CoE official speaks up for fracking, likens opposition to fears over MMR.

August 16, 2013 Gas, Oil 

FT: Philip Fletcher, chair of the Church’s group on mission and public affairs, compares condemnation of fracking to the mistaken belief that the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine was not safe. Read more

UK’s flagship biomass power plant closes amid policy confusion.

August 16, 2013 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “This is no ordinary closure. Tilbury claimed latterly to be the biggest biomass plant in the world, providing 10% of Britain’s renewable power, and was a pioneer in the field of low-carbon generation.” Read more

Squeezed households cut energy use by a quarter as prices soar.

August 16, 2013 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Guardian: “Households in England and Wales cut their energy use by a quarter between 2005 and 2011 as prices soared, government figures show. The sharp fall was probably caused by a mix of efficiency measures and environmental awareness, as well as steep price rises, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.” Read more

Biomass energy growth flags in UK as official support wavers.

August 14, 2013 Clean Energy 

FT: “Biomass, once seen as pivotal to Britain’s hopes of meeting its renewable energy targets, is hitting the buffers as the government rethinks support for the sector. Its waning fortunes have come as a shock to many in the renewables sector, which had viewed biomass as among the most promising non-fossil fuels.”

Eon blames 42% profit drop on growth of renewables.

August 13, 2013 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

FT: Eon says it will consider shutting or mothballing fossil power plants in Europe in the face of “interventionist” energy policies and regulations that subsidise and prioritise renewable energy. Read more

Danish pension fund backs UK biomass plant.

August 13, 2013 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

FT: Denmark’s biggest pension group by membership and third by asset base invests £128m in  construction of a 40 MW straw-fuelled power station in Lincolnshire that will provide enough energy to supply 70,000 British households. Read more

Poll shows UK public split on fracking.

August 13, 2013 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Four in 10 people would welcome hydraulic fracturing – used to extract hard-to-reach natural gas – in their area but as many would oppose it, a national ICM survey commissioned by the Guardian has found.” Read more

Caudrilla kindles “a new beacon of protest against a fossil-fuelled future.

August 10, 2013 Gas, Oil 

Damian Carrington in the Guardian: “Balcombe has been kindled into the new beacon of protest against a fossil-fuelled future.” Read more

UK Big 6 profits soar to £3.7 billion.

August 9, 2013 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: Annual profits have soared 73 per cent in the three years to 2012, according to figures compiled by the Labour opposition: to £3.74bn in 2012, compared with £2.16bn in 2009. Read more

Crowdfunder Abundance raises £0.7m for solar in a month.

August 8, 2013 Clean Energy, Finance 

Solar Power Portal: “A renewable energy crowdfunding platform has hit its £700,000 target in order to fund two solar projects after 35 days.” Read more

Cameron backs UK fracking, citing jobs and lower gas prices.

August 8, 2013 Gas 

Guardian: David Cameron in a speech: “I think we would be making a big mistake as a nation if we did not think hard about how to encourage fracking and cheaper prices right here in the UK.” Read more

Osborne says UK must not miss out on shale gas jobs and low gas prices.

August 5, 2013 Gas 

Guardian: “George Osborne has sent a strong message to the Conservative rural heartlands, warning that he will fight any Tory backlash against fracking and saying that it would be a real tragedy if Britain allowed the shale gas energy revolution to bypass the UK.” Read more

US shale gas boom a “one off”, says BG.

August 4, 2013 Gas 

FT: Senior executives at BG Group are predicting it could be a decade or more before widespread development of shale gas reserves occurs outside the US. Read more

Ignore fracking protests, UK government tells planners.

August 3, 2013 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Planning authorities have been banned from considering whether renewable energy plants would be a better fit for their communities, if they receive an application for a fracking mine.” Read more

Caudrilla sanctioned for trespassing during fracking surveys.

August 2, 2013 Gas 

Guardian: “Cuadrilla repeatedly trespassed on to private land during geological surveys and in one garden marked a site for the detonation of explosive charges before being chased off, the Guardian can reveal.” Read more

Howell says fracking would be fine in “desolate” north west.

July 31, 2013 Gas 

Guardian: “Fracking should be carried out in the “desolate” north-east of England, a former Conservative energy adviser has said, prompting criticism and claims the remarks highlighted the party’s “problem with the north”. Read more

Barclays contests FCA’s conclusions about corruption in Qatari rescue deal.

July 30, 2013 Finance 

Guardian: “Barclays is contesting the findings of an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority into its fundraising at the height of the banking crisis five years ago.” Read more

Trial of Europe’s largest battery begins in UK.

July 29, 2013 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “A trial of the largest battery in Europe, which proponents hope will transform the UK electricity grid and boost renewable energy is due to start in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.” Read more

Anti-fracking protestors arrested at Cuadrilla’s Sussex oil drilling site.

July 26, 2013 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Sussex police have made 14 arrests at an oil drilling site near the village of Balcombe after local people and anti-fracking activists attempted to block the delivery of machinery for a second day using a human chain and tree trunks.” Read more

Hot summer breaks solar energy records in UK and Germany.

July 26, 2013 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “There are now over 450,000 solar installations, almost all on household roofs, which together have a capacity of 2.7GW. On a sunny day solar power is able to generate around 2% of UK demand over a 24-hour period. But because solar panels generate electricity in peak daylight hours, this is the equivalent of around 6% of all electricity needed in Britain between 10am and 5pm.” Read more