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The Energy Bill - a case of government oversight

The shorter and colder days of winter mean higher energy bills for many businesses. Research has found that an office based company will use 50% of its annual gas consumption in winter. So, it’s no surprise that many businesses are focused on cutting energy usage, not only to save money but also to build corporate reputation.

 

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.

UK government delays decision on aviation and shipping emissions

The UK government announced yesterday that it is to delay its decision on whether aviation and shipping emissions should be included in carbon budgets until 2016.

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.

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Europe needs CCS demonstration project now

Europe needs CCS demonstration project now

The European Commission may have failed to make a decision on funding of carbon capture and storage but a demonstration project is needed now, says EURELECTRIC.

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.

EU makes progress on renewables but UK still lagging

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.

UK Energy Secretary defends government record on energy costs

UK Energy Secretary defends government record on energy costs

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey defended the government’s position on energy yesterday, arguing that its climate change policies only account for a small fraction of the typical household fuel bill.

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.

UK energy regulator announces major electricity and gas upgrade

UK energy regulator announces major electricity and gas upgrade

UK energy regulator Ofgem yesterday announced a major, £24.2 billion investment in the country’s electricity and gas networks over the next eight years.