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

Cuadrilla prepares to drill for oil in Sussex.

July 23, 2013 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Cuadrilla is moving machinery into place to start drilling an exploratory oil well near the village of Balcombe in Sussex within the next few days, in its first UK venture outside Lancashire.” They are testing to see if they produce without fracking.

5 of UK Big 6 energy companies drop green tariffs.

July 23, 2013 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “Five of the “big six” energy companies have dropped their policies of offering green tariffs to new customers, in a move which green campaigners fear could undermine the national drive to tackle climate change.” Read more

Cameron election strategist is a shale gas lobbyist.

July 19, 2013 Gas 

Guardian: “David Cameron was accused on Friday of giving evasive answers about the Tories’ chief election strategist as the Labour party highlighted Lynton Crosby‘s role in promoting shale gas  companies in his native Australia.” Read more

George Osborne unveils ‘most generous tax breaks in world’ for fracking.

July 19, 2013 Gas 

Guardian: “The Treasury has set a 30% tax rate for onshore shale gas production. That compares with a top rate of 62% on new North Sea oil operations and up to 81% for older offshore fields.” Read more

Most British worry more about peak oil than climate change.

July 18, 2013 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Reuters: “Most people in Britain want to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, but due more to fears of shortages and rising prices than to fears about climate change, according to a poll developed by researchers at Cardiff University and funded by the UK Energy Research Centre.” Read more

Consumer group urges independent review needed of UK energy sector.

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

Guardian: “The government needs to launch an independent review of the energy sector similar to the Vickers report on banking as part of a bid to break the dominance of the big six power providers and rein in soaring household bills, according to Which?” Read more