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US west coast ‘electric highway’ reaches Canada

US west coast ‘electric highway’ reaches Canada

An ‘electric highway’ for electric vehicles, which will one day span the length of the US west coast, has moved a step closer with ten new charging points on major routes near the Canadian border.

Community-owned solar farm plans share offer

Community-owned solar farm plans share offer

A 5 MW solar farm just outside Swindon in the south west of England is on the verge of becoming the country’s first community-led solar project.

Vestas given go ahead for Kent offshore turbine factory

Vestas given go ahead for Kent offshore turbine factory

Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas has apparently been given the go ahead for its planned factory at Sheerness in Kent.

Germany supplies record 50% electricity from solar power

Germany supplies record 50% electricity from solar power

Germany hit a new world record in solar power last weekend reaching 50% of electricity supply, according to a Reuters reports.

Cold winter and economic recovery drive rising EU emissions

Cold winter and economic recovery drive rising EU emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions across the whole European Union were up 2.4% in 2010 driven by a cold winter and economic recovery after the 2009 recession, according to the European Environment Agency.

UK government switches on low-carbon heating for social housing

UK government switches on low-carbon heating for social housing

The UK government yesterday announced a £10 million fund to help switch social housing over to low-carbon heating like biomass boilers, solar hot water systems and heat pumps.

London presents big challenge to Green Deal, warns report

London presents big challenge to Green Deal, warns report

A report out today from Future of London, supported by EDF Energy, warns that the capital is going to present a particular challenge to the government’s forthcoming Green Deal efficiency scheme.

Nissan to produce electric van in Barcelona

Nissan to produce electric van in Barcelona

Japanese carmaker Nissan is to make its new 100% electric van the e-NV200 in Barcelona, Spain starting in 2013, the company has announced.

Clean energy investment drops to lowest levels since 2009

Clean energy investment drops to lowest levels since 2009

Clean energy investment during the first quarter of the year has dropped to its lowest level since 2009, say consultants Ernst & Young.

UK to allow small emitters to opt out of emissions trading

UK to allow small emitters to opt out of emissions trading

The UK government has confirmed that small emitters and hospitals will be given the option to ‘opt out’ of the EU Emissions Trading System from 2013.