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Coalition Changes to Planning System Based on Conservative Ideas

The UK Government is set to make changes to the planning system and it has been confirmed that these will be in line with the Conservative Green Paper ‘Open Source Planning‘ released prior to the election. The Coalition’s new “Programme for...

Posted May 21, 2010    

Solar Power To Increase Fivefold Across the UK

With the roll out of solar panels expected to increase fivefold since the introduction of the Government’s new feed in tariff, renewable energy developers are now looking to the sun as well as the wind to generate electricity. Wind farm company...

Posted May 18, 2010    

Green Party Set to Gather Disaffected Lib Dems

The Green Party has asked Lib Dem voters not happy with Nick Clegg joining forces with the Tories to talk to the Greens instead. Green Party MSP Patrick Harvie said “Lib Dem members and supporters did not work hard over the last weeks and months to...

Posted May 15, 2010    

Liberal Conservative Coalition – What has been Agreed on Energy and Climate Change?

It’s official, the Conservatives have formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. As a result we have a Liberal Democrat cabinet minister for energy and climate change – Chris Huhne. In 2007 Chris Hulne said “The doubling of our...

Posted May 13, 2010    

What Could the UK Election Results Mean for future Energy Policy?

In the face of the first UK hung parliament since 1974, the media has been dominated by talks of what happens next. A potential Conservative/ Lib Dem coalition has to date been the most discussed. We know however that the Conservatives and the...

Posted May 11, 2010    

Google Denies Renewable Energy Trader Intentions

Google has denied rumours that it is set to become and energy trader at a GreenNet conference in San Francisco last week. With hundreds of millions of customers, Google uses mammoth computer infrastructure to keep everything going. However Google’s...

Posted May 2, 2010    

Labour & Lib Dems Put Spotlight on Conservative Climate Sceptics

Labour and Liberal Democrat energy representatives Ed Miliband and Simon Hughes joined forces to put Tory climate change sceptics in the spotlight this week. The ‘green hustings’ event organised by the Guardian featured a debate on climate change...

Posted April 25, 2010    

Over 50% of Conservative MPs don’t agree with Renewable Energy Targets

Despite their campaigning as the ‘new green’ party at the beginnning of the year, the Conservatives have come out the least green in a new survey released this week. The RenewableUK survey carried out by ComRes shows that over half this year’s...

Posted April 21, 2010    

Brown Praises Siemens Offshore Wind Energy Work

The UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited the Siemens facility in Manchester this week and took the opportunity to speak of the bright future for the company in the offshore wind sector. The tour involved visiting the facility that has carried out...

Posted April 18, 2010    

UK Political Party Manifestos Commit to Renewable Energy

The key English political parties have now launched their manifestos in advance of the elections on May 6th. All parties commit to a substantial proportion of the UK’s energy coming from renewable sources in the near future; however the details of...

Posted April 16, 2010    

US Maintains Top Wind Energy Position

The US is still the wind energy world leader according to a report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today. The US Annual Wind Energy Industry Report claims that despite a slower rate of increase in manufacturing the US...

Posted April 8, 2010    

UK Feed In Tariff Launched

The Government introduced two new renewable energy incentive schemes yesterday in a bid to encourage greener homes and businesses.  The two schemes are expected to improve energy efficiency and increase small-scale low-carbon electricity. The...

Posted April 2, 2010