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UK coal use still growing but steady progress on renewables

The UK government’s latest figures on energy production and use, released yesterday, reveal that while coal use is at its highest share in 14 years, renewable electricity is still growing steadily.

US slaps import tariffs on wind towers from China and Vietnam

As the US and China conclude discussions of trade relations, the Commerce Department has slapped still tariffs on wind towers from China and Vietnam.

Vattenfall's Horns Rev wind farm

Vattenfall joins Carbon Trust’s effort to speed up wind development

Swedish energy company Vattenfall is joining the Carbon Trust’s Europe-wide effort to drive down the costs of offshore wind power.

EU makes progress on renewables but UK still lagging

The European Union is still making progress on renewables, with its energy share increasing to 13.4% in 2011, but the UK is still lagging in the league table of nations, according to the latest figures.

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EC awards €1.2 billion to innovative renewables projects

EC awards €1.2 billion to innovative renewables projects

The European Commission yesterday announced the award of €1.2 billion to 23 innovative renewable energy projects under the NER300 funding programme.

UK government’s Energy Bill goes for second reading

UK government’s Energy Bill goes for second reading

The UK government’s long-awaited Energy Bill will go before Parliament this afternoon for its second reading.

UK government gives solar sector glimmer of hope with revised subsidies

UK government gives solar sector glimmer of hope with revised subsidies

The UK government has today announced revised subsidies for large solar installations that are not as low as previously feared.

Solarcentury solar installation

Solarcentury gets green light for solar park in southern England

Solarcentury gets green light for solar park in southern England

UK-based solar energy company Solarcentury has been granted planning permission from the local council for a 6.3 MW solar park near Southampton in southern England.

Credit: London Array

London Array adds final turbine to world’s largest offshore wind farm

London Array adds final turbine to world’s largest offshore wind farm

The 175th and final turbine was installed on the £2 billion London Array yesterday, marking the end of construction of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

GE turbine

Onshore wind farm online in Europe, while US goes offshore

Onshore wind farm online in Europe, while US goes offshore

Europe’s largest onshore wind farm in Romania is now fully operational, while the US is backing offshore wind with the launch of seven new projects.