Changing the price of energy tariffs could encourage a switch from gas boilers to low-carbon heating, a new study has suggested.
The Energy Systems Catapult and the University of Oxford looked at whether or not the fixed charges within energy bills – for network, environmental and social costs – are efficiently distributed between the standing charge and unit (per kWh) price of electricity and gas tariffs.
They found that the current arrangement of fixed and volumetric charges within electrici...
Lifting trade sanctions against China could reduce the cost of solar panels by 30%, according to an investment firm.
Lowering the price of panels could bring benefits within weeks and may make solar Europe’s cheapest form of energy by 2020, the Sun Investment Group said.
The Europe Union (EU) introduced a tariff of up to 64.9% on Chinese solar panels in 2013 after accusing the Communist state of dumping panels on the European market to harm local manufacturers.
Its decision to lift remove min...
Half of the UK’s solar panel installers could cut up to 75% of their workforces if the UK Government introduces proposed cuts to subsidies.
A survey by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) found that more than 40% of solar panel installation companies are thinking about leaving the market all together.
Around 78% of firms are considering job losses if proposals to close the Feed-in Tariff and end the Export Tariff are enacted in the spring.
Some 10,900 people are employed in the solar indus...
More than 200 organisations have written to Energy Minister Claire Perry urging the UK Government to continue paying the export tariff for small solar generators.
The Solar Trade Association (STA) said the export tariff was not a subsidy, but a mechanism that works alongside the FiT scheme to ensure small renewable generators are paid a fair market rate for the electricity fed into the grid.
As well as solar and battery storage companies, the letter has been signed by a diverse mix of organisa...
The carbon intensity of the UK’s power grid has risen by 8% over the past three months due to high pressure dampening wind speeds over the summer.
Solar panels helped to make up for some of the shortfall from wind turbines, but gas-fired power stations were still used to meet demand.
Duncan Burt, Director of Operations at National Grid, said: “We have seen a slight decrease in wind over the summer linked to the unusually warm weather, which demonstrates why it is important for us to have a div...