The energy industry has criticised Labour’s plans to nationalise the electricity grid, highlighting the “risks” involved in transferring the transmission and distribution networks into public ownership.
Labour said it would create a National Energy Agency to own and operate the transmission system and Regional Energy Agencies (REAs) to operate the distribution grids, with local councils having the option to replace REAs with Municipal Energy Agencies.
Shadow Energy Secretary Rebecca Long Baile...
The UK’s solar farms provided 26% of the country’s total power output during last Tuesday’s sunny spell.
Solar panels generated a record 9.55GW, enough to power 3.82 million homes, National Grid said in a tweet.
During the previous day, solar power provided 9.47GW, beating the 9.38GW record set in May 2017.
Solar now provides about 4% of the UK’s electricity.
Need for government support
Léonie Greene, Director of Advocacy and New Markets at the Solar Trade Association, said: “Days like thes...
After the launch of our 2019 Energy Entrepreneurs Report this week, in the first of a three-part series, Chief Commercial Officer, Dave Cockshott explores the findings for the renewables sector, as well as what the future holds for project developers.
The expansion of the independent renewable energy generation sector over the past seven years has been truly remarkable. Back in 2012, there was only 4.7GW of capacity contributing to Great Britain’s decarbonisation efforts, but now that figure ha...
The deployment of subsidy-free renewables could be pushed back by up to five years if Ofgem presses ahead with its Targeted Charging Review, according to a new report.
Aurora Energy Research said the proposed changes under the review, under which the regulator is looking to spread the cost of network infrastructure via fixed charges instead of the current system relating to electricity consumption, would damage onshore wind and solar.
Aurora said under its estimates deployment of solar would b...
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) is opposing UK Government plans to increase value-added tax (VAT) on domestic solar, biomass boilers, and battery storage technologies.
HM Revenue & Customs launched a “sudden” consultation on proposals to raise VAT on low-carbon technologies from 5% to 20%.
Coal for domestic use still receives a discounted VAT rate of 5%.
The REA said the consultation took the industry by surprise, as the VAT rates were consulted on in 2015-16 and were considered to...