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The supersizing of windfarms around the British coastline means Walney Extension will not hold its title for long. Image: Ørsted

World's largest offshore windfarm opens off Cumbrian coast

The world's biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened in the Irish Sea, amid warnings that Brexit could increase costs for future projects.

The installations are double the previous annual record set in 2013 and account for one-fifth of total onshore wind capacity in the UK

Policy to stifle onshore wind sector following record year for installations, report warns

The UK Government is risking billions of pounds of new investment opportunities by failing to open up new avenues to deployment for the onshore wind sector, according to a new report from industry body RenewableUK.

The expanded solar park is set to increase the park's renewable generation capacity tenfold

UK's first subsidy-free industrial solar project to power business park

A business park in Buckinghamshire is set to become the first facility of its kind in the UK to generate more solar than it requires, once the nation's first subsidy-free industrial solar installation is completed on the site.

The biggest barrier to renewable procurement among respondents was found to be cost

Is renewable energy just a 'passing trend' for businesses?

Despite the strong progress that the business world has made in driving the renewables revolution in recent months, a new survey of 1,000 UK-based utility decision makers has revealed that more than a quarter (27%) believe that renewable energy is "just a passing trend".

The data found that, on average, a kilowatt hour of electricity generated in 2017 produced 225 grams of C02, down from 483g in 2012

Wind power drives UK renewables to 30% share of electricity mix

Almost 30% of the UK's electricity in 2017 was generated from renewables, nearly a 5% increase on the previous year, as increased solar and wind installations continue to decarbonise the UK's energy and electricity mix.

The consultation paper states Government intervention may still be required to support solar and wind projects

No replacement for Feed-in Tariff 'major blow' for renewables

The Government has axed subsidies for new small-scale low-carbon electricity generation, sparking dismay from renewable energy bodies.

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British solar firms have been hit by a round of subsidy cuts in 2015 and 2016, as well as changes to business rates for buildings with rooftop solar

UK solar power growth halves for second year running

New solar power installations halved in the UK last year for the second year in a row, as the fallout of government subsidy cuts continued to shake the sector.

Almost half of the gas industry’s hopes for new power stations for Europe are slated for the UK

'From coal to clean' - UK does not need to turn to gas, says WWF

The UK has no need to build new large gas-fired power stations to replace the coal plants that the government has pledged to switch off by 2025, the World Wide Fund for Nature has argued.

More than £227m was invested in 400 new independent renewable energy projects across Great Britain in 2017

Subsidy cuts slow growth of independent renewables, report finds

Investment in new, independent renewable energy projects in the UK totalled £227m in 2017, down by almost 20% from 2016 figures, according to a new report published this week.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presents the EU’s post-2020 long-term budget proposals [© European Union, 2018 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service]

EU proposes 25% 'climate quota' in new long-term budget

The clean energy transition and other initiatives to decarbonise Europe's economy will represent 25% of EU spending under a seven-year EU budget plan put forward by the European Commission on Wednesday (2 May).

It was widely expected that many projects would be unable to compete in the post-ROC environment, but many new projects are beginning to compete in the subsidy-free era

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.

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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

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.

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

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.

Analysis by Aurora suggested 9GW of solar, 5GW to 6GW of onshore wind and 3GW to 4GW of offshore wind could be built without subsidies by the end of the next decade

Britain on course for £20bn subsidy-free renewables 'revolution'

Britain is on the brink of a subsidy-free renewables "revolution" which could create up to 18GW of new capacity by 2030 and attract £20 billion of investment, analysts have claimed.

Less than 6% of this auction’s power reserve comes from renewables, while less than 2% is covered through energy storage. In contrast, coal secured an 8% share

Capacity Market Auction: 'Bizarre' Government policies blocking renewables funding

The provisional results of the latest Capacity Market Auction were released by National Trust today (2 February), leading to the closure on a coal-fired power plant and concerns from the renewables sector that clean technologies are being blocked from finance.

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

Investment in clean energy plunged further in Britain than in any other country last year because of government policy changes, new figures show.

The plans will offer additional funds to farmers who work together to make environmental improvements at “landscape scale”

Michael Gove: UK to reward farmers for environmental practices post-Brexit

Michael Gove will indicate that the UK will replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-Brexit with a system that gives subsidies to farmers who try to enhance the natural environment.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the 2017 Autumn Budget to a jubilant House of Commons

Budget 2017: Chancellor takes action on air quality, electric vehicles and plastic waste

Chancellor Philip Hammond has today pledged to build an economy "fit for the future" by announcing new air quality funding, tax incentives for electric cars, and measures to combat plastic waste in his 2017 Autumn Budget.

Last month, the UK cemented its position in the top 10 rankings of the world's most attractive countries for renewable energy investment

Can government and investors make post-Brexit UK a green finance leader?

The recent Clean Growth Strategy has created a multi-billion-pound framework for low-carbon growth, but the UK Government is still keen to strengthen relationships with investors to tackle the "hard and challenging" times ahead.

The IFC report, entitled Creating Markets for Climate Business, found that governments could work with businesses by fostering renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels

Huge private sector investment puts Paris climate target in reach, says report

At least one trillion dollars are being invested globally in ways to reduce the threat of climate change, including renewable power, energy efficiency, and public transport around the world.

The REA believes that the decline in growth stemmed from Government policies restricting routes to markets for solar PV technology

Shrinking solar deployment darkens UK's record low-carbon electricity mix

Despite low-carbon sources providing more than half of all UK energy generation for the second time, the Government has been urged to address policy barriers that have "unnecessarily impeded" the development of solar technologies over the last two years.

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

'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).

The amount of renewable energy capacity forecast globally in 2022 has been revised upwards on last year’s forecast

Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy

Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, outstripping the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time and leading experts to hail a "new era".

200 Chinese manufacturers built 379,000 electric and hybrid vehicles in 2015, four times more than 2014

China sets electric vehicle quota for 2019

Automakers trying to capture a slice of the Chinese vehicle market will have to ensure that 10% of the cars they sell are electric or low-emission vehicles by 2019, after the country confirmed plans to phase-out diesel vehicles.

The European Commission is due to present a clean transport strategy in November

Transport sucks up nearly half of Europe's fossil fuel subsidies, report finds

European countries spend more than €112 billion per year subsidising oil, gas and coal production or consumption - including tax breaks on highly-polluting diesel - despite a pledge to phase out fossil fuels completely by 2020.

The launch will help Anesco realise its plan to have the largest portfolio of energy storage in the UK set up and running by the end of next year

Anesco unveils UK's first subsidy-free farm

Renewable energy developer Anesco has today (26 September) heralded a "landmark" achievement with the launch of the UK's first solar farm to operate without a Government subsidy.

HEAL’s report calls on government’s around the world to switch off the subsidies tap

Fossil fuel subsidies racking up trillions in health costs

Health costs related to fossil fuel use outweigh taxpayer-funded subsidies by 600%, according to a new study that insists governments should stop pumping money into dirty energy sources.

A shift away from compensation to exemption from the Renewables Obligation scheme would save energy-intensive industries around £196m annually

Should energy-intensive businesses be exempt from renewable energy costs?

A move from Government to exempt Britain's energy-intensive industries from some of the costs associated with renewable energy policies has ignited a debate over whether such a move is necessary for the growth of green business.

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

UK's biomass ambition: Low-cost solution or forest full of loopholes?

A new report has outlined that using waste and biomass for gasification can help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets at a lower cost to the economy, on the same day that research condemned a biomass standard used by Drax, E.ON and DONG as a "forest of loopholes".

The members are calling for a cap of 550g of CO2 per kwh for generators receiving capacity mechanism subsidies in the EU

Energy giants back calls to cut financial support for polluting powerplants

A coalition of thirteen energy industry firms, including Siemens, Shell and Total, have launched a new joint initiative to limit the amount of state aid subsidies that are sent to highly-polluting fossil fuel plants across the European Union (EU).

The outcome is slightly more generous than the original consultation which proposed reducing the benefit to around £2/kW

Ofgem condemned for slashing subsidies for small-scale energy generation

Energy regulator Ofgem has faced accusations of "hammering" the financial viability of low-carbon projects, after it confirmed subsidies made to small-scale electricity generators will fall by up to 93%.

2016 is the first year that the new solar capacity added to the energy mix has been greater than any other electricity-producing technology

'Spectacular' drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost

Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data - although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell.

edie's five-minute green policy survey is your opportunity to lay out your top policy priorities for the year ahead, with the results curated into a full green business manifesto for edie readers

The great green policy survey: Last chance to tell us the issues that matter most

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Skorupska called for clarity on how the Industrial Strategy plans integrate decentralised and smart technologies to enable the UK to reach its low-carbon commitments

A 'committed' Government can spur post-Brexit renewables job growth, says REA

EXCLUSIVE: The UK's departure from the European Union (EU) should be facilitated by a new Government that uses key "lighthouse areas" to outline how the country plans embed low-carbon smart technologies into operations as a means to attract better investment options.

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.

Overall, the 10 nations have provided £5.3bn annually between 2005 to 2016 on coal subsidies

UK's £350m coal subsidies clash with Government's phase-out pledges

The UK is providing £356m annually in coal subsidies, despite the UK Government denying that it provides financial support for fossil fuels, a new report has claimed.

Brexit day: A new opportunity for Britain’s environment

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How to win the war on waste in the UK

Many EU senior officials are now saying that the move to a circular economy is an economic and environmental necessity. As fossil fuels subsidies come to an end and the UK triggers Article 50, there is a sense of urgency to create a society where nothing is wasted to ensure we don't fall behind the rest of Europe and the world in our actions to save the planet.

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UK leads Europe for solar growth despite a drop in installations after government cut subsidies

Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China

The amount of solar power added worldwide soared by some 50% last year because of a sun rush in the US and China, new figures show.

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.

The G20 has made numerous pledges since 2009 to phase out “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies” over the medium term

Financial giants repeat calls for G20 to phase-out fossil fuel support

The financial sector is calling on G20 governments to sever ties with the fossil fuel sector, as 16 major companies with assets under management worth $2.8trn signed a joint statement for governments to phase-out subsidies by 2020.

The committee dismissed a BEIS report last November, which it said did not break down the impacts of policies to a household level

Lack of transparency over green energy subsidies 'shambolic', say MPs

MPs have criticised ministers for their "shambolic" failure to regularly spell out the impact of government green policies on household energy bills.

BIC has suggested that the World Bank is turning Indonesia “into a major coal producer” by subsidising fossil fuels through the Development Policy Financing (DPF) programme

World Bank quashes fossil fuel funding claims

The World Bank has criticised what it believes are "grossly misrepresented" findings from the Bank Information Center (BIC), which has claimed that up to $5bn in intended low-carbon funds have instead been used to introduce tax breaks for fossil fuel developments in developing countries.

The technology converts the captured carbon into soda ash, which is used as a base chemical in glass manufacturing, paper production and detergents amongst others

'World first': Indian firm succeeds with subsidy-free carbon capture and utilisation project

An Indian chemicals company has introduced a world first to the carbon capture market, by utilising subsidy-free technology to turn CO2 from its own boilers into make base chemicals with a wide range of uses.

Drax believes the company could upgrade the remainder of the power station to run solely on biomass and provide up to 8% of the UK’s total electricity from sustainable sources

Drax receives green light to complete biomass conversion project

UK power station operator Drax has been approved subsidies to run the third of its six coal-fired units on wood pellet fuel, but green campaigners question whether the state aid could have been better employed to help drive the UK towards a low-carbon economy.

Tabled amendments to the EU ETS scheme include additional subsidies being given to pollution-heavy industries such as the steel and energy sector

Polluting industries stand to gain from EU ETS reform, report claims

A reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which is being voted on by the European Parliament next week, could end up giving more than €230bn in subsidies to polluting industries, a new report has claimed.

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.

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.

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 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.

Analysis from think-tank Sandbag has revealed that up to 246 new diesel projects have submitted bids for the capacity market subsidy scheme

Capacity market provides another twist in the Government's air quality battle

As the UK Government returns to court over illegal air quality levels, new analysis from think-tank Sandbag has warned that up to £800m could be spent in the UK to subsidise a plethora of new diesel generators during the next 15 years.

Chisholm claimed that the new department would be better prepared to “repair” financing mechanisms to accelerate the low-carbon transition

BEIS aims to rollout emissions reduction plan in February

The permanent secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alex Chisholm revealed that he expects an emissions reduction plan to be published by the end of February 2017.

Corbyn described cuts to renewable subsidies since the Conservatives came to power in 2015 as “nonsensical” and a “damaging backwards step

Corbyn pledges to create £300m energy research agency: report

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to create a new £300 million US-style energy research agency to help combat climate change, Labour List has reported.

Lockwood drew attention to the failure of the LCF to take account of the effect of changing wholesale prices on contracts for difference payments

Uncertainty is 'built into' the Levy Control Framework, warns expert

Uncertainty is "built into" the Levy Control Framework because the factors which determine the cost of renewable subsidies are themselves "variable and uncertain", an expert from the University of Exeter has warned.

More than 30 combined heat and power projects are impacted by the surprise change made in secondary legislation on Renewable Heat Incentive payments

BEIS under fire for sudden withdrawal of renewable heat support

The newly-formed Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is being urged to reverse a cut to renewable energy subsidy support which was initiated by its governmental predecessor the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

The report has criticised the decision to close the RO to onshore wind early, claiming it will cost Scotland up to £3bn and put 5,400 jobs at risk

Scotland's renewables sector threatened by political 'cloud of uncertainty'

Despite successfully expanding renewable energy capacity, Scotland's renewable energy sector is in a "state of flux", with policy amendments to the Renewables Obligation (RO), Feed in-tariffs (FiT) and Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions all contributing to an uncertain future.

Mary Robinson claimed that the British government introduced new tax breaks for oil and gas in 2015 that will cost the UK taxpayer billions between 2015 and 2020

UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal

Ban Ki-moon's climate change envoy has accused the UK and Germany of backtracking on the spirit of the Paris climate deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies.

Energy Secretary and Tory Party leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom spoke at the Utility Week Energy Summit in London this week

Andrea Leadsom: However we choose to leave the EU, we remain committed to dealing with climate change

Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom took to the plinth in her capacity as Energy Minister at the Utility Week Energy Summit, insisting that the UK "remains committed to dealing with climate change", no matter the outcome of Brexit.

Research carried out by CleanEarth Energy has revealed that more than a third of SMEs feel that the Government is failing to introduce policies that will help combat climate change

Green policy continuity the biggest challenge for energy professionals

The UK Government has faced a double dose of criticism over the effectiveness of its current green strategies by leading environmental groups, after surveys revealed that energy professionals and businesses view energy policy continuity as the biggest challenge for their sector.

Britain has in recent years installed up to 10GW of solar power – enough to power more than three million homes

More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts

The solar power industry says it has seen the loss of more than half its 35,000 jobs due to recent changes in government energy policy, just at a time when solar power has eclipsed coal as a major generator of Britain's electricity.

The G7 nations also committed to the “transparent and robust” implementation of their collective nationally determined contributions (NDCs)

G7 nations commit to ending 'inefficient' fossil fuel subsidies by 2025

Plans to drive a low-carbon transition as part of the recent Paris Agreement have been given a timely boost, after the G7 nations agreed a landmark deal to end the majority of fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.

The study tested the concept of using energy storage systems to generate profits by utilising demand-side response initiatives to buy energy at low prices during low demand

Government urged to subsidise energy storage systems

If renewables are to become fully integrated into the UK's energy mix, the Government will have to incentivise energy storage systems through the introduction of subsidies, researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have claimed.

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.

The green supplier plans to improve the biodiversity across each project, by creating species-rich grassland and planting native hedgerows in the local area

Ecotricity gains planning permission for 'future of energy' hybrid parks

Green energy provider Ecotricity has gained planning permission to create some of the first hybrid energy parks in Britain, by combining current wind farms with two new "sun parks" in Devon and Leicestershire respectively.

Donald Trump has previously tweeted that the concept of global warming was “created” by the Chinese to gain economic advantages over the US. Credit: Gage Skidmore

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Former COP21 president Laurent Fabius has warned that having a "climate change denier" as US president could "dramatically" threaten global action on climate change agreed upon as part of the historic Paris accord.

Musk believes educating the public on the low-carbon agenda is essential in reeling back the fossil fuel industry’s ability to influence political decisions

Elon Musk: Politicians taking 'easy path' with fossil fuel subsidies

Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk has accused politicians of bowing to the "unrelenting and enormous" lobbying power of the fossil fuel industry, warning that a global "revolt" may be needed to accelerate the transition to more sustainable energy and transport systems.

The new subsidy scheme from DONG is the latest in a line of financial incentives launched by the utilities company in an attempt to encourage renewable uptake

DONG Energy offers subsidised renewable electricity to UK businesses

Utility company DONG Energy will offer UK businesses the chance to purchase renewable electricity at a subsidised rate, by absorbing cost premiums to ensure that green energy prices are no higher than traditional "brown energy" sources.

Sir David King gave a keynote speech at the launch of the UK Stakeholders For Sustainable Development (UKSSD) network

Sir David King: UK should shift renewable energy subsidy focus to offshore wind

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) should concentrate its limited renewable energy subsidy budget on offshore wind, in an effort to drive down costs and increase investor demand, the UK's chief climate envoy has told edie.

BP’s warning of a fossil fuel pull-out from Europe was repeated three times in the letter, most stridently over plans to mandate new pollution cuts and clean technologies

EU dropped climate policies after BP threat of oil industry 'exodus'

The EU abandoned or weakened key proposals for new environmental protections after receiving a letter from a top BP executive which warned of an exodus of the oil industry from Europe if the proposals went ahead.

The study reads, “In general, market-based competitive procedures are more likely to offer efficient tools to address generation adequacy problems than alternatives”

Commission draws fire over support for British fossil fuel subsidies

New European Commission research has highlighted failings in the different state subsidies offered to electricity utilities across the EU, while giving qualified support to the 'market-based' model used in the United Kingdom.

 There was 21MW of small solar installed in February and March this year compared to 81MW for the same period in 2015, according to Ofgem

UK solar power installations plummet after Government cuts

The amount of household solar power capacity installed in the past two months has plummeted by three quarters following the Government's cuts to subsidies, according to new figures.

Lord Barker, pictured speaking at an Aldersgate Group event last month, says DECC's recent energy figures offer

Lord Barker: No reason for UK to appoint another climate envoy

Lord Barker of Battle sees "no reason" for David Cameron to find a successor for him as the Government's climate change envoy, after the Prime Minister confirmed that no one is being lined up for Barker's now vacated post.

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Energy intensive industries in the UK are currently spending around £390m a year through energy policy costs

Manufacturers seek security as Government launches consultation on energy cost relief

Manufacturers have warned that permanent exemption from energy policy costs is the 'only long-term solution' that can secure the future of energy intensive sectors such as the steel industry, after the Government opened a consultation which could save these industries £390m a year.

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.

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.

Under the new ruling – which has gained cross-party support - it is expected that the House of Commons will agree to keep solar and other renewable sources in the lower VAT tax band

Good news: Solar VAT hike set to be vetoed in Parliament

After enduring a series of policy changes, Britan's solar community could finally be set for some welcome political news as it has been reported that a potential VAT hike on solar installations will be vetoed.

The UK is already legally bound by the Climate Change Act to reduce emissions 80% by 2050

Zero carbon emissions target to be enshrined in UK law

The UK will enshrine in law a long-term goal of reducing its carbon emissions to zero, as called for in last year's historic Paris climate deal.

The Green Alliance urged the chancellor to lift restrictions on new renewable generation, arguing this would be cheaper for the UK’s future energy supply

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.

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

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.

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom was involved in a heated exchange with ECCC chair Angus MacNeil in Parliament yesterday (2 March)

Andrea Leadsom is 'sick and tired' of green policy critics

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is "sick and tired" of the barrage of complaints being fired at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) over its punitive cuts to renewable energy subsidies.

Once operational the solar farm will add to Swindon’s renewable capacity of 140MW

Swindon welcomes first UK council solar bond

The UK's first ever council solar bond has been launched in Swindon, offering councils and local authorities the chance to raise capital for a 5MW community solar farm.

The Government's Levy Control Framework aims to protect consumers by capping energy subsides for low-carbon generation until 2020

Energy industry demands 'urgent review' of Levy Control Framework

The trade association for the UK energy industry Energy has called on the Government to "urgently review" the Levy Control Framework (LCF), providing clarity to companies and investors.

September saw the UK drop out of the top 10 of EY’s respected international league table on renewable energy for the first time since its inception 12 years ago

Britain in 'make or break' year for renewables, says EY

The UK "must try harder" to attract investment into renewable generation capacity, as the global power market enters "a year of reckoning", analyst EY has warned.

Steam billowing from Drax power station, which has converted two of six units to run on biomass

Opening up CfDs 'could save £2bn'

Opening up future contracts for difference (CfD) to a wider array of technologies and reforming the auction process to better reflect their true costs, could save consumers around £2bn, according to research commissioned by Drax.

Renault's first production electric van, the Kangoo Z.E. The number of green vans is increasing at a rate of 14.3% a year

0.01% of Britain's vans are ultra-low emission - FoI figures

Despite the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) on Britain's roads continuing to increase year-on-year, 'green' vans represent just 0.01% of light goods vehicles on the road, according to new analysis from insurance provider Direct Line for Business.

The Government launched its plans to prematurely end RO for large-scale projects, with a consultation in May 2014

Solar firms renew court battle against Government subsidy cuts

Two of the UK's largest solar companies will take on the Government in court today (2 February) over the early closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO) to large-scale solar projects in early 2014.

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 .

Angus MacNeil addressed delegates at an energy storage event in London this week. Photo: REA

DECC is a hostage of the Treasury, says energy committee chief

The head of the Parliamentary committee that holds DECC to account has launched a scathing attack on the Department which he says is held captive by the treasury and lacks a coherent strategy.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed details of the £175m subsidy for diesel generators in December

Rudd blames Labour for £175m 'diesel farm' subsidies

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has been forced to defend her decision to allocate a new subsidy to back-up 'diesel farms' in Parliament today (7 January).

The declaration states big gas and oil companies are failing to offer up what is needed to bridge the gap in climate finance.

Fossil fuel industry pressed to pay for share of climate damage

More than 60 environmentalist organisations are calling for a tax on fossil fuel extraction that would see energy giants pay compensation to countries being impacted by climate change.

What didn't happen in Paris

The Paris agreement is important. But, it's just as important to note those elements that were dropped. Just how important Paris is, though, will be judged on what happens next.

A proposed 90% cut in solar subsidies, alongside other energy policy changes, risks the government being accused of hypocrisy after climate deal

Major energy U-turn needed to meet Paris targets, government warned

The government has been warned that a major U-turn in energy policy is required if it is to avoid charges of blatant hypocrisy following the commitments it made in the Paris climate deal this weekend.

Just over seven months ago, the UK was boasting the third-largest utility-scale solar capacity in the world

Anger from renewables industry as key technologies set for VAT hike

Solar panels, wind and ocean hydro turbines could all be subject to a 15% VAT increase - from 5% to 20% - under new proposals from the Government.

The COP21 Paris climate change conference kicked off on Monday (30 November). Photo: United Nations

COP21 Day 1 review: Cameron says poor nations must be supported in climate fight

Poorer nations must be given the financial support to develop low-carbon infrastructure and to deal with the impacts of climate change, Prime Minister David Cameron told the UN and other world leaders as the Paris climate talks got off to a flying start.


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