Chairman of fracking firm Cuadrilla helps select DECC senior execs.

July 10, 2014 Gas, Oil 

ClickGreen.com: “The chairman of fracking firm Cuadrilla has the power to hand-pick the board of non-executive directors at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, ClickGreen can reveal.”
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UK High Court rules for solar companies’ £132 million damages claim.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The High Court has ruled in favour of 14 UK solar companies who brought a £132 million damages claim against the government.”
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UK CCS project wins EU funding.

July 8, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Guardian: “Drax, the operator of Britain’s biggest power station, has secured up to €300m (£238m) of European Union funding to build a power plant whose carbon dioxide emissions will be trapped and buried deep beneath the North Sea.”
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150 UK companies appeal to PM to stop undermining solar industry.

July 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries 

SolarPowerPortal: “A letter to Prime Minister, David Cameron urging him to support Britain’s thriving solar industry has been signed by more than 150 businesses.”
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UK climate change policies have not harmed economy, report says.

July 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Finance 

Guardian: “The UK’s climate change policies have not damaged business competitiveness, leading economists will say today.”
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National Grid chief calls for more interconnectors to UK.

July 6, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “Energy prices for British consumers would fall by £1bn a year if electricity interconnectors between continental Europe and the UK were doubled by 2020, according to the operator of the UK’s gas and electricity networks.”
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British Gas to pay £1m for defrauding customers.

July 4, 2014 Gas 

Guardian: “British Gas has been forced to pay out £1m to customers after mis-selling energy deals to thousands of shoppers in Sainsbury’s stores nationwide and the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London.”
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UK energy efficiency installations at lowest level for a decade.

July 4, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “The installation of measures to help homes save energy has collapsed as a result of government policies, campaigners have said.” Read more

UK’s geology means fracking threatens drinking water, developers warned.

July 3, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The UK’s complex geology will pose challenges for fracking companies wanting to avoid water contamination in some parts of the country, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).”
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Estimate of shale gas and oil in place in Midland Valley “modest”.

June 30, 2014 Gas, Oil 

DECC: “The British Geological Survey’s report of the resources in the Midland Valley, Scotland, suggests a modest amount of gas and oil in place. The central estimate of shale gas in place is 80 trillion cubic feet. The central estimate for shale oil in place is 6 billion barrels of oil.”
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UK electricity capacity market to add average £2 to UK bills.

June 29, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “A British government scheme to reward energy companies for keeping power plants available for back-up electricity generation will put £2 on the average annual household fuel bill, according to the minister in charge of the measure.”
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Renewables generated nearly 20% of UK electricity in first quarter.

June 26, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

Guardian: “One fifth of all electricity was generated in Britain by windfarms or other green technologies in the first three months of the year, according to new statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate change (DECC).”
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British Medical Association votes for fossil-fuel divestment.

June 26, 2014 Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Ecologist: “Britain’s doctors have voted for their representative body, the British Medical Association, to divest from fossil fuels, adding valuable momentum to the fast growing global divestment campaign.”
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UK and Germany beat solar records as community schemes multiply.

June 24, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

TreeAlerts (no url): “As EU Sustainable Energy Week begins, the UK and Germany have demonstrated what can be achieved, announcing they have both broken records for generating solar electricity this month.”
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HMG not acting on Royal Society fracking safety recommendations.

June 20, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Michael Hill in The Lancet: “I have some serious concerns with Sari Kovats and colleagues’ Comment (March 1, p 757),1 as I feel it is misleading (albeit unintentionally). Although the UK Government has indeed stated that it accepts the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering Working Group’s recommendations on shale gas extraction,2 the reality is that only one of these recommendations has been implemented in full; one out of ten in 2 years.” Read more

Centrica holds off betting on fracking in hype warning.

June 7, 2014 Gas 

Telegraph: “Centrica has said it is unlikely to bid for more UK fracking rights when they are offered in coming weeks, underlining the uncertainty over whether shale gas extraction will prove to be viable.”
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UK government confirms plan for fracking under homes absent permission.

June 4, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The government confirmed its intention to change trespass laws and allow fracking companies to drill under people’s homes without their permission in the Queen’s speech on Wednesday, but the measure was not included in the infrastructure bill as expected.”
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BoE: Capitalism risks self destruction unless banking ethics change.

May 28, 2014 Finance 

Guardian: “Capitalism is at risk of destroying itself unless bankers realise they have an obligation to create a fairer society, the Bank of England governor has warned.”
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No shale gas in UK’s Weald basin, & little recoverable oil, survey concludes.

May 23, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Government hopes that Britain can emulate the US by starting a shale-gas revolution have been knocked back after a long-awaited report unexpectedly concluded there was no potential in fracking for gas in the Weald region of southern England.”
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Opposition to fracking hardens in the Tory heartlands.

May 23, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Residents of Kent have reacted angrily to a government announcement that fracking companies will no longer need to ask permission before drilling beneath their homes.”
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