Report: UK’s ‘Outdated’ Onshore Wind Ban Blocks Cheapest Form of New Energy

The government’s “outdated” ban on developing new onshore wind farms on mainland Britain is blocking access to the cheapest available form of new electricity generation, and having a negative impacts on bills, climate change targets, and businesses. That is the conclusion of new research by the Energy and Climate Intelligence …

FCO Climate Headcount Down 60 Per Cent Since 2011, FOI Reveals

The number of UK-based diplomats working on climate change issues for the UK government has fallen dramatically over the last six years, new Freedom of Information data released publicly earlier this week has revealed. The total number of Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff in the UK working on climate …

UK Renewables Hit Record Production

Clean energy delivered record amounts of power to homes and businesses around the country during the first three months of this year, according to official figures published yesterday that underscore the growing influence renewables wield on the UK electricity grid. New data from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial …

Climate Change Minister: Clean Growth Plan Coming this Autumn

The government’s long-awaited Clean Growth Plan will finally be made public after the summer recess, according to newly appointed Climate Change Minister Claire Perry. Perry, who replaced Nick Hurd at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) earlier this month, told Parliament this morning the plan will be …

Report: Community Energy Projects Powering 130,000 UK Homes

More than 200 community energy organisations are now operating enough solar, hydro and wind schemes across the UK to power 130,000 homes, a new analysis of the nascent sector has revealed. The first ever Community Energy State of the Sector report today reveals that a total of 222 community energy …

British Renewables Score Record-Breaking Quarter

New evidence of the growing role of renewables in Britain’s electricity sector emerged yesterday with the release of data highlighting record breaking performances from the wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower sectors in the first quarter of this year. Using data from Elexon, biomass and coal energy giant Drax this week …

Solar Deployment Nosedives as Feed-In Tariff Cuts Begin to Bite

Solar deployment across the UK has suffered a sharp slowdown in the wake of cuts to Feed-in Tariff (FiT) incentives, according to new analysis of government figures from the Solar Trade Association (STA). Deployment data from the first quarter of this year reveals installation of domestic rooftop solar panels has …