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UK Government Forestry Sale Meets Opposition

With areas of UK forestry mooted suitable for commercial development – the coaltion government has spotted a opportunity to sell off this publically owned asset for a quick buck. Many forests owned by the Forestry Commission are potentially suitable...

Posted January 3, 2011    

Concerned Response to UK Electricity Reform Proposals

UK electricity reform proposals to abolish the Renewables Obligation in place of a new Feed in Tariff have been met with a concerned response. The new UK electricity reform ‘Feed in Tariff with Contract for Difference’ (FIT CFD) announced last week...

Posted December 20, 2010    

UK Electricity Reform to Introduce New Feed in Tariff

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne today announced the reform of the UK electricity market. Huhne says the reforms are necessary to deal with increased electricity demand, ageing power stations and the need for low carbon energy sources in order to meet...

Posted December 16, 2010    

UK Localism Bill Launched

The new UK Localism Bill was launched by the Department of Communities and Local Government today. The primary aim of the Localism Bill is to devolve power to local councils, neighbourhoods and elected mayors. The reforms include a new right of...

Posted December 13, 2010    

European Offshore Wind Supergrid Deal Signed

A deal was struck today by European ministers keen to implement a European wide ‘supergrid‘ for new offshore wind farms. A memorandum of understanding was signed by ten ministers from countries bordering the north sea. The memorandum is an...

Posted December 3, 2010    

US Gears Up for Offshore Wind Energy

This week saw US politicians taking action to encourage offshore wind energy along the US Atlantic Coast. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a new initiative dubbed ‘Smart from the Start’ with the purpose of selecting the best sites for...

Posted November 27, 2010    

Solar Energy Expansion in South West England

Since the introduction of the UK feed in tariff, solar power has started to become a serious contender in the UK renewable energy market. The first solar power project of any scale was consented in Cornwall in October of this year. The £4m, 1.3...

Posted November 23, 2010    

UK Offshore Wind Ambition Steps Forward

The UK electricity regulator has this week launched a tender for offshore wind farm grid connections. The move takes the UK’s offshore wind energy ambitions a step further towards delivery. Transmission links to 2.8 Gigawatts of offshore wind farms...

Posted November 19, 2010    

Anti-wind energy campaigners to cost England over £1.3bn

UK renewable energy trade organisation RenewableUK told its members this week that anti- wind farm campaigners could cost the country £1.3bn. A report, produced by Garrard Hassan and commissioned by RenewableUK says that England has the potential to...

Posted November 5, 2010    

Early Renewable Energy Adopters Angry at Government U Turn

Early micro-renewable energy generators are angry at the government for doing a U turn on promises relating to feed in tariffs (FITs). The Tories and LibDems both promised equal FIT rates to early adopters of renewable energy in the run up to the...

Posted November 1, 2010    

Prime Minister Confirms Offshore Wind Energy Fund

Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed today that the government will not cut the port infrastructure fund designed to help bring on stream facilities for offshore wind energy around the UK. David Cameron said “We need thousands of offshore...

Posted October 25, 2010    

UK Government issues Changed Energy Policy Guidance

The UK coalition government has re-issued national policy statements for energy. The original draft statements were released for consultation by the Labour government late last year but have now been revisited and changed by the current government....

Posted October 24, 2010