The bonfire of insanity: The Mail reports on clearing forests in the USA to fuel Green electricity production at Drax power station in the UK.
Economy: The high cost of subsidising renewables and the high cost of helping industry pay its power bills.
Nuclear: Uncertainty in Hinkley deal.
Common sense: In short supply this week 🙁
The trees seem to stretch to the horizon: a serene and timeless landscape.
But North Carolina’s ‘bottomland’ forest is being cut down in swathes, and much of it pulped and turned into wood pellets – so Britain can keep its lights on.
A government-backed company set up with £244m of public money to finance the green deal energy efficiency programme has fallen foul of the advertising watchdog after claiming that its loans are the cheapest on the market.
Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, announced it would invest in a $4bn-$5bn “gigafactory” doubling the world’s production of lithium-ion batteries. These power your mobile phone, but also Tesla’s high-end luxury electric cars. The objective is to cut battery prices by 30% in three years, and to halve them by 2020.
Heavy industry will be granted more relief from rising energy costs in an attempt to tackle the “clear and present danger” of job losses, Michael Fallon will pledge on Monday.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) supports an EU renewable energy target for 2030 – this would reduce policy risk and so “bring down costs and put us on the path we want to be on”, stated Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the IEA today..
Europe: EWEA steeled for political scrap
The European wind energy sector is preparing for an intense political battle on key issues such as 2030 renewables targets that will define the sector’s prospects for the coming decade and beyond.
EDF expects to miss its own deadline for deciding whether to build Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation, the Telegraph can disclose.
The French energy giant announced in October that it planned to take a final investment decision on the £16bn Hinkley Point C plant by July, after striking a landmark subsidy deal with government.
Britain is in talks with the Russian state nuclear company about building a nuclear power station in the UK, an official said on Tuesday.
The polar vortex may give new life to aging coal and nuclear power plants in the U.S.
Masses of arctic air rolling down from the North Pole have driven electricity prices to more than 10 times last year’s average in many parts of the country and have threatened some cities with winter blackouts.
Energy UK urges Government to keep all EU leaders focused on energy affordability at the European Summit later this month
Balancing customer cost and continued investment in renewable energy generation across Europe should be at the core of the UK’s response to the ‘2030 Framework’, Energy UK said today.
Scotland’s control over a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind and marine energy has helped it become one of the world’s wealthiest nations, according to newanalysis released today.
The new figures from the Scottish Government show that Scotland with its broad base of economic strengths would be ranked as the 14th wealthiest nation per head within the OECD, the grouping of the world’s richest countries.
A Westcountry MP has criticised a “Klondike-type gold-rush” among green energy developers after it emerged wind farms are being subsidised by an eye-watering £1.2 billion a year.
The European Commission has launched its public consultation over the UK’s proposed state aid to the proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant in Somerset – and in the process delivered a mighty broadside against the UK Government’s plans.
Irish wind imports to Britain will not help towards the UK’s 2020 renewables target without an urgent intergovernmental agreement, a major developer warned today.
Cost of building power stations, replacing grids and erecting wind farms will add £640 a year to household bills, Which? consumer group warns Treasury
The recent floods and severe weather across Britain have brought the debate around climate change back into sharp focus. While it is not right to attribute individual weather events to changes in the global climate, the storms were consistent with the increasingly volatile and extreme weather patterns predicted by climate scientists.
German power giant RWE is to sell its oil and gas unit to a Russian billionaire in a €5bn (£4bn) deal, it emerged last night.
The debt-laden company, which owns supplier npower in the UK, has agreed to sell its Dea unit to L1 Energy, the investment vehicle backed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman.
An internal report from Scotland’s environment watchdog, warning of a “high risk” of water pollution from drilling for underground gas, has been seized on by objectors in the run-up to a major public inquiry opening this week.
A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.