Nearly 12% of UK’s Electricity Now Produced by Renewables

January 9, 2013 by Vicky Portwain

New figures published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show renewable energy is now providing almost 12% of the UK’s electricity.The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources increased to 11.7% in the third quarter of 2012, up from 9.1% in the same period in 2011. New renewable energy generating plant is...[read more]

It’s Official – Wind Generates “Substantially” More Electricity

December 22, 2011 by Vicky Portwain

The latest Government figures on the amount of electricity generated by wind power have been welcomed by RenewableUK, the country’s largest renewable energy trade association, as proof of the increasingly significant contribution wind energy makes to UK households. Statistics for the third quarter of 2011, released by the Department of...[read more]

Why is Sustainable Biodiesel Illegal in the UK?

December 19, 2011 by David Thorpe

  The Government is currently considering the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2011. I have seen a copy, and I can tell you that there is plenty to be concerned about in terms of its inadequacy. But in this column I'm going to concentrate on one particular aspect: an appalling oversight which involves a...[read more]

All Buildings Should Display Energy Certificates

August 12, 2011 by David Thorpe

Forcing all commercial buildings to display data on their energy performance would bring huge economic as well as environmental savings. The Government's Energy Bill is in its second Report Stage, prior to its Third and last Reading. Its flagship policy is the 'Green Deal', which would give householders, private landlords and...[read more]

The UK Must End Conflict Over Financing The Low Carbon Revolution

August 5, 2011 by David Thorpe

The Uk Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has just released figures showing that renewable sources generated just 6.8% of UK electricity in 2010, an increase of only 0.3% on the previous year.[read more]

Did Huhne Really Compare Climate Change to Hitler?

July 24, 2011 by David Thorpe

DECC minister Chris Huhne has compared world leaders who obstruct a global deal to tackle climate change to politicians who tried to appease Adolf Hitler before World War Two.Does this make climate change a threat akin to the Nazis, who plunged the world into war?The Energy and Climate Change Minister was at Chatham House, endeavouring...[read more]