May sets out ‘cleaner, greener’ plan for UK

May sets out ‘cleaner, greener’ plan for UK

A renewables industry leader has called for bolder action to tackle climate change after Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled the Government’s 25-year plan that aims to improve the state of the UK’s environment.

Goals outlined by the plan included cleaner air, reduced risk of harm from flooding and drought and more sustainable use of resources.

Measures announced as part of the document include curbing emissions from combustion plants and generators and establishing a new green business...

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Onshore wind costs falling sharply

The cost of generating power from onshore wind has fallen by around a quarter since 2010, with solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity costs also falling by 73 per cent in that time, according to analysis.

The report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) also highlights that solar PV costs are expected to halve by 2020.

It said the best onshore wind and solar PV projects could be delivering electricity for an equivalent of three US cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), or less within...

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Businesses failing to engage with sustainability goals

Some 40% of companies are ignoring some or all of the United Nations’ (UN’s) sustainable development goals (SDGs), according to a survey by accountancy firm PwC.

The SDGs were approved by all UN member states and launched in January 2016, laying out 17 goals and 169 corresponding targets.

PwC said businesses’ priorities were disconnected from the public’s priorities in the UK.

The survey found companies’ top goals were “decent work and economic growth” (goal eight), “gender equality” (five)...

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Ofgem chief apologises for price cap delays

Dermot Nolan, Chief Executive at energy regulator Ofgem, has apologised to vulnerable customers for not introducing a price cap more quickly on domestic tariffs.

He told the House of Commons’ Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee that he wished his organisation had acted more quickly.
Ofgem’s remuneration committee has decided not to award Nolan his bonus this year due to the delay.

Nolan said: “I wish we had moved earlier in putting price caps in.”

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SSE planning new power station at Ferrybridge

Energy company SSE has revealed that it wants to build a gas-fired power station in Yorkshire.

The proposed 2GW plant would be built at its Ferrybridge site, becoming the fourth power station to occupy the land and being branded as “Ferrybridge D”.

SSE said it would draw gas from the national transmission system to fuel the turbines.

The company plans to apply for planning permission during the opening months of next year.

Long history

The three previous power stations on the site were all ...

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UK to see close ties with Euratom post Brexit

Energy Secretary Greg Clark has said that the UK will seek a “close association” with the EU’s nuclear body Euratom after Brexit.

In a written statement to Parliament, Clark said: “Through negotiations with the European Commission we will seek a close association with Euratom and to include Euratom in any implementation period negotiated as part of our wider exit discussions; and at the same time, to put in place all the necessary measures to ensure that the UK could operate as an independent...

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16/01/2018 - Sector Round Up

SmartestEnergy wins battery storage contract

SmartestEnergy is providing the commercial services for the operations of the Tynemouth lithium-ion battery storage project developed in Newcastle by multinational power utility Enel.

Under the contract, SmartestEnergy will supply energy to and handle the offtake from the 25MW battery. SmartestEnergy will also provide services to support the four-year Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract which the standalone battery project has secured with...

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Government sets firm date for coal phase-out

The Government has confirmed that it will effectively outlaw coal-fired power generation by late 2025.

In an update on plans first announced in 2015, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said unabated coal generation which does not have carbon capture technology fitted would be banned from 1 October 2025.

The move would be enforced through an emission limit of up to 450 grammes of CO2 for each kilowatt hour of electricity produced.

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£40m partnership boost for community projects

Local communities are being given a £40 million boost to help them buy renewable energy projects.

Power to Change, an independent trust that supports community businesses in England, and social investment firm Big Society Capital are making the cash available as part of an ongoing partnership.

The collaboration aims to help communities buy up to eight solar farms during the next 12 months.

Communities groups will have up to three years to raise the cash necessary for the purchases.


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UK ranks fifth in climate change league table

Falling carbon dioxide emissions and the recently-unveiled Clean Growth Strategy have earned the UK fifth spot in a new climate change league.

Germanwatch, a sustainable development think tank, ranked the UK behind Sweden, Lithuania, Morocco and Norway.

The organisation assessed the performance of 56 countries plus the European Union collectively based on their greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency efforts, renewable energy output and the views of 300 experts.

The top three spots in...

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