The signs of energy system-change are coming think and fast now.

August 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil 

Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “Some mornings these days, I open my laptop, check the energy news and have to pinch myself to make sure that I am not still dreaming, so fast are signs of system change emerging.”
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Solar firms to sue UK government over subsidy cuts once again.

August 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

Business Green: “Four of the UK’s leading solar companies are to sue the government over proposals to halt subsidies for large solar farms from early next year, sparking the third legal battle over solar policy in three years.”
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Blow to UK renewables as plan for Europe’s largest windfarm is scrapped.

July 31, 2014 Clean Energy 

FT: “Plans for Europe’s largest wind farm off the north Wales coast have been scrapped after Celtic Array, the joint venture between Centrica and Dong Energy of Denmark, said the project was “economically unviable”.”
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Renewables hit 15% UK market share in 2013 (Germany 28% in H1 2014).

July 31, 2014 Clean Energy 

Recharge: “Almost 15% of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewable sources in 2013 compared to 11.3% in the previous year – a new record for the country, government statistics released today show.”
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“Shale gas speed-up likely to make slow progress”: FT.

July 28, 2014 Climate, Gas, Oil 

FT: “….industry participants and observers have questioned how much environmental and operational constraints attached to the licences, which aim to protect national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, will handicap Whitehall’s ambition to replicate the shale “revolution” in the US, where production has soared.”
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Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK: half the nation open for bids.

July 28, 2014 Climate, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Ministers will give the go-ahead on Monday for a big expansion of fracking across Britain that will allow drilling innational parks and other protected areas in “exceptional circumstances”.
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Residents “weep with relief” as council rejects Sussex fracking site.

July 22, 2014 Gas, Oil 

West Sussex Gazette: “Villagers wept with relief as plans for exploratory drilling between Kirdford and Wisborough Green were thrown out by the county council today (Tuesday July 22).”
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George Osborne defeated in attempt to weaken UK carbon budget.

July 22, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate 

Guardian: “The chancellor, George Osborne’s hopes of weakening the UK’s carbon budget for the next decade were quashed on Tuesday when Lib Dem energy secretary, Ed Davey, said the target would not be changed.”
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Top geologist warns fracking hearing of the dangers of shale gas drilling.

July 22, 2014 Gas, Oil 

ClickGreen.com: “Proposals for pilot fracking under consideration by West Sussex County Council have been attacked as “incomplete, incompetent and “disingenuous” by a leading academic.”
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Solar on UK commercial buildings: big vacant spaces, big opportunity.

July 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries 

Jeremy Leggett in the Guardian: “As the cost of solar energy plunges, the solar industry is growing at what some describe as “lightning speed”. But that is a global picture. Nationally, the situation varies greatly, depending on the attitude of the incumbent government.”
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UK economy less energy efficient than China’s.

July 18, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Germany is the world’s most energy efficient country with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group said Thursday.”
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Ineos to build ethane facility at Grangemouth for US shale gas imports.

July 17, 2014 Gas 

Guardian: “The owners of the petrochemicals plant in Grangemouth, the future of which was in doubt last year, have won a £230m loan guarantee from the UK government to build a new facility to import shale gas.”
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Renewables are now almost 15% of UK electricity, £8bn annual investment.

July 17, 2014 Clean Energy 

PA: “Almost £8bn was invested in renewable energy in the UK last year, according to a report by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).”
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UK on track to miss carbon targets, climate change advisers warn.

July 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate 

Guardian: ”The coalition’s flagship insulation programmes have failed to put the UK on the right track to meet its commitments on cutting greenhouse gases, a review by the statutory advisers on climate change has found.”
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Customer complaints about the Big 6 are at an all time high.

July 14, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “The number of customers complaining to the independent ombudsman about their energy bills has soared with more people making official complaints in the first six months of this year than the whole of last year put together.”
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“EDF nuclear deal is a bad economic bet.”

July 11, 2014 Nuclear 

Tom Burke in the Guardian: “It has always been difficult to see what was attractive about theproposed deal with EDF to build a nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point in Somerset. To bring this off the government is offering to sell 35 years of index-linked tax receipts to the French government to buy electricity at twice its current price.”
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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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