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In Flooded UK, Guardian Warns 'Climate Change Is Here Now'

February 19, 2014 by Joseph Romm

UK Flooding

The Guardian recently turned over their front-page to Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the famous report on the economics of climate change. He opens: "The record rainfall and storm surges that have brought flooding across the UK are a clear sign that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change."[read more]

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Pressure from Savers is the Key to Getting UK Investors to Back a Low Carbon Future

January 6, 2014 by Lydia Toy
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UK Low Carbon Future

With the recent disappointment at COP19, the expected weakening of the UK carbon budget at its fourth review in early 2014, and the continuing insistence calls for a third runway at Heathrow, it’s not surprising that the ‘Great British public’ feel powerless in the fight against climate change.[read more]

Humber Energy Park 'Massively Important'

December 29, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Able UK has announced that the UK Government has approved plans to create the Able Marine Energy Park, a “world-class centre for the renewable energy industries on the south bank of the Humber [River]“. The Able Marine Energy Park will provide 1,389 metres of new heavy duty deep water quays.[read more]

Nuclear: Brussels Launches State Aid Probe Into Cameron's Project [VIDEO]

December 19, 2013 by Kasper Peters
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State Aid Probe

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, looks into the merits of the European Commission’s decision to open a state aid probe into the new nuclear power project at Hinkley Point C in the United Kingdom.[read more]

How Fast Can a Nation Decarbonize? Updated Progress Reports for the UK, Japan and Australia

December 17, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Decarbonization

While I was working on The Climate Fix I published several peer reviewed articles on climate policies of the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. In recent months I have updated these analyses and summarize the updates here.[read more]

Green Electricity Suppliers in the UK Compared to the Big 6

December 12, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Green Electricity

When you buy green electricity you are paying for a commitment by your supplier to put green electricity into the grid, in some proportion of what you use. This is done by procuring renewables from plant owners or building their own capacity. To use truly ‘green’ electricity you would need to go off grid.[read more]

Dogged by Slow Uptake, UK Attempts to Streamline Home Efficiency Program

December 7, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

The United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change says it will make revisions to its Green Deal program, which has not had as much uptake in its first year as expected. It will make the Green Deal easier for consumers and the companies that operate in the market.[read more]

Falling Like Dominoes: Support For Coal From the UK Comes To An End

November 23, 2013 by Justin Guay
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First it was President Obama at Georgetown University in June, telling us that it was time to act on climate. As one of the pillars of the climate action plan, President Obama pledged to end public financing for coal projects overseas, except in very specific situations.[read more]

The UK Needs to Take a More Serious Look at Importing Renewable Electricity

November 18, 2013 by Adam Whitmore
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Imported solar electricity looks likely to be cheaper than nuclear in the UK by the early 2020s when new nuclear is due to come on line. Solar and other imported renewables deserve a closer look as one means to decarbonising the UK power sector.[read more]

UK Offshore Wind Capacity Grows 80 Percent In One Year, Expect More To Come

November 13, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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UK Offshore Wind Capacity

The United Kingdom’s offshore wind sector installed capacity has grown by 79% over the period of July 2012 to June 2013, according to a new report released by trade group RenewableUK. The installed capacity of the UK’s offshore wind sector grew from 1,858 MW to 3,321 MW.[read more]

The British are Coming: New Nuclear Committed in the UK

October 29, 2013 by Milton Caplan
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After many years of effort, this month it finally happened. The UK government and EDF Energy, the French-owned UK integrated energy company, agreed to a strike price making the first new nuclear build in the UK in a generation, at Hinkley Point C, a reality.[read more]

Record Year Blows United Kingdom Small Wind Energy Installations Past 102MW

October 28, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Small UK Wind Farms

2012 turned out to be a huge year for small wind in the United Kingdom, as the industry nearly doubled in size to pass £105 million in total value. The record year of installations is creating economic tailwinds for the UK’s green economy and a more resilient energy system.[read more]

UK Nuclear Deal Is A Bet on Baseload Power

October 24, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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Monday's agreement between the UK government and French utility EDF and a pair of Chinese firms marks the start of the long-awaited turnover of the country's aging nuclear power infrastructure. The deal is controversial, not least for the power price guaranteed to the developers.[read more]

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Can Community Energy Go Mainstream in the UK?

September 11, 2013 by Sam Friggens

UK Community Energy

Community energy has the potential to move from being 'soft and cuddly' to a major force within Britain's energy system. By combining communities of interest with new forms of finance, ordinary people can be involved in the UK's low-carbon energy transition.[read more]

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Coal to Gas Fuel Switching in the UK: The Role of Carbon Pricing

September 4, 2013 by Robert Wilson
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Coal to Gas Switching in the UK

 

In the UK electricity generation from coal increased 30%, while electricity generation from gas decreased by the same percentage. This is not the result of new coal plants, or gas plants closing. It is a result of the changes in the relative costs of coal and gas.[read more]