• Blow To UK Renewables As Europe’s Largest Wind Farm Is Scrapped

    • Date: 31/07/14
    • John Murray Brown, Financial Times
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    Plans for Europe’s largest wind farm off the north Wales coast have been scrapped after Celtic Array, the joint venture between Centrica and Dong Energy of Denmark, said the project was “economically unviable”. The announcement is the latest setback to the UK offshore wind sector, which has been hit by engineering difficulties, concerns at the […]

  • UK Government’s Mixed Signals On Shale Development

    • Date: 28/07/14
    • Jack Doyle, Daily Mail
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    Ministers will announce a major climbdown on fracking today as they bring in strict controls to protect vast swathes of the British countryside. Shale gas development will be all but banned in National Parks and other protected countryside – and permitted only in ‘exceptional circumstances’. The move from the Department for Energy and Climate Change […]

  • Half Of Britain To Be Opened Up To Shale Development

    • Date: 27/07/14
    • Emily Gosden, and Ben Marlow, The Sunday Telegraph
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    Ministers are this week expected to offer up vast swathes of Britain for fracking in an attempt to lure energy companies to explore shale oil and gas reserves. The Department for Energy and Climate Change is expected to launch the so-called “14th onshore licensing round”, which will invite companies to bid for the rights to […]

  • Fast-Track Frack Licences ‘Vital To Protect Britain’

    • Date: 27/07/14
    • Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times
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    Fracking for shale gas is to be fast-tracked because it will give Britain greater energy security and protect it from Russian aggression, the new Tory energy minister has revealed. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Matthew Hancock said the government would make it “much quicker” for companies to get approval to drill for shale […]

  • Offshore Wind Farms In Doubt As Subsidy Pot Dries Up

    • Date: 25/07/14
    • Emily Gosden, The Daily Telegraph
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    Finite budget for green energy subsidies is now on the verge of exhaustion, leaving nearly a dozen proposed offshore wind farms facing uncertain fate There are five offshore wind farms with planning consent that are likely to want to secure a contract, plus a further six projects which are still in the planning system. Photo: Emily […]

  • Britain Won’t Sign New Climate Treaty Unless China, India Agree CO2 Caps

    • Date: 23/07/14
    • Ben Webster, The Times
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    Britain will not sign a global deal on climate change unless it includes commitments from China and India on reducing emissions, the energy and climate change secretary said on the eve of visiting the two countries. China is the world’s highest emitter of greenhouse gases and India the third. Neither has agreed any cap on […]

  • George Osborne Backs Down On Unilateral Carbon Targets

    • Date: 22/07/14
    • Jim Pickard, Financial Times
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    George Osborne has been forced to back down from an attempt to weaken measures to tackle global warming, the Financial Times has learnt. The Tory chancellor had sought changes to Britain’s “fourth carbon budget”, which sets a limit on greenhouse gas emissions through the 2020s, after claims it would make British businesses less competitive than EU […]

  • Merseyside In Line For Share Of £10bn Fracking Bonanza, New Report Says

    • Date: 21/07/14
    • Marc Waddington, Liverpool Echo
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    Merseyside could be in line for a share of a £10bn bonanza from fracking sites around the region. A new report launched today also shows up to 3,500 jobs could be created in the “Ocean Gateway” area around the region and highlights significant potential gains from shale gas production, including investment of around £945m a […]

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