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and offshore wind.

Against the backdrop of the COP22 in Marrakesh, businesses have united for the first time to support recommendations on the forthcoming European package

Private sector pushes for better EU renewable energy legislation

After leaked documents revealing renewable energy will no longer be a top priority in the EU's new winter package, major corporations including Google, Unilever and IKEA have backed a call for improvements to the forthcoming package.

Selectricity enables businesses to browse online for local generators such as wind and solar farms

Britain's first online renewable energy marketplace launched by Good Energy

Businesses can now choose how and where their electricity is generated through the UK's first online marketplace for renewable energy, launched by independent supplier Good Energy this week.

The fuel is believed to be the world’s first of its kind produced from forest wood

Alaska Airlines flies first commercial jet powered by forest biomass

Alaska Airline passengers have taken to the skies in a "world-first" commercial flight running on sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest.

The European Commission building in Brussels. The Commission has targeted 20% renewables in the EU’s energy mix by 2020

Leaked EU energy package subsidises fossil fuels, undermines renewables

The EU claims to be promoting an ambitious agenda at the Marrakesh climate conference, but its latest piece of energy legislation could subsidise new coal capacity and undermine market access for renewables.

The panels will be developed and by affiliate company SunPower – described by Total as a

Total to roll out solar arrays across 5,000 services stations

Multinational oil and gas company Total is launching a program to fit 5,000 of its service stations across the globe with solar PV panels within the next five years.

The farm will take Swindon Council to 80% of its target to install 200MW of renewable capacity by 2020, the equivalent of meeting the electricity requirements of every home in borough

UK's first green energy ISA attracts £1m funding pool

The UK's first green energy Individual Savings Account (ISA) has already received £1m of investment since its launch last week, with the expenditure set to fund a new community solar farm in Swindon.

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%.

Political outsider Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Photo: Gage Skidmore

Does Donald Trump's Presidential triumph spell the end of America's climate progress?

Donald Trump has pulled off one of the biggest electoral shocks in US history, beating Democrat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th US President. edie explores what this could mean for the country's future international leadership on climate action.

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.

A detailed new analysis from the STA argues that since most support for large-scale solar has been removed in the last year

STA calls for 'modest government intervention' for solar

New research has shown that the current financing for large scale solar PV schemes in the UK is no longer economically viable.

The 2016 LCEI shows a promising state of affairs for UK carbon reductions and also calls upon businesses to consider future implications of the UKs continued decarbonisation

UK tops G20 on carbon reduction levels

Britain remains a "world-leader" on climate action, with new figures from the professional services firm PwC ranking the country the highest of the G20 group of nations when it comes to annual average reductions in carbon intensity over the past 15 years.

IRENA suggests that offshore wind could grow more than 650% by 2030, cementing its place as a key power generation technology in years to come

Offshore wind deployment could grow by 650% in 15 years, says IRENA

Technological innovations for offshore wind energy generation hold the potential to grow the sector from 13GW of capacity in 2015 to more than 100GW in 2030, according to new analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


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