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UK renewables companies consider Hinkley EC legal challenge.

Guardian: “Independent energy supplier Ecotricity is among companies and organisations considering a legal challenge against the European commission decision to give the approval for the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant.”… Read-more
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Gillian Tett, prescient heroine of the MBS bubble, sees no shale bubble.

Gillian Tett on the FT: This winter Jim Ratcliffe, the British billionaire founder of Ineos, the chemicals group, is trying to spark a local shale gas revolution. He has offered to share 6 per cent of future revenues with communities or landowners if they work with Ineos to… Read-more
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UK government suppresses data on the size of growing green industries.

Guardian: “….You might think that burying good news, on the other hand, was bonkers. Yet that is exactly what the George Osborne has done with the UK’s booming green economy, exemplified once again in his speech to the Conservative Party conference on Monday. But not content with just… Read-more
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British firm Ineos accused of ‘bribes and bulldozers’ approach to fracking.

Guardian: “One of Britain’s biggest industrial firms has been accused of taking a “bribes and bulldozers” approach to fracking after unveiling a multi-billion pound plan to compensate landowners and local communities affected by its plans to use the controversial drilling technique.”… Read-more
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Fracking trespass law changes move forward despite huge public opposition.

Guardian: “Fracking will take place below Britons’ homes without their permission after ministers rejected 40,000 objections to controversial changes to trespass laws.… Read-more
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Shale gas part of climate solution UK PM says, not renewables targets.

Telegraph: “Shale gas can be part of the solution to tackling climate change and must not be restricted by “green tape”, David Cameron is expected to say on Tuesday at a UN summit on tackling global warming.”… Read-more
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Officials clear British EDF nuclear project, immediately face legal challenge.

Reuters: “European Union state aid regulators will clear Britain’s plan to build a 16 billion-pound ($26.15 billion) nuclear plant with French utility EDF, a European Commission official said on Monday.”… Read-more
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Fuels rush in as energy blackout threat prompts action from National Grid.

Guardian: “The bizarre prospect of Britain being bailed out by ‘diesel generation parks’ is now a reality as an energy supply shortfall nears crisis point.”… Read-more
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EDF’s four-reactor nuclear outage heightens UK energy supply fears.

FT: “Concerns over Britain’s energy capacity shortage deepened on Thursday when EDF Energy warned that the impact of shutting four nuclear reactors for safety reasons would be greater than expected.”… Read-more
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Pro-fracking newspaper ad banned by UK Advertising Standards Authority.

Guardian: “The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a US energy company misled the public when it made unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of fracking and claimed a gas shortage put the UK close to catastrophe.”… Read-more
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