UK’s DECC once again mulls risking solar defeat in jaws of victory.

April 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The department of energy and climate change (DECC) is set to announce a review into the level of support offered to large-scale solar through the Renewable Obligation scheme, with a number of industry figures bracing themselves for the news.”
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UK support for renewables remains unwaveringly high in DECC poll.

April 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The UK public has shown consistent support for renewable energy in the third of a series of opinion surveys published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).”
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Eight major UK renewable energy projects receive government backing.

April 23, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “….Five of the schemes are offshore windfarms, which the Conservative party plans to back in its general election manifesto over cheaper but more controversial onshore wind power.”
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UK nuclear dump ‘virtually certain’ to be eroded by rising sea levels.

April 20, 2014 Climate, Nuclear 

Guardian: “Britain’s nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by theEnvironment Agency (EA).”
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UK MP cleared of anti-fracking protest charges.

April 17, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, has been found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile anti-fracking protests.”
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Wind farms far more popular than fracking, UK poll suggests.

April 14, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

FT: “Britons would prefer to live near a wind farm over a “fracking” site by a majority of three to one, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.”
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“Britain is paying dearly for neglecting its nuclear waste”: Economist.

April 5, 2014 Nuclear 

Economist: “Swillingaround murky ponds in the oldest part of Sellafield, a nuclear research and reprocessing centre in Cumbria, is a soupy, radioactive sludge. For years boffins working on Britain’s first military and civil nuclear programmes abandoned spent fuel and other nastiness into the pools and tanks, which now grow decrepit.” Read more

Frackers to drill on old munitions site in UK.

April 4, 2014 Coal, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “A leading fracking firm is to start drilling on the former site of a huge explosive factory, in a decision described as “beyond comprehension” by the local MP.”
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UK Conservative party plans to ban onshore wind farms, maybe dismantle.

April 4, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “The Conservative party is planning to pledge in its manifesto for next year’s general election that it will introduce a moratorium on future onshore windfarms from 2020 on the grounds that they have now become “self-defeating”.”
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Record UK air pollution causes spike in 999 ambulance calls.

April 3, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “Ambulance services are reporting a spike in 999 calls thought to be related to the record levels of air pollution lingering over large parts of Britain as experts warned that conditions would not improve until the weekend.”
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UK government publishes strategy targeting solar rooftop generation.

April 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Trade Association: “The UK Government has today published the first dedicated Solar Strategy of any EU Government. The Strategy seeks to strengthen the UK’s position in the booming global solar market, which is estimated at a massive ~46GW in 2014 by Deutsche Bank – a 50% increase on total installed global capacity.”
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Cameron: fracking is “good for UK”, energy independence is “our duty”.

March 26, 2014 Gas 

Guardian: “Fracking will be “good for our country”, David Cameron said as he blamed a “lack of understanding” about the process for some of the opposition to shale gas.”
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Fracking safety: report warns of “significant unknowns”.

March 25, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The lack of publicly available data on the UK’s onshore oil and gas drilling means there are significant “unknowns” about the safety of future fracking wells, according to a new study. The research also found that public data from the US showed that hundreds of recent shale gas wells in Pennsylvania have suffered failures that could cause water or air pollution.”
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EDF failed to disclose flooding risk caused Dungeness shutdown.

March 19, 2014 Nuclear 

Guardian: “EDF has failed to be open and transparent by shutting down its Dungeness plant in Kent for two months without properly informing people, environmentalists have said.”
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“Carbon bubble poses serious threat to UK economy, MPs warn.”

March 6, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Stock markets are inflating a “carbon bubble” by overvaluing companies that produce fossil fuels and greenhouse gases, and this poses a serious threat to the economy, an influential committee of UK MPs has warned.”
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“Brakes put on UK shale gas revolution”: FT.

March 5, 2014 Gas, Oil 

FT: “When the British Geological Survey doubled estimates for the shale gas reserves in the Bowland Basin, it raised expectations of a US-style shale gas revolution in the UK.”
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Solar booms in the UK.

March 5, 2014 Clean Energy 
Recharge: “Last year, while Britain’s politicians and media were arguing over the merits of nuclear energy, offshore wind and fracking, large-scale PV quietly and methodically boomed.”
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UK floods are changing the politics of climate, amid double standards.

March 3, 2014 Climate 

Andrew Simms, in the Guardian: “….years of ideologically driven policy on austerity was seemingly ditched when the prime minister, David Cameron, declared: “Money is no object in this relief effort. Whatever money is needed, we will spend it.” He went beyond his own environment secretary in linking the floods to climate change.”
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UK factories shut down at some peak times to avoid high power costs.

February 18, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “Cripplingly high power costs are forcing some of Britain’s heavy manufacturers to shut down their entire operation at peak times, with furnaces cooling and workers shivering in cold, darkened offices.”
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Electricity use down in UK homes but Germany is doing far better.

February 16, 2014 Clean Energy 

FT: “Energy prices may be rising in the UK, but there is a small light on the horizon as people use nearly a third less electricity to light their homes than they did 16 years ago.”
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