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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UK government increases fracking compensation to average £0.8m.

May 22, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The amount of compensation made available to communities affected by fracking is to be increased in an attempt to counter opposition, the government is to say. The news comes as a report is due to be published estimating that several billion barrels of oil lie in shale rocks beneath southern England.”
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“Ministers signal start of the great oil rush”: Telegraph front-page.

May 22, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Telegraph: “Vast areas of southern England will on Friday be identified by the Government as targets for fracking, with ministers also announcing that energy companies will be allowed to frack under homes without owners’ permission.”
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Cuadrilla prepares next wave of UK fracking planning applications.

May 20, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The UK’s most high profile shale gas developer, Cuadrilla Resources, announced on Monday that it is poised to submit planning applications for exploratory wells at its site in Lancashire, raising the prospect of a summer of protests against the controversial development.”
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British fracking support falls again, below 50% now, poll shows.

May 19, 2014 Climate, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Public support for fracking for shale gas in the UK has fallen below 50% for the first time, new polling suggests.”
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Did police criminalise first UK fracking protest to discourage later protest?

May 16, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Most of the people arrested during a summer of demonstrations against fracking in the village of Balcombe have been acquitted, leading to accusations that police tactics in a £4m operation criminalised peacefulprotest.”
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Eon handed record fine for mis-selling energy.

May 15, 2014 Coal, Gas 

FT: “Eon has been ordered to hand back £12m to customers after the UK energy regulator found the German supplier had breached rules against mis-selling.”
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UK National Grid targets corporate energy cuts to head off blackouts.

May 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “National grid is preparing to start talks over which future energy supplies could be cut off to some businesses between 4pm and 8pm in an attempt to head off a power crunch and blackouts this coming winter.”
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UK government announces another crippling policy reversal on solar PV.

May 13, 2014 Clean Energy 

PVTech: The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that it is planning to remove support for solar under the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme from 1 April 2015.”
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Huge opposition to change in UK trespass law for fracking under homes.

May 6, 2014 Gas, Oil 

PA: “The government faces widespread opposition to plans to change trespass laws to allow shale gas companies to drill under homes without the owner’s permission, a poll has revealed.”
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“America’s fracking fantasy.”

May 1, 2014 Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil 
Jeremy Leggett column in Recharge magazine: “Neuroscientists have been enjoying an explosion of understanding of the human brain in recent years. Their research leads them to the view that we are “predictably irrational” in our thinking, individually and collectively.
This is a sobering analysis that most of us will immediately be inclined to reject, since another finding of neuroscience is that we tend to hate uncomfortable narratives. We much favour the comforting versions. Indeed, we are so predictably irrational that where a comforting narrative doesn’t exist, many of us tend to invent it. Let us test these thoughts by looking at developments in energy and world affairs in recent weeks. Russia has invaded Crimea.” Read more

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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