Ministers must publish a plan giving details of how they plan to secure the investment needed to meet the UK’s legally-binding carbon budgets, a group of MPs has warned.
The Environmental Audit Committee blamed policy changes made in 2015 – including closing the Renewables Obligation, reducing the Feed-in Tariff and extending the Climate Change Levy to renewables – for a “dramatic and worrying collapse” in low-carbon investment.
Annual investment in renewables is now at its lowest since 2008, ...
Changing the rules for the 2017 Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction pushed up the cost to consumers by £1.5 billion over 15 years, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
Dame Margaret Hodge had asked the NAO to investigate whether the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS’s) decision to introduce a 150MW cap for dedicated biomass with combined heat and power, anaerobic digestion and advanced conversion technology had pushed up the price for consumers.
Wind farms produced more electricity than nuclear power stations for the first time during the opening three months of the year.
Analysis by researchers at Imperial College London found wind turbines produced a record 15.6TWh of electricity – 30GWh more than nuclear plants.
A combination of wind and solar had overtaken nuclear during the final quarter of last year, but now wind has achieved the landmark on its own.
Wind power’s peak output reached a record 14GW on 17 March, according to the c...
Storing energy in the form of hydrogen gas could help to decarbonise the UK’s power grid and make it more efficient, a new report has said.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) said power-to-gas projects could take excess renewable energy from solar panels and wind turbines and turn it into hydrogen via electrolysis.
Hydrogen could then be used to heat homes or power vehicles, or injected in small quantities into the gas grid.
The report suggests the method could be more efficient...
Ending subsidies for onshore wind and solar projects led to a 56% plunge in renewable energy investment in the UK during 2017, according to new figures.
But law firm TLT, which compiled the clean energy investment trends report, said Britain remained an attractive market for investment.
Maria Connolly, Head of Energy & Renewables at TLT, said: “With the end of onshore wind and solar subsidies, 2017 was a very significant year for clean energy technologies and this is reflected in the repor...